Housing Assistance Resources
Eviction Prevention Resources
The CDC Eviction Moratorium is in effect until March 31, 2020. 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 Project - CELHP 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 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.
Phone number: 413-233-1600
Phone number: 413-863-8791 Ext. 150
Phone number: 413-499-1630 Ext.168