Food assistance

The COVID-19 Food Assistance Program for City of Homestead residents has now reopened.  The program, funded through Community Development Block Grant funds, is designed to assist residents who have suffered a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic by alleviating the burden of grocery costs through Grocery Gift Cards distributed to households in accordance with program guidelines.  Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

Homestead residents in need of assistance should visit www.cityofhomestead.com/covidhelp and scroll to the “Food Assistance Cards” section to access the full program guidelines and online application.  Applicants must reside within Homestead’s City Limits and provide identification such as a driver’s license or utility bill with the applicant’s name and address.  Applicants are urged to double check their address is within the City of Homestead City Limits and not just a Homestead Postal Address prior to submitting their application.  Applicants must also identify how COVID-19 has impacted them and sign an affidavit attesting to the information provided.  Income eligibility limits are as follows:

Family Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Income Limits

$51,200

$58,500

$65,800

$73,100

$78,950

$84,800

$90,650

$96,500

Residents who are unable to complete the application online may also fax the application to 786-349-6777.  Questions related to the program guidelines and how to submit an application should directed to startoffsmartinc@gmail.com or 305-224-5585.  The City of Homestead also offers other assistance programs to eligible residents.  To learn more about these programs, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/covidhelp.

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