Rental & Utility Assistance Program Opens to Applicants Monday, May 4

Published on April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

The City of Miami Commission today approved the creation of the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program, which 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 program will provide relief payments of up to $1,500 directly to landlords and/or utility companies to cover rent and utility costs on behalf of qualifying households.

The Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance 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. Prior to the public health emergency, approximately 57% of City households were already cost burdened, spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs.

“We know that the economic toll of COVID-19 has had an outsized impact on many of our residents, particularly when it comes to paying for essentials like monthly rent and utility bills,” said Mayor Francis Suarez. “This program will help our residents in need, and I thank our City Commission and administration for their efforts in moving this important program forward.”

Following are details on 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 4th at 12:00 noon and ends Friday, May 8th at 5:00 p.m.; early applications will not be accepted
  • No paper applications are available
  • Online applications are available by clicking here
  • Disabled persons and those without internet access should call 305-416-2080 for assistance completing the application

Because funding for the program is limited, a computerized lottery will determine the order in which eligible applicants can be assisted. The program’s funding will come from the City’s allocation of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) and Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. 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.

To keep up with the latest information related to COVID-19 in the City of Miami, visit miamigov.com/coronavirus.

*Maximum Income Limits – 60% AMI
Number of persons in household
1 2 3 4 5
Maximum Monthly Income limits (60% AMI) $3,200 $3,660 $4,115 $4,570 $4,940