If you live in the city of Detroit and are at risk for being evicted, or know some one who is at risk for being evicted, fear not, the city of Detroit’s eviction program has been awarded $60 million in Covid-19 Eviction Rental Assistance Funds. Mayor Mike Duggan launched the Eviction Assistance Program earlier this year because of many people losing their jobs due to Covid-19. The $138 million fund was created to help renters behind on rent since the federal evictions for nonpayment of rent has resumed, and many are facing eviction. The city of Detroit wants to help.
Over $60 million in funding has been approved to help Detroiters avoid being evicted in addiction to helping them stay up to date with their utility bills. As of right now, there is another $16 million awaiting to be approved, which is good for Detroiters because it means that there is still time to apply for the remaining $62 million in CERA funds. Mayor Duggan released a statement saying “We know the pandemic has hit Detroit incredibly hard, and the City of Detroit is here to help. We won’t be able to prevent every eviction, but we can make sure you have legal assistance. We can’t stress enough how important it is for tenants to show up for their court cases so we can help them.”
According to click On Detroit.com, here are the Eligibility requirements for the eviction program:
-They are in a low-income household. For example, if you are a single-person household and earn less than $44,000 per year or a family of four earning less than $62,000 per year.
-Your family suffered COVID-related financial hardship, such as reduced income or increased expenses.
You do not need to have an active court case to apply for CERA. The City strongly encourages all who are either behind on their rent or in danger of falling behind to apply for CERA funding as soon as possible.
If you are seeking help or know of someone who is seeking help, please log onto www.detroitevictionhelp.org or call 866-313-2520.