City of Boston extends eviction moratorium for public housing

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Housing Authority have extended the moratorium on nonessential evictions for BHA public housing residents through February 2021.City officials say the moratorium extension offers stability to public housing residents and reduces COVID-19 risks associated with the processing of nonessential eviction cases.The moratorium was set to expire at the end of 2020.According to officials, nonessential evictions include all eviction proceedings except those that are related to criminal activity or are necessary to protect the health and safety of BHA residents, employees and others. “It’s been a difficult year, with a dueling public health and economic crisis that has hit our communities hard. This moratorium continues to serve the best interests of both our residents who struggle to make ends meet and of our city as a whole, as we fight to maintain the health and safety of our city,” Walsh said in a statement. “A safe, stable home is the best protection our residents have in battling coronavirus, and it is critical that we take the steps we can to keep our residents safely housed through this pandemic,” BHA Administrator Kate Bennett said in a statement. “The vaccine is on its way, and there’s cause for optimism going into 2021, but now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. There were reasons we put this moratorium in place, and those reasons are still with us.” Any BHA housing program participant who is unable to pay current rent during the pandemic should notify their housing manager or landlord through text, email or printed letter and establish a repayment plan. The eviction moratorium for public housing is temporary, and tenants are still required to pay their rent per contractual obligation.Those participants who are facing a financial hardship must reach out to the BHA in order to re-certify their income and reduce their monthly payments. Statewide rent assistance is available through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Housing Authority have extended the moratorium on nonessential evictions for BHA public housing residents through February 2021.

City officials say the moratorium extension offers stability to public housing residents and reduces COVID-19 risks associated with the processing of nonessential eviction cases.

The moratorium was set to expire at the end of 2020.

According to officials, nonessential evictions include all eviction proceedings except those that are related to criminal activity or are necessary to protect the health and safety of BHA residents, employees and others.

“It’s been a difficult year, with a dueling public health and economic crisis that has hit our communities hard. This moratorium continues to serve the best interests of both our residents who struggle to make ends meet and of our city as a whole, as we fight to maintain the health and safety of our city,” Walsh said in a statement.

“A safe, stable home is the best protection our residents have in battling coronavirus, and it is critical that we take the steps we can to keep our residents safely housed through this pandemic,” BHA Administrator Kate Bennett said in a statement. “The vaccine is on its way, and there’s cause for optimism going into 2021, but now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. There were reasons we put this moratorium in place, and those reasons are still with us.”

Any BHA housing program participant who is unable to pay current rent during the pandemic should notify their housing manager or landlord through text, email or printed letter and establish a repayment plan. The eviction moratorium for public housing is temporary, and tenants are still required to pay their rent per contractual obligation.

Those participants who are facing a financial hardship must reach out to the BHA in order to re-certify their income and reduce their monthly payments. Statewide rent assistance is available through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program.

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