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.

Food Assistance Program

At this time, the program has closed due to volume of applications exceeding available funding.  All applicants will be notified of their application status.   

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: 

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 those in need of small business assistance.  Please carefully review eligibility requirements and the full application.

CDBG Small Business Emergency Recovery Grant Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small business community.  Recognizing that this impact may cause increased unemployment and slum blight, the City of Homestead is offering emergency assistance grants for small businesses located within the City limits of Homestead based on a finding of Urgent Need.

The City will assist eligible small businesses with a grant up to $10,000.00 for COVID relief assistance. Grants will be made until funds are expended.  Businesses may use grant funds for mortgage/rent, PPE, cleaning supplies, payroll, utilities and replace spoiled food.

Click here for more information and to complete application online 

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.