City of Sweetwater

November 5, 2020

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs

Housing Assistance for residents

In response to the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). On July 9th, 2020, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved $10 million of CARES Act funds to develop a Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program to support small landlords with five or fewer rental units by providing grants for rent forgiveness for tenants who are behind on rent due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

On July 16th, 2020, Commissioner Diaz and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved an additional $15 million of CARES Act funds to provide Housing and Basic Needs assistance to veterans and active-duty military members. This includes support for rent, mortgage, and basic needs such as groceries. These programs can be accessed through the link below.

To see if you are eligible, complete the questionnaire and begin the online application process https://www.miamidadecovidrelief.org/

 

Hospitality Industry Grant Program for Restaurants and Non-home-based Caterers

The Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program consists of a $30 million fund to provide financial assistance to local independently owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers affected by COVID-19.

Priority will be given to businesses that have not been approved or received funds from any institution under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan or other federal or state-assisted business loan program and have a single establishment.

The program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment. The program will award grants to a maximum of two establishments per restaurant/hospitality group. Priority will be given to applicants that have a single establishment. If an applicant has two or more establishments and requests assistance for both, then a single application must be submitted.

It is important they read the eligibility requirements and required documents before applying 

https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/assistance/business.page