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Detroit residents facing COVID-19-related eviction can apply for assistance


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Wednesday that Detroit residents facing eviction due to COVID-19 can apply for legal aid and rental assistance.

The mayor said there would be $11.5 million dedicated to the program. He says the city is working with community organizations to get people help.

"We will get you to resources. United Community Housing Coalition has got lawyers for you if the landlord is evicting you in a way that is legally inappropriate, we've got good lawyers for you."

Donald Rencher is the Director of Housing and Revitalization for the city of Detroit. He says the $11.5 million will be used for a variety of services for Detroit residents.

"Not only are you provided legal counsel and representation in the courtroom if you’re facing eviction, but rental arrearages and also some wraparound services for relocation services if a final agreement or settlement cannot be met with your landlord," he says.

Detroit residents in need of assistance can go to the program's website or call (866) 313-2520 to start the process of applying for help.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not say whether she will be extending the statewide moratorium on evictions, which is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning.


Caroline is a third year history major at the University of Michigan. She also works at The Michigan Daily, where she has been a copy editor and an opinion columnist. When she’s not at work, you can find her down at Argo Pond as a coxswain for the Michigan men’s rowing team. Caroline loves swimming, going for walks, being outdoors, cooking, trivia, and spending time with her two-year-old cat, Pepper.
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