Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

In an effort to provide emergency support to income-eligible East Lansing residents experiencing financial hardships as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of East Lansing has launched an Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program.

Applicants meeting income eligibility requirements can apply to receive up to $5,000 in grant assistance towards outstanding rent or mortgage payments from as early as March 2020. Residents must reside within the City of East Lansing’s limits and must provide documentation of a COVID-19-related hardship, such as loss of a job, a decrease in hours worked or an unexpected medical bill.

Funding for this program was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). As a Community Development Block Grant entitlement community, the City of East Lansing received funds from HUD to assist in the preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants will work directly with non-profit housing agency Capital Area Housing Partnership to apply for and receive the funds. Application materials and program guidelines can be found here: https://www.capitalareahousing.org. Residents with questions can contact the CAHP office at (517) 332-4663 or info@capitalareahousing.org for more information. Applicants will be served on a first-come, first serve basis. Funding is currently in place to allow for up to 100 households to receive grant funds.