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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Rental, Utility, and Internet Assistance Available as Eviction Moratorium Nears Expiration

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Rental and utility relief assistance funds are available now! Learn more here.

The Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium will end on July 31, but assistance funds are available to help qualifying households in Washtenaw County who continue to face pandemic-related hardships in avoiding eviction through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. CERA is available for income eligible households in Washtenaw County who have fallen behind on your rent, utility, and/or internet bills during COVID-19.

If you have experienced a loss of income, changes in unemployment income, or a similar economic hardship, you may qualify for up to 12 months of back rent assistance, with 3 months of forward rent assistance.

Documentation is required, but the application can be completed online at CERAapp.michigan.gov or michigan.gov/cera.

When applying it helps to have as many of these documents available:

  • Photo ID (e.g. Driver’s License, State ID or Passport)
  • Paystubs or other proof of income or benefits (unemployment, SSI) for the last 30 days
  • Copy of lease and information about owed rent
  • Income Tax Return
  • Utility statements you are responsible for
  • Internet bills or statements, if applicable
  • Explanation of how COVID impacted you financially

Apply online today at michigan.gov/cera

For those who are unable to or do not wish to use the online application, paper applications can also be found at michigan.gov/cera or by contacting HAWC at (734) 961-1999. Applications must be emailed to [email protected] or mailed or dropped off at: Housing Access for Washtenaw County, 100 Arbana Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

If you need help applying for CERA assistance, please contact HAWC at (734) 961-1999. More details and information can be found at michigan.gov/cera.

A tenant user guide is available in English and Spanish at www.washtenaw.org/3421/CERA.

¿Habla español y necesita ayuda en ese idioma? Llame a Buenos Vecinos al 734-210-0112 para recibir asistencia de renta, servicios públicos y/o internet a través del Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia por COVID (CERA).

CERA is administered locally through a partnership between the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development, Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC), and SOS Community Services.

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