What Is Going On...
§ The moratorium — first implemented in April before being extended until Oct. 17 blocked “non-essential” residential evictions and foreclosures, as well as small business evictions.
§ According to recent U.S. Census survey data, an estimated 160,000 households in Massachusetts currently owe back rent and 60,000 of those fear “imminent” eviction.
§ Governor Baker announcement of $171 million Eviction Diversion Initiative to “manage the end of the moratorium.”
§ The funds include $100 million for the state’s Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program to increase the maximum financial aid available from $4,000 to $10,000 per household and would allow landlords with less than 20 units to apply for assistance.
§ The initiative also sends millions to programs offering “rapid rehousing” for those at risk of homelessness, legal services, case management, mediation, and outreach.
§ Baker’s initiative does include a multilingual public awareness campaign available online and through the state’s 211 information hotline.
If You Need Help...
There is a federal eviction moratorium in place until December 31, 2020. The Order prohibits property owners from evicting people who cannot pay rent. Please apply for the RAFT application, which is up to $10,000 per household. Also, please complete The CDC Declaration Form & Present It To Your Landlord.
§ You must fill out this declaration form and present it to your landlord.
§ Call State's Phone Number At 211
§ Call Everett City Hall At 311 and Demand More Rent Relief And Mortgage Assistance
§ Call City Life Vida Urbana 617-934-5006 (English) / 617-397-3773 (Espanol)
What Governor Baker Is Doing...