Rental relief applications start Monday for Miami, Hialeah residents

Payments will be made directly to landlord of up to $1,500

MIAMI, Fla. – Residents who are eligible for relief payments up to $1,500 can apply for the assistance beginning Monday, May 4 at noon in Miami, and in Hialeah, can pick up applications beginning at 8 a.m. or go online and submit the application.

The City of Miami has launched three new COVID-19 response programs in an effort to provide rental assistance and relief for residents and small businesses.

The newly created Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program will provide one-time rental and/or utility assistance to income-eligible City of Miami households that suffered job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(The online application for Miami relief is available by clicking here.)

The limited funds will be distributed by a computerized lottery to determine the order in which eligible applicants can be assisted.

The program is open to City of Miami residents only who lost their job on or after March 1, 2020, earn 60 percent of area median income based on household size, are not receiving housing subsidies from any other local, state or federal programs, and do not have sufficient funds in a bank account to pay for one month of rent and utilities.

Self-employed individuals are not eligible.

City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez held a virtual press conference on April 24 to discuss the city’s recovery plans to help Miami residents. At that press conference, the mayor said that a website will soon be created for residents in need to apply for assistance to pay their rent or utility bills.

Residents who are at 60 percent of the area’s median income or below will be able to apply for the assistance beginning on May 4.

Eligible residents will receive up to $1,500 in assistance for rent or their utility bills. The funds will be dispersed directly to landlords or utility companies, Suarez said.

He said funds should begin being dispersed by the middle of May. A total of $2 million has been set aside for the relief effort.

Here is who may apply for the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program and how to submit an application.

  • Applicants must reside within the City of Miami, no exceptions.
  • Application period begins Monday, May 4 at noon and ends Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.; early applications will not be accepted.
  • No paper applications are available.
  • Disabled persons and those without internet access should call (305) 416-2080 for assistance completing the application.

The one-time assistance does not have to be repaid and the program will be administered by the City’s Department of Housing & Community Development.

Maximum Income Limits
60 Percent AMI
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Maximum Monthly Income Limits$3,200$3,660$4,115$4,570$4,940

City of Hialeah approves Landlord-Tenant Relief

The City of Hialeah announced last Friday that it was taking a similar approach.

Hialeah’s Landlord-Tenant Relief Fund will provide $1 million for residents who need assistance paying their rent.

Applicants can apply online or in-person by collecting a paper application at City Hall at 8 a.m. on Monday, but they must submit the completed application to the Department of Grants and Human Services at 501 Palm Avenue, First Floor, Hialeah, FL 33010.

(Click here for the Online Application)

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application by the Renter
  • Photo ID of Renter Applicant
  • Uploaded Lease Agreement (Lease must be current, fully executed, and for a minimum of 12 months)
  • Other documents may be required after you are approved

Eligibility Requirements:

  • For low-income renters in Hialeah.
  • Renter must have lost their job due to COVID-19.
  • This opportunity is not available to renters that are already receiving assistance from the City of Hialeah.
  • Household income must be at or below 60 percent Average Median Income.
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60% Average Median Income$35,580$40,680$45,780$50,820$54,900$58,980$63,060$67,140

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