Michigan State Housing Development Authority
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority will begin administering the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program as soon as the funds are appropriated by the Michigan Legislature. CERA can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. In most cases, payment will be made directly to the landlord or utility provider. More information on program details and how to apply will be added to this page as soon as the funding bill has been passed. Below are some of the federal guidelines for the program.
Who is eligible?
CERA can serve renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income who meet the following conditions:
What documents will a tenant need to show eligibility?
Renters will need the following documents/items (e.g., copies, pictures, screenshots, etc.) along with their signed, fully completed CERA Application:
What documents will the landlord need to provide?
Who is not eligible?
Can I get help with my utilities?
Yes, eligible households for the CERA, can receive utility assistance for electricity, home heating (any type of fuel), water, and sewer.
I have fallen behind on my rent, what can I do now until the program starts?
Talk to your landlord and let them know you intend to apply for CERA as soon as the program starts. Also, start looking at the documentation requirements and make a plan for collecting them once the application process starts.