Housing Assistance Resources

Eviction Prevention Resources

The CDC Eviction Moratorium is in effect until June 30, 2021. You are covered if:

  • You are an individual with a net household income under $99,000 or a couple with a net household income under $198,000

  • You are unable to pay rent due to a substantial loss in income or extraordinary medical expenses

  • You would likely become homeless if evicted

  • You have tried to obtain state or local rental assistance, and

  • You are making best efforts to pay as much rent as possible.

If tenants can attest to the above, complete the CDC Declaration Form.

Also please see this CDC Eviction Moratorium Assistant Tool for help completing the form.

This eviction moratorium information information is courtesy of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness. Please refer to this page for more information and subscribe to the blog to receive updates on resources and advocacy around state and local policies.

Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) - Serving Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties, The primary goal of MHA's Tenancy Preservation Program is to preserve housing and prevent homelessness. TPP works with the tenant and the landlord to put services in place to remedy lease violations, and provides clinical expertise to the Housing Courts. TPP develops interventions, coordinates treatment and provides support to tenants. As a consultant and resource to the Housing Courts, TPP remains a neutral party in disputes between landlords and tenants.

COVID Eviction Legal Help ProjectCELHP will provide referrals, legal information, assistance and legal representation in Housing Court, and where capacity allows in District Courts and for tenants at risk of losing their subsidized housing.

Community Legal Aid - Community Legal Aid’s Housing and Homelessness Unit provides legal services to help tenants facing eviction, homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure, homeless families who need to access the state’s Emergency Assistance shelter program, and people trying to get into affordable housing.

In response to the recent lifting of the housing moratorium in MA used to prevent eviction during the COVID-19 crisis, the MA Community Mediation Centers are offering free pre-court mediation between ​landlords and tenants for ​COVID-19 related lease disputes in addition to the summary process cases referred through the courts.

Contact your local Community Mediation Center for more information:

Hampshire & Franklin Counties

Collaborative Resolutions Group - ​CRG’s mission is to increase individuals’ and organizations’ capacity to communicate effectively, manage differences, resolve conflict, and work collaboratively. We offer customized mediation, training, facilitation, restorative practices, and conflict coaching services

Berkshire County

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority (Dispute Resolution Center)- The Dispute Resolution Center has been in place for over 28 years, providing community-based and court-connected dispute resolution services to Berkshire County residents. The Center also serves as a leader in mediation and dispute resolution trainings and courses, helping individuals meet their personal and professional goals.

Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

ERMA can provide rental and mortgage assistance to low-income households who have been impacted by the crisis and may not be eligible for RAFT. This program is available for households within the 50-80% range of Area Median Income (AMI). Like RAFT, ERMA may provide up to $4,000 for eligible households to assist with rent or mortgage arrears accrued after April 1, 2020 and/or with upcoming rent or mortgage payments

Add description/link to RAFT/HomeBASE

Hampshire County

Way Finders

Phone number: 413-233-1600​

Franklin County

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority  

Phone number: 413-863-8791 Ext. 150​

Berkshire County

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority  

Phone number: 413-499-1630 Ext.168​

Applying for Housing Subsidies

link to CHAMP application

Centralized section 8 application

MRVP applications

if you need help with the above applications visit your local housing authority etc

Resource Guides

Hampshire County

Look4Help - "The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you."

Franklin County
Look4Help - "The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you."

Franklin County and the North Quabbin Basic Needs Resources - Includes locations and contact information for Basic Needs (such as food, clothing, charging, showers, bathrooms, computer access, etc), emergency resources for survivors, housing resources, food pantries, free meal locations/times, emergency funds, NARCAN access, and Hotline Numbers.

Berkshire County
Look4Help - "The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you."