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COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA)
As of 9:00 p.m. on June 30, 2022, the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) portal is closed to new applications. If you have already applied, you can check your application status by clicking the button below.
Applications submitted before the portal closure will continue to be reviewed and processed until all program funds are used. It is likely that more applications have been received than will be able to be funded, so a submitted application does not guarantee that there will be funds available to process the application.
If you did not submit a CERA application and need information and referral, please contact your local CERA Partner Agency. Please see the CERA Contact Agency List for the service agency in your county (on the right side of this page under CERA Resources.)
View our dashboard to see CERA application and approval information statewide and by county. We also have demographic and household income information on our approved applications. Check it out to see how CERA is serving renters and landlords in your area. [ See the CERA dashboard... ]
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LOCAL PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
Based on consultation with MSHDA, local programs may administer the CERA program with additional rules to coincide with existing local codes/ordinances so long as these additional rules do not conflict with US Treasury regulations or slow the pace of serving eligible tenants and landlords.
PRIORITIZATION OF HOUSEHOLDS
The federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program requires a prioritization of assistance for households with incomes less than 50% of area median income or households with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application. MSHDA has implemented this prioritization by reserving 70% of CERA program funds for these households as well as allowing the full 18-months of assistance. Households that are not within this priority group are only eligible for 16-months of assistance.