$85M for ‘housing affordability crisis’ included in proposed 2022–2023 budget
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – On Monday, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said that $85 million had been included in the proposed budget for 2022–2023 to address the county’s housing affordability issue.
Levine Cava has said that she will be able to improve the HOMES Plan, which she started earlier this year, if the Miami-Dade County commissioners approve the proposed budget in September.
“With this plan, we’re looking to provide direct support to residents across our community, from middle-class families who own their homes and are behind on their bills, or those whose rents have skyrocketed, to low-income households and those experiencing homelessness, as well as small landlords and the developers who are building new housing to meet our community’s needs,” said Levine Cava.
Levine Cava has said that people who are behind on their mortgage, insurance, homeowners association fees, or utility bills could get up to $1,500 from a $25 million program in the HOMES Plan.
The plan includes a number of additional initiatives with the goals of preserving the current inventory of affordable housing, expanding the emergency rental assistance program, expanding the supply of workforce housing, and providing support for new housing developments.
Levine Cava’s efforts were praised by Ron Book, the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
“This begins the final pieces of ending homelessness in our community,” said Book.