Emergency Resources For Those Facing Eviction

Dear Neighbor, 

Over the weekend, I slept in front of the steps of the United States Capitol to demand action to extend the federal moratorium on evictions. With cases of the Delta variant rising across the nation, extending this moratorium is a matter of public health and safety.

For months, we have been calling on the Biden Administration to extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium so that we can keep millions of families safely in their homes and provide enough time for state and local governments to get the more than $46 billion in federal funds we approved in rental assistance to renters and small landlords. 

I continue to urge House Leadership to reconvene to take a recorded vote on legislation I co-sponsored, H.R. 4791, the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021, which would extend this moratorium.

I am also continuing my calls for the Biden Administration to act administratively to reinstate this moratorium and extend these protections. 

In the meantime, if you are facing eviction, you have rights and there are emergency financial resources available. 

You have rights:

-A Notice to Quit is NOT an eviction.
-Only a judge can formally evict you from your home.
-If you live in Massachusetts and are being evicted for non-payment of rent, you cannot be evicted if you have a pending rental assistance application.
-If you need legal assistance, Greater Boston Legal Services can provide FREE legal services. Call (617) 603-1807 or email housinghelp@gbls.org       

Emergency resources are available:

Massachusetts residents can call 211 to get answers to any urgent questions and resources are available in multiple languages. 

If you live in Boston, the Office of Housing Stability can connect you with financial relief application assistance and connect with legal help. To reach out call (617) 635-4200.  

Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress


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