The Covid Emergency Rental Assistance program is here to help Genesee County renters and landlords with rent payments.

The CERA program was put in place by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority this year to offset the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The program has given the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department roughly $12 Million to help residents who are behind on rent payments due to the pandemic.

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Who qualifies for the CERA Program?

Genesee County residents who are making less than $38k annually, which is less than 80% of the Genesee County median income, can apply. Someone in the household must also prove that their financial situation was negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Someone in the house must also prove that they are at risk of losing their home due to the financial burden.

How do you apply for the CERA Program?

The application process is pretty lengthy, and you need to have access to quite a few documents. You can get all of the information here, and know that you will have to work with your landlord to get everything together.

Is the CERA Program just for renters?

The short answer is no. Landlords can also apply to get lost rent payments, but again, they must work with the renters to get all of the necessary paperwork for the application. All of the information for any Landlord that would like to apply, can be found here.

Where do I apply for the CERA Program?

Like I noted above, the application process is not the easiest thing to do. Thankfully there are plenty of resources to help you along the way. You can apply online here, or you can stop by the GCCARD offices and apply in person. If you have questions that can't be answered online, you can call the office at 810-768-4675.


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