The Emergency Rental Assistance 2 (ERAP2) program that will help families financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was launched in Miami-Dade.
MiamiDiario Editorial Staff
This assistance plan works under the Miami-Dade County Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program, according to Diario Las Américas.
And it consists of $10 million in federal funds from the law known as CARES and aims to ease the financial burden of tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19 and seeks to keep Miami- Dade residents in their homes to support a strong economic recovery.
According to the explanation posted on the county’s website, applications are expected to exceed available funds, so a selection plan has been created to ensure that all requests are processed fairly.
The program will allocate funds to cover three months of rent up to a total maximum of $5,000. That is, if someone pays $1,500 a month in rent, they will receive $4,500 in assistance.
It is recommended that those interested make their applications online, before October 16, 2020. For this purpose, the following website has been set up: https://miamidade.myhousing.com.
However, those who do not have a computer can pick up and deliver the printed application at the following offices: North County residents can go to Victory Homes 520 NW 75th Street Miami, FL 33150; those living in the central part of the county are recommended to go to Donn Gardens, 1861 NW 28th Street Miami, FL 33142; those living south should go to Homestead Gardens 1542 SW 4th Street Homestead, FL 33030; and for those living in the west the nearest office will be located at Lakeside Towers 7555 SW 152nd Ave, Miami, FL 33193″.
These offices will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 16, 2020. Completed forms must be submitted by October 16th at 5:00 p.m.
“Written applications may be misplaced or the applicant may be disqualified if his/her handwriting is illegible,” the document warns.
All applications that are properly completed and meet the basic requirements of the program will be assigned a random number that will determine the order in which they are evaluated.
The county established several criteria that families must meet to receive assistance. They must reside in the county and demonstrate that they are having difficulty making full rent payments due to financial problems caused by COVID-19. Family income must not exceed 120% of the county’s median annual income or be less than 80%.
For example: A single person must earn between $51,200 and $76,800; a two-person household from $58,500 to 87,840; three people from $65,800 to $98,760; four people from $73,100 to $109,680. A five-person household must earn between $78,950 and $118,560. While 6-person households must bring in from $84,800 to $127,320 to be eligible.
Also, all applicants must show a signed contract with the property owner.
It is key to certify that the family does not receive any other rental assistance subsidies such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers or any other assistance.
The ERAP2 assistance payment will be sent directly to the landlord, clear the document.
All information is on the county’s website at Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Translated by Aleuzenev Nogales