COVID-19 Resources: Housing

Rent Assistance

State rental assistance - RAFT Program

The RAFT Program (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) is a rental assistance program funded by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administered by Metro Housing Boston.

RAFT provides assistance of up to $4,000 every 12 months for rent to low-income residents.

To be eligible for RAFT:

  • Your landlord must be willing to fill out this contract
  • At least one adult member of the household must have a photo ID
  • Your income must be under these income limits (by household size):
    • 1 person: $44,800
    • 2 people: $51,200
    • 3 people:  $57,600
    • 4 people:  $63,950
    • 5 people $69,100

Please note:  It is not required to have immigration legal status or Social Security number to apply for RAFT.

3 Ways we can help you apply for RAFT- pick one:

1.     Electronic application- Fill out this fillable pdf application and email it to suzi@watchcdc.org

2.     Paper application- Email suzi@watchcdc.org or call her at 781-570-4394 with your mailing address and we will mail you a copy of the application.

3.     Help by phone- If you are not comfortable filling out an online form or a paper form, please email suzi@watchcdc.org or call her at 781-570-4394.

If you already applied for RAFT online and have not heard back in more than a month, please email suzi@watchcdc.org a copy of your receipt or call her at 781-570-4394.

Questions?  Contact Suzi Solomon, WATCH Housing Clinic Director suzi@watchcdc.org or 781-570-4394.


Waltham City Fund - CLOSED FOR NOW, check back daily 

The Waltham City Fund is back open for its fourth round! This program is for Waltham residents who have received a "Notice to Quit" from their landlord or an eviction notice from the Court.  Payments are directly to the landlord for up to 3 months' of rent.  The application process generally takes 2-4 weeks to receive payment. Application here  


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.

For Waltham tenants who owe more than $4,000 in rent or who have already received state rental assistance of $4,000 (RAFT) and still owe rent.

  • 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.
Fill out the application Here:  Application Form

If you have questions about whether you qualify contact Suzi at Suzi@watchcdc.org  or 781-570-4394

Take Action to Prevent Eviction

There is currently a Federal Eviction Moratorium effective till January 31, 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 a Declaration form.

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 for eviction moratorium

Paper copies can be picked up at:
Waltham Public Library (entrance by the parking lot), Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4 pmWATCH office at 24 Crescent Street, Suite 201, (next to our front door entrance on Crescent Street) Monday – Friday 9am to 7:30pm.

Need Help?
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 suzi@watchcdc.org.

Want to learn more? 

Tenants Rights & Eviction Moratorium

Affordable Housing

MassAccess

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.


Metrolist

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.


MassHousing

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.


MetroHousing

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).

Additional Resources

WATCH CDC Housing Clinic - One-on-one Free Housing Counseling & Assistance

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.


Fannie Mae

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.