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Miami commissioners to vote on $1.3 million for rental and mortgage assistance

Mayor Suarez believes the commission will approve funding
Mayor Francis Suarez on Instagram_ “Today, the City is accepting $1.3M from the Florida State Legislature that will immediately go towards rental and mortgage assistance"
Posted at 2:25 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 14:25:08-04

City of Miami mayor Francis Suarez announced that he and several commissioners will be meeting to debate on approving $1.3 million for mortgage and rental assistance.

On Thursday morning the mayor announced the money would come from the Local Housing Assistance Plan program.

Suarez said he expects the commission to accept the funds.

There is also $306,000 that was unspent in the West Grove that he been previously allocated by Vice Chairman Ken Russel. This will now go to a rental assistance program.

Russel said he sponsored the items because "the city is suffering," and needs help from the state and federal government to give the residents the best tools possible to make the community whole.

"The eviction moratorium will run out at some point and we are going to have an affordable housing crisis beyond the likes we've ever seen," he said.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began the city implemented a similar program that gained over 40,000 qualified applicants within a couple days. The funding ran out and only about 3,000 of those people were fully compensated.