Rental & Utilities Assistance

CERA 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.


CERA serves 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.


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

P: 231-733-9672, extension 105

Emergency Food & Shelter Program

MAP currently has EFSP funds available which offers 1 month rental assistance. 

Call our staff to learn more at 231.733.9672