Help On The Way For Miami Residents Behind On Rent Because Of Pandemic

CBS4's Hank Tester has more on the rental assistance program.

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- New at 6 o'clock, emergency rental assistance may be available now to Miami residents who are behind due to the pandemic. CBS 4's Hank Tester explains how it works.

HANK TESTER: Behind on the rent? Live in the city of Miami? Hit hard by pandemic economics? Help could be on the way. Listen to this.

ALFREDO DURAN: The program is designed to help them with up to 12 past-due months of rent of up to $2,000 per month. That also includes utility payments that may be passed through as well.

HANK TESTER: Called the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the city has $14 million from the feds to help renters and landlords impacted by COVID.

ALFREDO DURAN: It could be that you were affected by COVID, you lost your job, or you had a reduction in paid going back to March of last year.

HANK TESTER: Who's eligible? Here are the basics. City of Miami resident, must be a renter 18 years old, qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in household income, household income not exceeding 80% of the area medium income.

FRANCIS SUAREZ: That means if you're a single-person household, the income limit is $51,200. And for a family of four, the income limit is $73,100.

HANK TESTER: Downside, a lot of paperwork. A copy of a current rental lease, proof of income for all members of the household, photo ID for all adult members of the household, copies of utility bills. Now, landlords can apply for their tenants. And where does the grant money go?

ALFREDO DURAN: It goes to the landlord. So the landlord needs to participate and provide us with their information so that we can pay them directly. We do not pay the tenant directly.

HANK TESTER: Complete online or paper applications will be accepted through Friday, April 30, and proceed on a first come, first ready, first serve basis.

In need of rental relief due to the COVID pandemic? Need information? Go to our website, cbsmiami.com. I'm Hank Tester, CBS 4 News.