City of Detroit announces process for tenants to access $50M in eviction defense and rental & utility assistance
Eviction, Rent, And Utility Payment Help is Available
Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021.
Program launched: Monday, March 15.
Here is How to Get Help:
- Call Detroit Eviction Helpline at (866) 313-2520
- Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM
- Saturday 9AM -Noon
- Complete the online application
The COVID19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is designed to keep Detroit residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes. Financial assistance is available for renters with their past due rent and utilities. Free legal representation may also be available for renters with court cases.
Who is eligible?
Households may be eligible for the CERA program if they meet the following:
1. Household income is below 80% area median income (AMI)
- For Example: Detroit household of 1 person earning under $44,000 or household of 4 persons earning under $62,800 would qualify
2. Have experienced an eligible COVID19 hardship since March 13, 2020
- Member of household qualified for unemployment
- Member of household has had at least a 10% reduction in income
- Member of household has incurred significant costs (over $500)
3. Household can demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice
Who can apply?
1. Renters with a court order summons, complaint, or judgment
2. Renters who are behind on rent and/or utilities and have a past due notice
3. Landlords can apply directly (both the landlord/ owner and renter will need to complete the application)
Documents needed for assistance
Please ensure all documentation is submitted to avoid delays in assistance.
Tenant Documents Needed
- Completed CERA Tenant application
- Copy of past-due rent notice, a notice to quit or a court ordered summons, complaint or judgement
- Copy of state ID or passport for the tenant applicant (with proof of residency if address does not match the unit)
- Most current copy of lease agreement in tenant's name (if a written lease was completed)
- Provide all proof of earned and unearned income for household members that live at the property and that are over the age of 18
- Household income/benefits (unemployment, SSI, etc.) for one month, OR
- Copy of submitted 2020 IRS form 1040 (first two pages) OR
- Food Assistance Program Notice of Case Action form (only applicable for households with 3 or less people)
- Copy of ALL utility statements the tenant is responsible for, if applicable
- Copy of Internet bill/statement, if applicable
Landlord documents needed:
- Completed CERA Landlord Application
- Copy of the lease (if a written lease was completed)
- Ledger showing tenant's payment history in 2020 and 2021
- Verification of court costs, if applicable
Let us Help You Get Help
Call Detroit Eviction Helpline at:
Monday – Friday from 8AM until 6PM
Saturday 9AM - Noon
Wayne Metro, P.O Box 32873, Detroit, MI 48232
At certain times call volume may be very high. We appreciate your patience and will assist residents as quickly as possible.
Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021. The Order temporarily halts residential evictions of covered persons for nonpayment of rent from September 4, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Here is how to use it:
- Read the guidelines to see if applies to you: CDC FAQ document.
- If you are covered, and need to use Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium, sign and give this Declaration Form to your landlord immediately.
- Save a copy and proof that you sent it to your landlord.