Did they evacuate your building in Miami-Dade? Where to get help

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Were you ordered to leave your home?

Perhaps your building was deemed structurally unsafe while the recertification process was underway, such as what happened to an apartment building in North Miami Beach and a building in the Keys.

Perhaps you were displaced because a fire damaged your home.

Whatever the case, now you need a place to stay. Your landlord may try to help you by returning your security deposit and rent for the month. Maybe even pay for a few nights in a hotel or motel.

But you need more help; And finding apartments isn’t easy, especially with the rising cost of living in South Florida. You also have other expenses to worry about.

Resources are available to help you pay rent or find a temporary place to stay in Miami-Dade.

Here is an updated list:

Homeless Trust

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust lists online resources for people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. If you need additional help with homelessness prevention, call the hotline at 877-994-4357, select a language and press one or to discuss your situation and possible next steps. Dial 5 to sign up for a shelter. You can also get information about homelessness prevention assistance by calling or visiting any of Miami-Dade Community Resource Centers.

AXIS Helps Miami

▪ Axis Helps Miami has a list of resources for Miami-Dadeans in need of financial help, including those who need temporary housing, assistance finding a new place to live, or help with rent and food. The website, axishelps.org, has a list of information about the programs, if there is a deadline, and how to apply. Some of the programs are county-wide and others are specific to cities.

Lotus House

▪ Lotus House offers support services to homeless women and children, including victims of domestic violence. If you are a youth or victim of domestic violence in need of shelter, please call 305-438-0556 or email [email protected] If not, the organization asks that you first call the Miami Homeless Program at 305-960-4980. To learn about the type of services offered by Lotus House, visit lotushouse.org.

Miami VA

The Miami Veterans Health Care System offers a variety of programs to help South Florida veterans who are at risk of homelessness or already experiencing homelessness. Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless should contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for help.

Miami-Dade County

▪ People who are homeless or have been evicted can apply for help paying for the first month’s rent, security deposit, mortgage, utility bills, emergency shelter, or food.

Assistance is based on the availability of funds and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible applicants can apply for rent, utility and food assistance separately or all at once. Each is available once a year.

The assistance program for the first month County, for example, it is for people who are homeless or who have been evicted from a residence and can present a rental agreement that indicates the conditions of occupancy. The maximum possible aid is $1,000.

To apply, go to one of the 12 county community resource centers. Centers are spread throughout the county, including in Homestead, Hialeah, Wynwood and Liberty City.

The county also has a emergency food and shelter program for people who are experiencing a “one-time crisis” that disrupts their ability to pay utility bills/rent/mortgage or secure food, including reducing their work hours, paying for an unexpected emergency, such as an auto repair or the reduction or withholding of your SNAP benefits. The program also offers help with temporary housing. Anyone who requests it will have to prove the crisis through documents.

Miami-Dade households whose income does not exceed 80% of the county median income (varies based on the number of people living in their household), are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are having difficulty paying their monthly rent may be eligible to apply for the county’s emergency rental program. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit https://www.miamidade.gov/global/housing/emergency-rental-assistance-program.page

This story was originally published on April 7, 2022 8:33 a.m.

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