Department of Housing & Community Development (2022)

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1. What is the Section 8 Voucher Program and how do I apply? ¿Que es el programa Plan 8 y como se aplica? 2. Is there any way to get a Section 8 voucher outside of the application process described here? ¿Hay otra forma de conseguir un bono (voucher) fuera del proceso de aplicación detallado aqui? 3. I am disabled and I want to apply for Section 8. Is the application process the same? Yo soy deshabilitada/desabilitado y quiero aplicar para el Plan 8. ¿El proceso de aplicación es igual? 4. How can I find out when you are opening your Section 8 application process? ¿Como yo averiguo cuando van a abrir el periodo de aplicación para el programa Plan 8 de la Ciudad de Miami? 5. What is the Section 8 moderate rehabilitation program? ¿Que es el programa de rehabilitación moderada del Plan 8? 6. What is public housing? ¿Que es la vivienda pública? 7. I need affordable rental housing - is there a list of affordable buildings in the City of Miami? A mi me hace falta una vivienda (para rentar) para personas de bajos ingresos. ¿Hay una lista de edificios que ofrecen unidades para personas de bajos ingresos? 8. Does the City of Miami own and/or operate housing in the City of Miami? ¿La Ciudad es dueña de – o administra – viviendas/apartamentos para personas de bajos recursos? 9. I need emergency housing assistance. What do I do? Me hace falta asistencia financiera de emergencia para mi vivienda. ¿Que hago? 10. I need help with paying my rent. Do you have a program to help me? A mi me hace falta ayuda para pagar mi renta. ¿ La Ciudad tiene un programa para ayudarme? 11. I am hearing impaired and need assistance with making calls to affordable buildings. What do I do? Yo soy sordo/mudo y me hace falta asistencia para comunicarme con edificios con unidades para personas de bajos recursos. ¿Que hago? FAQs Videos

1. What is the Section 8 Voucher Program and how do I apply?

This is the most frequently asked question we receive from the community. The Section 8 program is a federal housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program subsidizes rental assistance to meet the housing needs of qualified very low, and low-income income persons. Eligibility for the Section 8 housing program is determined primarily by the applicants’ income and household size. Families, elderly, disabled/handicapped people and individuals may be eligible.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a tenant-based program in which the participants can choose the unit where they will live within the limits of Miami-Dade County. Assistance in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is tied to the person, not the unit, and allows the participant to lease any unit that meets the program requirements. It operates based on an advertised, application period where people are advised of when/where they can apply by a deadline, and then a lottery establishes a select waiting list of applicants, which is processed as a slot/position opens. The demand for Section 8 vouchers in Miami and Miami-Dade County is much higher than the number of vouchers/slots available.

The City of Miami closed its Section 8 voucher application period in October 2014 and we are working through our waitlist of 100 households, which should take several years to process. We will not open a new application period for the program until the existent waitlist is processed in its entirety. The City of Miami’s Section 8 voucher program has a total of 136 vouchers in use now and persons are called from the waitlist when one of those vouchers opens up or becomes available.

The largest local Section 8 provider in South Florida is the Miami-Dade Housing Authority. The City of Homestead, the City of Hialeah and the City of Miami Beach also have Section 8 programs. You can get additional information on those City’s programs by calling these cities directly. We suggest you call 311 – the local information line – and ask to be routed accordingly. All the cities mentioned here open their application periods independently, and manage their own, separate Section 8 program waitlists. At the following link, you’ll find an extended list of all the housing authorities in Florida and a listing of the types of housing programs each offers; you should contact them to see if applications are presently available in their community -http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts/fl

¿Que es el programa Plan 8 y como se aplica?

Esta es la pregunta que recibimos con mas frecuencia en nuestro Departamento. El programa de vales de elección de vivienda (conocido como el Plan 8 (voucher)) es el programa principal del gobierno federal para asistir a familias con muy bajos ingresos, ancianos y discapacitados para que puedan rentar una vivienda decente, segura e higiénica en el mercado privado. Como la ayuda de vivienda se brinda en nombre de la familia o el individuo, los participantes pueden buscar su propia vivienda, incluyendo viviendas unifamiliares, casas y apartamentos. El participante puede elegir libremente cualquier vivienda que cumpla con los requisitos del programa.

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Los vales para elección de vivienda son administrados de forma local por las agencias de vivienda (PHA). Las PHA reciben fondos federales del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de EE.UU. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) para administrar el programa de vales. La familia a la que se le emite un vale (bono) de vivienda será responsable de buscar una unidad de vivienda adecuada a elección de la familia, donde el propietario acepta alquilar bajo el programa. Las unidades de vivienda de alquiler deben cumplir con las normas mínimas de salud y seguridad, según lo determina la PHA. La PHA paga directamente un subsidio para la vivienda al arrendador en nombre de la familia participante. Luego, la familia paga la diferencia entre el alquiler real cobrado por el arrendador y el monto subsidiado por el programa.

La Ciudad de Miami administra un programa de Plan 8, tal como tambien lo hacen las ciudades de Hialeah, Homestead, Miami Beach y el Condado Miami-Dade. Esos gobiernos tienen sus propios programas Seccion 8, y a consecuencia, cada ciudad maneja su periodo de aplicación y lista de espera individualmente. Para averiguar si estas comunidades anticipan abrir el periodo de aplicación de sus programas Plan 8, debe llamarlos individualmente. La línea de información del Condado – 311 – le puede indicar esos números de teléfono. La siguiente dirección de Internet http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts/fl tambien provee una lista extendida de las agencias de vivienda (PHA) en el estado y los programas que cada agencia ofrece. Tambien puede contactar a estas a su discreción.

En estos momentos el programa Plan 8 de la Ciudad de Miami está cerrado ya que estamos trabajando nuestra lista de espera de 100 personas, establecida a finales del 2014. Dado a que nuestro lista cerró hace poco, no anticipamos abrirla de nuevo por varios años. Como la demanda de ayuda de vivienda generalmente supera los recursos limitados disponibles de HUD y las agencias de vivienda locales, los períodos de espera prolongados son comunes.

2. Is there any way to get a Section 8 voucher outside of the application process described here?

No.

¿Hay otra forma de conseguir un bono (voucher) fuera del proceso de aplicación detallado aqui?

No.

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3. I am disabled and I want to apply for Section 8. Is the application process the same?

Yes. Please see the answer as explained in Question #1. You must apply during open application periods.

Yo soy deshabilitada/desabilitado y quiero aplicar para el Plan 8. ¿El proceso de aplicación es igual?

Si. Por favor lea la respuesta de la Pregunta #1 (arriba). Usted tiene que aplicar durante un periodo de aplicación anunciado.

4. How can I find out when you are opening your Section 8 application process?

We publish an ad in English, Spanish and Creole in local newspapers detailing the application period and process. You can also call 311, as we inform that information (phone) line when we are set to open the program’s application period.

¿Como yo averiguo cuando van a abrir el periodo de aplicación para el programa Plan 8 de la Ciudad de Miami?

Publicamos un anuncio en ingles, español, y kreyol en periódicos locales detallando el periodo de aplicación y el proceso establecido para someter una aplicación a tiempo. Tambien puede llamar all 311 ya que nosotros le notificamos a esta línea informativa cuando se va a abrir el periodo de aplicación para el programa.

5. What is the Section 8 moderate rehabilitation program?

This federally-funded, housing rental program provides assistance to very low-income individuals and families in privately-owned, rehabilitated, multi-family buildings. There are approximately 400 units and 16 buildings currently under contract in the City of Miami’s Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program. In this program, rental assistance is tied to the unit, not to the tenant. This program also operates based on its own advertised, application period where people are advised of when/where they can apply by a deadline, and then a lottery establishes a select waiting list of applicants, which is processed as a slot/position opens. The City of Miami last opened the Section 8 moderate rehabilitation program for applications in 2003. We are still working through that waitlist.

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¿Que es el programa de rehabilitación moderada del Plan 8?

Es un programa de Sección 8 basada en el Proyecto, en donde éste es un complejo privado de apartamentos donde algunos o todos los apartamentos son para la Sección 8 de arrendatarios. En estos momentos hay aproximadamente 16 edificios y un total de 400 unidades (estudios u condominios de una y dos habitaciones) bajo contrato en el programa de rehabilitación moderada del Plan 8 de la Ciudad de Miami. Aquí la asistencia con la renta esta atada al edificio (la unidad), y no al participante. No hay voucher (bono). Este programa tambien se maneja a base de un periodo de aplicación anunciado en periódicos locales, en donde se indica como y cuando la persona interesada puede aplicar, y subsecuentemente una lotería computarizada establece una lista de espera al azar. Esta lista se trabaja en cuanto una posicioón existente en el programa se abre. La Ciudad de Miami abrió la última lista de espera para este programa de rehabilitación moderada del Plan 8 en el 2003. Todavía estamos trabajando esa lista de espera.

6. What is public housing?

Public housing is government owned housing that is operated by a designated housing authority. It features specific buildings/locations that provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. All public housing in Miami-Dade County (including locations within the City of Miami) is operated by the Miami-Dade Public Housing & Community Development Department. They open an application period for persons interested in public housing and establish a waitlist. For more information on public housing, please visit www.miamidade.gov/housing/public-housing.asp or call 311 and asked to be routed to the Miami-Dade Public Housing & Community Development Department at 786-469-4100.

¿Que es la vivienda pública?

La vivienda pública es un tipo de propiedad inmueble en la cual la vivienda está en manos de una autoridad gubernamental, que puede ser central o local. En el la caso de todas las viviendas públicas dentro de la Ciudad de Miami, y dentro de todo el Condado Miami-Dade, estas son administradas por el Departamento De Vivienda Publica y Desarrollo Comunitario del Condado Miami-Dade. Hay que aplicar para vivir en una vivienda pública a traves de un proceso de aplicación y una lista de espera. Para más información sobre viviendas públicas, puede comunicarse con ese Departamento del Condado llamando al 786-469-4100.

7. I need affordable rental housing - is there a list of affordable buildings in the City of Miami?

The City updates a list of affordable rental housing sites within City limits. The housing on this list has nothing to do with the Section 8 program. It is privately owned housing BUT has received some type of public funding/assistance – be it from the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, State of Florida and/or federal government (U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development) – to offer some rental units to persons/families who qualify as low-to-moderate income, as defined by the State of Florida or the federal government on any given year. These “affordable” buildings manage their own application and waitlist processes. If you are interested in renting at any of these buildings, you should call the building’s leasing office to see if applications are currently available (phone numbers are noted). You should keep in mind that applying to be a tenant at these buildings can potentially involve an application fee. Applying and paying the fee DOES NOT mean you will be approved for tenancy. For additional information on the rental rates of these buildings, you would need to ask the leasing office, as well. Please note, some buildings are under a category noted as “elderly.” This means that those buildings are exclusively for persons age 55 years of age or older, or 62 years of age or older. You can download this list of affordable rental housing at http://www.miamigov.com/communitydevelopment/Docs/Housing/MultifamiilyRentalHousingList.pdf

A mi me hace falta una vivienda (para rentar) para personas de bajos ingresos. ¿Hay una lista de edificios que ofrecen unidades para personas de bajos ingresos?

Hay edificios privados dentro de la Ciudad de Miami que han recibido fondos federales y ofrecen ciertas unidades para personas de bajos a moderados ingresos, tal como los define el Departamento federal de Viviendas Urbana, conocido como HUD por sus siglas en ingles. Puede conseuguir esta lista de edificios costeables dentro de los límites geográficos de la Ciudad de Miami en la siguiente pagina de web: http://miamigov.com/communitydevelopment/Docs/Housing/MultifamiilyRentalHousingList.pdf . Fíjese en la columna que indica el tipo de edificio, sea para familias o para personas mayores de los 59 años, notado en la lista como “elderly.” Si le interesan algunos edificios, usted puede llamar al número de teléfono indicado para confirmar si hay aplicaciones disponibles para esos edificios en estos momentos y tambien le pueden indicar las rentas existentes, dado el tamaño (número de habitaciones) del apartamento que usted busca. Los edificios tambien mantienen sus propias listas de espera. Tenga en cuenta que estos edificios NO SON propiedades de la Ciudad de Miami, y NO SON administrados por la Ciudad de Miami.

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8. Does the City of Miami own and/or operate housing in the City of Miami?

No. The City is not a landlord. We do not rent housing of any kind.

¿La Ciudad es dueña de – o administra – viviendas/apartamentos para personas de bajos recursos?

No. La Ciudad de Miami no sirve como arrendador y no es dueña, ni administra, edificios de bajos recursos.

9. I need emergency housing assistance. What do I do?

The only local, federally funded program that provides emergency housing assistance – based on funding availability -- is the HAND program. It is open to income-eligible persons who meet all other eligibility requirements and who are HOMELESS or AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS (and have a court ordered eviction notice from Miami-Dade County). You can contact the HAND program at 1-877-994-4357 to assess if you are eligible and if the program has funding at this time. HAND provides temporary rental assistance to move a person/family into a new location.

Me hace falta asistencia financiera de emergencia para mi vivienda. ¿Que hago?

El único programa local con fondos federales que provee asistencia temporal de emergencia – si hay fondos disponibles – es el programa HAND, para personas elegibles que estan SIN HOGAR (desamparadas) o personas que estan A RIESGO DE ESTAR SIN HOGAR y tienen una orden de desalojar su unidad (dentro del Condad Miami-Dade) despachada por la Corte. Usted puede llamar al programa HAND directamente al 1-877-994-4357 para que asesoren su situación y le indiquen si usted y su familia son elegibles para el programa. Para personas elegibles, el programa provee asistencia temporal para que la persona/familia se mude a un nuevo local.

10. I need help with paying my rent. Do you have a program to help me?

No.

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A mi me hace falta ayuda para pagar mi renta. ¿ La Ciudad tiene un programa para ayudarme?

No.

11. I am hearing impaired and need assistance with making calls to affordable buildings. What do I do?

Please call 711 to access the TDD/TYY systems available locally (Florida Relay) for persons who are hearing/speaking impaired. If you need a specialized/amplified phone due to hearing/speaking issues, please contact the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., at www.ftri.org or TTU: 1-888-554-1151 or Video Phone 1-850-270-6016. You can apply for a phone via this agency.

Yo soy sordo/mudo y me hace falta asistencia para comunicarme con edificios con unidades para personas de bajos recursos. ¿Que hago?

Si usted es sordo y/o mudo, y quiere comunicarse con los edificos para personas de bajos recursos de la lista indicada en la pregunta número 4, debe usar el sistema TDD/TTY (que incluye un teclado especial) para personas sordas y/o mudas. El número comunitario para utilizar el sistema TDD/TTY es el 711. El sistema es gratuito y lo maneja el estado de la Florida. Para aplicar para un teléfono amplificado y/o especializado gratuito para usar el system TDD (a traves del 711), comuníquese con el Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. en la www.ftri.org o TTY:1-888-447-5620 o por teléfono de video 1-850-270-6016.

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