OSCEOLA COUNTY -- Mid Michigan Community Action Agency has received $5,039,855 through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for COVID Emergency Rental Assistance in Osceola, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, and Mecosta counties. CERA replaces the Eviction Diversion Program. CERA can assist tenants facing eviction or behind on rent and\/or utility payments. Either tenants or landlords may initiate the CERA application process. Renters who are making 80% or less than the area median income are eligible. Applicants must show documentation of pandemic-related financial hardships, which can include unemployment, reduction of income, and increased expenses, to qualify. "CERA will provide millions of dollars in assistance to low-income renters impacted by COVID-19. At a time when those in our communities are facing unprecedented financial hardships, we are so proud to be offering this program," said Jill Sutton, Executive Director of Mid Michigan Community Action. To apply, renters and landlords should visit www.michigan.gov\/cera to complete their application and gather their documents. Applications and supporting documents can then be submitted via email to CERA@mmcaa.org, fax to 989-386-3277, or mail to Mid Michigan Community Action, ATTN: CERA, PO Box 768, Farwell, MI 48622. For services in other counties, use the CERA Contact List on www.michigan.gov\/cera to find the agency for each county. Contact them at CERA@mmcaa.org or 877-213-5955 with any questions. To learn more about our agency, visit www.mmcaa.org. Mid Michigan Community Action guides local residents on the path to self-sufficiency through empowerment, education and community enrichment.