Housing Relief Programs
Housing Relief Programs Available to Canton Residents
If you are currently unable to pay your rent or mortgage, you should first contact your landlord/property manager or your lender/servicer of your mortgage.
The Canton Housing Authority provides state aided public housing for elderly, family, and disabled persons. They do not have any federal housing or a Section 8 program (781-828-5144).
The Department of Elder and Human Services offers a wide range of social services, resources and referrals to residents of all ages.
Legal Help: The Justice Center of Southeast Mass offers COVID eviction legal help. You can call their intake line at (800) 244-9023 (available Mon-Thurs between 9am and 1:30p) or complete an online inquiry by visiting their website www.sccls.org.
Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund (Mass HAF) is available to homeowners that are at least 3 months behind on their mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mass HAF is a state program that provides mortgage relief - it is a grant not a loan. More information: https://massmortgagehelp.org/
Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA): ERMA provides eligible households assistance for rental and mortgage payments. More information: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-dhcd-website#emergency-rental-and-mortgage-assistance-program-(erma)-
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT): RAFT offers flexible financial assistance designed to meet each family’s particular needs. Eligible uses include moving cost assistance, rent and utility arrears, rental stipends, utility bills. This program helps families who must move but do not have enough money to pay a security deposit, utility startup costs, or first/last month’s rent, and furniture. More information: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/learn-about-residential-assistance-for-families-in-transition-raft
To apply to RAFT or ERMA:
South Middlesex Opportunity Council
Services: Foreclosure Counseling, RAFT, and ERMA
Housing Program Income Limits -Effective July 1, 2021 - Use the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Metro Area