Miami-Dade County and United Way of Miami-Dade reopen application for CARES Act COVID-19 relief funds

For a limited time, families facing financial hardship have an opportunity to apply for one-time relief assistance beginning November 17

Miami-Dade County and United Way of Miami-Dade will reopen The Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program to provide hard-working individuals and families with emergency assistance and relief during the coronavirus pandemic. The program, funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), aims to help ALICE* (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families impacted by the lingering COVID-19 crisis. Relief funds can be used for basic living expenses such as food, utilities, childcare, medical expenses and rental assistance among others.

“Since the launch of the Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program in early August, we have distributed more than $18.8 million of Miami-Dade County CARES Act funds to more than 12,200 households, representing emergency relief to over 39,300 adults and children in our community,” Maria C. Alonso, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. “Given the sustained impact of COVID-19, the additional $10.96 million in federal funds will provide vital relief to more individuals and families that are still struggling through the economic impacts of the pandemic.”

Individuals and/or families who have experienced a significant loss of income due to unemployment, underemployment and/or experienced unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19 and are residents of Miami-Dade County can apply for one-time assistance beginning November 17 at 9:00am via The application will close automatically once the maximum number of applications are received in order to exhaust the funds available. Only first-time applicants will be considered. For more information, you can visit

In August, Miami-Dade County selected United Way to distribute $20 million in federal funds due to its profound experience in emergency response and relief. With this additional allocation of $10.96 million, United Way will distribute approximately $30.96 million by the end of the year. In addition, United Way has been providing emergency assistance and relief during the pandemic since mid-March through its Miami Pandemic Response Fund, raising $3.7 million to help individuals, families and small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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*With 5 out of 10 households (54%) in Miami-Dade County living in, or one emergency away from, poverty, the pandemic has exacerbated an already difficult situation for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families. Learn more about ALICE by visiting United Way ALICE Report.




2020-12-16T17:07:32-04:00 November 17th, 2020|