Ensuring quality affordable housing for residents
While a state senator, Congresswoman Carrie Meek developed much of Florida’s current housing finance policy which made the dream of home ownership and accessible rentals a reality for thousands of families. Her work in 1988 with lawyer and civic activist Martin Fine on the Documentary Benevolent Aid surtax, for instance, helped provide zero-interest home loans to low-income families in Miami-Dade County. The legacy of her work in this area is evident in the many affordable housing complexes being developed all over Miami-Dade County.
In prior years, the Foundation’s “Soul Lives in the City” campaign was an effort to provide quality affordable housing to residents of Miami-Dade County and to encourage former residents to come back to the community. The Foundation assisted in the pre-qualification of potential residents for new affordable housing developments and provided the housing and credit counseling necessary to prepare residents to take advantage of these opportunities.
Miami Workers Center surveyed Black domestic workers in Miami-Dade and found that nearly 84% of have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and 90% reported being at risk of being evicted. The organization’s Eviction Defense Program received $10,000 from the Foundation to provide direct relief, rights-based education, self-help materials and legal clinics offering free assistance for low-income Black, brown and Latin women who are at risk of losing their home.