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Rental Help: Michigan

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

  • In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local organizations are distributing federal rental assistance in their communities. The money can help landlords and renters who are struggling to keep up with rent and other bills. Many programs take applications from both landlords and renters. Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's tool to find the most up-to-date information on local rental assistance programs.
  • Learn more about Michigan's COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program, including eligibility requirements and documents that you will need to apply. This program is designed to assist those who are having trouble paying or receiving their rent due to COVID, it is administered state-wide.

Rental, Housing, and Utility Assistance Programs

  • If you are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless, please contact your county Housing Assessment Resource Agency (HARA). You can find the contact information for your local HARA by clicking here. Each HARA employs a Housing Resource Specialist that works on rapid re-housing and provides a comprehensive communitywide service and housing delivery program.
  • If you are having difficulty paying your rent or utilities and do not qualify for CERA dial or text 2-1-1 on your phone or contact your closest Community Action Agency for assistance. Other resource sites include 2-1-1 Michigan and MI Bridges.

Local Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections

HUD-Assisted and Affordable Housing

Need Advice?

If you believe your rights may have been violated or are a victim of housing discrimination, please contact HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Because there may be time limits on when a complaint may be timely filed with HUD we encourage you to submit your allegation as soon as possible. You may file your complaint online, call us toll-free at (800) 669-9777 or (800) 877-8339, or by email at ComplaintsOffice05@hud.gov.