COVID-19 Rent Assistance

The City of Miami Beach is providing rent and utility assistance to Miami Beach residents adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has committed a variety of State and Federal funds to this effort including Community Development Block Grant - CV (CDBG-CV), HOME Investments Partnership (HOME), and State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP) funds.

Please be advised Applications for this program are no longer being accepted

A computerized lottery was held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 9:00am to establish a numerical order for processing these applicants.

Staff will contact persons via email from the list in numerical order providing an appointment. Applicants must bring the supporting documentation outlined below to their appointment:

COVID-19 Rent Assistance Required Documentation:

The applicant must prove his identity.

.Florida-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card (valid and reflecting the address for which the applicant is seeking rent assistance)

.Social Security card for applicant (listing name that matches government-issue identification provided)

-US Citizenship/Residency

Federal funds require citizenship or residency for receipt.

.U.S. birth certificate

.U.S. citizenship or residency (certificate, card or passport)

-Miami Beach Residency

Only Miami Beach residents can be served with entitlement funds.

.Valid residential lease listing applicant(s) as party/lessee

.Current utility bill listing applicant(s) as customer (FPL, TECO, cable, etc.)

-Compliance prior to COVID-19 emergency declaration

Applicants must have been current with rent and utility payments prior to March 1, 2020

.Evidence of employment on March 1, 2020 (payroll records, direct deposit records, etc.)

.Evidence of current rent as of March 1, 2020 (rent receipt, cancelled check, etc.)

.Evidence of current utility payments as of March 1 ,2020 (cancelled checks, wire transfers, online statements, etc.)

-Evidence of adverse financial impact by COVID-19

Applicant must demonstrate that he/she has been adversely impacted financially as a direct result of COVID-19

.Loss of employment (WARN letter, unemployment application, etc.)

.Reduction in income (furlough letter from employer, payroll records, bank statements, etc.)

.3-Day/5-Day Notice of Eviction (must be dated with month of assistance indicated and indicate past due rent amounts exclusive of fees

.Past Due Statements (utilities)

-Income Eligibility

Federal and State income guidelines serve primarily low-income residents earning less than 80% Area Median Income ($4,266 per month for a household of 1) and with limited assets.

.Bank statements (March 1, 2020 to application date)

.Payroll records (must include March 1, 2020 to application date)

.Benefits letter (Social Security Administration, pension, etc.)

.2019 tax return

-Landlord Participation

Landlord must consent to receiving payment from City to bring applicant(s) current on rent

.Online vendor registration with City

.Completion of Landlord Participation Agreement

If the applicant is unable to produce supporting documentation within the required timeframe provided at the initial appointment, staff will move on to the next applicant on the list.

PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion in the lottery waitlist does not mean the applicant is confirmed eligible or the applicant will receive assistance. Staff will contact persons in the order until all the funds are exhausted.


COVID-19 Rent Assistance Terms and Conditions

NOTE: I/We certify that the information provided is true and complete to the best of my/our knowledge and belief. I/We consent to the disclosure of such information for purposes of income and assets verification related to my/our application for financial assistance. I/We understand that any willful misstatement of material fact will be grounds for disqualification. Applicant(s) understand(s) that the information provided is needed to determine eligibility and in no way assures qualification for assistance. The applicant(s) also agrees to provide any other documentation needed to verify eligibility. I/We understand that by completing this on-line form and receiving a registration confirmation number I am not guaranteed any form of rent assistance or service. I/We understand that applications will be selected by a computerized lottery process which will establish a numerical order of service. I/We understand that inclusion in the lottery waitlist does not mean your application is confirmed eligible or that the applicant will receive assistance. I/We understand that if I am selected via the lottery process and contacted by the Office of Housing and Community Services, I will need to provide supporting documentation outlined as program eligibility requirements for processing as required by program guidelines. I/We understand that if I am unable to produce supporting documentation within 48 hours, staff will move on to the next applicant on the list, in numerical order. I/We understand that because program funding is limited, not all persons on the lottery waitlist will be contacted. I understand that staff will contact persons in the order of the lottery until all funds are exhausted. Applicant(s) understand(s) that Florida Statute 817 provides that willful false statements or misrepresentation concerning income and assets or liabilities relating to financial condition is a misdemeanor of the first degree and is punishable by fines and imprisonment provided under S775.082 or 775.83 or 775.084.

For more information, please call 305.673.7260