CHIPLEY - Washington County administrators are remaining tight-lipped about last week's firing of county grant writer Stacy Webb, stating the matter is a personnel issue and cannot be discussed.
Meanwhile, residents Webb was assisting in her role as administrator for the State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP), may be wondering where that leaves them. SHIP assists qualified low-income people with down payments and closing costs in purchasing a home, as well as other expenses. The program, which has been around since 1994, is funded through taxes on real estate transactions.
The county hopes to partner with the West Florida Planning Council (WFPC) on an interim basis until further decision can be made about who will administer the program.
"It's our intent that no one in Washington County who has a current SHIP project open or applied for falls through the cracks," said Washington County Human Resources rep Marla Hayes. "There shouldn't be any delays, but we will make every effort to continue through and see that every need is met."
Commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal during the Wednesday, July 24 Washington County Board of County Commissioners workshop.
Webb could not be reached for comment.
WFPC currently administers the SHIP program for several neighboring counties, including Holmes and Walton.
The West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC) is a multi-purpose regional entity recognized by the state as supporting the Northwest Florida region by planning for and coordinating intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems, providing technical assistance to local governments and meeting the needs of communities across the region.
Anyone wanting to apply for the SHIP program or wanting more information on how this change affects their application may contact WFPC at (850) 332-7976.