Detroit residents awarded $60M in eviction prevention funds

Detroit residents at risk of eviction have received $ 60 million in Covid-19 eviction rental assistance funds since Mayor Mike Duggan launched the Detroit Eviction Assistance and Prevention Program earlier this year. The $ 138 million fund was set up to help tenants who are behind on their rent and are on potential eviction after the end of the state moratorium, and evictions for non-payment of rent have resumed.

Since then, more than $ 60 million in funding has been approved to help Detroiters avoid evictions and keep track of their utility bills. Another $ 16 million is pending final approval, meaning there is still time to apply for the remaining $ 62 million in CERA funding.

Those seeking help can visit or call 866-313-2520. Tenants don’t have to wait to get an eviction notice to get help with re-renting and ancillary costs.


Who is eligible for financial support?

Eligibility to receive CERA funding depends on income and COVID-19 hardship. Detroiters are eligible for CERA funding if:

-You live in a low-income household. For example, if you are a single person household and earn less than $ 44,000 a year, or a family of four makes less than $ 62,000 a year.

-Your family has suffered from a financial hardship related to COVID, such as: B. lower income or increased expenses.

Detroiters do not need to have an active legal process to apply for CERA. The city encourages all tenants who are in arrears with their rent or who are threatened with arrears to apply for CERA funding as soon as possible.

“We know the Detroit pandemic has hit Detroit incredibly hard, and the city of Detroit is here to help,” said Mayor Duggan. “We won’t be able to prevent every eviction, but we can make sure that you have legal assistance. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of tenants appearing to their court cases so that we can help them. “


Most cases that end in an eviction are caused by the non-appearance of reminders from tenants. The Detroit Landlord-Tenant Legal Council has been hired and has accepted more than 100 cases, with the capacity to accept more. These lawyers are here to advise and represent those financially affected by the pandemic.

A municipal ordinance states that evictions due to non-payment of the rent may only be ordered if the landlord has a rental certificate and a certificate of conformity. Earlier this year, the 36th District Court issued an order confirming that it would enforce this provision of the ordinance and not carry out evictions if the property did not have a certificate of conformity.

Landlords whose tenants are behind with their rent can also apply for rent subsidy. The program makes direct payments to landlords in most cases. Landlords can also apply at If you are a landlord and do not have a current rental registration or certificate of conformity, go to to register your rental property and obtain a certificate of conformity.


If you are unable to pay rent due to unemployment or underemployment, Detroit at Work gives priority to tenants who are evicted to find a job. Visit or call Detroit At Work at 313-962-WORK. Choose Career Center Services and ask about the Rapid Jobs Program.

If you are an employer who has a short hiring process and is now looking to hire Detroit, go to or call 313-962-WORK and select Business Services.


A Guide for Renters to Avoid Eviction

  • If you are in arrears with your rent but have not received an eviction notice:

  • Apply for CERA to repay your rent and utilities by visiting or calling 866-313-2520.
  • You have received an eviction notice from your landlord:

  • Apply for CERA. This can lead to a 45-day temporary suspension of the evacuation process.

  • Come to your virtual court appointment! Almost 80% of eviction orders are due to default judgments when tenants fail to appear in court.

  • Call 866-313-2520 and we will provide legal assistance. Lawyers are available for your virtual court hearing.

  • Your landlord may not be able to evict you for nonpayment if they don’t have a current rental certificate and certificate of conformity. You can use this as a legal defense to prevent an eviction. You must appear in court to use this legal defense.

  • If you received an eviction notice (or an injunction) from the court:

  • Apply anyway for CERA! It won’t stop the process, but it can still help you pay overdue rents and utilities. It can even help pay to move to a new apartment.

  • The city of Detroit has attorneys to help you challenge the eviction in court.

  • Once you are in the writing phase, call 313-725-4559 for legal assistance. If you are in court or are behind with your rent, call 866-313-2520.

  • Even if a judge ordered an eviction, you may still be able to appeal or get other help.

Only a judge can issue an eviction order, and only a bailiff or bailiff can conduct an eviction.

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