COVID Emergency Rental Assistance
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will administer the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program through its network of local nonprofit agencies starting March 15, 2021. CERA can provide rental and utility assistance for eligible renter households so that they retain their housing stability. The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency will be administering this program in Van Buren County.
Low-income households in Van Buren County who are experiencing a hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rent assistance, utility assistance, and/or internet stipends. Renters with past-due rent and utility balance and those with subsidized housing can receive assistance if they meet the other eligibility requirements.
WHAT CAN CERA ASSIST WITH?
Up to 12 months of back rent
assistance, with 3 months of
forward rent for lowest income
Includes water, sewer, heat and
electricity. Assistance is based
on household size, but the maximum
amount is $2,500.
Internet stipend is also available
for those who present a bill.
Tenants OR landlords can apply on behalf of a household. For full information about MSHDA's CERA Program eligibility requirements, click here.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)
Individual(s) in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; AND
Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.
HOW DO I APPLY?
All applications must go through the MSHDA CERA online application portal for application intake. Click the button above to begin your application.