As the CDC Eviction Moratorium ends, DHCD is preparing for more incoming applications for rental assistance and want to ensure that resources for tenants and landlords are accessible and well-known.
This month, DHCD will be hosting two training sessions on updated policies, best practices, and how our community organizations can help applicants submit complete applications. Sessions will take place on Friday, August 6th at 10am and Wednesday, August 11that 1pm.
The sessions will cover:
- FAQs on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
- Updated policy for 18 months of rental assistance.
- New process to recertify applicants for future stipends.
- New process for direct payments to eligible tenants where a landlord is unreachable or will not participate in program.
- Definition of COVID-19 impact, and how more applicants may be eligible.
- Success of community mediation as a tool to preserve tenancies.
- Other resources, including legal aid and other homelessness prevention programs.
Tenants and landlords can receive deep subsidies with federal programs, and DHCD wants to ensure that as many households as possible submit and complete applications. Many more households are potentially eligible than have applied, and DHCD needs your help in spreading awareness.
The quickest way for tenants and landlords to receive funding is to submit a complete application. There is no fee to submit an application, and small landlords can apply on behalf of their tenants.
For rental assistance, please visit www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp
For more information on legal aid, please visit https://evictionlegalhelp.org/
For more information on community mediation, please visit https://www.resolutionma.org/
You can also call 2-1-1 for regional referrals and is available in multiple languages.
Please sign up for the sessions by clicking the links below: