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Rental Relief Fund

We're dedicating federal funds to help Boston residents at risk of losing their housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: Eligibility requirements for the Rental Relief Fund changed on April 19. Please review the program guidelines and eligibility requirements before applying.

Apply for the fund online

If you need help completing a Rental Relief Application, please email rrf@boston.gov or call 617-635-4200 and select 5.

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:

  • arrears
  • 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.

      THE CITY OF BOSTON’S RENTAL RELIEF FUND CAN HELP RENTERS WITH THE FOLLOWING EXPENSES:
      • 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
      THE CITY OF BOSTON’S RENTAL RELIEF FUND CANnot HELP RENTERS WITH THE FOLLOWING EXPENSES:
      • 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:

      1. a City of Boston resident
      2. at or below 50% AMI
      3. at risk of homelessness or housing instability
      4. economically impacted due to COVID-19, and
      5. NOT a full-time college or graduate student.
      Notes 
      • 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 rental.relief@bostonhousing.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.

      Tenant Resources (Multilingual)

      Tenant Resources

      When applying for the Fund, you will need to supply a copy of signed current lease or tenant agreement, photo documentation for head of household, two most recent pay stubs, documentation of unemployment (if applicable), documentation of enrollment in MassHealth (optional), and documentation of SNAP/EBT (optional).

      Apply for the fund online

      Cuando presente la solicitud ante el Fondo, tendrá que proporcionar una copia del contrato actual de alquiler u ocupación firmado, un documento con fotografía del cabeza de familia, los dos últimos talones de pago, documentación relativa al subsidio de desempleo (si procede), documentación relativa a la inscripción en MassHealth (opcional) y documentación relativa a SNAP/EBT (opcional).

      Solicite el fondo en línea

      Ao solicitar o Fundo, você deverá fornecer uma cópia assinada do contrato de locação atual ou contrato de arrendamento, documentação com foto do chefe da família, dois recibos de pagamento mais recentes, documentação por desemprego (se aplicável), documentação de inscrição no MassHealth (opcional) e documentação de SNAP/EBT (opcional).

      Inscreva-se para o fundo online

      申请房租救济基金时,需提供一份经过签署的租约或租赁协议的副本、户主照片文件、两份最近的工资单、失业证明(如适用)、马萨诸塞州医疗补助计划(MassHealth)登记文件(可选)以及领取SNAP/EBT救济金的证明文件(可选)。

      在線申請基金

      Na pidi es Finansiamentu, bu presiza fornesi un kópia di kontratu di arendamentu a kurtu ô longu prazu asinadu, fotografia tipu pasi di xefi di família, dôs resibu di pagamentu mas resenti, dokumentason di benefisius komu dezenpregadu (si aplikavel), dokumentason di inskrison na MassHealth (opsional), dokumentason di SNAP / EBT (opsional).

      Fazê Rekerimentu Li

      Lè wap aplike pou Fon an, ou pral bezwen pou bay yon kopi siyen kontra lwaye oswa lokatè, dokiman ki gen foto pou responsab fanmi an, de sou chèk (2) ki pi resan, dokiman sou chomaj (si aplikab), dokiman enskripsyon nan MassHealth (ochwa), ak dokiman SNAP/EBT (ochwa).

      Aplike pou fon an sou entènèt

      Marka aad dalbatid Maaliyadda, waxaa lagaaga baahan yahay in aad keentid heshiiska kirada iminka socda oo saxiixan ama heshiiska dagganaha, sawirka madaxa reerka, dabada labada jeeg ugu dambeyay, warqadaha shaqo la'aanta (haddii lagu dabaqi karo), warqadaha in qofka ku qoran yahay MassHealth (leyska dhaafi karo), iyo warqadaha SNAP/EBT (leysa dhaafi karo).

      Codso sanduuqa internetka

      Khi nộp đơn xin trợ cấp, quý vị sẽ cần cung cấp bản sao hợp đồng hoặc thỏa thuận thuê nhà đã ký, giấy tờ chứng minh nhân thân có ảnh của chủ hộ gia đình, hai cuống chi phí tiền lương gần nhất, giấy tờ thất nghiệp (nếu có), giấy tờ ghi danh vào MassHealth (không bắt buộc), và giấy tờ của SNAP/EBT (không bắt buộc).

      Đăng ký quỹ trực tuyến

      عند التقدم بطلب للحصول على المخصصات المالية، سوف تحتاج إلى تقديم نسخة من عقد الإيجار الحالي أو عَقد المُستَأجِر المَوْقِعُ، ووثائق ضوئية مصورة لرب الأسرة، وأحدث إيْصالِين للمرتّب، ومُسْتَنَدَاتٌ مُخَصّصات البطالة (إن وجدت)، ومُسْتَنَدَاتٌ التسجيل في برنامج MassHealth (اختيارية)، ومُسْتَنَدَاتٌ بَرْنَامَج الْمُسَاعَدَة الغِذَائِيَّة التَّكْميلِيَّة SNAP /التحويل الإلكتروني للمُخَصّصات EBT (اختيارية).

      تقدم بطلب للحصول على الصندوق عبر الإنترنت

      Lors de votre demande au Fonds, vous devrez fournir une copie du bail ou du contrat de location actuel signé, une photo du chef de famille, vos deux derniers bulletins de salaire, une attestation de chômage (le cas échéant), une attestation d’inscription à MassHealth (facultatif) et une attestation du SNAP/EBT (facultatif).

      Demander le fonds en ligne

      При подаче заявления в Фонд вам необходимо будет предоставить копию подписанного текущего договора аренды или арендного договора, документ главы домохозяйства с фотографией, две последние справки о начислении заработной платы, документацию о пособии по безработице (если применимо), документацию о регистрации в программе медицинского страхования MassHealth (необязательно) и документацию Программы льготной покупки продуктов (SNAP) / Программы электронной выплаты пособий по социальному страхованию (EBT) (необязательно).

      Подать заявку в фонд онлайн

      Landlord resources (multilingual)

      Landlord resources

      If you are applying on behalf of your tenant, please have your completed W-9, proof of ownership, and copy of the current lease ready.

      If your tenant is applying themselves, please provide them with this documentation.

      Si está presentando la solicitud a nombre de su inquilino, tenga a mano el formulario W-9 diligenciado, la constancia de propiedad y una copia del contrato de arrendamiento vigente.

      Si su inquilino está presentando la solicitud por sí mismo, facilítele la siguiente documentación.

      Se estiver se inscrevendo em nome do seu locatário, tenha em mãos o W-9 preenchido, o comprovante de propriedade e a cópia do contrato atual.

      Se o seu locatário estiver se inscrevendo, forneça a ele esta documentação.

      如果您代表租户进行申请,请准备好妥善填写的W-9表、所有权证明以及当前租约副本。

      如果您的租户自己申请,请为他们提供这些文件。

      Si bu stiver ta kandidata na nómi di bu inkilinu, ten kel formulariu W-9 prienxidu, konprovativu di propriedadi y kópia di kontratu atual disponivel.

      Si bu inkilinu stiver ta kandidata el mesmu, fornesi es dokumentason.

      Si wap aplike nan non lokatè w, tanpri ou dwe ranpli W-9 ou, prèv pwopriyetè, ak kopi kontra lwaye aktyèl la ki pare.  

      Si lokatè w ap aplike pou tèt yo, tanpri ba yo dokiman sa a. 

      Bacdamaa aad tahay maamulaha hantida, waad dadajin kartaa arjiga adiga oo soo gudbiya foomamka loo baahan yahay iyo saxiixa warqadda ogolaashada maaliyadda.

      Haddii aad dalbaneysid adiga oo battala dagganahaada, fadlan diyaarso W-9 damaystiran, caddeynta milkiyadda, iyo koobiga heshiiska kirada iminka jirta.

      Haddii dagganahaada uu naftiis u dalbado, fadlan sii warqadahaan.

      Nếu quý vị đang nộp đơn thay mặt người thuê nhà, xin hoàn thành mẫu W-9, nộp giấy tờ chứng minh quyền sở hữu, và một bản sao hợp đồng thuê nhà.

      Nếu người thuê nhà đang tự nộp đơn, xin cung cấp cho họ các giấy tờ này.

      إذا كنت تتقدم بطلب نيابة عن المُسْتَأْجِر لديك، فيرجى تجهيز نموذج W-9 وإثبات الملكية ونسخة من عقد الإيجار الحالي.

      إذا كان المُسْتَأْجِر لديك يتقدم بنفسه، فيرجى تزويده بهذه الوثائق.

      نظرة عامة على تطبیق صندوق الإغاثة الإیجاري لأصحاب العقارات
      خطاب قبول التمويل
      حُجّة الملكية (تشمل المستندات الْمَقْبُولَة: فاتورة الضرائب، أو فاتورة المياه، أو سَنَدُ المِلْكِيّة، أو الرهن العقاري، أو فاتورة تأمين الْعَقَار المؤجَّر، أو المستندات من التقييم عبر الإنترنت)
      نموذج W-9
      العقد المبرم بین مالك العقار وصندوق إعفاء ال ُمستأجرین
      القائمة المرجعية لمالك العقار

      Si vous faites une demande au nom de votre locataire, veuillez avoir à portée de main votre formulaire W-9 rempli, un justificatif de propriété et une copie du bail actuel.

      Si votre locataire fait lui-même sa demande, veuillez lui fournir cette documentation.

      Если вы подаете заявление от имени своего арендатора, пожалуйста, подготовьте заполненную форму W-9, доказательство права собственности и копию текущего договора аренды.

      Если ваш арендатор подает заявку самостоятельно, предоставьте ему указанную ниже документацию.

      About the Fund

      The Rental Relief Fund is managed by the Office of Housing Stability with three nonprofit partners:

      The amount of help renters receive will be determined after taking into account other sources of income.

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