Michigan State Housing Development Authority
The Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes. The program utilizes a special court process to get fast rental assistance for renters who have been impacted.
Rental assistance in the amount of $50 million is available in the form of lump sum payments to landlords in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes, forgiving late fees and up to 10% of amount due.
HARAs are experiencing a high call volume, so please be patient in contacting them. We anticipate the funds will last for at least a couple months, so do not be worried if you can not immediately reach the HARA.
Applications should not be mailed, emailed or faxed to MSHDA. Applications must only be sent to the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency serving your area. Applications should be sent only after discussing the program with HARA staff.
Q1: When will the Eviction Diversion Programs begin?
When the Michigan-wide moratorium on evictions is lifted on July 16, 2020, the Eviction Diversion Programs (EDP) will begin.
Q2: How is the Eviction Diversion Program being funded?
$60 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) have been allocated. MSHDA will disperse the funds through grants to local Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARA).
Q3: I am a tenant being evicted from my rental. What do I do?
Have you received a Notice to Quit from your landlord or a summons from the court? Is your household income less than the area median income (see chart)? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should reach out to your local Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA). A list by county can be found here.
Q4: I am a landlord; how does the Eviction Diversion Program impact me?
By participating in this program, landlords can receive up to 90% of a tenant’s back rent paid in a lump sum. Landlords are required to forgive late fees and up to 10% of the back rent. The conditional dismissal will document the payment terms/dates by all parties. Landlords should contact the local HARA for more information.
Q5: Who is eligible for the Eviction Diversion Program?
Rental assistance payments will be structured based on the tenant’s income. Those under 50% area median income (AMI) are eligible for 90% rental arrearage payment up to $3,500 and one-month’s rent (up to $1,200) going forward. Those between 50-80% AMI are eligible for 75% rental arrearage payment up to $3,000. Those between 80-100% AMI are eligible for 65% rental arrearage payments up to $3,000. Those above 100% AMI will not be eligible for financial assistance. Half of the rental assistance will be reserved for household at 50% AMI and below.
Amounts not covered in rental arrearage payment, or the landlord forgiveness amount, are considered the tenant’s responsibility and need to be paid to the landlord prior to CRF disbursement or in a payment plan. Additional requirements include:
Q6: How much of back rent will be covered?
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) rental assistance payments will cover up to 90% of the past-due rent for qualifying individuals. Landlords will be required to forgive up to 10% of the past-due rent and remove any late fees or penalties from the amount due. CRF funds can only be used on rent due beginning March 1, 2020.
Q7: What if all my back rent isn’t covered by the Eviction Diversion Program?
Tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the Eviction Diversion Program will be entered into manageable payment plans. Tenants may also apply for State Emergency Relief (SER) through MDHHS, or other funds through the HARA, if the ED program doesn’t cover all the back rent. These other funding sources have specific income limits and not all tenants will be eligible.
Q8: When does the funding end?
Initial funding is expected to be allocated quickly for the program. The expenditure deadline for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funds is December 30, 2020.
Q9: Who is running the Eviction Diversion Programs at the state level?
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is administering the program and has convened an EDP state leadership team comprised of staff from MSHDA, MDHHS, SCAO, Michigan Poverty Law Program, Michigan State Bar Foundation, and the Governor’s Office. Their purpose is to guide the program’s execution, monitor program outcomes, and distribute information within their respective agencies/areas of influence to aid in program effectiveness.
Q10: What are the steps involved in participating in the Eviction Diversion Program?