Resource For All Households Facing Eviction
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. RAFT offers flexible financial assistance designed to meet each family’s particular needs. Eligible uses include moving cost assistance, rent and utility arrears, rental stipends or utility bills. RAFT also helps families who must move but do not have enough money to pay a security deposit, utility startup costs, or first/last month’s rent, and furniture (no more than $1000 of the family’s can be paid for furniture). Families cannot get more than $4000 within a 12-month period.
To access RAFT, you must complete an Intake Assessment at one of Massachusetts' Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCEC). Any family can walk into or call an HCEC/Resource Center to complete the Intake Assessment form. You must complete the RAFT intake at the HCEC that serves your town. The towns in the RHSO service area are served by the following HCECs:
- Metro Housing Boston - http://www.metrohousingboston.org/
- Communitiy Teamwork - http://www.commteam.org/
- SMOC - http://www.smoc.org/
Metrowest Legal Services (MWLS) offers weekly pro se housing clinics for tenants living in the MWLS service area who are facing eviction. At each clinic, a housing attorney outlines the eviction process and timeline, discusses relevant defenses and counterclaims, and explains what to expect at the court appearance. The attorney also presents a general overview of settlement options and resources that may be available. All necessary court forms are provided along with assistance in filling them out.
Clinics are held on MONDAYS ONLY from 9:30am - 12:30pm. If you plan to attend one of the housing clinics, please register in advance by calling 508-620-1830. All participants should plan to arrive a half hour early to complete an intake. Please bring all relevant paperwork, including landlord mailings, especially the notice to quit and the court complaint. The Pro se Housing Clinic is free and is open to anyone being evicted, regardless of income. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Contact: MWLS, 63 Fountain Street, Ste. 304, Framingham, MA 01702, (508) 620-1830
Resource for Disabled Households Facing Eviction
The Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) works with tenants, including families with children with disabilities, facing eviction as a result of behavior related to a disability (e.g. mental illness, mental retardation, substance abuse, aging related impairments). TPP functions as a neutral party to the landlord and tenant. In consultation with the Housing Court Department, TPP works with the property owner and tenant to determine whether the disability can be reasonably accommodated and the tenancy preserved.
Referrals to the TPP must meet all of the criteria listed below:
(1) Household member with a disability AND disability related to the lease violation;
(2) Household at risk for eviction, as documented by a Notice to Quit or a Notice of Lease Termination (in public housing); and
(3) Tenancy is preservable.
(a) Affordability: tenant must be able to afford the rent by existing or other available means;
(b) Move-out agreements and executions: there cannot be a move-out agreement or execution in place, unless the landlord has expressly agreed to not enforce, pending TPP involvement;
(c) Participation: both landlord and tenant must be generally willing to participate.
For more information, including contact information, please see the Tenancy Preservation Program Map.