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 ccaseybrenner@city.waltham.ma.us


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

CHAPA

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