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Capital Area Housing Partnership develops strong, diverse neighborhoods with a focus on affordable housing, homeownership and financial security in mid-Michigan.

600 West Maple - Suite D

Lansing, MI 48906

Tel: (517) 332-HOME

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COVID-19 Resources

CAHP staff will be working remotely through April 30, 2020. We can be reached by phone at 517-332-4663, Monday - Friday from 9a-5p.

COVID-19 MID-MICHIGAN HOUSING RESOURCES

 

CAHP’s office will be closed to the public until April 30, 2020. CAHP will be open remotely during that time and answering phone calls at 517-332-4663 Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.

 

Michigan Governor Whitmer has issued a STAY HOME - STAY SAFE executive order asking residents to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) effective 3/23/20 until 4/13/20. Non-essential travel should be suspended, and residents should shelter in place. Click 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 517-332-4663 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.

 

Ingham County Health Department has activated a COVID-19 phone tree to help field COVID-19 calls to the appropriate individual. The ICHD COVID-19 hotline number is 517-887-4517.

 

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

HOMEOWNERS:

 

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

 

FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suspended mortgage foreclosures and evictions amid Covid-19 outbreak. Borrowers unable to pay their mortgage because of hardships may be eligible to delay payments for a temporary period with no late fees and no credit reporting. Contact your loan servicer directly. 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. Click here to learn more.

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 may have emergency funding available to assist with household bills such as mortgage payments. Click here to learn more.

 

RENTERS:

 

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

 

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.

 

Michigan Governor Whitmer suspends household & mobile home evictions statewide until April 17, 2020. Click here to learn more.

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

 

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

 

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services may have rental related services available to provide payment for security deposits, moving expenses or relocation assistance. Click here to learn more.

 

Capital Area United Way may have emergency funding available to assist with household bills such as rent payments. Click here to learn more.

Courts & Landlord/Tenant Cases: The below mid-Michigan District Courts have postponed non-emergency related hearings, including Landlord/Tenant cases, until Monday, April 6, 2020.

 

            54-A – Lansing: Click here to learn more.

            54-B – East Lansing: Click here to learn more.

            55 – Ingham County: Click here to learn more.

            56A – Eaton County: Click here to learn more.

            12 – Jackson County: Click here to learn more.

            65A – Clinton County: Click here to learn more.

            66 – Shiawassee County: Click here to learn more.

            53 – Livingston County: Click here to learn more.

            67 – Genesee County: Click here to learn more.

           

           Legal Services Available:

 

           Legal Services of South-Central Michigan: 888-783-8190

           Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.: 1-899-400-9164

           State Bar Assoc. of Michigan Referral Hotline: 1-800-968-0738

           MSU Housing Legal Clinic: 517-432-6880

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 517-332-4663 to schedule a virtual appointment.

EMERGENCY SHELTER:

 

For people experiencing homelessness, who may be in a shelter or trying to access services, and may need medical attention:

  • Contact New Hope Community Health Center 517-484-4414 

    • 430 N. Larch St, Suite 1, Lansing, MI (Holy Cross Shelter)

  • Contact Forest Community Health Center 517-887-4302 

    • 2316 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI

HOUSEHOLD BILLS

FOOD & HOME SUPPLIES:

 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:

 

Michigan unemployment benefits have been extended to: 

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill. 

  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 

  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.  

  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. 

  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days 

  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.  

Apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017. A fact sheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here.  ​​

UTILITIES:

 

Lansing Board of Water and Light - The BWL has suspended electric and water shut-offs until further notice and COVID-19 is better controlled. 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. Click here to learn more.

 

Consumers Energy – Shut-offs suspended for non-pay for low-income and senior customers through April 5, 2020. Senior citizens and qualified low-income customers already enrolled in the Winter Protection Program have had their end dates extended through May 3, 2020, without any additional actions required on their part. Click here to learn more.

DTE – DTE has suspended non-payment shutoffs for customers meeting income criteria, effective through April 5, 2020. This timing could be extended depending on the impact the virus has on our communities. Shutoff protection for customers enrolled in our Senior Winter Protection Program has been extended through May 3, 2020 without additional actions required on their part. Customers of record who are 62 and older are automatically included in the Winter Protection Program. Contact us at 800.477.4747 to determine eligibility for our variety of payment assistance options.

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services may have temporary heat and utility assistance for eligible low-income families. Click here to learn more.

 

INTERNET & PHONE:

 

Comcast is offering new low-income customers signing up for Internet Essentials 60 days of complimentary service. Free WiFi through their Xfinity hotspots throughout the country has also 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 currently 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 for 60 days to customers with metered data plans effective 3/18/20. Click here to learn more.

 

T-Mobile is providing customers on smartphone plans unlimited data for 60 days effective 3/13/20. 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 for. Click here and here to learn more.

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

City of East Lansing Income Tax filing deadline has been extended to July 30, 2020. Click here to learn more.

STUDENT LOAN DEBT:

 

Interest on Federal Student Loan Debt payments have been suspended for 60-days effective 3/13/20. Click here for more information.

Stop payments for Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loan are available for individuals affected by COVID-19. Auto-debit payments will be stopped if enrolled in administrative forbearance. After the administrative forbearance ends, you will have to resume making payments. Contact your service provider or lender to sign-up.

 

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. 

HOUSE CLEANING & LAUNDRY:

 

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.

Laundry Guidelines -

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.

  • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.

  • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.

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.

HELLO NEIGHBOR:

 

CATA suspends regular-route bus service effective 3/23/20. Customers in need of a free curb-to-curb ride during 3/23/20 through 4/5/20 should call CATA's emergency line at 517-999-2549.

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

 

Support local businesses with food carry out or delivery.

          -   Lansing

          -   East Lansing

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration disaster distress helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-958-5990.

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.