In the stimulus package signed into law last month, the national ban on evictions was extended through January and a $25 billion pot of money was established for renters struggling amid the health and economic crisis.
That money will help to keep many of the 14 million Americans who are behind on their rent in their homes during the coldest months of the year and while a pandemic rages. Still, housing advocates say more money is needed. By one estimate, after 10 months of record job losses and business shutdowns, rental arrears in the U.S. may be closer to $70 billion.
For now, here’s what you need to know about accessing the $25 billion fund.
To qualify for the assistance, at least one member in your household has to be eligible for unemployment benefits or attest in writing that they’ve lost income or incurred significant expenses due to the pandemic.
You will also need to demonstrate a risk of homelessness, which may include a past due rent or utility notice.
Are the Boston Apartment Funds Available Now?
Boston, Massachusetts will have the funds by Jan. 20.
Renters should contact local housing groups, their representatives or the local 211/311 lines to identify programs and learn how to apply,” she added.
Your landlord can also apply for you but must get your signature and provide you with a copy of the application.