- 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.KeyFacts315,436Or28%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-189,905Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$36,227Annual 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 PartnersState Partners
Community Economic Development Association of Michigan
1000 S. Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI 48910
Luke Forrest, Executive Director
Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist
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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.
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- Housing Trust FundHTF 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.Current Year HTF Allocation
$5,363,424HTF State Resources
HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
2017 HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
Draft Annual Action Plan (PDF)
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
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
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-134 extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15 and creating the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes. Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16. https://tinyurl.com/y3xyh3ss
Updated on July 24, 2020.
Updated on July 24, 2020.
Hancock The Salvation Army in Hancock is ready to serve families impacted by COVID-19, financially. Clients who can provide documentation they have been impacted by the COVID-19 and have exhausted all state and federal assistance resources may apply. https://tinyurl.com/y2mo3h66
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:
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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 homeless population faces shelter, sanitation challenges amid COVID-19 crisis.
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.
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.
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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.
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 months. According 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.
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.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
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