Rental Relief Fund
NOTE: Eligibility requirements for the Rental Relief Fund changed on April 19. Please review the program guidelines and eligibility requirements before applying.
Where to find us
Visit us Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 43 Hawkins Street.
If you are at risk of being evicted
Visit our eviction page for resources in 11 languages. If you’re able to, you should pay your rent. Applying for rental assistance may “stop the clock” on the eviction process if you currently have a case in Housing Court.
Program guidelines and Eligibility
We're dedicating federal funds to help Boston residents who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are having difficulty paying their rent.
The Rental Relief Fund Rental will provide up to $10,000 in assistance for income eligible households for up to 18 months for:
- current rent
- future rent
- utility arrears, and
- moving-related expenses.
After receiving three months of future rent, applicants will need to reapply to receive additional assistance. Applicants will be required to pay 30 percent of their income towards future rents.
The Rental Relief Fund is open to households earning less than 50% of Area Median Income. We also prioritize households where one or more members have been unemployed for the past 90 days.
- Past due (from March 13, 2020), current, and up to three months of expected rent costs
- Past due (from March 13, 2020) or current utility (including internet) and home energy expenses ($2,000 utility allowance)
- Moving costs within the City of Boston
Rental arrears or utility bills from before March 13, 2020
- Payments to sober houses
- Payments to landlords that are relatives or family members (unless relative has incorporated as LLC)
- Future rent payments for tenants with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
TO BE ELIGIBLE, YOU MUST BE:
- a City of Boston resident
- at or below 50% AMI
- at risk of homelessness or housing instability
- economically impacted due to COVID-19, and
- NOT a full-time college or graduate student.
- Applications for moving requests must be tied to an eviction, notice to quit, or risk of housing stability. The Office of Housing Stability reserves the right to deny a request for moving assistance if it is determined that the move would put an applicant in an unsustainable rental agreement.
- Recipients of a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) are eligible for rental arrears assistance only.
- If the Boston Housing Authority is your landlord, visit the Housing Authority website for more information. You can also call 617-988-5060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, and telephone number in any message. You can also download the Public Housing Rental Relief flyer in English, Español, or 中文.
- Chapter 151B of the Massachusetts General Laws prohibits discrimination by a landlord against any tenant receiving federal, state, or local housing subsidies, including rental assistance or rental supplements, because the individual is such a recipient. A landlord’s refusal to accept emergency rental assistance, that covers the entire amount owed to the landlord, may, in some circumstances, constitute a violation of Chapter 151B. Landlords should consult their own legal counsel for advice before declining rental assistance that covers all outstanding rent arrears.