CERA can serve renter households that have incomes less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) who meet the following conditions:
Individual(s) in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or has experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak.
Individual(s) in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability evidenced by a past due utility or rent notice.
CERA rental assistance is based on household income. Qualified renters can receive up to 12 months of rental assistance, 3 months of which can be used for future rent assistance. Tenants may also apply for an additional 3 months of rental assistance, if necessary, for housing stability.
CERA can also provide utility assistance for qualified households for electricity, home heating (any type of fuel), water, sewer, and trash (if billed along with another utility). Utility payments are based on household size. Tenants with an AMI of less than 50% are also eligible for additional assistance. CERA also provides a flat $300 Internet stipend for those with home Internet paid to either the tenant or their Internet service provider.
Apply by visiting the MSHDA website and using their online portal OR at your local service agency listed below.
Washtenaw County Health Department, CDC, and the NIH are collaborating to facilitate access to free, rapid, at-home COVID-19 test kits for Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti households. Test two times a week to help protect your family and our community. https://covidtestaaypsi.org/
Child Tax Credit
Earlier this year, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, which significantly expanded the Child Tax Credit and created a new monthly benefit for families across the country.
The expanded CTC makes several changes to the Child Tax Credit. Most importantly, it allows 17 year olds to qualify, increases the credit to $3000 dollars per child($3600 for children under 6), and distributes the benefit monthly. This breaks out to $250 a month for those from ages 6-17, and $300 a month for children under the age of 6.
Who is eligible?
Almost every household with a child under age 18 qualifies for the expanded tax credit. More information about the specifics can be found at the link here.
How do I get the monthly benefit and can I get it yearly?
You can choose whether to receive the payment monthly, or in one lump sum after filing your 2022 taxes, using the IRS portal linked here. If you opt to receive the payment monthly(which is also the default if you do nothing), you should start receiving it by direct deposit or paper check directly from the IRS.
Access to quality and affordable child care continues to be a large issue for many Washtenaw county families. While I recently supported a supplemental budget bill that provided $105 million for increasing reimbursement rates for child care providers, I have included some resources below for families who need more immediate help.
The Child Development and Care Program, which you can access by registering for MiBridges at the link above, may be able to provide payment assistance for childcare needs. While the eligibility for the program is listed below, you will want to register and create an account to see
what other programs you may be eligible for. To do this, you simply need to click the “register” button at the top of the page, fill in your information, and follow the prompts to complete it.
Eligibility Requirements for the CDC
You are currently employment or self-employed
An approved activity
College or university undergraduate education, such as associate or bachelor degree, including online programs (Does not include graduate, medical, or law school)
Employment preparation or training, such as a trade certificate or training program
Finishing your High School education
General educational development (GED)
Adult basic education (ABE)
English as a second language (ESL)
Participating in an approved counseling or treatment program for a physical, emotional, or mental condition
If you have any more specific questions about eligibility, for you view the link on the website directly here, or view the more detailed program manual here.
Testing is available from local health care providers, pharmacies, and urgent cares, according to state criteria. If you have a health care provider, contact them about testing or see the information below.
LynxDx offers drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Tests are contactless and saliva-based (no nasal swabs required). This site tests people of all ages. Testing is available with or without insurance or symptoms.
Pre-registration is required: lynxdx.health/register. Once you pre-register, you will be directed to schedule a time/date for your test. Please bring your driver’s license or state-issued ID card and insurance card, if you have one.
Results are sent to your phone or email within 48 hours. If you haven’t received an email with your results within 72 hours or have questions about this site, please email email@example.com. Please do not contact the Health Department for results from this testing site.
The Ann Arbor site is open 7 days a week. 8am – 6pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10am-6pm Thursday; 8am-6pm Friday; 10am – 5pm Saturday; 2pm – 6pm Sundays
The drive thru is located at 2|42 Church parking lot on 648 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Please use the entrance with the sign “COVID Testing Today.” Follow the signs through the parking lot to join the end of the line.
There should be no out-of-pocket fees for testing at this site. Many insurance providers have already waived copays for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have insurance, testing staff will ask for your social security number to verify that you do not have insurance and will work with you to waive cost, if possible. If you need help with getting insurance, we recommend contacting the Washtenaw Health Plan!
If you do not have a social security number, input “999-99-9999” and indicate “no insurance” when registering.
CVS is offering no-cost drive-thru testing at 4 area locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Testing now available for everyone 3 years and older. With or without symptoms. No out of pocket costs/free. If you fall into one of these asymptomatic categories that are being prioritized by the state, check “Yes” for the question that asks “Have you been instructed to get testing by your state, health department or medical professional?” when making an appointment. Make an appointment here. Bring a photo ID.
Rite Aid is offering free drive-thru testing at multiple local pharmacies. Testing is available for anyone 4 and older, with or without symptoms. The testing sites utilize PCR simple self-swab nasal tests, overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists. Testing is by appointment only: schedule at https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing. Individuals ages 4-17 may access testing with a parent or legal guardian’s consent. If both parents and a minor (4-12 years of age) need to receive a test during the same period, two separate accounts linked to different email addresses must be used. Additionally, a parent or legal guardian must be in attendance and bring their photo ID to the minor’s testing appointment (they define minor above as 4 -12; however, anyone 17 and under must be supervised). A prescription from a doctor or health care provider is not required to receive the COVID-19 test. Bring a photo ID.
currently offer both PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 testing at many Urgent Care and Pediatrics locations. Testing open to those with symptoms of COVID-19, high-risk exposure to an individual with COVID-19 or return to school, work or travel reasons. Appointments required. See locations and schedule here.
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea has a COVID screening/testing site at 1515 Commerce Park Drive in Chelsea. COVID-19 testing is for individuals with at least one COVID-19 symptom or those required to receive a test prior to a hospital procedure. See their webpage for hours, or call 1-833-247-1258 for more information.
Ann Arbor Urgent Care is offering walk-in testing from 9 am-10 pm, 7 days a week. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested. Antibody testing also offered.
Ascent Urgent Care140 South Industrial, Saline, MI 48176. Visit their website to see testing hours and register. Antibody also offered.
Michigan Medicine Laboratories (MLabs)offers testing to all ages for pre-procedural, symptomatic, and COVID exposure indications. Testing is performed Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 8:00AM – 6:00PM, Thursday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM and Saturday: 8:00AM – 12:00PM. Drive-through testing is not offered at this location, but parking is free. Located at KMS Building at 700 KMS Place in Ann Arbor. Individuals or business can call 734-539-5111 for appointments. Same-day appointments are available. Insurance accepted. No-cost without insurance.
Everyone 12 years old or older is eligible to be vaccinated. Please note that those under 18 should sign up for a Pfizer vaccine. Anyone under 18 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you have already gotten your 1st dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you should get your 2nd dose from the same provider. If that is not possible and you need a 2nd dose, you may use the above links to schedule for a clinic providing the brand you need.
Please remember to eat about an hour before your appointment and stay hydrated with water or non-caffeinated beverages!
Interested in having the Health Department do an on-site pop-up vaccine clinic with your organization or at your community event? Fill out this form and we’ll follow up within one week. We are able to bring our mobile RV to your location or use your building to give vaccines.