Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) can provide rental and utility assistance for eligible landlords and renter households.

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Wayne Metro CERA Program

How to Apply 

Tenants and landlords can apply online

If assistance is needed navigating the application, contact: 

Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park: 866-31-2520       All other areas in Wayne County 734-284-6999

RENT ASSISTANCE

Up to 12 months of back rent assistance, with 3 months of forward rent for lowest income tenants. Landlord are also eligible for assistance.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Includes water, sewer, heat and electricity. Assistance is based on household size, the maximum amount is $2,500. Internet stipend is also available for those who present a bill.

CERA Program Eligibility

Low-income households in Wayne County (CLICK HERE to check the income threshold for other household situations) AND who have had a hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic including:

Renters with past-due rent and utility balances and those with subsidized housing can receive assistance if they meet the other eligibility requirements. Tenants or landlords can apply on behalf of a household. For full information about MSHDA’s CERA Program eligibility requirements, CLICK HERE.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR TENANTS

  • Picture ID
  • Income document examples: 2020 IRS 1040, pay stubs from last two months, unemployment letters or SSI letters
  • Past-due rent notice or utility bills
  • Copy of current lease agreement (if available)
  • COVID Hardship

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR LANDLORDS

  • Signed, fully completed Landlord Application
  • Copy of the lease (if a written lease was completed)
  • Ledger showing tenant’s payment history in 2020 and 2021
  • W-9