Massachusetts renters with a household income of 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) that are having trouble covering rent and/or utility payments may qualify for assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program can pay for up to 18 months of arrears or up to 18 months of prospective rental assistance, or a combination, for costs accrued after March 13, 2020. ERAP can also cover up to $2,500 of overdue utility bills for renters that became due after the start of the pandemic.
Expanded assistance available for back rent and utilities.
– You may be able to receive up to 12 months of rental assistance.
– Priority for very-low income and unemployed applicants
For low cost legal aid for income eligible tenants and owner occupants in homes with rental units visit https://evictionlegalhelp.org/
For professional mediation services for tenants and landlords visit https://www.resolutionma.org/