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Housing Stability Pledge

Ongoing job and income loss have created housing instability for many Bostonians. We're asking Boston’s landlords to pledge to work with their tenants to maintain their housing.

Housing stability for all Bostonians is something the City of Boston strives for it is necessary for:

  • maintaining good health
  • securing employment, and
  • ensuring that children are able to continue their education.

As the worldwide COVID-19 crisis continues, these needs are more critical than ever. Housing stability is essential to containing the coronavirus, and both property owners and tenants have a critical role to play.  Let’s work together to ensure that our neighbors remain safely housed. 

Still have questions? Contact:
Neighborhood Development
12 Channel Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Download and sign the pledge

As a city, we are always at our best when we stand together. By signing the Housing Stability Pledge, we promise to:

1. Abide by the Current CDC Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control issued a temporary federal eviction moratorium until December 31, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Order prevents the evictions of tenants who have signed and submitted a declaration (English, Español, Português, 中文, Français, Kriolu Kabuverdianu, Kreyòl ayisyen, Soomaali, русский, Tiếng Việt, or عربى stating that they lost work as a result of the  pandemic. The order only covers tenants who are not engaging in nuisance or criminal behavior. It does not relieve tenants from the obligation to pay rent. 

2. Engage with Tenants and Create a Payment Plan

Reach out to tenants who are behind on their rent. Learn about their specific situation and create a payment plan that works for residents impacted by COVID-related:

  • job loss and wage reduction, or
  • unforeseen expenses, such as healthcare.

Use good faith efforts to enter into payment plans that are affordable and work for both the tenant as well as the landlord. Make sure that your tenants can afford the repayment plan. Consider plans that:

  • avoid lump sum repayments at the end of the deferral period, or
  • permit renters with a missed payment to amortize the repayment over time. 

Strongly consider providing relief from rent-related late fees.

3. Accept Rental Assistance

In cases where a repayment plan is unrealistic, work with renters to secure government or philanthropic funded rental assistance. Options include DHCD RAFT/ERMA or the City of Boston Rental Relief Fund. Landlords will help renters in accessing these resources. They will also provide the needed documentation in a timely manner.

Whenever possible, repayment plans and rental assistance resources should be used in lieu of legal eviction proceedings. In addition to assisting renters secure rental assistance, we will work with the City to advocate for additional State and Federal resources that can be used for rental relief and arrearages.  

4. Rent Adjustments for Section 8/MRVP Families  

If a Section 8 family/MRVP family is falling behind on their rent, landlords will work with their tenants. They will encourage them to contact their caseworker at:

  • the Boston Housing Authority
  • Metro Boston Housing, or
  • the relevant voucher administrator to make all necessary rent adjustments as soon as possible.

Landlords will remind residents with a Section 8 subsidy that they can have their share of rent adjusted if family income decreases.  

We pledge to stand with the Mayor and the City of Boston to prevent evictions. We will help our community fight the spread of COVID-19:

Print out and sign the pledge

Landlords who have signed

Landlords who have signed

We, the undersigned, pledge to stand with the Mayor and the City of Boston to prevent evictions and help our community fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Asian CDC
Angie Liou
Executive Director

Beacon Communities
Dara Korvel
Chief Executive Officer

City Realty
Steve Whalen
Managing Partner

The Community Builders, Inc
Bart Mitchell
President and CEO

Cruz Companies
John Cruz
President and CEO 

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Perry B. Newman,
Chief Executive Officer

East Boston Community Development Corporation
Albert Caldarelli
President and CEO

Fenway Community Development Corporation
Leah Camhi
Executive Director

Haley House
Bing Broderick
Executive Director

HallKeen Management
Andy Burnes
President and CEO

Hearth, Inc
Mark Hinderlie
President and CEO

HYM Investment Group, LLC
Thomas N. O'Brien
Founding Partner, Managing Director

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Vanessa Calderon-Rosado
Executive Director

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
Richard Thal
Executive Director

Madison Park Development Corporation
Leslie Reid
Executive Director

Maloney Properties, Inc.
Janet Frazier

Mount Vernon Company
Bruce Percelay
Chairman and Founder

National Development
Ted Tye
Managing Partner

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc.
Philip Giffee
Executive Director

The Peabody Properties
Melissa Fish-Crane
Principal & COO

Planning Office for Urban Affairs
Bill Grogan

Preservation of Affordable Housing
Aaron Gornstein
President and CEO

Samuels and Associates
Joel Sklar
President and Principal

South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation
Donna Brown
Executive Director

TDC Development Group, LLC
Stephen Davis
Managing Partner

TLee Development
Travis Lee

Traggorth Companies LLC
Dave Traggorth

Trinity Financial
James Keefe

UHM Properties LLC
J. Kevin Bynoe
Chief Executive Officer

Urban Edge
Emilio Dorcely
Chief Executive Officer

Lisette Li
Executive Director

Gilbert Winn
Chief Executive Officer

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