Through the new Mortgage Relief Program, applicants can receive up to $1,500 per household towards late mortgage payments, late homeowner association (HOA) fees, homeowners’ insurance, and/or late utility assistance.
Applicants must provide the following document(s) related to their hardship:
- Mortgage statement showing balance owed
- Homeowners insurance statement
- Statement from the homeowner and condominium association showing balance of fees
- Past due utility bills (electric or water)
$25 million in total was allocated to the Mortgage Relief Program under the FY2022-23 budget – as part of the $85 million HOMES Plan – and the program can serve up to 15,000 eligible families.
Residents can apply online at www.miamidade.gov/socialservices, by calling Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida at 786-237-2118 or by visiting one of the 12 Community Resource Center locations. Applicants who are seniors, disabled, families with children, and households with late mortgage of three to 12 months will be deemed a priority.
Legislative Black Caucus Chair Dianne Hart supports Miami’s protest against Florida’s Black history teaching standards
Tampa, Fla. – Today a group of protestors have engaged in a 2-mile march to the Miami-Dade School Board building to protest the recently approved African American history standards. A month ago, the Florida Board of Education approved standards that inaccurately teach that enslaved people benefitted from the horrible practice of slavery. The Florida Legislative Black Caucus has been adamant in their disapproval of these new standards.
Representative Dianne Hart (D- Tampa), Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statement:
“I am delighted to see that the citizens and parents in Miami-Dade County are not sitting idly by while the State of Florida tries to indoctrinate our students with lies about historical truths. It is my hope that more parents will become involved in holding town halls, protests, and showing up to school board meetings, continuing to bring attention to these falsehoods that are being passed off as legitimate history. Let me be clear: there was no benefit to enslaved people from the torture that was chattel slavery, and the moment we teach our children otherwise, we open the next generation to the possibility of repeating it.
The Florida Legislative Black Caucus will continue to bring light to this issue and stand against falsehoods in our children’s education.”
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo to host Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Office Hours in Naples on August 15, 2023
Naples — Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) will host Office Hours for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation on August 15, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in her Naples Office located at 3299 East Tamiami Trail, Suite 203. Constituents may call (239) 417-6205 to schedule an appointment.
“Our Southwest Florida communities are strong and resilient, and we while we have seen a great deal of progress in the year following Hurricane Ian, there is still more work to do. I hope those with lingering questions or issues related to a Hurricane Ian claim with Citizens Insurance, or anyone with a question on a Citizens policy will take this opportunity to call and set up an appointment,” said President Passidomo.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian, Citizens remains committed to assist our policyholders with Hurricane Ian claims and those who may have other questions or concerns related to their Citizens policy,” said Citizens President/CEO/Executive Director Tim Cerio.
State Senator Rosalind Osgood’s Response to the Banning of AP Psychology
TAMARAC, Fla. (FNN) – On Thursday, August 3rd, the Florida Department of Education announced banning AP Psychology from being taught in state schools because the educational material includes gender identity and sexual orientation lessons. This announcement comes two weeks after the Florida Board of Education unanimously approved updates to the State’s curriculum regarding the teachings of African-American History, which requires that students be taught slaves-developed skills for their personal benefit.
In response to the banning of AP Psychology in Florida, Florida Senator Rosalind Osgood (D-Tamarac) issued the following statement Thursday:
“Florida’s decision to ban AP Psychology, two weeks after the approved updates to the State’s African-American History curriculum, due to its inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation lessons is no coincidence. The State of Florida is on a mission to erase everyone that doesn’t fit in the normal box of the term “inclusive.” Education should promote understanding, inclusivity, and respect for diverse perspectives. Denying students the opportunity to learn about important topics like gender identity and sexual orientation limits their understanding of the world. Ignoring important topics doesn’t make them go away, it hinders the ability to engage thoughtfully in a diverse society. By excluding these lessons, Florida lacks an opportunity to reduce prejudice and prepare students for a more loving future.”
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