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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The goal of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is to provide emergency rental assistance for the payment of rents and utilities, and arrearages for the same, for low-income Tribal members who have disproportionately suffered from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To participate in the ERA Program, an applicant or a landlord/owner acting on behalf of the Applicant must submit a complete, written application to the Tribe. If approved, they must then submit information and supporting documentation each month for the Rents and Utility Costs for which they seek continued Financial Assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the ERA Program, at the time the Applicant applies must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    1. The Applicant is part of a household of one (1) or more individuals who are occupying as tenants and obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and with respect to which the Tribe determines

a. That one (1) or more individuals within the house has:

          i. Qualified for unemployment benefits, or
          ii. Experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly,                  to the COVID- 19 pandemic, to which the applicant shall attest in writing;

b. That one (1) or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include:

          i. A past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice;
          ii. Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions; or
          iii. Any other evidence of such risk, as determined by the Tribe; and

c. The household has a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income for the household

d. There are no geographic limitations on where an Applicant household is located to be eligible for Financial Assistance under the ERA Program.


For further information please review the ‘LVD COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Policy & Application’ below.

Approved by Council on March 2, 2021.