Bedford renters who have been financially affected by Covid-19, including loss of employment, may now apply for emergency rental assistance grants, to maintain housing stability over the next four months.
The program was approved by the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust at a recent meeting, after consultation with the Select Board. The trust has its own resources, separate from the municipal budget. The first round of payments was capped at a total of $40,000.
Applications are being accepted now and will be administered on a rolling basis.
To be eligible for the program:
- You must be a Bedford resident who rents your home.
- Your household must have an income that is at or below 100 percent of the Area Median Income. These limits are: one-person household $83,300; two persons $95,200; three persons $107,100; four persons $119,000; five persons $128,520; six persons $138,040; seven persons $140,492.
- You must need assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic impact.
The grants will be paid directly to landlords and will range from $350 to $800 monthly, depending on the number of bedrooms, for four months. The program application, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available at https://www.rhsohousing.org/bedford/urgent-alerts/covid-19-resources-bedford-households.
The program is being administered collaboratively with the Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO), which is overseeing similar assistance in several other member towns. Persons may email or call Alyssa Sandoval at email@example.com or 781-275-1111, or email the Regional Housing Services Office at info@RHSOhousing.org for additional information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 781-983-1763
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