- The CDC implemented a nationwide eviction moratorium effective September 4 – December 31, 2020. However, RENT IS STILL DUE. Tenants must apply for assistance and make partial payments to be eligible for the protection. See Michigan Legal Help for more information. If you are behind on rent, do not wait to seek assistance.
- Detroit Eviction Prevention Hotline: (866) 313-2520.
- Wayne Metro is administering Wayne County’s CARES Act funds. Wayne County residents may qualify for direct financial relief for rent and mortgage assistance. Apply here.
- The latest State of Michigan Executive Order created a statewide Eviction Diversion Program that will help some low-income tenants pay back rent. The program is administered through your local Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) and legal aid organization. See Michigan Legal Help for more information.
- National Housing Law Project campaign: Protecting Renter and Homeowner Rights During Our National Health Crisis.
- Detroit has been hit hard by the crisis, exposing persistent inequities. The need for housing assistance cannot be overstated and the impending eviction crisis will hurt Detroit residents disproportionately.
- Group Demands Extension of Eviction Moratorium in Detroit (Detroit Free Press, 8/17/20)
- Detroit’s eviction moratorium ends Saturday night: What tenants should know (Detroit Free Press, 8/15/20)
- U-M Study: More than 4 in 10 Detroiters have lost jobs during pandemic (5/26/20)
- 1 in 4 Detroit workers fight on front lines against COVID-19 (Detroit News, 5/5/20)
- Detroit Economy Hammered by Pandemic (CNN, 4/23/20)
- Rolling Through the Pandemic (NY Times, 4/15/20).
This hardscrabble city, where nearly 80 percent of residents are black, has become a national hot spot with more than 7,000 infections and more than 400 deaths. One reason for the rapid spread, experts say, is that the city has a large working-class population that does not have the luxury of living in isolation. Their jobs cannot be performed from a laptop in a living room. They do not have vehicles to safely get them to the grocery store. And so they end up on a bus. Just like the No. 17 — a reluctant yet essential gathering place, and also a potential accelerant for a pandemic that has engulfed Detroit. It is a rolling symbol of the disparity in how this virus is affecting Americans.
- Coronavirus exposes deadly impact of poverty, racial disparities in metro Detroit (Metro Times, 4/8/20)
- Inequality Intensifies the Coronavirus in Detroit (New Yorker, 4/7/20)
A Practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords created by MSU College of Law Housing Law Clinic.
Michigan Legal Help
Michigan Legal Help is for people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer. It can help you learn about your legal problems and get ready for court. There are many Do-It-Yourself tools to help you create court forms. See their Housing page.
Free Legal Aid:
- Lakeshore Legal Aid provides legal advise and direct representation to low-income and elderly clients. Call the Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (CALL) at 888-783-8190 for a free intake and legal advice if you qualify.
- United Community Housing Coalition helps families retain their homes permanently, preserving family assets and protecting neighborhoods from blight caused by vacant housing through foreclosure prevention, eviction defense and tenant support and education and advocacy. Services are free and available to low-income people. Contact: 313-963-3310.
- Michigan Legal Services is dedicated to eliminating systemic causes of poverty in the areas of housing, health, public benefits, and community economic development through impact-oriented legal services and support for community organizations engaged in efforts to rebuild low-income communities. Contact: 313-964-4130.