Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Information

Do you need help paying your rent?


In response to the loss of income to Belmont households due to the coronavirus, the Belmont Housing Trust has created an Emergency Rental Assistance Program using Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. The program will assist qualifying households to pay their rent. It’s for a short-term emergency period only. Maximum monthly payment for 3 months:
$950 - 1BR;$1,145 - 2BR;$1,440 - 3BR.
 
 
 
Applications are being accepted now.
 
Applications received after 8/14/20 will be added to the bottom of the waiting list and processed until all funds are committed. To begin an application, email Merkeisha at [email protected] or call 617-504-8868.
 
 
An eligible renter household is one who:
 
  • Currently lives in Belmont.
  • Has reduced income because of COVID-19.
  • Has annual income at the time of application at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Preference will go to households with 60% AMI or below.
  • Households receiving a subsidy from another rental assistance program are not eligible (Section 8, public housing, Massachusetts Rental Voucher program or similar).
 
The program will use current household income (i.e. wages, unemployment, pension, child support, etc.) to determine income eligibility as well as documentation on loss of income (termination of employment, reduction of hours, or furlough, etc.) due to COVID-19 circumstances to determine if a household qualifies for participation in the program. The applicant will also be asked to certify that they do not have access to other resources to cover the rent. For detailed information on the program, please read the program guidelines (linked here).
 
 
Income Limits:
 
The total income of the applicant and all other members of the applicant’s household over the age of eighteen (18) may not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income for the greater Boston area adjusted for family size. An applicant’s total household income at the time of application cannot exceed the following limits:
 
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How to Apply:
 
The Program is being administered by Metro West Collaborative Development, on behalf of the Belmont Housing Trust. To begin an application, email Merkeisha at [email protected] or call 617-504-8868.
 
TYY users please call 711.
 
 
¿Necesita ayuda para pagar su renta? Envíe un correo electrónico a Merkeisha a [email protected] o llame al 617-504-8868
 
Нужна помощь в оплате аренды? По электронной почте [email protected] или звоните 617-504-8868
 
Precisa de ajuda para pagar seu aluguel? Envie um email para [email protected] ou ligue para 617-504-8868
 
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617-504-8868