HAND rental assistance program expanded to help people experiencing hardship as a direct result of COVID-19, 6/5/20 deadline

The HAND Program provides temporary rental assistance to eligible individuals and families in Miami-Dade County who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Program was recently expanded to help people experiencing economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may qualify for rent assistance under this Program expansion if you lost your job on or after March 1, 2020, or have less income due to COVID-19; if you have received written notice from your landlord that you may lose your housing because your rent is late; and if you pass specific rent and income tests.

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 victims needing rent assistance far exceeds available funding. In an effort to assist as many of these people as possible, the Program will use a computerized lottery system to determine the order in which eligible applicants are assisted. To see if you qualify to participate in the lottery, you must first complete this portal’s online screening process. You must complete the screening process by 11:59 PM on June 5, 2020.

If you do qualify for the lottery, you will be required to provide the Program with your name, an email address and a contact telephone number. If you do not have an email address and need assistance completing the screening process, please call the Homeless Helpline at 1-877-994-4357 or the HAND Program at 305-231-7667. The lottery will be conducted at noon on June 8, 2020. If selected, you will receive an invitation via email with a link to redeem a registration code on this portal. You will then be able to complete the application process, upload required documents and work with a case manager assigned to help you through the application process.

Eligible COVID-19 applicants may receive rental assistance for past due rent, current rent due, and rent for upcoming months.

Please go to this link for more information: https://www.miamidaderenthelp.com