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City of Worcester, Local Agencies Partner on Rental Assistance Program

For Immediate Release: 1/21/2021 10:39 am

The City of Worcester has contracted with five local housing agencies to administer $1.9 million in rental assistance to eligible residents of Worcester.

Participating agencies in the City of Worcester Rental Assistance Program include Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA), Friendly House, Inc., Open Sky Community Services, Worcester Community Action Council and Worcester Community Housing Resources.

Applicants meeting all eligibility requirements may receive up to $3,000 per tenant to cover arrearages in rent and household utility costs, including heating, hot water and electricity. Applicants must qualify as low income at or below 80 percent of Annual Median Income, and be able to document loss of income due to the COVID-19 virus.

Applicants should contact the participating agencies directly through the contact information provided on their website.

In addition to the City’s Rental Assistance Program, assistance is also available through state programs including Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and the Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program.

“We know that renters and landlords are suffering right now, and this program, along with other available assistance, can be a much-needed lifeline in this time of need,” Mayor Joseph M. Petty said.

“Through no fault of their own, many Worcester families have found themselves unable to afford the basic necessities, such as a place to live,” City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. said. “I encourage folks to avail themselves of this opportunity to help ease the strain imposed upon them by the COVID-19 virus.”

For more information about the City of Worcester Rental Assistance Program, please visit www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus/assistance.

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