Need rental assistance in Michigan? Apply by June 30.
The application window for the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program closes on June 30 at 9 p.m. Assistance will be provided until funding runs out. “Right now, we’re just really just trying to beat the drum of getting everybody to apply,” said Kelly Rose, Chief Housing Solutions Officer for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. As of June 28, Michigan has distributed nearly $800 million in CERA funding on a county level, including roughly $690 million in rental assistance, $62 million for electricity, $13 million for water, $14 million for heating, $649,000 for sewer and $10 million for other assistance like internet services. Interest in the CERA program jumped last fall after a nationwide ban on evictions was lifted in August. During an October peak, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority saw about 5,000 applications a week.mlive.com
Michigan still has $500 million in unspent rental assistance grants as eviction moratorium expires
In April, Michigan introduced the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program, which helps tenants and landlords with financial aid. Michigan still has about $500 million in unspent rental assistance grants.