COVID-19 Justice Unhoused

Michigan still has $500M for rental assistance

Money is available for those who need help with housing. Meanwhile, feds have extended eviction ban until October.

The state of Michigan has more than a half a billion dollars of rental assistance money just waiting for people who need it.

Called the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the money comes from federal COVID relief dollars approved by Congress earlier this year and late last year.

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Roughly $108 million has already been spent to help keep people in their homes during the pandemic. A spokesperson for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority told Michigan Radio that it is also still processing about 31,000 applications.

Despite that, plenty of money is still available. Those struggling to make rent can apply here.

At the same time, the Biden Administration on Tuesday extended a federal moratorium on evictions in the U.S.

A previous moratorium had been allowed to expire at the beginning of this month. With the spread of the Delta variant and rising infection numbers, federal health officials felt it was the wrong time to end the eviction ban.

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