The Real Deal Miami

Squabbling over housing relief funds

December 01, 2008 12:13PM

Miami-Dade commissioners had a political fracas last week as they voted
on a proposal for federal foreclosure relief funds, as some
commissioners pushed to ensure their districts would see a share of the
money. Miami-Dade will receive more than $62.2 million as part of the
Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The application to the
Department of Housing and Urban Development is due today. Commissioner
Joe Martinez, who voted against the measure, said he doesn’t like the
way it appears the money will be distributed. His West Dade district
is burdened by a high number of pending foreclosures but doesn’t seem
to take high priority in the proposed distribution of funds, he said.