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The Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) 

The Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes.  The Eviction moratorium for tenants in the State of Michigan ended July 15, meaning that Landlords can now legally evict their tenants. The State of Michigan rolled out the EDP program on July 16 to help people facing eviction for nonpayment of rent during the pandemic. For more information about the EDP program please click on the MSHDA logo above. 


COVID-19 Rent and Utility Support

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Rent Assistance

The State of Indiana is offering up to $2,000 in rent assistance to help cover past due and ongoing monthly rent payments or late fees for those whose income has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for the program visit www.IndianaHousingNow.org. If you’re unable to apply online, you can apply over the phone by calling toll-free 1 (844) 463-7368.

Click here for assistance resources in the South Bend area.


Temporary Program for Lodging Establishment Reimbursement (TPLER) Program

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Department of Housing has a new COVID-19 program, “The Temporary Program for Lodging Establishment Reimbursement Program.”  The Program was established to help Citizens inside and outside the service area that need temporary  lodging while quarantining due to COVID-19 or are homeless.  The Program will reimburse eligible applicants  up to $75.00 per day, for no more than 30 days for lodging.  The Program is subject to funding and may end at any time. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Pokagon Band Citizen  18 yrs. or older
  • Must meet HUD Low-income Guidelines
  • Must not have previously participated in the Pandemic RV or Hotel Programs
  • Receipt from lodging establishment cannot be older than 30 days and must be for a consecutive  stay.
  • If quarantining due to COVID,  households can participate more than once up to the maximum days of 30.
  • If homeless: can only participate in the program once.  

Please download the Temporary Program for Lodging Establishment Reimbursement (TPLER) Program form and policy below.


Community Development Team Updating Transportation Plans

The Pokagon Band Community Development team is currently updating the Pokagon Band Long Range Transportation Plan 2022-2047 (LRTP) and the 2022-2025 Tribal Transportation Improvement Program (TTIP).  These are prepared in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) under the Tribal Transportation Program Agreement between the Pokagon Band and the BIA signed August 9, 2021.

The documents identify long term (LRTP) and mid-term (TTIP) transportation needs and projects meeting these needs for residents of and visitors to Pokagon Band Tribal Lands. Projects include but are not limited to construction, reconstruction, and operational improvements to roads, trails, bridges, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, parking areas and transit serving Tribal Lands located in Michigan and Indiana.

The two documents are being prepared in a coordinated way to speed development while respecting reviewers’ and decision makers’ time. The draft 2022-2047 LRTP as well as the Draft 2022-2025 TTIP will be available electronically for review by citizens and others between October 25, 2021 and November 15, 2021. It is anticipated that they will brought to the Tribal Council for approval following the review and analysis of comments received (if any) before the end of this calendar year.

For further information or to request an electronic copy of the documents, please contact Robert Torzynski, AICP, Planning Manager at (269) 782-4896, or Robert.Torzynski@PokagonBand-nsn.gov.


Housing & Community Development Mission

In support of the Pokagon Band mission statement, it is the vision of the Pokagon Band Department of Housing & Community Development to be a seamless housing resource center that provides housing opportunities to tribal citizens through advocacy and acquired resources, which results in the advancement of Pokagon Housing.


Housing & Community Development Department

(269) 783-0443
(877) 983-0385

57824 East Potawatomi Trail
Dowagiac, MI 49047