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City of Miami launches Senior Rental Assistance Program to alleviate financial strain

Senior Rental Assistance Program in Miami is providing aid to low-income seniors facing rental hurdles

In an effort to alleviate financial burdens among low-income senior citizens in Miami, the City of Miami has announced the reopening of the Senior Rental Assistance Program. This initiative, established by the City of Miami Commission, aims to provide support to elderly renters aged 62 and above who reside within the city and are grappling with financial strain exacerbated by annual rental increases.

Senior Rental Assistance Program details

The Senior Rental Assistance Program offers qualifying households the opportunity to receive financial aid of up to $500 per month to cover rental expenses, based on their specific needs, for a duration of up to one year. To be eligible for this aid, certain criteria must be met. These include the applicant's household income being at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI), with monthly rental costs exceeding 30% of their household income. In addition to that, applicants must maintain current rent payments and possess a valid rental or lease agreement.

The application process opened on December 1, 2023, interested individuals can obtain paper applications from designated locations, including Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, and all City of Miami Commissioner District Offices. Additionally, those seeking further information or application availability locations can call 311.

It's important to note that only one paper application will be accepted per household, and submission of an application does not guarantee eligibility or assistance. Furthermore, the program cannot extend support to seniors residing in public housing or those already enrolled in federally funded rental assistance programs like Section 8, Sec. 202, VASH, etc.

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Application submission and review process

All applications for the Senior Rental Assistance Program must be submitted by Tuesday, January 2, 2024, adhering to the instructions outlined in the application form. Keep in mind that the order of application submission (whether on the first or last day) will not impact eligibility. Following the closure of the application period, preliminary eligibility will be evaluated, with ineligible applications being disqualified. Later, District-specific waitlists will be established through random, computerized lotteries, determining the order in which eligible applications will be processed.

The success of this program is reliant on funding, particularly through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It is important to note that the program is subject to closure based on funding availability. Visit for more information.

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