The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has resources available for individuals and families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19.
Are you struggling with Rent or Mortgage Payments because of COVID-19?
There are eviction protections and financial programs available to help.
Here is what you need to know about the eviction and foreclosure moratorium in Massachusetts.
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If you need help paying your housing costs, visit www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp.
If you are TENANT: Steps to take to prevent eviction
- Print out the “CDC Declaration Form” This form expires 12/31/2020.
- Complete and sign form. This form obligates you to pay something towards your rent on what you can afford.
- Give a copy to your landlord and keep a copy for yourself (you will need your copy if your landlord takes you to court for non-payment of rent)
- Apply for the RAFT/ERMA financial assistance up to $10,000 at the Metro Housing Boston, 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120.
If you are a TENANT and need to defend yourself against conviction filed by your LANDLORD:
- Visit the Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE) website, an online guided interview that helps tenants create their own answer and request for discovery.
TENANTS and LANDLORDS who owe rent or mortgage should apply under the RAFT/ERMA program for up to $10,000 at the Metro Housing Boston, 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120.
Additional Housing Resources
Bunker Hill Community College Single Stop does not endorse these housing options. The information provided is for general information purposes. Students are responsible for their own contractual arrangements for housing.
Some of these resources require a referral. Single Stop is recognized as a referral partner.
COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project for Massachusetts Residents
As evictions start to increase, the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) is scaling up statewide to provide more legal resources to prevent eviction during the pandemic. The project will help tenants facing eviction and owner-occupants who live in 2 and 3-family houses who are filing an eviction. To be eligible for free legal help a household's income must be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. CELHP is a joint project between MLRI, the Mass Legal Assistance Corporation and the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project.
Housing Stability Notification Act Update
Mayor Walsh’s Housing Stability Notification Act is in the process of being enacted. The Act requires property owners and constables serving a Notice to Quit and Notice of Lease Non-renewal to also provide tenants with a document containing resources and information about tenant rights.
More Housing Resources
- Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) - 617-348-6000 email@example.com
- Bridge Over Troubled Waters (617-423-9575) - Shelter and other services for youth ages 14-24
- Boston Housing Authority - Affordable housing in and around the City of Boston
Boston Rescue Mission (617-338-9000) - Emergency Shelter
City of Boston Office of Housing Stability - 617-635-4200 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- City of Boston Emergency Shelter Commission - 617-534-5395 | email@example.com
- Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) - 866-584-0653
- Empath - City of Boston residents can call “311” for assistance and referrals to housing, shelter, and financial assistance resources. Massachusetts residents can call “211”
- Family Aid Boston (617-542-7286) - Solutions for parents and caregivers facing homelessness
- HomeStart - Eviction Prevention Hotline: 857-415-2900
- Housing Consumer Education Center - (617-425-6700)
- Interfaith Social Services - (617) 773-6203
- Metro Housing Boston - 617-859-0400 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- On the Rise - 617-497-7968 | email email@example.com A day program for homeless and formerly-homeless women
- Pine Street Inn - 617-892-9100 - Shelter and housing services for men and women
- Project Hope - 617-442-1880 - Emergency shelter for families
- Rosie’s Place - 617-442-9322 - Shelter services for individual women (not families)
- Saint Francis House - 617-542-4211
- Saint Mary's Women and Children Center - 617-436-8600
- Shattuck Shelter - 617-971-3581 - Homeless Support Services
- The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) - 617-989-6000 - Provides cash assistance and food stamps to families and individuals with low incomes
- The Salvation Army - 339-502-5900
- Y2Y - 617-864-0795 | firstname.lastname@example.org - For young adults 18-24 experiencing homelessness