COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA)

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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.  Please read on below for program details.


CERA can serve renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) who meet the following conditions:

  • 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.


MSHDA CERA Tenant Application
MSHDA CERA Landlord Application
MSHDA CERA Income Limits

CERA Contact List Most offices are not taking walk-in clients.


  • MSHDA will have an online application portal for application intake available at the end of March or beginning of April.
  • This will be the best way to apply for those that have a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Tenants and landlords can also apply through their local service agency.
  • Please see the CERA Contact List for the service agency in our county.

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