Rental Relief Fund
We're dedicating $3 million in City funds to help Boston residents at risk of losing their rental housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston who:
- do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or
- because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income.
We're helping tenants achieve housing stability by using these funds to assist with their rental payments.
Note: The Rental Relief Fund is not considered in the federal “public charge” test. Assistance from the Rental Relief Fund is not one of the “cash” or “non-cash” benefits listed in the public charge rule.
To qualify for this financial assistance, you must either:
- not be eligible for the new extended unemployment benefits offered by the federal government, or
- because of the nature of your job, the unemployment benefits that you will receive represent a significant reduction in your actual income.
Applicants will also need to certify that:
- they do not have savings to meet this need, and
- do not have access to other resources, including gifts from family members or other associates.
The Rental Relief Fund is managed by the Office of Housing Stability with two nonprofit partners:
The amount of help renters receive will be determined after taking into account other sources of income, including:
- the expected expansion of unemployment benefits under new federal rules established by the CARES Act, and
- the one-time federal payments many residents are expected to receive.