Community Assistance

Your City is Here to Help!

In light of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Homestead has launched several community assistance programs for those in need.

Rental & Utilities Assistance Programs

The following programs are available for those in need of rent and utility assistance.  Please carefully review eligibility requirements and the full application.

CDBG Rent & Utilities Assistance Grant Program

The City of Homestead CDBG Rent & Utilities Assistance Grant Program (the “Program”) is designed to provide residents who reside within the incorporated City of Homestead with one-time assistance of up to $1,500 for one month’s rent and/or utilities costs in any combination. Homeowners are eligible to apply to utility assistance only.

To qualify for the program, residents must live within the City of Homestead, have a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) (see chart), and have lost their job or experienced reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Program will be subject to funding availability and verification of application.

The City will not issue payments directly to applicants, but rather payments will be sent directly to the landlord and/or the utility provider.  

CDBG Rent and Utilities Assistance grant:

CDBG Utilities Assistance grant: 

CRA COVID-19 Rental & Utilities Assistance Grant Program

The Homestead CRA COVID-19 Rental & Utilities Assistance Grant Program (the “Program”) is designed to provide residents who reside within the CRA boundaries with a one-time assistance of up to $1,500 for one month’s rent and utilities costs.

In order to qualify for the program, residents must live within the Homestead CRA, have a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), be a renter, and have lost their job or experienced reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Program will be subject to funding availability.

The CRA will not issue payments directly to applicants, but rather payments will be sent directly to landlord and/or the utility provider.

CRA Rent and Utilities Assistance grant: 

CRA Utilities Assistance grant: 


HELP Utilities Assistance

Homestead Public Services Customers may be eligible for one-time utilities assistance from the HELP Contribution Assistance Program.  Customers in need of assistance can apply for HELP Contribution Assistance by calling HPS Customer Service at 305-224-4800.

Small Business Assistance Programs

The following programs are available for small businesses in need of assistance.  Please carefully review eligibility requirements and the full application.

CRA Small Business Emergency Recovery Grant

The CRA Small Business Emergency Recovery Grant is available to eligible existing small businesses located within the CRA. The purpose of this one-time grant is to assist small businesses located in the CRA recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CRA will assist eligible small businesses with a grant up to $5,000 for COVID relief assistance. Priority will first be given to businesses located in historic downtown or the Southwest neighborhood of the CRA. Grants will be made until funds are expended. 

 CRA Small Business Recovery Grant:

Other Assistance Programs

Miami-Dade County recently launched new assistance programs for all Miami-Dade County residents.  Click here for more information on special programs for military and veterans, as well as landlords and tenants.