For market-rate renters who cannot pay
For individuals and families at risk of being displaced or forced to leave their homes due to COVID-19 employment loss, Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA), may be the solution.
These programs provide financial assistance that can be used to help keep their housing, obtain new housing, pay their mortgage, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless regardless of source of income, lack of income, citizenship, or immigration status.
For COVID-related housing crises, the maximum RAFT benefit has increased from $4,000 to $10,000 per household, on the condition that the landlord agrees to preserve the tenancy for 6 months, or until June 2021 for households with school-aged children, whichever is longer.
Begin the process by clicking below to start an application. These applications are submitted and processed completely electronically. If you have other questions or need further guidance, visit the Eviction Prevention page or contact the Housing Hub at 617.425.6700 or email ResourceLine@MetroHousingBoston.org.