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Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

ERAP Support

For immediate support regarding this program, please call our dedicated call center at (833) 742-1513 during regular business hours. For those with hearing impairments, please email rentalassistance@waynecounty.com for support.

SUMMARY

WHO the program is for:
The Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available to landlords and their renters within Wayne County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who are experiencing housing instability, and whose household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). The applicant must be applying for a residence in Wayne County (excluding Detroit).

*This program cannot service residents of Detroit. Residents of Detroit will be serviced by the Detroit program, found here.

WHAT types of assistance are available:
Assistance is available for rent as well as for utilities. Utility assistance may include: electricity, home heating, water, and sewer. Internet stipends and relocation assistance are also available.

WHERE a renter or landlord can apply:
Renters and landlords can apply for assistance through our easy-to-use online application. If the application is approved, a notification will be made via email.

WHEN are applications being accepted:
Renters may apply via the tenant application starting September 27th, 2021. Landlord applications will also be made available at that time.
TENANT APPLICATION LINK
LANDLORD APPLICATION LINK

*This program cannot service residents of Detroit. Residents of Detroit will be serviced by the Detroit program, found here.

WHY the program was created:
Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans still face deep rental debt and fear the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and thus has deepened the economic disparities that threaten the strength of our nation. To alleviate this crisis, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utility bills.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

Applicants must meet ALL of the criteria below to be eligible for the Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program:
  • The applicant must be a current or prospective renter in Wayne County (excluding Detroit). Landlords may apply to receive money on behalf of tenants, but the tenant must also submit an application;

  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and

  • The household has a household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), as determined by the Secretary of HUD. See the table below for income thresholds.


Persons in Household


1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8+

Maximum Annual Income (80% AMI)

$44,800

$51,200

$57,600

$64,000

$69,150

$74,250

$79,400

$84,500

*Please note, prioritized processing will be in place for households with income at or below 50% AMI as well as households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least the 90 days preceding the date of application submission.

If you do not meet the criteria above, please consider seeking assistance through the following services:
For Detroit Residents - https://bit.ly/3hHUT66
For Outside of Detroit and Wayne County - https://bit.ly/3zmlA6x

WHAT TYPES OF ASSISTANCE ARE AVAILABLE

Assistance Available

Amount of Assistance

Rent

Maximum 15 months, of which 3 months can be for future rent

Utilities and Home Energy Costs
Electricity, Heating, Water/Sewer
Trash (if billed with another utility)

1-2 people - $1500 one time max
3-4 people - $2000 one time max
5+ people - $2500 one time max
Tenants experiencing a shut off are eligible for an additional $500 if needed to fully pay utility arrears

Internet

$300 stipend

Relocation

Security deposit reimbursement (cannot exceed one month of rent)


HOW TO APPLY

TENANT APPLICATION LINK

LANDLORD APPLICATION LINK

*This program cannot service residents of Detroit. Residents of Detroit will be serviced by the Detroit program, found here.

Focus: HOPE provides internet access and computers to those in need (Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm; Friday, 8am-12pm) at the following locations:

  • 759 Inkster Road Inkster, MI 48141

  • 9151 Chalmers Detroit, MI 48213

  • 1400 Oakman Blvd Detroit, MI 48238

NEWLY ADDED: Downriver Christian Center Church - Main Campus
1069 Buckingham Ave
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

  • Monday thru Friday, 5pm - 8pm

  • Saturday/Sunday, 10am - 4pm

NEWLY ADDED: Downriver Christian Center Church - Hamtramck Site
12190 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

  • Thursday thru Saturday, 10am - 2pm

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DOCUMENTS NEEDED

TENANT APPLICATION - DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY

Document Type

Requirement Status

Acceptable Documentation

Additional Considerations

Identification

Required

- Driver's License
- State ID
- Permanent Residence Card
- Other Government Issued ID Card
- Passport
- Birth Certificate
- Immigration Card


Proof of Residence

Required

- ID - You may re-use your proof for identification assuming it also includes your address.
- Written lease (preferred) - If your lease is expired, please also include an additional proof of residence.
- Utility Bill
- Benefit Award Letter
- Piece of Official Mail - Any mail from a government entity.
- *Attestation from the landlord. Relying on a landlord attestation would require that the landlord participates and can only be submitted through the landlord application.


Rent Amount
/Leasing Document-ation

Strongly Recommended

- Written Lease (Preferred) - A written lease can be used to verify residence and rental amount.
- If you are relying on separate documents for proof of residence and rental amount, see the category above for proof of residence and the examples below can demonstrate proof of rental amount:
- Bank Statement showing payment to landlord
- Email Confirmation for Payment
- Receipt for Payment
- Copy of Rent Check

If Wayne County cannot verify your rental amount, you may only qualify for limited assistance.

Proof of Amount
Past-Due

Strongly
Recommended

- Letter from landlord stating amount
past-due

- Past-due notice with amount

If Wayne County cannot
verify your past-due rental
amount, you may only qualify
for limited assistance

Proof of Income

Strongly Recommended

- 2020 IRS 1040 form (First two pages only)
- W2s from 2020
The documents below MUST be dated on or after March 13, 2020.
- Food Assistance Program Benefit Statement (Notice of Case Action)
- 1 month worth of pay stubs for ALL household employment (dated within the last 60 days)
- Government Benefits Statement (SSI, etc.)
- Unemployment
- Child Support
- Alimony
- Letter from Employer

If you do not have documentation, you will need to explain WHY you don't have documentation. (Ex. a babysitter or street performer who only receives cash payment. This may also apply to individuals who's place of employment no longer exists. etc.)
The inability to provide income documentation may lead to a slower processing time and may require additional communication between Wayne County and the applicant.

Proof of COVID Hardship

Recommended

- Unemployment Letters
- Documentation or Notice of Reduced Hours (Must be dated after March 13, 2020)
- Receipts for PPE


Proof of Housing Instability

Recommended

- Notice of past due rent
- Notice to Quit
- Summons for Eviction Case (Or other Housing Court Notice)
- Past-due utility bill


Internet Bill

Required if Requesting Internet Assistance

- Most Recent Internet Bill
- Must have the applicant's name and address


Electric Bill

Required if Requesting Assistance with Electricity

- Most recent Electric Bill
- Must have the applicant's name, address
- The account number and bill/overdue fee amount must be visible and legible


Gas Bill

Required if Requesting Assistance with Gas

- Most Recent Gas Bill
- Must have the applicant's name, address
- The account number and bill/overdue fee amount must be visible and legible


Water/Sewer/Trash Bill

Required if Requesting Assistance with Water/Sewer (Trash is only included if billed with another utility)

- Most Recent Water Bill
- Must have the applicant's name, address
- The account number and bill/overdue fee amount must be visible and legible


LANDLORD APPLICATION - DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY

Document Type

Requirement Status

Acceptable Documentation

Leasing / Rental Documentation

Required

- Formal lease
- If there is no formal lease, an attestation from the landlord is required confirming that the tenant lives at the specified property

Ledger Showing Past Rent Due

Required if Requesting Assistance for Arrears

- List of the past due rent amount and the late fees. Please include documentation from March 13, 2020 to present. (If the tenant moved in after March 2020, please include documentation dating back to the onset of their lease).

Proof of Missed Rent Payment

Required if Requesting Assistance for Arrears

- Copy of past-due rent notice
- Notice to Quit
- Copy of a Court Ordered Summons, Complaint or Judgement

W-9

Required

- Your W-9 Must be complete and correct.

Direct Deposit Form or Voided Check

Required

- The name on the account MUST match the legal name you provide. Account information must match the information you enter.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THANK YOU

Thank you to the partner organizations who helped us design and implement this program:
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority

  • Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

  • Focus: HOPE

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

  • Ballmer Group

  • Fiserv