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CERA Rental Assistance

COVID-19 Rental Assistance

Having trouble paying or receiving rent? MSHDA has federal funds available to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. MSHDA administers CERA through its statewide network of local nonprofit agencies. We encourage everyone who is eligible to apply today and take advantage of a program that can help restore housing stability.


The tenant or landlord can initiate the online application process. The tenant or landlord will need to enter the tenant's name, address and email address, and the landlord's email address. This will initiate emails to both the tenant and landlord for them to complete their portion of the application. Service agencies will communicate via email with the tenant and landlord if additional information is needed. The tenant and landlord will receive notice via email when the case is processed and how much funding has been approved.

In a few weeks, the application will be updated so the landlord can complete all "Tenant" and "Landlord" application fields and uploads, and the tenant will receive an email to confirm the application is true and correct.


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

  1. 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

  2. Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.


To print off a paper application, Landlords click here CERA Owner-Landlord Application 03.05.21

Tenant Applications, click here CERA_Tenant_Application_03.05.21_002_719190_7

Forms may be dropped off to the MAP office. Need additional help? Contact our MAP Staff Specialist at:

Kristen Turgeon, CERA Intake Specialist

Mission for Area People

2500 Jefferson Ave, Muskegon Hts., MI 49444

P: 231-733-9672, extension 105

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