After a Car Accident, CERA was this Man’s Life Saver
Frazier Tedford knows all too well what it feels like to find himself in sudden need. A car accident left him in debilitating pain, and he subsequently lost his job. His roommate then came down with COVID-19 and moved out of their rental house.
“I was left holding the bag,” Tedford said, adding that he’s had five surgeries on his back since his accident and hasn’t been able to work. While waiting for his Social Security Disability Insurance to come through, he wasn’t able to pay his rent.
Tedford heard about the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program online and applied immediately.
“Oh my God, this was a life saver,” said the Redford resident after receiving assistance from Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. “I really appreciate (Wayne Metro) stepping up and helping me out. I was so happy I could have some breathing room. Now I’m caught up, and I can pay my rent and utilities through Social Security Disability.”
Tedford is one of 12,500 people in Wayne County to date who have received rental assistance from Wayne Metro through the CERA program. The program aims to keep residents in their homes and help alleviate some of the financial burden renters are carrying as a result of this difficult year. To meet this critical need, distribute more than $100 million in CERA funds and make it easier for clients to access services, Wayne Metro increased its hours of operation and added more than 150 positions.