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Metro 1 Community Responds to COVID-19 Shutdowns

April 2, 2020

METRO 1 COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO COVID-19 SHUTDOWNS BY OFFERING MICRO-GRANTS TO LITTLE HAITI-BASED SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Real Estate Company Aims to Raise $150,000 to Support Suffering Residents

Miami – March 30, 2020–Metro 1 Community, the philanthropic division of top Miami commercial real estate company Metro 1, today announced the creation of the Little Haiti Small Business Relief Fund, a collaborative initiative that will provide micro-grants to small businesses and their employees in Little Haiti. Business owners and individuals from select zip codes will be able to apply for grants of up to $2,500 to be used as sustaining income during the COVID-19 shutdowns. While many relief funds have been created over the past two weeks by numerous organizations to assist service industry workers, local businesses, and healthcare organizations across Miami, some of the most vulnerable areas of the city, such as Little Haiti, are being overlooked. These areas are particularly at risk of losing essential pieces of their cultural fabric if local businesses are forced to shutter their doors permanently due to COVID-19 hardships.

“As a company, we’ve been involved in shaping the Little Haiti neighborhood almost since our inception,” said Metro 1 Founder & CEO Tony Cho. “We 100% consider the residents and business owners of Little Haiti who are dealing with setbacks due to COVID-19 part of our Metro 1 Community. While other neighborhoods may bounce back quickly after the pandemic ends, business owners in areas such as Little Haiti, who were already facing significant economic hurdles, will have a harder time, and we feel that it is our duty to make sure our neighbors are not forgotten.”

The fund, backed by a $33,000 initial investment from Metro 1, is being carried out in partnership with non-profit partners, including The Miami Foundation, United Way of Miami-Dade, The Black Professionals Network (BPN), Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center, and Branches, among others. In addition to providing grant money, the initiative will provide applicants who desire it with business training, federal, state and local aid application support, technological support, and marketing training. 

To give to the Little Haiti Small Business Relief Fund, apply for aid, or get involved, please visit www.metro1.com/littlehaitistrong and follow the campaign on social media at #LittleHaitiStrong.

About Metro 1 Community:
Metro 1 Community is the philanthropic arm of top Miami commercial real estate company Metro 1. Through Metro 1 Community, Metro 1 partners with nationally-recognized and locally-based non-profits, community leaders, public servants, and local businesses, in order to make urban core neighborhoods better and more sustainable places to live, work and play. The Metro 1 Community Fund is a philanthropic Fund at The Miami Foundation. Learn more at www.metro1.com/m1-community

About Metro 1:
For 15 years, Metro 1 has been South Florida’s leading pioneer of cultured neighborhoods, molding areas such as Wynwood, MiMo, Miami’s Upper East Side, Little River, and more into the cultural + tech hubs they are today. With a track-record of more than $2.7 billion in commercial real estate transactions, Metro 1 has earned a name for itself as both a visionary and powerhouse, forging the way for sustainable urban development and economic revitalization within urban core zip codes. Founded by accoladed entrepreneur Tony Cho, Metro 1 is a full-service real estate organization offering brokerage, management, development, and community engagement services, supported by 20+ team members working from its headquarters in Miami, Fla. Learn more at www.Metro1.com.

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