The program, formerly known as the Opa-locka Triangle Area Beautification Demonstration Program, provides homeowners with up to $5,900 worth of exterior painting and landscaping, should they meet certain income requirements.
The Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency (CAA) administers the program and selects contractors who will make improvements with financing provided through the county’s Housing Finance Authority.
A statement from Jordan’s office said since the program started in 2005, it has helped 85 homeowners to enhance and improve the exteriors of their properties.
Property owners have a choice from among eight color schemes for the exterior of their home and one of three landscaping choices.
Jordan initially chose Opa-locka’s troubled Magnolia North section – sometimes referred to as the Triangle – for the program.
However, $1,150,000 in funding still remains in the program and the economic downturn has spurred the commissioner to expand its reach to residents throughout Jordan’s district.
The district also includes Miami Gardens and parts of unincorporated Miami-Dade County, North Miami and North Miami Beach.
“There are many low-income families, elderly and disabled residents in my district who would benefit greatly from modest home repairs,” Jordan said in the statement. “I’m proud to now be able to offer this service district-wide.”
In order to qualify, applicants must own the home to be included in the beautification project; the home must be a detached single-family dwelling, not an apartment or duplex; must not own any investment property and must meet maximum income requirements.
Those applying to the program must provide a copy of their last W-2 income tax form, if employed; a full month of paycheck stubs for every person living in the household who is employed; a copy of award letters, if unemployed, such as retirement pension or Social Security benefits; copies of picture ID, birth certificate, and Social Security card from every household member; a copy of the household’s most recent mortgage statement; and proof that all property taxes are current and paid.
For more information on the program, call Corey Jones at 786-469-4655.
Photo: COURTESY OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
PROPERTY UPGRADE: This home was given a make-over through Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan’s beautification program.