Rental Assistance

Michigan’s ‘Eviction Diversion Program’ (EDP)

Are you a renter in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park? 

Have you received an eviction notice from your landlord or a summons from the court?

If so, you may be eligible for rental assistance through the statewide Eviction Diversion Program (EDP). The EDP can cover up to 90% of past-due rent. To qualify, landlords need to forgive up to 10% of the past-due rent and forgive all late fees or penalties. Only past due rent from March 1st, 2020 onward is eligible for assistance and the program can only be accessed once.

Call (866) 313-2520 or visit DetroitEvictionHelp.com to access free legal counsel and to apply for the EDP.

How to apply for the EDP

If you receive a ‘Notice to Quit’, ‘Demand for Possession’, or other written notice of eviction from you landlord:

  • Call the eviction hotline at (866) 313-2520 or visit DetroitEvictionHelp.com to complete intake for the EDP.
  • A legal aid counselor will help you complete the ‘EDP Tenant Application’. Your landlord will need to complete the ‘EDP Landlord Application’.
  • If you are eligible, a settlement agreement will be completed between you and the landlord with the help of a legal aid counselor.
  • A payment will be made to the landlord after the settlement agreement is made.

If you receive a court summons:

  • Call the eviction hotline immediately to arrange to meet with a legal aid counselor. 
  • The legal aid counselor will help you complete the ‘EDP Tenant Application’. Your landlord will need to complete the ‘EDP Landlord Application’
  • If you have a pre-trial hearing, state “I intend to apply for the Eviction Diversion Program. I will contact Lakeshore Legal Aid to do so”.
  • A conditional dismissal will be completed with the landlord and tenant and filed with the court, dismissing the eviction case.
  • A payment will be made to the landlord after conditional dismissal is made.

You will need:

  • Photo identification to prove your address* and identity. 
  • Your court summons or the ‘Notice to Quit’/’Demand for Possession’
  • Proof of income and/or unemployment assistance for the last month 

If you received a ‘Notice to Quit’/Demand for Possession, verbal or written notice threatening eviction, or a court summons in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck anytime between March 20th and August 15th, 2020 (i.e., during the state and citywide eviction moratoriums), bring this to the attention of your legal counsel.