Help for Detroit tenants behind in rent or facing eviction

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Local housing supporters expect Detroit’s 36th District Court to face an influx of eviction notices when the governor’s order prohibiting evictions ends this week. Less than half of city residents own their home and many households are financially unstable given the number of job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here’s who to contact if you need assistance with an eviction notice. 

Free resources for Detroit tenants:

  • United Community Housing Commission has prioritized assistance for Detroit tenants who received eviction notices in February and March. If you need assistance call 313-355-3352 or email eviction@uchcdetroit.org.  
  • The City of Detroit offers eviction prevention resources at www.DetroitEvictionHelp.com.
  • Street Democracy serves Detroit’s homeless population and can be reached at 313-355-4460 or on Facebook at fb.com/streetdemocracy. 
  • The Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist order to landlords threatening tenants with Notice to Quit orders in April. If you received a Notice to Quit between March 13 and June 11, call 313-456-0240 or email miAG@michigan.gov
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development has developed a tenant assistance brochure on their website. For further questions about Section 8 housing, contact the Michigan State Housing Development Authority at 844-674-3224. 
  • www.MichiganLegalHelp.org is a self-help website for Michiganders with lists of local community services, courts and agencies.
  • The 36th District Court has a list of Frequently Asked Questions from the landlord-tenant division on its website and suggests tenants contact the city’s rental inspector about property repair at 313-224-2733. 
  • Michigan State University’s Law School developed an online Landlord/Tenant Handbook in 2017 that can be found through the state Legislature’s list of publications. 

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