The Community Development Department collaborates with several local lenders to offer affordable housing opportunities to new Miami Gardens residents. Lenders interested in learning about the Purchase Assistance Program should contact the office at 305-622-8041.
Homebuyer Counseling Agency
HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on services that include, but not limited to homebuyer education, money/debt management, post purchase counseling and predatory lending, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. View the list of Approved Housing Counseling Agencies (PDF).
Alliance for Aging (Elder Hotline)
The Alliance for Aging was designated by the State of Florida in 1989 as the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The Alliance is a private not-for-profit, agency. A wide range of services are provided to older people through a network of local agencies. Some of the services provided include congregate and home delivered meals, recreation, adult day care, personal care, legal assistance and transportation. Through its service network, the Alliance also provides, support, training, education, counseling and respite for caregivers including grandparents raising grandchildren. Any person age 60 or older is eligible for services from the Alliance for Aging. Caregivers of any age who are caring for an older person may be eligible for services, also. For further information view the Alliance for Aging (Elder Hotline) website or call 305-670-6500 .
Community Action Agency (CAA)
Miami-Dade Community Action Agency (CAA) is a part of the County's core social service departments. CAA is committed to delivering excellence by providing services that assist low-income individuals and families to gain self-sufficiency and economic independence, through a comprehensive list of programs that address a number of needs. The spirit of Community Action is helping people and changing lives, and is reflected in our commitment to the community. For more information on programs and services provided by CAA, call 786-469-4600 or the CAA website.
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Florida Housing Finance Corporation was created by the Florida Legislature more than 25 years ago to help our fellow Floridians obtain safe, decent affordable housing that might otherwise be unavailable to them. Today, Florida Housing continues its mission by increasing affordable housing opportunities and ensuring that its programs are well matched to the needs of those we serve. Visit the Florida Housing website to learn more about their programs.
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc (Housing Discrimination)
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.) is a private fair housing, not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting fair housing. HOPE's programs are designed to ensure that people are offered the right to select housing of their choice without discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital or familial status, or such other protected classes as may be conferred by federal, state or local laws. For more information about HOPE, call 305-651-4673 or visit the HOPE website.
Miami-Dade Homeless Trust (Homeless Hotline)
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust was created in 1993 by the Board of County Commissioners with several primary functions, including, to administer proceeds of the one-percent food and beverage tax; to implement the local continuum of care plan, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners on issues involving homelessness. The Trust is not a direct service provider. Instead, it is responsible for the implementation of policy initiatives developed by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Board. If you, or someone you know is homeless, or about to become homeless, please call the Homeless Helpline 877-994-HELP (4357). You can also visit the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust (Homeless Hotline) website.
Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency
The Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency administers federal subsidies that support more than 10,000 units of public and other assisted housing. Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency also works with builders, developers, lenders and private housing providers to expand affordable housing opportunities in Miami-Dade County. They have a variety of housing programs and services available depending on the client's individual needs and circumstances. For more information visit the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency website or call 786-469-4100.
Miami-Dade Department of Housing & Community Development
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers Federal and State funding that supports the development of viable urban neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County characterized by decent housing, expansion of economic opportunities and the preservation of historic properties. Visit the Miami-Dade Department of HCD website to learn more.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security promotes individual emergency preparedness through the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps as part of a broader national effort conducted by the Department's Preparedness Directorate. Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating. Use the link below to get information on emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government, and also receive free materials including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans. To learn more, visit the Ready America website.
South Florida Legal Providers
Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI) is a private non-profit organization that works to address the legal needs of low income residents. LSGMI represent people who have civil legal problems related to housing, education, family, juvenile, employment, immigration, public benefits and other legal areas. For more information about the Legal Services of Greater Miami, visit their website at www.lsgmi.org. To get information on other legal service providers in Florida you may visit the Florida Law Help website.
CareerSource South Florida
CareerSource South Florida is responsible for initiating state and federally funded workforce development programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. They assist employers and job seekers with employment services, labor market information, and provide training for economically disadvantaged adults, youth, dislocated workers, individuals transitioning from welfare to work, and refugees. All CareerSource South Florida services and resources are available to everyone at no cost through a network of Career Centers. Visit the CareerSource South Florida website.
S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction
S.T.E.P.S. in the Right Direction, Inc (S.T.E.P.S. Inc.) helps strengthen the community by delivering health and human services to the elderly, caregivers of the elderly, needy families and children, refugees, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities and any special needs. They also offer caregivers and families high-quality services and support through a variety of programs, such as adult education, family literacy, caregiver support, and workshops. To contact S.T.E.P.S., call 305-231-9936 or visit the S.T.E.P.S. website.
Switchboard of Miami, Inc.
Switchboard of Miami, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides the Miami-Dade County community with comprehensive telephone crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information, and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The agency also offers free individual and family counseling services and prevention programs for high-risk youth and their families based in local schools. To reach a crisis counselor call 305-358-HELP (4357). Visit the Switchboard of Miami, Inc. website.
The Children's Trust
The Children's Trust invests in programs and services that improve the lives of Miami-Dade's children and families by making strategic investments in their futures. Some of the programs funded by the Children's Trust include early care and education, summer and after-school programs, parenting classes, access to insurance providers and health care, and much more. For more information on programs funded by the Children's Trust call 211 for the Helpline or you can visit The Children's Trust website.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
City residents can obtain information on all types of housing programs directly from HUD. HUD's website can provide information including purchasing HUD homes, renting, relocation, foreclosures, evictions, homeless, fair housing, consumer information and complaints and much more. The local office is located in downtown Miami. To learn more, visit the HUD website.
Recovery Treatment Center
The Recovery Treatment Center's resources below intend to educate individuals on alcohol awareness month, and equip them with the knowledge on how to get help if they are struggling:
- Depression & Substance Abuse - Article explaining the different types of depression and how substance abuse can affect those already struggling with depression.
- Co-Occurring Disorder and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers - A medically reviewed article explaining what a co-occurring disorder is and how it can be treated.
- Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders - Our guide to explain how and what assessment tests are available for those to see if they are struggling with a co-occurring disorder
- What Are Co-Occurring Disorders? - Our Guide to explain what co-occurring disorders are and how they are treated along with substance abuse
For those hoping to find help in their local areas, they can also use our free directory to locate the nearest treatment facilities.