The government has expanded financial assistance for folks who have rental or mortgage arrears or are facing eviction, loss of utilities, or other housing emergencies. New benefit amounts have been applied for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA). A new Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has been started for rental arrears and overdue utilities specifically impacted by Covid-19. All of these programs can be applied for through ONE APPLICATION on the Community Teamwork website or by calling Community Teamwork at 978-654-5607 or emailing CovidResponseCTI@commteam.org.
We also have our Town Covid-19 Relief fund for individuals/families facing financial challenges related to Covid-19 illness, job loss, or increased expenses. The CDC has extended the eviction moratorium for 3 months for those who qualify and complete the paperwork for their landlords. There are also many legal and mediation resources for those who receive a Notice to Quit from their landlord. Do not assume that you need to leave your apartment! Please reach out for assistance.
For questions about any housing-related assistance, call Alison at 978-399-2325.
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