Housing rights & resources during COVID-19

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. 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.


3. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR LANDLORD OR BANK.


Use these template letters to write a letter directly to your landlord, if you're a renter, or your bank, if you're a homeowner. Writing a letter will help you create the best outcome. When you send the letter, make sure to copy us on the email by CC'ing communications@clvu.org. That way, we can make sure to continue to support you.

For critical information on writing to your landlord or bank, including recommended letter templates you can download, click HERE

4. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Most evictions in Massachusetts are outlawed right now under the state's Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium


On Monday, 4/20/20, Governor Baker signed the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium into law. This state-wide moratorium will be in effect at least through October 17th, 2020.

Here's what the moratorium does:

✅ Stops landlords from sending Notices To Quit

✅ Stops courts from hearing eviction cases or entering judgments

✅ Stops sheriffs from enforcing executions for possession

✅ Stops late fees + negative reporting for COVID-impacted tenants

✅ Moratorium on residential foreclosures

✅ Moratorium on evictions of small businesses

 

Here's a FACT SHEET from Greater Boston Legal Services about Massachusetts' eviction and foreclosure moratorium:

Read a comprehensive FACT SHEET on what the new moratorium does here: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/covid-19/housing

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