CERA Emergency Rental Assistance

CERA Hotline: 517-997-6057


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.

For more information on requirements and eligibility, including access to printable pdf copies of necessary landlord/tenant applications, please refer here: CERA/MSHDA

If you have further questions not answered above or at the MSHDA link, please call our hotline at 517-997-6057. Only CERA specific case managers will be able to answer your questions. Please do not call our regular line, as our non-CERA case managers will not be able to answer your questions.

It is required that applicants apply through the CERA/MSHDA Portal. If clients have any issues complying with this, please call our hotline at 517-997-6057 and speak to a CERA case manager.

The mission of Housing Services Mid Michigan is to assist low to moderate income individuals and families fulfill their need for affordable, safe, and sanitary housing through participation in federal, state, and local programs and services.  Through the coordination of these programs and local providers, Housing Services Mid Michigan will strive to provide a “continuum of care” approach to better serve the diverse needs of program participants and encourage their economic self-sufficiency.