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Mayor’s Infill Housing Program

Mayor Jane Castor, city staff, and local partners welcome a mother and her son to their new home, made by possible by the City of Tampa’s Infill Housing Program.


On October 11, 2017, the City of Tampa launched its Infill Housing Program to bring affordable homes to our communities. Through this program, the City of Tampa awards residential, single-family lots to a qualified developer or non-profit. In return for receiving the lot at no cost, the developer must build and sell the home to an income-eligible home buyer. Developers must apply to participate and are selected through a random lottery process.

The first phase of the program consisted of 95 lots, which were awarded to Domain Homes, the CDC of Tampa, and Habitat for Humanity.  

When she took office in 2019, Mayor Jane Castor identified housing affordability as one of her administration’s priorities and quickly asked her team to initiate Infill Phase II, which launched on September 2, 2021. But this time, local, minority developers would be favored to create work opportunities and help smaller companies build relationships with the City. A total of 15 lots, two of which were split, were awarded between 11 developers and non-profits. The City of Tampa’s Development and Growth Management team worked diligently to help developers through the permitting and inspection process and the first home, built by RL Builders, was unveiled on June 17, 2022. Mayor Castor, city staff, councilmembers, and local partners gathered to welcome Belina Glass and her son to their new home.



Plans are underway to launch Infill Phase III before the end of 2023. As Tampa’s housing market tightens, with home prices soaring far beyond many families’ budget, the City of Tampa is working to include both single-family and multi-family units to this phase.



If you are a developer and are interested in participating in the program and would like more information, please contact Marquaz McGhee at (813) 274-7938 or e-mail at marquaz.mcghee@tampagov.net. Interested home buyers must contact their realtor or housing counseling agency to see if they qualify. Income-eligible, first-time home buyers can apply to the City of Tampa’s DARE to Own the Dream Homeownership Program to receive forgivable down payment and closing cost assistance loans.

Currently Underway – Infill Housing Program Phase II
  • September 2nd

    Agreement Approval by Tampa City Council

    Applications are not considered approved until Agreements are passed and adopted by Tampa City Council.

  • August 16th

    Design Review/Agreement Preparation

    City will notify Participant if submitted documents are acceptable and if any revisions and/or additional information is needed.

  • July 15th

    Building Plans/Design Submission

    Participants with awarded lots will be required to submit building design plans, specifications, and updated pro forma to the City.

  • June 22nd

    Random Award of Lots to Qualified Participants, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    Status: COMPLETE

    Join us live as lots are awarded to Qualified Participants. Lots will be awarded through a random, digital lottery process based on applicant information and lots selected in qualifying proposals.

  • June 4th

    Applicants Notified as Qualified Participant

    Status: COMPLETE

    June 4 applicants who are deemed eligible will be notified via e-mail.

  • May 27th

    Proposal Submission Deadline

    Status: COMPLETE

    PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 4:30 PM EST. The proposal must be uploaded to the Neighborly web portal. The original shall have signatures in blue ink. Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the published deadline will not be considered.

  • May 6th

    Deadline for Clarification Responses

    Status: COMPLETE

    Clarification questions based on the responses provided must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM EST and it will be the responsibility of the Developer to confirm that the City is in receipt of the questions.

  • April 30th

    Deadline for Workshop Questions

    Status: COMPLETE

    All questions regarding any of the requirements in the RFP package after the workshop will be required to be submitted in writing to marquaz.mcghee@tampagov.net no later than 4:30 PM EST.

  • April 27th

    Technical Assistance Workshop

    Status: COMPLETE

    MANDATORY for Applicants. The virtual event, 10:30 AM EST. City of Tampa, Housing and Community Development division staff with provide a more in-depth overview of the program’s technical details and requirements.
    Updated Technical Assistance Workshop PDF 

  • April 20th

    Infill Phase II Kickoff

    Status: COMPLETE

    Opportunity for the City of Tampa and local real estate developers to get together and discuss how, through a collaborative effort, the redevelopment of vacant lots in established neighborhoods with affordable housing units in the community meets multiple goals. Together in partnering knowledge, skill and financial investment, we can make the dream of homeownership attainable for countless residents in our city and contribute to the longevity of affordable housing stock for future generations.


    Replay of the Infill Phase II Kickoff Meeting 
    (Click here for pdf version)

  • March 21, 2022


    Groundbreaking of first affordable home from Infill Phase II.

  • June 17, 2022


    First affordable home from Infill Phase II unveiled.