East Lansing launches emergency rent and mortgage assistance


WEDNESDAY, August 12 — East Lansing residents who are experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for emergency rent and mortgage assistance.

City officials launched a program last week that offers up to $2,000 in subsidies for unpaid rent or mortgage payments as early as March. Residents must live within the city limits and provide documentation of coronavirus-related hardships, such as job loss or medical bills.

The new emergency relief fund is supported by a community development block grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding is available for up to 100 households to receive grants, and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We recognize the financial hardship our residents are facing during this pandemic,” Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, the city’s community development and engagement manager, said in a statement. “We feel fortunate to be able to provide financial support during these unprecedented times.”

Applicants will work directly with the Capital Area Housing Partnership to apply for and receive funds. Application documents and program guidelines are available at capitalareahousing.org. Residents can also call 517-332-4663 or email [email protected] for details.

“We understand that each person’s story is unique and it’s okay to ask for help,” added Rawley Van Fossen, executive director of the Capital Area Housing Partnership. “Our housing counselors are equipped to help East Lansing residents navigate the financial hardship brought on by the pandemic so they can support their homes.”