MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Community Action Alger Marquette reminds residents that the application window for the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program will close this month.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced that it will soon have enough applications through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program to strain all available funds. CERA applications through the online portal will stop being accepted at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

In a Monday press release, CAAM and the MSHDA said Michiganders with overdue rent should apply immediately for potential consideration and that more applications will be received than funds available. Applications submitted before the deadline will continue to be processed until all available funds are used.

Funding for the CERA program comes from the federal coronavirus relief package passed in December 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act, which allocated $1.1 billion to the State of Michigan to be used directly for rental and assistance with public services for individuals and families financially affected by the pandemic. .

Since the implementation of the CERA program in March 2021:

• Statewide, more than 250,000 requests for assistance were received, of which more than 130,000 were approved.

• To date, over $750 million has been disbursed in aid

• More than 142,000 Michiganders have been helped by this aid, with an average of about $5,600 per household.

• In Marquette and Alger counties, applications were received and over $1,543,984 million was disbursed.

MSHDA said CAAM’s efforts in partnership with its own have made the CERA program accessible to thousands of people.

“Thanks to federal funding, we’ve been able to provide residents with much-needed peace of mind, helping them catch up on rent and utility costs while ensuring landlords can recoup rent. due,” said Kelly Rose, housing solutions manager for MSHDA. . “While this funding will be fully expended later this year, MSHDA and Community Action Alger Marquette remain committed to helping residents in housing need wherever possible.”

After the CERA portal closes on June 30, CAAM said Marquette and Algiers County residents who have not applied and are at risk of deportation should contact their organization. Those seeking legal services can contact Michigan Legal Help for potentially free legal representation.

MSHDA said it is also evaluating other eviction prevention funding options such as HOME-ARP and the Housing and Community Development Fund.

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