ERMA Program can Help With Owed Rent, Utilities, and Mortgage Payments

Do you need help with rent, utilities, or your mortgage?

The state of Massachusetts has recently launched a program called ERMA (Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance) to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ERMA builds upon the RAFT (Residential Assistance For Families in Transition) program and expands eligibility to households with 80% of the Area Median Income or AMI. If you did not qualify for RAFT before, you may qualify for ERMA.

The program can pay up to $4000 based on eligibility for a period of 12 months. Social security cards are not required if unavailable. The application states “Your Federal immigration status does not impact your RAFT eligibility.” Funds can be used to pay for:

  • Past-Due Rent
  • Past-Due Mortgage Payments
  • Past-Due Utility Payments
  • Security Deposits
  • First and Last Month’s Rent


APPLY TO THE ERMA PROGRAM AT THIS LINK:  https://www.cognitoforms.com/MetroHousingBoston1/RAFTApplication

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ERMA:


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
For specific questions regarding the program or the application, please email resourceline@metrohousingboston.org or contact one of the hotlines below for help:

  • RAFT Hotline: 617 425 6700
  • ABCD: 617 388 8071 | Choose Option 2 for Malden

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