Newton’s COVID-19 emergency housing assistance program will end at the end of June, according to the city, after administering more than $ 2.8 million in direct rental and loan assistance mortgages to local households.
As of the first week of May, the program has successfully assisted a total of 247 households, the memo said. Six households received mortgage assistance, while the rest received rental assistance.
The program was launched over a year ago to help Newton households struggling to make ends meet due to the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic. It started as a three-month effort, but was extended in order to provide more support during the crisis, according to a note from the city’s planning and development department.
And as the crisis continued, officials knew participating households were still struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, according to the note.
With the Massachusetts moratorium on evictions ending in October and the CDC’s moratorium on evictions due to expire on December 31, 2020, staff knew that continued financial support to keep individuals and families safely housed for winter and spring were of the utmost importance. as we continue to do our part to keep our community safe, ”the memo reads.
Many of those households include people employed in the restaurant industry and odd-job economy before COVID, according to the city. These industries were hit hard when the pandemic forced many restaurants to close or downsize, and workers in the odd-job economy also saw their jobs shrink.
The Housing Assistance Program is administered by Metro West Collaborative Development. The final application deadline for the program is June 30, according to the memo, and all actively enrolled households will be given more than a month’s notice.
Authorities are directing households to other assistance and support resources, including Newton’s social services division, the memo said.
Households in need of assistance are encouraged to apply for Metro Housing Boston’s Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program, and an application form is available on the organization’s website at metrohousingboston.org.
People can also call the City of Newton Social Services at 617-796-1420 to work with city staff on the resources that are best suited for them, the memo said.
John Hilliard can be reached at [email protected]