Boston Reopens Rental Relief Fund After Statewide Moratorium On Evictions Ends

October 20, 2020 News

BOSTON (CBS) — Applications will be accepted once again for the Boston Rental Relief Fund. In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that $5 million will be made available for residents at risk of losing their housing.

The statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures ended on Oct. 17.

Up to $4,000 of rental relief will be available to individuals over a one-year period.

To qualify, tenants must:

  • Earn less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI) or $90,650 for a family of four
  • Be financially impacted by COVID-19
  • Be renters in Boston as of March 1, 2020
  • Certify they do not receive a rental subsidy or have funds to meet their needs, and
  • Not be a full-time student.

Immigration status will not be asked.

According to the city, “over the last six months, the Fund distributed more than $3 million in payments to landlords on behalf of more than 1,000 households. More than fifty percent of the households that have been awarded funds earn less than $58,000 per year with two income earners.”

Applicants can apply at Applications are funded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Read the original article on CBS Boston here.