Stability Support

Resources if Involved in Evictions

Community resources for eviction prevention in the City of Boston are available including the resources found in Just Shelter as suggested by the Eviction Lab. Four categories of resources (education and advocacy, housing assistance, legal aid, and tenant rights) can be found. Click each resource for more details.

 

[Further resources] 

Emergency shelters and more comprehensive housing assistance can be found in HelpSteps.

[COVID-19 related updates for the Boston residents] 

Last updated: July 13, 2020

  • If you are at immediate risk of becoming homeless, call the Office of Housing Stability at 617-635-4200 (source).

  • Rental Relief Fund: if you wish to be contacted about any additional funding, please complete a contact form in your preferred language.

  • Mortgage Deferral Agreement: You may be eligible to defer your mortgage payment by as much as three months with no penalties. More information on the bank partnership is available online. Please make sure to contact your lender.

  • April 20, 2020 - The Governor signed into law An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions & Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency.

  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) are creating a new partnership to house up to 1,000 families with BPS students at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness over the next year.

    • The first housing placements are expected to begin in May 2020.

    • BPS Families experiencing homelessness are encouraged to reach out to their local shelter provider or email Kedan Harris, assistant director of Opportunity Youth at Boston Public Schools, at kharris@bostonpublicschools.org for referrals.

  • The City’s two emergency shelters remain open - 112 Southampton for men and Woods Mullen for women (source). More resources at sites accessible for in-person visits, including free meal sites for children, can be found here.

  • Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)​​

    • No Evictions or Foreclosures During COVID-19A new state law protects you from eviction during the COVID-19 crisis. Please check the flyer for more information.

    • Unemployment Benefits related information is available.

    • How to access Emergency Shelter (COVID-19 Shelter Updates): "Homeless families with children and people who are pregnant can apply remotely for shelter by calling 1-866-584-0653. If you have already tried to apply for EA shelter and have been denied recently, please call GBLS's Housing Unit at 617-603-1807 and leave a message with your name, telephone number, email address, and the city or town where you are currently staying."

  • MLPBoston​: updates on housing court & district court, eviction, and foreclosure ​​are available.

    • The new Eviction Moratorium law in MA temporarily protects tenants both from old and new evictions cases, except where there are serious health and safety hazards at stake. If tenants cannot pay their rent due to COVID-19 they cannot be removed from their home while the Moratorium is in effect – and this will last into August or until 45 days after the State of Emergency is lifted (whatever comes first).

    • In order to avoid having to pay late fees or receiving a negative credit report, the new eviction moratorium law requires tenants to send a form of hardship notice to their landlord within 30 days of every missed rent payment. One form must be filled out for each month of missed payment. If a tenant is unable to fill out and transmit the form, they can also email or post a letter to the landlord with the same information.

    • MetroHousing | Boston (a Regional Housing Authority) posted on its website - "Many deadlines, including voucher expirations, will be extended.”

  • City Life/Vida Urbana

    • An emergency hotline for people facing eviction during the public health crisis. "If you are struggling with a displacement emergency, please call our hotline during the COVID-19 pandemic at." 617-934-5006 (English); 617-397-3773 (Espanol) 

    • A template for a letter you can use to write to your landlord or bank is available.

  • HomeStart

    • ​For our Eviction Prevention Hotline, please call 857-415-2900. "If you owe back rent and are trying to stay in your apartment, we may be able to help."

    • "Massachusetts recently passed a law "freezing" evictions through August 18th or 45 days after this state of emergency ends, whichever is sooner." (A fact sheet about what this law means for renters)

  • Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston

    • "​If you have questions about an eviction notice from your landlord, a document from Housing Court, or think your landlord did something illegal, call LCR’s Hotline at 617-981-4308 or email office@lawyersforcivilrights.org.

    • Your landlord must get a court’s permission before they evict you and make you move out. If your landlord does not have permission from a court, it is illegal for your landlord to:

      • Move your belongings out of your apartment,

      • Change your locks, a “lockout,”

      • Shut off your utilities, a “utility shut-off,” or

      • Interfere in any way with your use of the unit."

  • City Mission

    • ​Rental Assistance Request: the Emergency Needs Network program provides limited, one-time grants for back rent.

  • Wellness Ideas Bank: various resources, ideas, and events for supporting wellness and social connections are submitted by community members. Please submit more resources and ideas @ https://bit.ly/WellnessIdeasSubmit