COVID-19 Resources: Housing

Courts are closed, by state order, for eviction cases until August 18. Landlords are not allowed to send eviction notices (but they can send you a statement of how much you owe them).

WATCH recommends that you send, within 30 days of when rent was due, a letter, email, or text to your landlord stating why you can not pay your rent. Keep a copy for your records.

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


Read this flyer about COVID-19 and Eviction

Watch this video info session about the eviction moratorium.


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. For help applying to the RAFT program, send an email to

One-on-one Free Housing Counseling & Assistance

WATCH CDC Housing Clinic

Assistance in responding to the threat of eviction, as well as assistance applying for:

  • Housing
  • Rental assistance
  • Food stamps
  • 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.

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund

United Way and Family ACCESS of Newton have established the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund to assist families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to Newton residents, the fund will also take applications from individuals who work in Newton but live in other towns or cities. Apply here. For any questions, contact