Nearly 50% of Michigan renters are paying too much. The state wants to fix that.
It’s estimated nearly half of all renters in Michigan are paying too much, and that was before the pandemic. Renters paying more than 30% of their income are considered to be cost overburdened. This threshold was met by 48% of renters in 2019, according to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s housing needs assessment.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.
Michigan renters, landlords can apply for assistance through new program
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State House Development Authority (MSHDA) announced a $282 million rental assistance program meant to help tenants who are struggling due to the COVID pandemic avoid eviction. The program is also meant to ensure that landlords can recoup owed rent. The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program replaces the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) that MSHDA launched in July. Landlords or tenants can apply for CERA. Tenants and landlords can also apply through their local service agency.
Detroit extends moratorium on evictions as statewide moratorium expires
DETROIT – Michigan’s eviction moratorium officially expired, leaving hundreds or potentially thousands of of families at risk of being put out of their homes if they can’t afford to pay rent. In an effort to ease some of the strain, the city of Detroit was able to extend that moratorium for its residents. “If you’re working, you’ve got one set of options, but if you’re unemployed, the options change,” said Rodney Watts. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide moratorium on evictions expired, the 36th District Court announced it would be extending that moratorium in the city of Detroit until Aug. 15. Duggan urged residents in need to visit the official Detroit Eviction Prevention Resources website.