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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read this flyer about COVID-19 and Eviction
RAFT - Homelessness Prevention
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).
One-on-one Free Housing Counseling & Assistance
Assistance in responding to the threat of eviction, as well as assistance applying for:
- 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.
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 NCFreferrals@familyaccess.org