Proposed budget includes $85 million for ‘housing affordability crisis’

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. —Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Monday the proposed budget for 2022-23 includes $85 million that will be dedicated to solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

If Miami-Dade County commissioners vote to approve her budget in September, Levine Cava said she would be able to strengthen the HOUSES Packagewhich she launched earlier this year.

“With this plan, we seek to provide direct support to residents of our community, from middle-class families who own their homes and are behind on their bills, or those whose rents have skyrocketed, to households low-income and those experiencing homelessness, as well as smallholders and developers building new housing to meet the needs of our community,” said Levine Cava.

The HOMES plan includes a $25 million program that Levine Cava says will provide up to $1,500 to homeowners who are behind on their mortgage, insurance, homeowners association fees or utility payments. .

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The plan includes several other programs that aim to preserve the existing inventory of affordable housing, expand the supply of workforce housing, expand the emergency housing assistance program, and support new housing projects.

Ron Book, president of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, celebrated Levine Cava’s efforts.

“This marks the beginning of the final steps to ending homelessness in our community,” Book said.

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