Rental Assistance

MSHDA rolls out tool for COVID Emergency Rental Assistance

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties, in partnership with EightCap Inc. and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has launched an online tool to help streamline the application process for renters and landlords seeking COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA).

MSHDA currently has federal funds available to help tenants avoid eviction and landlords recoup owed rent. Renters making 80% of the area median income or less are eligible. For other eligibility criteria and a link to the secure online application site, visit to apply.  Landlords or tenants can fill out the CERA application and upload required documents.