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Homeless Trust has millions in help for Miami housing needs landlords

MIAMI – Howard Perry said he fell on hard times after his pregnant wife and children died in a car accident. He owns a car but is homeless in Miami.

Camillus House has helped him and he has a job, but the dream of having access to a one-bedroom apartment seems a long way off. He has qualified for a voucher program and is on a waiting list.

“The housing market down here, I’ve heard it’s expensive to stay in Miami, but now I’m actually getting what people are talking about,” Perry said.

Miami-Dade Homeless Trust’s $11 million gift program receives federal funding. The program’s RentConnect team aims to match landlords with pre-vetted renters like Perry.

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Given the lack of affordable housing, the program is struggling to find landlords to participate. The program includes 300 unused vouchers to be paid directly to landlords.

“I really encourage other owners to try it out and they’ll see what it’s like,” said Ana Vazquez, one of the participating landlords. “They are human. They are great people.”

The program has a mitigation fund to cover a tenant’s damages and provides the first and last month.

“We’ve never had anyone — not even in a decade — who’s had to access our damage mitigation fund,” said Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. “Our formerly homeless people take care of the property provided to them.”

Median rents in the Miami area have skyrocketed by 50%. It was the highest climb in the country. Miami’s homeless population has been estimated at around 1,000. There was a 7% increase.

“We need land,” Book said.

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If you are a renter and would like to learn more about the program, call 305-349-7368 or email Paul.RentConnect@miamidade.gov.

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