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Financial Assistance Available For Tenants Facing Eviction

Sep 16, 2020

After the State of Michigan’s eviction moratorium was lifted earlier this summer, more and more people have received eviction notices in Washtenaw County during COVID-19.  

The Washtenaw General Defense Committee, a community organization formed to assist working class residents, reported that at least 49 eviction cases were heard at the 14B District Court in Ypsilanti Township during a one-week period in August.  Jim Schaafsma is an attorney for the Michigan Poverty Law Program in Ypsilanti and says financial assistance is available through the state for tenants facing eviction.

Jim Schaafsma: The legislator and the governor created what’s called an Eviction Diversion Program that provides housing assistance, or the potential of housing assistance, to low-income tenants.  

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is operating the housing assistance program.  For information on the Eviction Diversion Program, click here.  

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu