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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.

Apply for the fund online

If you are at risk of being evicted, visit our eviction page for resources in 11 languages.

About the fund

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.

Program guidelines

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 receive a rental subsidy
  • 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.
About the program

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.


Did you receive a Notice to Quit?

If you received a Notice to Quit or Eviction Summons and Complaint from the Court, please visit the COVID Eviction Legal Help website for legal assistance.

Every Tuesday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., the Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual legal clinic. Complete our online form to RSVP for this clinic, where you can speak with attorneys and a landlord mediator.

Multilingual application documents

Multilingual application documents