COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program

COVID-19 EMERGENCY HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAM
Applications are still being accepted!

In response to the loss of income to Newton households due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Newton has created the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program utilizing its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. This program is designed to provide assistance in an efficient and responsive manner. The program is temporary in nature and funding is limited.

The program flyer is available for download in the following languages:

Arabic  الترجمة العربية ; Chinese 简体中文; Japanese 日本語; Korean 한국어; Portuguese português; Russian русский; Spanish español; Turkish Türk Dili;  and VietnameseTiếng Việt.

APPLICANTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR: 

  • Up to three months and possibly six months of housing assistance
  •  The program will cover 70% of a household’s monthly rent, with a maximum monthly assistance amount of $2,500 per household (or $7,500 per household for three months)
  •  Mortgage assistance is only available to those income eligible households who reside in affordable deed restricted units. The program will cover 70% of a household’s monthly deed-restricted mortgage payment, with a maximum monthly assistance amount of $2,500 per household (or $7,500 per household for three months)

ELIGIBILITY

An “eligible” renter household is one that:

  • Currently lives in the City of Newton
  • Has reduced income because of COVID-19 (and can demonstrate this financial hardship)
  • Has an annual income (at the time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Households currently receiving rental assistance (e.g. Public Housing tenants, RAFT, Section 8, MRVP or other locally administered support) are also eligible for this program (program assistance is only applied towards tenant’s portion of rent)

An “eligible” homeowner household is one that:

  • Currently lives in the City of Newton
  • Resides in an ownership unit that is deed-restricted affordable (restriction recorded with the Registry of Deeds)
  • Has reduced income because of COVID-19 (and can demonstrate this financial hardship)
  • Has an annual income (at the time of application) at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

2020 HUD 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:

Household size

1 person

2 person

3 person

4 person

5 person

6 person

Income Limit 80% area median

$67,400

$77,000

$86,650

$96,250

$103,950

$111,650

 

PREFERENCES

Preference shall be given to households whose annual income is at or below 65% AMI. This preference shall not be applicable after the initial Lottery period.

HOW TO APPLY

The Program is being administered by Metro West Collaborative Development, on behalf of the City of Newton. To begin:

Contact Robyn Rufo at robyn@metrowestcd.org (preferred method) or at
617-923-3505 x5.

TYY users please call 711.
FREE TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE: Call Robyn at 617-923-3505 x 5.

Applicants have the right to request a reasonable accommodation, which may include a change to a policy, procedure or practice to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to participate fully in the housing program.

For detailed information on the COVID-19 EMERGENCY HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAM please read the PROGRAM GUIDELINES.

Application Due Date:  Applications are still being accepted!

A Lottery will be used to establish the order in which funds will be awarded. The Lottery was held on June 10, 2020.  But applications are still being accepted! 

Applications received after the June 3 Lottery due date will be added to the bottom of the Lottery List in the order received, until all funds are disbursed.  

PROCESS 

  • All potential participants must complete an application and attach requested documents prior to the deadline. All complete applications will be entered into a lottery.
  • The deadline for submitting complete applications for inclusion in the June 10 Lottery is June 3, 2020; however, households who contact the Metro West CD office after the application deadline will be added to the bottom of the Lottery Wait List in the order received.
  • Assistance with the submission of the application is available to those with limited computer access.
  • Applicants have the right to request a reasonable accommodation(s), which may include a change to a rule, policy, procedure or practice to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to participate fully in the housing program or to use and enjoy the housing.
  • Free language assistance is available to households with limited English proficiency.
  • The Lottery will be held via zoom on June 10, 2020. Applicants will be given access to the zoom meeting information after the close of the application deadline.
  • All applicants will then be drawn and assigned a Lottery Wait List number in the order they were drawn.
  • Applications received after the June 3 Lottery due date will be added to the bottom of the Lottery List in the order received, until all funds are disbursed. 
  • For further details, please read the  PROGRAM GUIDELINES.
  • Download Rental Assistance program flyer.
  • Download Mortgage Assistance program flyer.


    The City of Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program is administered by Metro West Collaborative Development, on behalf of the City of Newton. Metro West is a non-profit community development corporation based in Newton. More information on Metro West can be found here: https://metrowestcd.org/

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