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United Way reopens applications for pandemic funds

Written by on September 30, 2020
United Way reopens applications for pandemic funds

After temporarily pausing application submissions for a $20 million pandemic assistance program more than a month ago, United Way of Miami-Dade says it is set to complete reviewing this week more than 9,000 initial applicants, distribute funds and reopen today (10/1) for new submissions. 

In partnership with the county and funded by the federal CARES Act, fund distributions began Aug. 15, with more than $13.8 million now sent to about 9,200 households to assist more than 29,000 adults and children, United Way officials said, and for a limited time only, first-time applications will be accepted beginning today. The submission process will close automatically once the maximum number of applications is received to exhaust the remaining funds available. The application is available in English, Spanish and Creole at 

“We anticipated and planned to pause application submissions after we received over 9,000 because we knew we were going to get those numbers,” said Vanessa Benavides, United Way’s associate vice president. “Once we are done reviewing those applications, we will have a better feel of how much funds remain and hopefully put that information out of how many more applications we can receive.”

With about 40 trained employees, each application is carefully reviewed for proper documentation, any duplications and missing information, officials said. 

Once approved, applicants can expect to receive funds within a week, Ms. Benavides said. “We are processing and sending payments twice a week electronically or mailed checks.”

United Way said about $4 million to $5 million of Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program remain available. The program, which launched Aug. 5, addresses short-term economic hardship through financial assistance for basic living expenses such as food, utilities, childcare, medical expenses and rental assistance, among others. Depending on household size and income, individuals were eligible for up to $1,000 and families of three or more could receive up to $2,000.

With multiple emergency relief programs distributing funds, United Way has had an increased volume of phone and email inquiries for federal funds like the Miami-Dade County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is unrelated to the Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program, Ms. Benavides explained.

“We can understand that people are stressed out and frustrated, but there are so many programs that have been launched and sometimes individuals are mixing them up and getting confused,” she said, “but we are here to help sort it out. I believe there was a misunderstanding when we temporarily closed the application process and people assumed we ran out of money.”

United Way continues to process all applications and will serve as a resource in the disbursement process until funds are exhausted, she added. “There’s a lot going on out there and we are here to help navigate or solve any remaining issues or concerns.”


45 Responses to United Way reopens applications for pandemic funds

  1. whitney d tinker

    September 30, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Really need help

  2. M. Joseph

    October 1, 2020 at 1:50 am

    I need COVID19 ASSISTANCE and all other Resources for my family please.

  3. Mirka Salomon

    October 1, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Really need assistance have 6 kids

  4. Kaya Keys

    October 1, 2020 at 11:31 am

    How do I sign up?

  5. Rebeca Metellus

    October 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Hello my name is rebecca Metellus and I am disabled and have two kids ,single parents no family member at the state ,need alot of help, my daughter also suffer with depression, my son is having kidney hydronephrosis and failure thrives. I am diagnosed with rhobdomolosy. I am need alot help. Call me at 7862624486

  6. Adriana Santos

    October 1, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Greetings. I am a single mother of an 8-year-old boy, because of my work schedule it is necessary for my son to attend after school care, but my income is limited. grateful in advance

  7. Yinay Cruz

    October 1, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I’m a bus driver for the schools of Miami-Dade, I have 3 kids and I’m unemployed

  8. Tiara kelly

    October 1, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    I’m in desperate need of help during this pandemic

  9. Dina E Sauceda

    October 1, 2020 at 3:47 pm


    I have two kids. The older one is 5 and the other one 3 years old. I am looking for a job but I have not find one yet.. I also help my mom.

  10. Dina E Sauceda

    October 1, 2020 at 3:47 pm


    I have two kids. Single mom. The older one is 5 and the other one 3 years old. I am looking for a job but I have not find one yet.. I also help my mom.

  11. Sharon Viger

    October 1, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Me and my family is in need of food rent assistance transportation car was stolen during the pandemic and repo we are living with a open eviction

  12. AvAgaye Wong

    October 1, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I’m a grandmama who lives with 3adult boys who r unemployed they were refused unemployment,2 grandboys in grade school and an18 year old son who came back to me after being adopted. For 18 years I am on social security and$194 food stamps my sis check is $874 my light bill is $447 my rent is$900 and my cable and water is high also our $1200 has ran out now I’m delinquent in my bills I will appreciated help thank you miss ava

  13. Teandra Williams

    October 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Hi I have been trying to contact you guys I did an application the first round and I received the money and I really appreciated the help a lot but I’m soo far behind on bills I can’t even keep up. The money helped me pay on some of my bills and put food in the house for the time being but now fpl are about to do disconnections on past due light bills. I’m also behind on my water bill I’m an single mother of 5 no job if you guys can’t help me out this time around can you please help me with some resources that will be kind enough to help me and my kids survive through this please thank you very much.

  14. German Amador

    October 1, 2020 at 7:01 pm


  15. Marisleyli Hernandez

    October 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    I ‘m a single mother of two ,my boy is 7 years old and girl is 3 years old and appreciate to get the help,I really need it…

  16. Phillipa Morris

    October 1, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I have leaks in my home I’m on ssi can’t get any help hole in my roof also

  17. Anita

    October 1, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Hi my name is Anita and I sis an application I’m not sure if I got it in before time but I did it today and I pressed submitted but it went back to the main screen so I’m not sure if it was too late or it was accepted but I’m a single mother of 4kids I work for dade county school board and I been out of that job since March so I lost that income I really could use the funding right now to catch up my bills and to continue to provide for me and my kids u til I’m able to return to work can u please help me…Thank u

  18. Tasha Alexander

    October 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I need help with reloactinh after witnessing a homicide

  19. Antwanette Daniels

    October 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    How do I apply?

  20. Karen castillo

    October 1, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I have 3 kids and my income is very limited at this moment

  21. Mary Howell

    October 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    My name is Mary when the program first came out I applied for rental assistance. I am in need of help asap. Could someone look for my application before I have to live in my car.

  22. Kemberly Bienaime

    October 1, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    They already closed the application. I need help please

  23. Dawn Thompson

    October 1, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    I need assitance for my bills. I have been unemployed since Covid shut all down back in March.

  24. Denita D Warren

    October 1, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I’m a single mother on a fixed income and I’m struggling during this pandemic time if you could help me out with truly appreciate that will be very grateful

  25. Robert jr

    October 2, 2020 at 6:24 am

    We need help for rent and water we owe rent for Sept and oct

  26. Amanda

    October 2, 2020 at 9:17 am

    My name is Amanda Davison Mccullough I’ve been out on the job injury bills getting behind and a friend told me about this program. Just trying to see if I can get a little help

  27. Shartavia Brodus

    October 2, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I have 4 children a single parent and newborn baby I really need help and assistance To to the paramedic

  28. Ann

    October 2, 2020 at 11:38 am

    We’ve all got these kinds of stories-but this in the wrong outlet. This isn’t where you apply go to the website.

  29. Jeanette king

    October 2, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Please help me. My daughter, grandchildren and myself really need help. Before we get evicted.

  30. Marie miles

    October 2, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I reall need the help bad to pay bills buy clothes house hold stuff two

  31. Sharleen

    October 2, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    It say opened for summit But it is not … is there any other way to apply ?

  32. james louis

    October 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I need some help im going lose my house during this pandemic.i have a child disable all is equipments are electronic i have a notice from fpl if not pay the amount i owne the ll disconnected the electricity.

  33. Rena Stanley

    October 2, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I’m in need help please

  34. Nakenya Humphrey

    October 2, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I really help

  35. Dina E Sauceda

    October 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm


    I am a single mom of two. I was laid off for the Covid and I can not find a job yet. Thank you.

  36. Urszula Bednarek

    October 2, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Single mother needs help

  37. Jelice Bush

    October 3, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Hello My is Jelice bush I’m in Desperate Need Assistance for my Family at this Time

  38. Shembria

    October 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I have been homeless since 2015.

  39. Patricia

    October 3, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Mother of 5 in dire need of assistance. I really need to he help. Hope to get approved soon. Thank you

  40. Marie St Hilaire

    October 3, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Hello my name is Marie I need assistance especially for my son is disabled all his supplies are electronic i have a notice for disconnection since pandemic time my husband is not hes down lyft it not enough for our bills .we have 5 months mortgages behind please we re in desperate need assistance at this time.thank you

  41. Tiara Kelly

    October 3, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I’m inquiring about the funds available I’m in desperate need of assistance please

  42. Sylvia Farrington

    October 4, 2020 at 9:27 am Me and my family is in desperate need at this time Thanking you in advance

  43. Erika Montiel

    October 5, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Hi, I’m Erika Montiel, I’m a single mom and I have three children

  44. Mirurgia Casola

    October 5, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Necesito pagar mi renta debido a que tengo hhoras reducidas en mi parttime y no he perdido pagar octubre

  45. Rena Stanley

    October 5, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    In need of help