Issue 29 | November 9, 2023
Sumter County Relaunches Veterans Memorial
Brick Program
Sumter County is reinstituting its Veterans Memorial Brick Program at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is located at the Sumter County Courthouse, 215 E. McCollum Ave., Bushnell.

Memorial bricks can be purchased to commemorate U.S. veterans – past or current – to be placed t the Veteran’s Memorial Park. A Veteran’s Day ceremony will take place next year to commemorate the placement. Bricks must be purchased by June 30, 2024 to allow for engraving and placement at Memorial Park.

“The Veterans Service Office is excited to assist in re-initiating the Sumter County Memorial Brick Program providing individuals the opportunity to purchase and dedicate a military brick as a means to honor or remember our service men and women,” said Kristen Montejo, Veterans Service manager.

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Sumter County residents can get up-to-date information regarding a whole range of services and events on the County's Facebook page.

The Sumter County Facebook page features everything from animals available for adoption to updates from the Public Works Department to simple reminders such as clock changes. To follow us, please click on the link below.

Sumter County Offers Various
Housing Assistance Programs
Sumter County offers various housing assistance services or can lead individuals in the right direction to other housing assistance programs that provide services not provided by the county.

One such program is the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). SHIP funds will be awarded for down payment and closing costs to assist eligible first-time home buyers with the purchase of a newly constructed or existing site built home. Funds may be used to pay acquisition costs including all or part of the down payment, first mortgage buy down, surveys, appraisals, inspections on existing homes, and other customary closing costs include the guarantee fee of USDA Rural Development or PMI.

The maximum assistance is $20,000. Assistance shall be in the form of a 0% interest loan secured by a recorded subordinate mortgage and promissory note. Assistance is provided on a first-qualified, first-served basis. There is no out of pocket borrower contribution requirement.

Housing repair assistance is based on income of all the individuals living in that home. For instance, if just one person resides in the home, in order to get housing repair assistance, income must not exceed $66,960 and no higher than $76,560 if two people live in the home.

For those in need of Section 8 rental assistance in Sumter County, interested parties must contact Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.