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Posted on: September 14, 2022

WASHTENAW COUNTY: CERA is ending/CERA está terminando

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The Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program is ending. September 2022 is the last month CERA can cover rent & utilities. New applications are no longer accepted. Nothing with replace CERA.  There has never been a program like CERA. The federal government created CERA so people could stay safely in their homes during COVID-19. It was time-limited, like pandemic expansions to Medicaid & the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. COVID-19 has not finished causing hardship, especially for low-income families. Housing costs are high. Washtenaw County agencies recognize that the community still needs rental assistance. But the federal government is no longer investing in eviction prevention rental assistance like what was available with CERA. State and County resources are limited. If you are facing a housing crisis, you might still be eligible for help. Funding is limited to people who are currently experiencing homelessness or are imminently at risk. Your income & rent must be below a certain threshold. 

Call Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC): 734-961-1999. You might be able to receive access to shelter and help finding & maintaining housing.

Apply for State Emergency Relief: If you are facing eviction, call Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM): 734-665-6181.

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