In June, a real estate company formed by Miami-Dade County Commission candidate Kionne McGhee asked a judge to evict a Homestead family months behind in its rent, and argued the case shouldn’t be covered by a statewide moratorium on most evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m a father of five with nowhere to go,” William Collier wrote on lined notebook paper in a July letter to Judge Lawrence King, who granted the eviction order on Sept. 23. “I…lost my job and was unable to pay and the owner is tryna find any reason to put us out instead of helping us.”
Collier and his family remain in the single-story house off Twelfth Avenue on the western edge of Homestead, temporarily shielded by local and federal protections against residential evictions. McGhee, a lawyer and the outgoing Democratic leader of the Florida House, noted the eviction action won’t result in