Miami City commissioners on Thursday approved an increase in the aid limit for residents who are behind on rent or mortgage payments.
People who have already submitted their application for the Miami City Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) showed that they need on average more than the $6,000 that MAP originally awarded. Now the aid, which is delivered as a grant and therefore should not be returned, can reach up to $10,000 per applicant.
In the case of housing eviction assistance, it was increased from $3,500 to $7,000 per household.
As of Wednesday, the city had received 165 applications for mortgage assistance and 81 were rejected. About $66,000 in attendance has been approved for 11 families and 31 applications have been processed.
People who need help with the mortgage can apply until November 30.
As for applications for rental assistance, 164 have been received, and 103 have been rejected. Officials have approved 57 applications and four are pending. So far the city has approved $158,870 in such aid.
Only homes located within the City of Miami boundary can receive both aids. The folio number of the property must begin with 01. To check if the house where you live meets this requirement go to https://www.miamidade.gov/pa/property_search.asp.
HOW TO APPLY FOR HELP WITH THE MORTGAGE
▪ There is an income limit to meet the program requirements. If you live a single person in the home, you must earn less than $76,800. For a family of four it’s $109,680. Check the rest of the financial income limits by refer to this table.
▪ The application is available in Spanish, English and Creole in https://www.miamigov.com/Residents/Housing
▪ you can also get it in print at NET offices in the city of Miami. You can call 311 to get the addresses and times they are open.
▪ Applicants must not have late payments by March 1.
▪ The application must be accompanied by a series of personal and housing documents, which can be consulted online on the MAP site.
HOW TO APPLY FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE
▪ Application forms can be downloaded from www.miamigov.com/residents/housing. They can also be collected on paper outside the Miami Riverside Center building at 444 SW 2 Ave., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
▪ Assistance has income limitations. A single person must not earn more than $51,200, and for a family nucleus of four the limit is $73,100.
▪ Tenants must provide a series of documents with the application, including a three-day eviction notice from the landlord, proof of income, and a copy of the lease.
▪ Tenants should consult with the homeowner to obtain the documents. The money will be paid directly to these.