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Miami-Dade declares ‘affordability emergency’ as rents continue to soar – NBC 6 South Florida

Miami-Dade County leaders have declared an “affordability emergency” as rents continue to soar and prices become unaffordable for many people in South Florida.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and county commission leaders announced new measures Friday morning.

Mayor Levine Cava signed executive orders adding an additional $13 million to an emergency rental assistance fund, known as the ERAP program. The measures come as rents in the area have risen 30% year-on-year.

Emergency rent assistance is money sent by the federal government to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor’s ordinances also aim to streamline the permitting and building process for developers building affordable housing.

Anyone earning 80% of the county’s median income can apply for this emergency aid, but the county will prioritize low-income people over the middle class.

The stakes are high. According to the United States Census Bureau, despite all the hype of northerners settling in South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward County saw a decrease in total population from 2020 to 2021. Tens of thousands of people have left South Florida.

Mayor Levine Cava also sent a letter to the county’s other 34 municipal mayors, requesting a countywide meeting next month. She hopes to create a unified plan, instead of each city government doing what it wants with money and policies. She said getting leaders on the same page would be more efficient in terms of time, energy and resources.

According to Census data, between July 2020 and July 2021, the county’s total population decreased by about 30,000 people to about 2.66 million people. Broward’s population decreased from 10,000 to 1.93 million. County leaders say year-end numbers for 2021 could go up.