1. CALL OUR HOTLINE.
We have launched an emergency hotline for people facing eviction during the public health crisis. Please CALL US immediately if you're afraid you'll get evicted soon.
2. APPLY FOR RENT RELIEF.
In Massachusetts, residents can apply for rent relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. If you're behind on your housing payments, we recommend you apply immediately using this form.
For more information about the RAFT process, timeline, eligibility, and also information in multiple languages click here.
3. DECLARE YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FEDERAL EVICTION BAN.
In Massachusetts, nearly all evictions, including eviction notices, are banned through October 17th, 2020. After that date, you may be eligible for eviction protections through a federal eviction ban issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to qualify for protections from the federal ban, you need to fill out a "declaration form". We recommend you read this form immediately - if you feel that you can sign it under pains and penalties of purgery, then sign it and give it to your landlord.
You can download the form to declare that you qualify for the federal eviction moratorium HERE. Email us a copy of it after you've completed it (a photo or a scan) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. SIGN OUR PLEDGE.
If you're facing eviction, we invite you to sign our Pledge of Resistance to Unjust Evictions. We know that many thousands of families in Boston will be at risk of eviction when the current eviction moratorium expires, which could happen in the coming months. By signing this pledge, you're committing to defending your own home - and helping others in the same situation defend their homes too. You can sign the pledge here.
5. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS & RESOURCES.
Watch Part One and Part Two of our training video about your rights and resources, presented by our organizers and a legal aid attorney.
Find info on emergency shelters here.
Find info on debt collection here.
Mutual Aid Links:
Massachusetts Mutual Aid by Mass. Jobs with Justice: https://www.massjwj.net/news/2020/3/17/cover-19-mutual-aid-networks
Mutual Aid for Undocumented Folks: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/18p9OSlLpSYanIoUC-gEbhVbRMYVUfw4wyrixa9ekGdc/htmlview?sle=true
Information Compiled by AARW: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-x6vOZKVsla5H363mtdgcyivvLmcx7-f2s6l-O_ba8A/edit
Fondos de ayuda de emergencia: https://docs.google.com/document/d/173JFwij9WUPuPHIBGKgk8lauYLPIkXZtkIeUZg6U_GI/edit?usp=sharing