Due to the large increase in the number of applications to our rental and mortgage relief programs, our response time (not approval time) to applicants is taking longer than usual. We appreciate your patience while our staff reviews the applications in the order in which they were received.

Are you unable to pay your current tenant share? If so, you may be eligible for a change in the tenant share you pay your property owner.


Click below to get started or send an e-mail to Gateway@MetroHousingBoston.org.  Be sure to include the name of the head of the household and current address. This process only applies to current voucher program participants with Metro Housing through Section 8, MRVP, or COC.

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.

When the state moratorium expired on October 17, a federal moratorium established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became effective in Massachusetts. Through December, the CDC moratorium will prevent evictions for non-payment for qualified tenants who submit a written declaration to their landlord. Courts will accept eviction filings and process cases, and may enter judgments, but will not issue an order of execution (the court order that allows a landlord to evict a tenant) until after the expiration of the CDC order. Protection is limited to households who meet certain income and vulnerability criteria. Use the declaration form to the right.