BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a new $171 million initiative Monday that he said will help tenants and landlords cope with the fiscal challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The goal of the initiative is to keep tenants in their homes and ease the ongoing expenses of landlords once the state’s pause on evictions and foreclosures expires on Saturday, Baker said.
“The pandemic has created financial challenges for many individuals and families who are struggling with rent payments,” Baker said. “This strategy has been designed to be user-friendly and easily accessible for tenants and landlords in need, and is comprised of new or expanded programs to help people stay in their homes.”
Baker said the plan was developed by a team assembled by his administration in coordination with the Massachusetts Trial Court to manage the end of the moratorium.
Housing advocates have pushed for tougher protections.
Once the state moratorium expires Saturday, there is still one layer of federal protection.
September 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an order to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
The act did not apply in Massachusetts because the state had a broader order in place since April, but it will apply once a state’s moratorium is lifted or expires.
The federal moratorium is effective through Dec. 31, 2020.