Michigan

  • State Data Overview

    Across Michigan, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    315,436
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    28%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -189,905
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $36,227
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    69%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Joey Lindstrom

    202.662.1530 x222 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

    1000 S. Washington Avenue

    Suite 101

    Lansing, MI 48910

    P 517-485-3588 x 1940

    F 517-485-3043

    www.cedam.info

    Luke Forrest, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist

    [email protected]

    Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

    15851 S. Old U.S. 27

    Building 30, Suite 315

    Lansing, MI 48906

    P 517-485-6536

    mihomeless.org

    Eric Hufnagel, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Jessica AcMoody

    Senior Policy Specialist

    Community Economic Development Associations of Michigan

    517-485-3588 ext. 1944

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Michele Wildman

    Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority

    517-373-4363

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    John Hundt

    Housing Development Manager

    517-241-7207

    [email protected] 


    State Entity Webpage

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority


    NHTF-specific page

    Multi Family Direct Lending Programs

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Michigan (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Michigan (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Michigan and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Michigan and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
     

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    Catherine LaPorte, director of Salvation Army Kent County’s housing services, has called the influx of people facing eviction in the county a “deluge,” an eviction crisis that she and others have predicted for months.

    Updated on September 22, 2020


    The Detroit Free Press reports that the Michigan State Court Administrative Office issued guidance to local courts in response to the CDC’s national eviction moratorium. Michigan Legal Help has released resources for tenants about the CDC eviction moratorium. 

    The Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness aims to house 20 families experiencing homelessness in the next 100 days. “We feel like the pandemic needs to create urgency around housing because we know that housing is a form of healthcare that people need,” says Ashley Halladay-Schmandt, director of the Coalition. 

    Updated on September 15, 2020


    A grassroots group of activists held a rally to prevent the eviction of an Ann Arbor retiree with a disability.  

    Detroit Action and Michigan United, two local community organizations that focus on racial and economic injustices, rallied in downtown Detroit on September 1 to advocate for housing protections and resources and the supplemental $600 unemployment benefit.  

    Updated on September 10, 2020.


    Approximately 75 community members gathered at the 14B District Court in Ypsilanti Township on August 19 to protest 49 eviction hearings that were taking place that afternoon. Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed Michigan’s eviction moratorium to expire July 15.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    As evictions resumed at the 36th District Court in Detroit on August 17, approximately 50 people gathered outside the courthouse to demand that city leaders extend the eviction moratorium. The 36th District Court estimates a backlog of about 900 cases and expects to hold hearings for 200 to 300 cases that were not already resolved.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    Eviction diversion assistance, funded through the CARES Act, is now available in Berrien County. Out of the $50 million being distributed statewide for rent assistance through Michigan’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion and Rental Assistance Program, Berrien County received nearly $500,000.

    Detroit News reports that the eviction process has resumed in Michigan - except in Detroit, which extended its eviction moratorium until August 17. An estimated 457,000, or 43%, of Michigan renter households are at risk of losing their homes, and Black renters are disproportionately represented among renters who report “no or slight confidence” that they can pay next month’s rent.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    While Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s eviction moratorium several times, she allowed it to expire on July 16, replacing it with an eviction diversion program. Housing advocates are concerned because the funding for the program - $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funds - will not be available until early August - two weeks after courts are permitted to resume eviction proceedings. Learn more about Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program here.

    With facilities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, designated cooling centers in Macomb County are no longer available. A list of facilities that were used last year was removed from the county’s website on July 14. Cooling centers are locations where people experiencing homelessness and those without access to air conditioning can cool off during the hottest times of the day.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-134 on June 26, which extends Michigan’s eviction moratorium until July 15 and funds the Eviction Diversion Program. Under the executive order, $50 million of rental assistance will be made in lump-sum payments to landlords who allow tenants to remain in their homes and forgive late fees and up to 10% of the amount due. Tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the Eviction Diversion Program will enter into manageable payment plans.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    Eric Hufnagel, executive director of Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, an NLIHC state partner, discussed the urgent need for Congress to pass the HEROES Act in a Michigan Advance article. The article also referenced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comments on NLIHC’s national call and NLIHC’s policy priorities.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    Michigan courts are bracing for as many as 75,000 landlord/tenant filings since the state’s eviction moratorium expired on June 11.

    A piece in the Detroit Free Press examines life inside the city’s homeless coronavirus isolation centers.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    Michigan will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing to non-elderly people with disabilities. Nine organizations in Michigan will receive allocations to provide essential housing options for people living with disabilities.


    Eric Hufnagel, executive director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, an NLIHC state partner, told the Detroit Free Press that the shelter system across Michigan was at or near capacity before the pandemic. The influx of people needing shelter due to the coronavirus pandemic is forcing providers to be innovative in accommodating more people while also maintaining social distancing guidelines.

    SOS Community Services, an organization focused on ending family homelessness in Washtenaw County, is providing pre-bagged groceries and has installed portable toilets outside of its two locations in Ypsilanti. The organization continues to help families experiencing homelessness obtain housing amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked Vice President Mike Pence to discourage protests due to concerns of the coronavirus spreading to rural parts of Michigan.

    More people experiencing homelessness have been moved from a Kalamazoo shelter into hotel rooms. Approximately 150 people are occupying 105 rooms at the hotel. While the hotel program is only for people not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus, Kalamazoo County has created a separate quarantine location for people who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are symptomatic.

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on May 1 that Michigan has received approval from FEMA to provide non-congregate housing for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, including hotels and motels, for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

    A caterer from Ann Arbor, Stacy Williams, has been delivering meals to frontline medical staff at Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals. Williams has also teamed up with Pastor Vicky Lovell to provide food to people experiencing homelessness at four sites that are providing 24-hour shelter.

    Partnerships among city departments, nonprofits, and other organizations aim to protect people experiencing homelessness in Detroit, including a new collaborative effort of restaurants providing food for about 400 sheltered residents each day.

    The Community Housing Network is using funds from a $100,000 grant from United Way for Southeastern Michigan to offer rental assistance and additional services to low-income renters. Housing advocates in Oakland County are calling for additional rental assistance and more affordable housing investments during and after the pandemic. 

    Detroit shelters are adjusting, rethinking, and expanding their daily operations to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order halting evictions, recently extended until May 15, does not protect people living in hotels, motels, and Airbnbs. While acknowledging that hotels follow different sets of laws than landlords, housing advocates and lawyers expressed concerns about the families excluded from Michigan’s eviction ban.

    With funding from United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund, 100 hotel rooms in Battle Creek have been acquired to use as quarantine space for people experiencing homelessness who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    In Saginaw, the Saginaw Diocese’s Center for Ministry will become an emergency shelter for homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The center will support homeless individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not need hospitalization, as well as those who may have been exposed to it and need to self-isolate.

    Service providers will still be allowed to provide food and shelter to people in need under Michigan’s stay at home order. Many organizations in the state are scrambling to deal with the spread of COVID-19.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she is appointing a coronavirus task force to recommend ways to address the racial disparities in the occurrence of COVID-19 in Michigan. Michigan ranks third in the country for the number of people withCOVID-19; and over 40% of deaths due to COVID-19 in Michigan have been among African Americans, although African Americans make up 14% of the state's population.

    Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor homeless population faces shelter, sanitation challenges amid COVID-19 crisis.

    Detroit

    The Detroit City Council will vote on June 8 on a plan to direct millions in coronavirus relief funding toward rental assistance, eviction prevention, and homeless assistance. Pending approval, Detroit would receive $10.5 million in Emergency Solutions Grants to respond to the coronavirus among people experiencing homelessness. The city would also receive $20.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for housing counseling, tax-filing assistance, rental assistance, and tenant legal aid.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    An employee of a transitional housing program for formerly homeless individuals tested positive for COVID-19. Six staff members are now self-quarantining. 

    Two people in Detroit’s homeless shelter system have tested positive for COVID-19. They are being separated with 27 others at a new facility created for social isolation.

    The city of Detroit is ramping up COVID-19 testing in nursing homes and homeless shelters. Detroit was given five machines and 5,000 testing kits, and is running 200-250 instant COVID-19 tests a day.

    Kalamazoo

    Nearly 180 people experiencing homelessness in Kalamazoo who were temporarily staying in hotels during the pandemic will be moved before the Emergency Relief Shelter Project that shelters Kalamazoo’s hotel programs closes on June 30. Kalamazoo County Health officer Jim Rutherford said that the low rate of positive COVID-19 tests among people experiencing homelessness is an encouraging sign for reintegrating families back into a shelter.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    Kalamazoo Mayor David Anderson emphasized the need for additional resources to address the uptick in homelessness as a result of the pandemic. The city is temporarily housing people experiencing homelessness in a motel and has opened day shelters where individuals can receive hot meals. These solutions cost Kalamazoo an average of $60,000 per week, and the city needs significant resources to continue providing these essential services.

    No information at this time.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    As Detroit’s eviction moratorium ends this week, the 36th District Court estimates a backlog of about 900 eviction cases and expects to hold hearings for 200 to 300 cases that were not already resolved.  49 eviction hearings were held at the courthouse last week in Ypsilanti Township. Advocates worry that these numbers will skyrocket: 70% of Ypsilanti are renters.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    Detroit News reports that the eviction process has resumed in Michigan - except in Detroit, which extended its eviction moratorium until August 17. An estimated 457,000, or 43%, of Michigan renter households are at risk of losing their homes, and Black renters are disproportionately represented among renters who report “no or slight confidence” that they can pay next month’s rent.

    Updated: August 12


    After the eviction protections expired on July 15, the government introduced an Eviction Diversion Program, which could help waiver fees and forgive up to 10% of what is owed. The State Supreme Court put additional requirements on landlords to prove in their eviction filing that their property wasn't covered by previous emergency orders. Eviction cases are being conducted remotely and in person. 

    Updated: July 31


    In the weeks before Michigan's statewide eviction moratorium expiration on July 15, calls to their state's 211 call center increased 76%. 

    In the third week of July, 21.4% of adults in Michigan reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over two hundred thousand renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.  

    Updated: July 29


    Michigan’s statewide eviction moratorium expired on July 15th. State officials are bracing for an estimated 80,000 eviction cases to be filed in the coming monthsAccording to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 5 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Detroit

    Though the statewide eviction moratorium expired, Detroit extended their moratorium until August 15th. The District Judge reports that there are 450 outstanding eviction cases which will become enforceable on August 16th

    July 16

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb