COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA)

Lighthouse is partnering with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Alliance for Housing, Community Housing Network, and OLSHA to administer the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program.
The State of Michigan’s CERA Program is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in their homes. The program utilizes a collaborative community proves to expedite rental and utility assistance to COVID-19 affected tenants and their landlords.

Learn More – Tenant Informational Flyer

Who is eligible?

CERA can serve renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income who meet the following conditions:
• Individual(s) in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; and
• Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.
For a list of needed documents and more information, visit MSHDA’s website here.

Click here to apply online!

You can also download paper applications or pick up applications at the locations listed below.
Application for renters:
English: Click here.
Spanish: Click here.
Arabic: Click here.
Application for landlords: Click here.

You can pick up an application at the following locations:
OLHSA; 196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave, Pontiac MI, 48342
Lighthouse’s Lathrup Village Office; 18505 W 12 Mile Rd, Lathrup Village, MI 48076
Community Housing Network; 5505 Corporate Dr #300, Troy, MI 48098

Submit applications based on your zip code!
For a full list of zip codes, Click here.
Lighthouse currently serves Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak Township, Royal Oak, Hazel Park, Berkley, Ferndale, and Madison Heights.
For questions call: 1-888-441-1742