COVID-19 Resources: Housing

Rental Assistance

Waltham's Housing Division has set up a COVID19 Emergency fund. Please call 781-314-3386 and leave your name and phone number on the voicemail and you will be contacted. Residents may also email

Housing Court

The Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court has issued an order postponing most eviction hearings until at least April 21.

Related: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project's interactive map of COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Protections.

One-on-one Free Housing Counseling & Assistance

WATCH CDC Housing Clinic

Assistance in applying for housing, responding to threat of eviction, assistance in rent payment, application for food stamps and fuel assistance.

Call WATCH at 781-891-6689 ext. 203 and leave a message for a return call, or fill out this online request form.

RAFT - Homelessness Prevention

Metro Housing Boston

The RAFT Program (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

RAFT has been given an additional $5 million of funding to create a special program for households facing instability as a result of a COIVD-19 related housing crisis due to a loss of wages to increase in expenses (e.g. medical expenses).

Applications for RAFT can STILL BE SUBMITTED. Apply for RAFT here, ASAP. 

State-level Advocacy for Tenants


Ongoing compilation of COVID19 responses, prioritizing state-level advocacy for tenants.