Access to Housing

Affordable Housing Opportunities and Resources for Southwest Florida

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency presentation slides on the state of affordable housing in Southwest Florida and some available resources.

learn from other communities:

What's Happening in Other Communities around Affordable Housing

Urban Institute Analysis on Denver's Housing First Initiative

Urban Institute on Improving Health Outcomes with Housing

2021 Most Affordable Cities for First-Time Homeowners

Ranked #2 of Top Ten metros for first time home buyers

We had over 17,400 housing units on our development activity map at the beginning of this year and as fast as they are built they are sold.   We continue to add to our housing stock, and improve the amenities that attract so many people to the City of Fort Myers. We've increased the workforce to support area businesses.

Announcement:  Application Accepted beginning March 1, 2021 for Rental and Utility Assistance

For more information click Rental and Utility Assistance  

Additional Information from the State of Florida can be found at Florida Housing.


Go to the Development Activity Map to view some of the investments into housing in the City of Fort Myers.

Housing Types available in Fort Myers:

Create you Neighborly Software Account to access applications for housing assistance. Program guidelines are explained on the Neighborly Software site or City of Fort Myers Housing assistance. 

There are low income housing options in Fort Myers Low Income Housing Options

Improving incomes is an important step toward lowering the need for housing assistance.  Additional information from our 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan


Towles Garden is an affordable home development located in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, where there is a demonstrably high demand for more – and better – affordable housing.

Towles Garden features 140 architecturally innovative multi-family townhouses and villas, as well as pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and “green space” common areas.

Construction completion is projected for 2023.

TOWLES GARDEN 2020-SITE-PLAN-110520-scaled

Neighborhood Improvements for Housing

Meeting the demands of incoming and existing workforce is happening in Fort Myers. New developments and existing locations provide many housing stocks options. The cost of living in Fort Myers is 4% lower than the national average.

You can see the progress of City Walk on McGregor Boulevard. The location was once a strip mall and now has office space available on the 3rd floor and 318 units of housing.  The trend for the Tech industry is to work from home and have access to amenities for work and for a healthy lifestyle. Doing business off beautiful McGregor Boulevard near the Edison and Ford Winter Estates might just be genius! Need to motivate your innovation?    Right next door to City Walk is the new development Silver Hills  and you can see their progress as well.  Beautiful location next to the Caloosahatchee River and downtown.

Neighborhoods provide access to a healthy lifestyle with parks, grocery stores, and places to live not far from work.  Working from home in Fort Myers is easy with our high-speed internet access and views of the Caloosahatchee River. Co-working space at First Street Executive Suites or if you need to collaborate stop by the Collaboratory to host an event or build partnerships and work with SecondMuse.

The City of Fort Myers has many gated communities to choose from as well as beautiful neighborhoods developed all over the city.  Some are historical settings such as Dean Park, while many others offer upgraded amenities as part of your association.  

We have had a vision on how to develop our Midtown area.  You can review the award-winning plan for Midtown.  PowerPoint on  Midtown and the Midtown Vision Plan   Are you ready to discuss development opportunities in Fort Myers?  We have some ideas on how we can partner for the betterment of the community's workforce housing needs.

Midtown Vision Plan Award