Rent, Mortgage, And Utility Assistance Provides Relief to Residents Affected by COVID-19

Nearly $4 million in rent, mortgage, and utility assistance is available for qualified Oakland County residents whose payments are overdue because of hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oakland County Neighborhood and Housing Development Division is currently accepting applications for this one-time grant at www.oakgov.com/RMU until all funds are gone.

“As we emerge from the dire health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that economic recovery is just beginning for many of our neighbors. This program is intended to provide assistance for basic housing needs which are fundamental for our residents to get back on their feet and feel secure moving forward.”

Oakland County Executive David Coulter

The Oakland County Executive and Oakland County Board of Commissioners have allocated $3.9 million in CARES Act money in this third round of rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to cover late gas, water, or electric bills or mortgage, rent, or association fees that are in arrears.

There is no maximum benefit. Oakland County Neighborhood and Housing Development Division will review applications on a first come, first served, first qualified basis.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an Oakland County resident
  • Have a household income less than 80 percent of the area median income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Households Households must be able to sustain future housing payments with housing costs not exceeding 50% of household gross income (with a few exceptions).
  • Possess a COVID-related hardship beginning March 10, 2020 or later, such as a job loss or reduced work hours
  • The household has not received assistance from any other source for the same activity and time period as requested through this program
  • Household liquid assets, e.g., savings, checking, cash, are limited to $15,000
  • No direct payments will be given to program participants; landlords, property managers, or mortgage companies must agree to participate

Apply Now:

The application can be completed online at oakgov.com/RMU, mailed or dropped off at the locations below. Applicants who do not have a computer or access to the Internet may pick up a hard copy of the application at the following locations or an application can be requested by contacting Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division at 248-858-0730 or OCHousingRelief@oakgov.com. Applications are also available in Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, and Simplified Chinese.

  • Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division, 250 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Ste. 1900, Pontiac
  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 34 East, Pontiac
  • Novi 52-1 District Court, 48150 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Rd., Southfield
  • Brandon Township Clerk’s Office, 395 Mill St., Ortonville

Visit the Oakland County COVID-19 Response website for additional grant and community resources.


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