Baker administration expands mortgage and rent relief for households strapped by pandemic

The new program will provide up to $4,000 to pay rent or mortgage payments in arrears going back to payments due April 1.

Mass. Gov Charlie Baker.

BOSTON (AP) — A new $20 million fund to help low-income households having trouble making rent and mortgage payments was announced Tuesday by the Baker administration.

The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance program is aimed at aiding renters and homeowners who have suffered financial hardship during the state of emergency put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The program will expand eligibility to more low-income households by adjusting the income threshold beyond the state’s traditional Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program.

The new program will provide up to $4,000 to pay rent or mortgage payments in arrears going back to payments due April 1. This includes households within the 50-80% range of Area Median Income (AMI).

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Beginning July 1, applicants can reach out to the 11 agencies that administer RAFT on the state’s behalf, including the nine Housing Consumer Education Centers, as well as LHAND and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.


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