Miami-Dade COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program
The Miami-Dade COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program can provide up to three (3) months of past-due rent per unit, with a maximum of $5,000 per unit. Funds will be paid directly to approved landlords in the form of a grant by Miami-Dade County, which must be used solely to provide rent forgiveness in the same amount to eligible tenants, as described below.
Landlords facing financial hardship due to tenants experiencing income loss as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic who have missed or are in danger of missing rental payments can apply on their tenant’s behalf if the following conditions are met:
- The landlord owns five or fewer rental properties; AND
- Funding for outstanding rent that is being requested through the County Program has not been paid or reimbursed by any other source (County, City, State or Federal); AND
- Eligible properties are located within Miami-Dade County; AND
- Rental forgiveness is provided in the same amount as the grant from this program; AND
- The current income of the tenant household meets the eligibility requirement be being at or below 120% Area Median Income (AMI). Current income refers to the household’s income following any job loss or income reduction due to COVID-19; AND
- There is demonstration of a loss of income due COVID-19; AND
- Proof of rent is provided showing that rent was current as of February 2020.
Applications are available today at www.miamidadecovidrelief.org.
RISE Small Business Loan
RISE, an acronym for Re-Investing in our Small Business Economy, is a $25 million small business loan program provided by federal CARES Act funds with the goal of helping Miami-Dade County small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Miami-Dade Arts Support Program
Funded with $10 million from the federal CARES Act, the Miami-Dade Arts Support (MAS) Program aims to provide financial assistance to arts and cultural organizations and artist-entrepreneurs to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting webinars for cultural organizations to learn the application and submission process beginning Aug. 14. See the workshop schedule, grant program guidelines and the application by visiting the Miami-Dade Arts Support Action Center webpage.
The deadline for artists to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 26. The deadline for cultural organizations to apply is Monday, Aug. 31.
Cultural Affairs is also activating round two of the Miami-Dade Artists Support! (MÁS!) Program, specifically for artists. The program will provide up to a maximum of $500 per artist, available to artists of all disciplines, artist-entrepreneurs and cultural “gig” workers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival and FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund
Caterers and employees of independently owned restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund.
Up to $500 will be made available to each qualifying employee, with a maximum of $15,000 per individual establishment and a maximum of two establishments per restaurant/hospitality group.
Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey
Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Completing this survey could help unlock State and Federal funding. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Miami-Dade County Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program
The Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program, consisting of $5 million in federal CARES Act funds, provides loans of up to $25,000 with zero percent interest and no origination fees.
Businesses must have no more than 25 employees, provide some evidence of being affected by COVID-19, and not previously having received assistance from other special COVID-19 programs, such as the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
For more information:
Miami-Dade County Hospitality Industry Grant (HIC) Program
The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners has approved $35 million for the Business Grant Program specifically for the hospitality industry. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to local independently owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted 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 Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) 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.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
Layoff Aversion Fund
Through CareerSource South Florida’s Layoff Aversion Fund, small businesses and community-based organizations facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from COVID-19 can apply for up to $10,000 in grants to prevent potential layoffs or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due to the pandemic.
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
NOTICE: Current law dictates that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) close at the end of August 8, 2020. As such, SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
You can also use the application to provide your direct deposit information as well as update your mailing address if you have moved since you last filed federal income taxes.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents who did not have to file federal income taxes in 2018 or 2019 can enter their direct deposit information to receive their stimulus check.
Short-Time Compensation Program (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)
The Short-Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck.
Employers: Apply for the Short Time Compensation Program (required for employees to submit a re-employment claim).
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
Employer Notice: Each covered employer must post in a conspicuous place on its premises a notice of FFCRA requirements. Employer requirements fact sheet. The Department of Labor has issued a press release indicating that it intends to observe a 30-day period of non-enforcement for employers who engage in reasonable, good-faith efforts to comply with the FFCRA.
Florida has eliminated the ‘work search’ requirement’ for unemployment benefits.
To apply for unemployment online click here.
For more information, visit floridajobs.org.
Temporary Signage for Businesses in Sunny Isles Beach
The City of Sunny Isles Beach would like to provide temporary assistance to our business community and will allow installation of temporary flag banners along Collins Avenue. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, please follow the steps below:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name, address, and type of business
- Contact information including name, phone and email of site manager/owner
- Hours of operation (days and hours)
- Picture or graphic of the proposed temporary flag banner (one per business)
- Dimensions of the proposed temporary flag banner (one per business)
- Temporary flag banner content
- Contact information (name, phone, email) of person in charge of installing and removing banner on a daily basis
- Prior to installing your temporary flag banner, you shall receive a notification of approval from email@example.com with the specific location where to install your flag banner
- There will be NO fee to request a temporary flag banner, however, Code Compliance will assess $250 daily fines if guidelines are not followed