Massachusetts Gov. announces $171M plan aimed at aiding tenants, landlords

Northeast

Maria Blanco, of Boston, right, displays a placard during a demonstration held to show support for tenants and homeowners at risk of eviction, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, on the Boston Common, in Boston, as the state weathers the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The event was part of a series of actions across the commonwealth in support of the Guaranteed Housing Stability bill leading up to the expiration Massachusetts’ eviction and foreclosure moratorium, which is set to end on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (NewsNation Now) — Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker announced a $171 million initiative dedicated toward helping landlords and tenants stay financially afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

With the state’s foreclosure and eviction moratorium ending Saturday, the fund will help tenants avoid homelessness and reduce losses for landlords.

“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.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) previously announced an order to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent COVID-19 spread. The federal moratorium lasts through December 31st, 2020.

The CDC order did not apply in Massachusetts though because the state had their own broader eviction ban enacted in April. Saturday, the federal moratorium will go into effect.

Other states in the region including Connecticut and New York have expanded eviction protections through January 1, 2021.

According to the Princeton Eviction Lab, landlords have filed for 60,328 evictions during the pandemic in the 17 cities they track.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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