Housing and Utility Resources
Moratorium on Evictions:
The Massachusetts House passed Bill H.1279 on 4/2/2020 that places a statewide moratorium on evictions. The legislation prevents landlords from filing for eviction during this lockdown period. Further, landlords are barred from charging late fees or reporting late payments or non-payments to any credit agency. If you are unable to make your rent payments for the Month of April please reach out to your landlord and let them know you will not be able to make your payment on time, you will not be penalized for this.
Just because a moratorium is in place on evictions does not mean that some landlords will not try. If you or someone you know is at risk of eviction or has received a notice to quit please reach out to Boston Islamic Center for more assistance.
As of March 16th, 2020, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has suspended all water service terminations and will not be adding any delinquency charges to any late bills.
Eversource has suspended all disconnection of service for non-payment and suspended any late fees for deferred payments. Eversource is also providing a payment plan for those who have current past due balances or are unable to pay their bill - you will be able to spread out your payments over a period of time. You can do this online HERE or by calling 866-861-6225.
National Grid will also be suspending any disconnections of service due to non payment and suspending any fees for late payment. Further, National Grid will be providing payment deferral options for those that are having trouble making their payments. National Grid also has the Discount Rate Application for Massachusetts Residence - Application can be found HERE.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - is a program that can provide financial assistance with paying your energy bill. You can apply by requesting an application from 1-800-632-8175. More information HERE.
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
RAFT is a state funded program with Metro Housing Boston that can provide up to $4,000 per 12 month period for households in need of rental assistance. If you are having trouble making rent or paying your utilities and are at risk of losing housing, you can apply to RAFT HERE. Volunteers are available at BIC that can assist with the application process for families that require additional assistance.
Rental Relief Fund
On April 2nd, Mayor Walsh announced the Rental Relief Fund for tenants who are at risk of losing their rental housing as a direct result of the pandemic. The City has pledged $3 million dollars. Eligibility requirements are as listed below:
- You are a person who does not qualify for the new extended unemployment benefits or
- Benefits you will receive through unemployment are a significant reduction in your normal pay
You can apply for the Rental Relief Fund starting on April 6, 2020. If you need assistance with the application, BIC will make volunteers available that can virtually assist.
Other Housing/Utilities Resources:
If you are a resident of Newton or work in the Newton Area you may be eligible for the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund - You can apply to get financial assistance HERE.
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