Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava signs Tenant's Bill of Rights
Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava held a ceremonial bill signing for the county’s first Tenant’s Bill of Rights, alongside members of the Board of County Commissioners, housing advocates, and the director of the newly-created Miami-Dade Office of Housing Advocacy. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously by the Board on Tuesday, May 3, will create new protections for residents across the County and formalizes the creation of the Office of Housing Advocacy. It will go into full effect on Saturday, May 14th.
“We are facing an urgent affordability crisis and I’m proud to sign this legislation at a critical time for our community,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “By unanimously passing the Tenant’s Bill of Rights, our County Commissioners are joining my administration in sending a clear message that county government will continue to work towards housing security for all residents, and ensure that housing is more affordable, available, and accessible. I am also proud to announce the official opening of our new Office of Housing Advocacy as a major step forward to put our Tenant’s Bill of Rights in action”
Last month, Mayor Levine Cava declared an affordability crisis in Miami-Dade County and launched the Building Blocks Program to put in motion diverse initiatives to expand access to housing that is affordable. Providing rental assistance and ensuring tenant’s rights are two of the first “building blocks” to address the affordability crisis. The opening of the new Office of Housing Advocacy materializes a key building block to offer direct support to residents.
“I am so honored to launch the Office of Housing Advocacy, a much-needed resource for residents across Miami-Dade County,” said Delores Holley, Director of the Office of Housing Advocacy. “Our office will work to address issues of affordable housing, and landlord and tenant rights, and assist families and individuals seeking housing related resources.”
Mayor Levine Cava’s administration is focused on developing additional ‘'building blocks” to increase the availability of affordable housing units and support landlords and developers. The mayor plans to host a housing summit at the end of June to bring together all the necessary stakeholders involved in creating housing solutions for Miami-Dade County.