Did you receive an eviction notice or a summons to court? Have you been threatened with eviction or foreclosure? Are you behind on rent or mortgage and worried? Don't panic or leave. You have rights, and help is available. Click here for details on where to get help.
¿Recibió una notificación de desalojo o una citación judicial? ¿Ha sido amenazado con desalojo o ejecución hipotecaria? ¿Está atrasado con la renta o la hipoteca y está preocupado? No entre en pánico ni se vaya. Tiene derechos y hay ayuda disponible. Haz clic aquí para obtener detalles sobre dónde obtener ayuda en su area.
July 16, 2020
The Honorable Governor Charles Baker
The Honorable Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo
The Honorable Senate President Karen Spilka
Members of the Massachusetts Legislature
Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, President Spilka, and members of the Legislature:We urge you to pass An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability during the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery [H.5018 / S.2918].
The coronavirus pandemic is devastating our communities, and it is taking a disproportionate toll on the most marginalized among us including low-income tenants, elders, immigrants, front line workers, and Black and Brown renters and homeowners. COVID-19 is deepening racial disparities in health and exacerbating inequities across the board. Over 40 million people nationwide are unemployed and the public health catastrophe continues.
Massachusetts already had a housing and displacement crisis before COVID-19, and the pandemic has made things far worse. Up to 20,000 eviction cases are expected immediately after the current moratorium ends (possibly as soon as August 18), according to landlord advocates and estimates from the state’s Housing Court system.
If we fail to take decisive action, a massive wave of evictions and foreclosures will cause more infections, hasten displacement, hamper economic recovery, tear communities apart, throw more people into an overwhelmed homelessness system, further entrench racial inequality, and cause untold suffering.
Increased rental assistance is one part of the solution, but the scale of the crisis – with 29% of tenants surveyed by MassINC unable to keep up with all rent payments from April through June – means that approach alone is not nearly enough. There is widespread support for bold action, with the same poll showing 75% of state residents back an extension of the eviction moratorium.
An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability during the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery meets the challenge of this moment, ensuring housing stability by:
We urge you to pass this bill quickly in order to protect residents who are suffering through no fault of their own, to safeguard public health, and to set the stage for a strong and equitable economic recovery.
*Applies to payments missed from 3/10/20 through 12 months after end of the State of Emergency.