I am behind on rent or utilities
Rents are unaffordable and resources are severely inadequate; if you are behind on rent and/or utilities or experienced a shutoff, there are some programs that might assist you.
Michigan's COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) and Wayne County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) are closed to new applicants. If you have an existing application that was submitted before the deadline, your application will still be processed. For questions about your existing CERA application, call the Eviction Hotline 866-313-2520.
The State Relief Emergency (SER) program can sometimes provide financial assistance to individuals and families for emergency needs such as heat and utilities. Learn more about how to apply for SER here.
**If you received a court summons, be sure to your court hearing and ask to speak with an "agency attorney" about rental assistance options.**
The DWSD Lifeline Plan provides 4,500 gallons of water to to income-eligible households at a fixed rate.
The Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) may provide assistance with water bills.
The Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) may provide assistance with energy bills.
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Plan (LIHWAP) may provide up to $650 in direct payment assistance for households in arrears or disconnect status.
We the People of Detroit can assist you with locating emergency water drop off locations, making payment arrangements with the Detroit water and Sewerage Department and navigating various water resources. You can reach their emergency water hotline at 1-(844)-429-2837.
The 10/30/50 payment plan from the water and sewerage department (DWSD) may help you avoid a shutoff.
The Shutoff Protection Plan from DTE may help you avoid a shutoff.