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Public housing is intended for the most disadvantaged members of the community, i.e., extremely low-income, elderly or disabled residents.
The public housing program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) manages almost 9,200 units of public housing in 100 family and elderly developments. PHCD also manages several mixed-income housing developments charging rent to low-income families that can afford to bear some of the costs of housing.
Residents who need housing assistance must first apply for public housing. Applications for public housing are available only during the periods of open registration.
Once eligibility is determined, applicants are then placed on a waiting list compiled using a lottery-like system and are assigned a rank for public housing, the Section 8 Housing Voucher program, assisted living facilities and moderate rehabilitation housing. When an applicant reaches the top of the list, he or she will receive an offer letter.
- Read the Conventional Public Housing Dwelling Lease
- Read the Public Housing Community Policies
- Read the Utility Allowance Schedule for tenant-purchased utilities
- Read the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Lease Addendum
Each year the department updates the Public Housing Agency (PHA) 5-Year and Annual Plan, outlining the current goals and objectives, and submits it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Because there are so many families who need affordable rental housing, the fairest way for housing authorities to select families is through a waiting list. Find out information on applying; waiting list ranking numbers and more.
Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development's $35 million Homeownership Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE VI) grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will completely revitalize the Scott Home and Carver Homes public housing developments.
Public Housing Developments
Use the interactive map to locate the different public housing developments in Miami-Dade County.
A reasonable accommodation is a change, modification, alteration or adaptation in policy, procedure, practice or program of a housing facility that provides a qualified individual with a disability the opportunity to participate, or benefit from, a housing or non-housing program or activity.
Assisted Living Facility for the Elderly
Designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of elderly public housing residents.
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