Michigan Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Michigan CARES+ Programs:
Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-134 extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15 and creating the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes. Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16.
The City of Detroit announced that residents facing eviction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic can now sign up to get free legal defense and rental assistance. With the Governor’s moratorium on evictions expiring July 16, the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department, in coordination with the State of Michigan, Southwest Counseling Solutions and the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND), will provide $11.5 million to the United Community Housing Coalition’s eviction assistance program for Detroit tenants. This includes $6.4 million in State Coronavirus Relief Funds, in addition to previously allocated federal CARES Act funding. The eviction defense programs are administered by City partners at the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), MI Legal Services and Lakeshore Legal Aid.
Hancock Salvation Army Rental Assistance
The Salvation Army in Hancock is ready to serve families impacted by COVID-19, financially. Clients who can provide documentation they have been impacted by the COVID-19 and have exhausted all state and federal assistance resources may apply.
Oakland County is dedicating more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for eligible Oakland County residents to pay up to three months of past-due rent, mortgage and utility payments as a result of a temporary job loss, reduction in work hours or other income hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDBG grant program is through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Payments for this one-time grant will be made by Oakland County on behalf of a qualified household up to a maximum of $15,000 per household. This program is designed to assist low income households whose gross household income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) as defined by HUD.
The Royal Oak City Commission recently appropriated a large portion of its CARES Act allocation from the federal government to three social service programs for city residents affected by COVID-19. LADA and Lighthouse will operate a rental assistance program to prevent the eviction of low- to moderate-income Royal Oak residents who are at risk of becoming homeless due to a loss of employment from COVID-19.