The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
estimates $425 million has been spent or obligated by the
September 30 deadline through its COVID Emergency Rental
Assistance (CERA) program. This includes over $235 million in
rental and utilities assistance distributed to over 36,000
households and $25 million in case management, legal services,
and administrative costs.
"The CERA program has been a vital resource for individuals and
families across the state, helping them maintain a high level of
housing stability as they continue to navigate the impact of the
pandemic on their lives," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "The
state, its partners and local resource agencies have worked
tirelessly to meet the needs of Michiganders, and exceeding this
threshold ensures we can continue to provide much-needed aid to
those who need it most."
Michigan had to obligate $405 million to meet the 65%
requirement outlined in the federal relief bill. Hitting the 65
percent threshold means the state -- which most recently ranked
12th in the nation in spending for emergency rental
assistance -- could qualify for more rental relief funding.
Program expenditures have steadily climbed each month since the
April: $11 million
May: $28 million
June: $34 million
July: $42 million
August: $52 million
September: $63-65 million (projected)
Another $20 million is currently being processed for payment and
$70 million has been obligated for future case management, legal
services and administrative needs, as well as $80 million
committed for additional rent and utility assistance.
"At MSHDA, we've seen firsthand the positive difference housing
stability can make on the lives of Michiganders from every walk
of life across the state," said Kelly Rose, MSHDA's chief
housing solutions officer. "CERA has and will continue to offer
peace of mind for renters wondering whether they will have a
roof over their head tomorrow, next week, or next month while
also helping landlords make ends meet by recouping owed rent."
MSHDA launched CERA in March 2021 to serve renter households
that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median. Renters or
landlords can initiate the application process. Free legal aid
is also available through the CERA program. For more information
or to apply, visit www.michigan.gov/CERA.