Mayor Walsh: $5 million in rental relief funding on tap for eligible Bostonians

With an infusion of $5 million into the city's Rental Relief Fund, Mayor Martin Walsh today announced that the fund will be reopened to a second round of applicants on Friday, June 5 at noon.

Walsh dedicated $3 million to the program when it was first established in April as a system for granting financial relief to income-eligible tenants struggling to pay rent during the pandemic.

“During this challenging time, it is important that we leverage all resources available to ensure the health and safety of our residents, and to keep them stably housed during the COVID-19 public health crisis," said Mayor Walsh in a statement.

"We know that many Bostonians are struggling, and we know the need for assistance with housing payments remains, which is why we are proud to make available this additional funding for households who otherwise would be unable to make their rent payments.”

The amount of assistance renters receive is determined by income, which includes federal Economic Impact Payments.

To qualify for financial assistance, an applicant’s income level must be at or under 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), currently at $90,650 for a family of four in Boston.Preference will be given to qualified applicants who were not eligible for unemployment benefits or, due to the nature of their jobs, would not receive full benefits, Walsh said.

Staff from the city's Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) are available to applicants for support callbacks and multilingual language assistance and interpreters.

Since the inception of the fund, the city has partnered with organizations including Metro Housing Boston, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) and Project Hope to process the 1,600 applications received, and disperse funds directly to landlords.

Walsh noted that more than $680,000 in assistance has been allocated to 210 households in 17 different neighborhoods, covering rents during April and May.

The deadline to complete the initial pre-screening application is Friday, June 19. Applications will be available here in seven languages.