Whitmer lifts eviction freeze; $50M in rent aid coming

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaking at a briefing Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a monthslong moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic will end in mid-July, when landlords can start applying for $50 million in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes.

The initiative will be financed as part of an $880 million spending bill the governor will soon sign.

If landlords don’t evict a tenant for debt related to the pandemic, they can receive a lump-sum payment. Michigan reported one additional coronavirus-related death.

Though Michigan has the country’s eighth-highest death rate, it’s now faring better than many other states on containing the virus.

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