COVID-19 Resources

CAHP in-office visits are restricted until further notice.  We can be reached by phone at 517-332-4663, Monday - Friday from 9a-5p.

UPDATES & DISCLAIMER:

 

This document is updated weekly on Monday to the best of our ability. For any updates, questions or comments please email info@capitalareahousing.org or call 517-332-HOME (4663).

 

The intent of this resource guide is to distribute as public information only. Thank you to the hard workers and agencies referenced who remain essential to our community. Stay safe. Stay healthy. 

COVID-19 MID-MICHIGAN HOUSING RESOURCE GUIDE

CAHP’s in-office visits are restricted until further notice. CAHP will be open remotely during that time and answering phone calls at 517-332- HOME (4663) Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.

 

Michigan Governor Whitmer has issued STAY HOME - STAY SAFE Executive Orders asking residents to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These orders encourage work to be done remotely, non-essential travel to be limited, and individuals to practice social distancing. Click here and here to learn more.

 

As a MSHDA Housing Counseling agency, CAHP continues to offer free-of-charge financial counseling for homeowners, homebuyers and renters who may be struggling with a loss of income or other financial challenges during this time. Those seeking assistance can call us at 517-332-HOME (4663) to schedule a virtual appointment.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TESTING:

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to learn more.

 

State of Michigan COVID-19 hotline: 888-535-6136. Click here to learn more.

 

Translated COVID-19 Materials: Click here to learn more. 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:

If you lost your job or have been laid off then you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Apply for online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017. Click here to learn more.

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS:

The CARES Act will provide direct payments to tax filers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return. Click here to learn more.

RENTERS:


Capital Area Housing Partnership offers free-of-charge financial counseling for renters who may be struggling with a loss of income or other financial challenges during this time. Call CAHP at 517-332-HOME (4663) or visit www.capitalareahousing.org.

 

Capital Area Housing Partnership suspends evictions and late fees to their over 400 rental units in mid-Michigan. Click here to learn more.

 

Lansing Housing Commission puts a moratorium on new evictions indefinitely for their over 800 public housing units. Click here to learn more.

 

Rent Payment Assistance:

Apply for State Emergency Relief (SER) from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to request help with rent payments. Call 517-241-3740, apply online at: www.mibridges.michigan.gov or email mdhhs-ingham-edp@michigan.gov.

 

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) reactivated its Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) and partnered with Capital Area Community Services (CACS) to administer the funds. CACS processes ERF applications and will make vendor payments on behalf of eligible clients in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. Eligible expenses include RENT. Individuals and families must complete an ERF application and show proof of RENT/lease. Call Central Michigan 2-1-1 to find out if funds are still available and for a referral.

If you have a voucher or live in subsidized housing, report your loss of income to your voucher administrator or landlord immediately, in writing. Save a copy of the communication for your records.

Common area voucher administrators:

Lansing Housing Commission: 517-487-6550

Ingham County Housing Commission: 517-349-1643

Becka Management: 517-669-9706

 

For people experiencing homelessness who may be in a shelter or trying to access services, rapid re-housing dollars may be available.

Ingham County: Call Holy Cross Services at 517-484-4414

Eaton County: Call Housing Services Mid-Michigan at 517-541-1180

Clinton County: Call Housing Services Mid-Michigan at 517-231-3961

Housing Search Tools:

HUD Affordable Rental Housing Search Tool. Click here to learn more.

MSHDA Housing Locator Online Search: Click here to learn more.

LANDLORDS: 

Governor Whitmer established the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes. Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16. Click here to learn more.

Michigan residential evictions due to lack of rental payments are suspended until July 15, 2020. Evictions are allowed if the tenant poses a substantial risk to another person or an imminent and severe risk to property. Rental payment obligation remains in effect. Click here to learn more.

The federal CARES Act instituted an eviction moratorium for all tenants in buildings with a federally backed mortgage or that received federal rental assistance. Examples of covered mortgages include FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Late fees may not be charged during this time.

If you have a federally backed mortgage on a rental property, you may be eligible for hardship assistance programs. Contact your lender right away to ask what options may be available.

 

The Small Business Association (SBA) may have relief funding available, including payroll protection loans, for business related financial hardships. Visit www.sba.gov to learn more.

 

Contact the Rental Property Owners Association of Mid-Michigan for guidance or advice as a Landlord or income property owner. Visit www.rpoamm.com to learn more.

EVICTIONS:

Governor Whitmer established the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes. Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16. Click here to learn more.

 

For help navigating rental eviction resources in Ingham County, call Holy Cross Services eviction hotline at 517-657-8145 or eviction@hccsnet.org.

Current moratoriums do not release you from any obligation under your lease. This means you still owe your landlord any rent that becomes due during this period.  While your landlord cannot file an eviction now, after the emergency passes your landlord can either start or continue your eviction case.  

 

Almost all Michigan residential evictions suspended until July 15, 2020. There is an exception that allows for removal of tenants if they pose a substantial risk to another person or an imminent and severe risk to property. Click here to learn more.

Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Livingston and Shiawassee County Courts have put a hold on all eviction cases until after July 15, 2020. Once the courts resume, you will get a notice from the court with your new hearing date.

The federal CARES Act suspends evictions on new evictions for non-payment of rent or charging late fees until July 25, 2020. Even then, a 30-day notice will be required before filing an eviction case. Covered properties include HUD programs, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and federally backed mortgages. Click here to learn more.

 

If your landlord is still trying to evict you during this time, call Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) at 888-783-8190 immediately or visit www.lsscm.org.

LEGAL RESOURCES:

Legal Representation:

Area County District Courts:

 

Domestic Relations Cases:

 

Circuit Courts continue to hear limited domestic relations matters. These being kept personal protection order matters and family law (divorce/custody/support) matters with emergency components. 

 

Non-emergency hearings/conferences will be rescheduled, and you should receive a notice in the mail after the courthouses re-open. Call the courthouses and/or check online for updates regarding rescheduling and/or to determine when the courthouses will resume normal operations. 

                       

Area County Circuit Courts:

 

Personal Protection Orders

 

Michigan Supreme Court requires lower courts to continue reviewing Petitions for Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) and making decisions on them amidst COVID-19. If you need to file for a Personal Protection Order, please contact the domestic violence shelter closest to you for assistance:

 

          

EMERGENCY SHELTER:

 

For people experiencing homelessness, who may be in a shelter or trying to access services, contact your local coordinated entry:

  • Ingham County: Call Holy Cross Services at 517-484-4414

  • Eaton County: Call Housing Services Mid-Michigan at 517-541-1180

  • Clinton County: Call Housing Services Mid-Michigan at 517-231-3961

HOMEOWNERS & MORTGAGE PAYMENTS:

Capital Area Housing Partnership offers free-of-charge financial counseling for homeowners who may be struggling with a loss of income, mortgage or tax foreclosure, or other financial challenges during this time. Those seeking assistance can call us at 517-332-HOME (4663) to schedule a virtual appointment or visit www.capitalareahousing.org.

FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suspended mortgage foreclosures and evictions through August 31, 2020 amid COVID-19 outbreak. Click here and here to learn more.

The federal CARES Act offers mortgage forbearance and relief options inf you are experiencing difficulty making on time payments. Click here to learn more.

USDA-RD announced a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all USDA Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans Program (SFHGLP) loans for a period of 60 days. Borrowers may request the moratorium be extended up to an additional 180 days. Contact the USDA Customer Services Center at 800-414-1226. Click here to learn more.

 

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services created MiMortgage Relief partnership with financial institutions. Participating banks and credit unions will provide a streamlined process for requesting forbearance options. Click here to learn more.

Mortgage Payment Assistance:

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services may have home ownership services available to provide payment for mortgage or land contract payments; property taxes and fees; mobile home lot rent; home insurance coverage. Click here to learn more.

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) reactivated its Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) and partnered with Capital Area Community Services (CACS) to administer the funds. CACS processes ERF applications and will make vendor payments on behalf of eligible clients in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. Eligible expenses include MORTGAGE payments. Individuals and families must complete an ERF application and show proof of MORTGAGE. Call Central Michigan 2-1-1 to find out if funds are still available and for a referral.

Michigan Property Tax Foreclosure deadline has been extended from March 31, 2020 to June 29, 2020 or 30 days after the state of emergency that was declared is terminated, whichever comes later. Click here to learn more.

City of Lansing provides funding for homeowners looking to improve their homes through housing rehabilitation and/or to repair life threatening emergencies. Call 517-483-4040. Click here to learn more.

HOMEBUYERS:

 

CAHP is offering their Homebuyer Education workshop online. The online workshop satisfies requirements for a homeownership education certificate to qualify for down payment assistance. Click here to learn more.

 

CAHP offers a variety of Down Payment Assistance programs for eligible buyers pursuing home ownership in mid-Michigan. Click here to learn more.

 

As a MSHDA Housing Counseling agency, CAHP continues to offer free-of-charge financial pre-purchase counseling for homebuyers who may be struggling with a loss of income or other financial challenges during this time. Those seeking assistance can call us at 517-332-HOME (4663) to schedule a virtual appointment.

HOUSEHOLD BILLS

FOOD & HOME SUPPLIES:

 

  • Michigan announces changes to SNAP Food Assistance Program. Households may be eligible to receive additional assistance during COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

  • To connect with Mid-Michigan emergency food resources, call 2-1-1 or visit www.centralmichigan211.org

  • Michigan school district food distribution locations. Click here to learn more.

  • For questions about food resources, call the Greater Lansing Food Bank assistance line at: 517-899-9457.

  • MSU Food Bank is planning to continue operations for the foreseeable future. Students and families can make appointments by e-mail at foodbank@msu.edu.

  • Meals on Wheels for Seniors. Click here to learn more.

  • Tri-County Office on Aging meal pickups are available for those over 60. Call 517-887-1393.

  • For personal and household needs, call The Salvation Army at 517-484-4424 ext. 100.

UTILITIES:

Lansing Board of Water and Light - The BWL has suspended electric and water shut-offs until further notice. If you are struggling to pay your current bill, you are encouraged to contact customer service to set up a bill payment plan to not fall behind when the moratorium is lifted by emailing customerservice@lbwl.com or calling 517-702-6006Click here to learn more.

Consumers Energy – Consumers Energy is working to ensure that vulnerable residential customers have the services they need. Any customer who needs help paying their energy bill should contact Consumers to discuss assistance options. Click here to learn more or call 800-477-5050.

DTE – DTE encourages any customer having trouble paying their bill due to reduced income or health impacts from COVID-19 to contact them directly. Click here to learn more or call 800-477-4747.

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services may have temporary heat and utility assistance for eligible low-income families through the State Emergency Relief (SER) program. Click here to learn more.

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) reactivated its Relief Fund (ERF) and partnered with Capital Area Community Services (CACS) to administer the funds. CACS processes ERF applications and make vendor payments on behalf of eligible clients in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. Eligible expenses include UTILITIES expenses not covered by other benefits. Individuals and families must complete an ERF application and show proof of UTILITIES if State Emergency Relief (SER) is denied. Call Central Michigan 2-1-1 to find out if funds are still available and for a referral.

VEHICLE & CAR:

 

Major automakers announce forbearance plans for families and individuals affected by coronavirus. If you anticipate trouble making your payment contact your lender. Click here to learn more. 

CHILDCARE:

 

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) reactivated its Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) and partnered with Capital Area Community Services (CACS) to administer the funds. CACS processes ERF applications and make vendor payments on behalf of eligible clients in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. Eligible expenses include CHILDCARE expenses. Individuals and families must complete an ERF application. Call Central Michigan 2-1-1 to find out if funds are still available and for a referral.

 

STUDENT LOAN DEBT:

 

Federal Student Loan Debt payments have automatically been suspended through September 30, 2020. Interest will not accrue during this time. Borrowers may continue to pay principal debt if they choose. This policy only affects federally held student loan debt. This policy does not apply to private student loan debt. Click here to learn more.  

INTERNET & PHONE:

 

Comcast is offering new low-income customers signing up for Internet Essentials will receive complimentary service. Free WiFi through their Xfinity hotspots throughout the country has been made available. Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if contacted. Click here to learn more.

AT&T is offering home internet wireline customers unlimited data. New customers can subscribe to Access from AT&T for two months of free service. All public WiFi hotspots are open to anyone who needs them. AT&T will not terminate service of any wireless, phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay your bill. All late payment fees will be waived. Click here to learn more.

 

Verizon will not charge late fees or terminate service to customers who are experiencing hardships because of COVID-19 and cannot pay their bill in full. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.

 

Sprint is providing unlimited data to customers with metered data plans. Click here to learn more.

T-Mobile is providing customers on smartphone plans unlimited data. Customers should dial 611 on their T-Mobile phone if they have concerns about bill payments due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

MetroNet is offering free internet service for 2 months to new residential households in which a student resides. Click here to learn more.

 

TAXES:

Federal Income Tax filing/payment deadlines for tax returns are being au­­­tomatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. Six-month extensions are available to apply. Click here to learn more.

State of Michigan Income Tax filing/payment deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Filing/payments normally due on the April 30, 2020 deadline has now been extended to July 31, 2020. Click here to learn more.

City of Lansing Income Tax filing deadline has been extended to July 31, 2020. Click here to learn more.

 

City of East Lansing Income Tax filing deadline has been extended to July 31, 2020. Click here to learn more.

 

HOUSE CLEANING:

 

Center for Disease Control & Prevention guidance on household cleaning. Click here to learn more.

 

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

Cleaning Your Phone – Phones are often touched and should be cleaned daily. Click here to learn more.  

Mid-Michigan trash and recycling service providers expected to continue operation with regularly scheduled pick up times. Contact your local provider for more information.

HOUSING RESOURCE WORKSHOPS:

 

Capital Area Housing Partnership offers monthly financial education and do-it-yourself themed workshops virtually. Topics include Managing Your Money During COVID-19, Identity Theft, Exterior Home Maintenance Tips, and Power Tools 101. Visit our online calendar to register at www.capitalreahousing.org/calendar or call 517-332-HOME (4663).

HELLO NEIGHBOR- COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

 

Families in the Lansing School District who are struggling with a temporary or inadequate living situation may be eligible for assistance through the Families Overcoming Rough Times (F.O.R.T.) program. Contact district coordinator at 517-755-2813 or call your child’s school directly.

CATA resumes limited regular-route bus service effective 5/4/20. Riders will be required to wear a face mask or face covering. Call 517-394-CATA (2282) or Click here to learn more.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage. Make your appointment here or call 1-800-733-2767.

Take the 2020 Census online. Click here to get started.

 

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission warns of increased Scams and Identify Theft during Coronavirus outbreak. Be cautious of unknown e-Mails, text messages, robo-calls, and online sales. Click here to learn more.  

 

Know your rights in housing and public accommodations. Contact the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid-Michigan if you believe you have been a victim of housing discrimination. Call 877-979-3247 or click here to learn more.

 

Crisis counseling services are available through The Salvation Army. Call 517-484-4424.

DISCLAIMER:

This document is updated weekly to the best of our ability. The intent of this resource guide is to distribute public information only. Thank you to the hard workers and agencies referenced who remain essential to our community. Stay safe. Stay healthy. 

CALL CENTRAL MICHIGAN 2-1-1 OR TOLL FREE 866.561.2500

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Questions? E-Mail info@capitalareahousing.org or call 517-332-HOME (4663).

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