COVID-19 Resources: Housing
Behind on your rent? Received a notice to quit?
There are three rental assistance options available: the State, the City of Waltham and WATCH.
WATCH Tenant Assistance Fund
Due to generous donations, state funding, and a grant from the Foundation for Metrowest, WATCH has opened round 3 of our tenant assistance fund. Applications will be accepted as long as funding is available. Please allow 2 weeks from the date of your application before hearing back from WATCH.
- Tenants must be low-income and show COVID related income or job loss.
- Grant is given directly to tenant to pay rent and is not considered taxable income.
- Immigration status is not considered in this grant.
Take Action to Prevent Eviction
There is currently a Federal Eviction Moratorium effective till June 30, 2021.
What should you do?
If you owe rent, pay what you can, and communicate with your landlord. In order to be protected under the federal eviction moratorium, you must sign the declaration
Please read the form carefully. If the form applies to you, sign it, and give it to your landlord – in person or by taking a picture and sending by text/ email. If you deliver it in person, take a picture of the completed form for your records.
Need a Declaration Form?
The printable form is here: declaration
Paper copies can be picked up at:
Waltham Public Library (entrance by the parking lot), Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4 pm. WATCH office at 24 Crescent Street, Suite 201, (next to our front door entrance on Crescent Street) Monday – Friday 9am to 7:30pm.
If a landlord is harassing you or threatening to evict you, please call Suzi at 781-891-6689 x203 or 781-570-4394 or send an email to email@example.com.
Want to learn more?
The MassAccess Housing Registry helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.
Use this link to find affordable housing in Boston and the greater Boston area. You can search for current units available and sign up for the Metrolist email list to receive updates when new affordable units are listed.
Use this link to search for affordable housing.
Use this link to search for workforce housing developments - housing that is available for those who earn too much to qualify for traditional affordable housing but cannot afford market rents.
Use this link to search for affordable housing.
Handicap Accessible Affordable Housing
- ApartmentGuide.com - Under "Special Features," select "Disability Access."
- Apartments.com - After searching for your desired location, click to open the menu under "Amenities"; then under "Community Amenities," select "Disability Access."
- ForRent.com - Under "Community Amenities," select "Disability Access."
- MyNewPlace.com - Select "Search by Amenities," and then under "Special Features," select "Disability Access."
- Rentals.com - After searching for your desired location, select "Handicapped Accessible" under "Property Features" and/or "Handicap Access" under "Community Feature" (if available).
Searching For Housing
- Affordable Housing Lotteries
- How to Do a Housing Search
- Housing Applications
- Massachusetts Housing Authorities' Locations and Contact Information
- Fair Housing
- City of Boston Housing Search
- Metro Boston Housing Search
- Affordable Housing in Waltham
Emergency Assistance and Homelessness Resources
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Shelters for Individuals
- State-Funded Shelters for Families
- Non-State-Funded Family Shelters
- Domestic Violence Shelters
- Psychiatric Emergency Services
Greater Boston Legal Services foreclosure work includes: representing homeowners who are facing foreclosure and have potential legal defenses; assisting homeowners who have the financial ability to make mortgage payments if their principal or interest payments were reduced through a modification of their loans and have been rejected for a modification; and providing homeowners facing foreclosure, and homeowners with high cost loans, with advice and brief service, along with referrals to housing counseling agencies, updated information on the various loan modification programs available to them, and updated information concerning their legal rights and remedies, including bankruptcy.
For more information visit here
Utility assistance for Massachusetts homeowners. For assistance fill out this form
For help contacting ABCD, visit here
If your building is financed by Fannie Mae (renters), then you may qualify for additional benefits such as: assistance with FEMA and insurance claims after a natural disaster, access to HUD-approved housing counselors, federal and state housing assistance information, guidance on unemployment benefits, nutritional assistance and any other available programs, and nonlegal support in communicating with landlords. They have a form you can fill out to determine eligibility on this page.