COVID-19 Resources and Assistance

Resources to Help Households Facing Housing Difficulties Due to the Current Public Health Emergency:

Evictions and Landlord Access Restricted

Effective April 8, 2020, The Select Board and the Brookline Public Health Department have ordered a moratorium on eviction proceedings for both residential and commercial tenants for the duration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

Additionally, landlords are prohibited from seeking entrance to a property for any non-emergency matter, including showing the property to prospective tenants, until further notice. A landlord or their designee may still access properties to fulfill their obligations to maintain their property and ensure suitable living conditions for their tenants.

Please note:  Courthouses are Closed to the Public Except for Remote Handling of Emergency Matters Until at Least May 4  and no non-emergency evictions are being processed until at least that time, including for non-payment of rent. The Governor and legislature are working on extending eviction protections during this public health emergency. We will update this web page as more information becomes available.

Additional resouces are found in the Brookline’s COVID-19 Response Page

1. Are you struggling to pay rent and/or utilities, etc? The Brookline Center Safety Net Program may help!  Please visit the Brookline Center Safety Net Program for more information, or call  (617) 277-8107.

2. Are you facing food insecurity? Contact the Brookline Food Pantry website or call: 617-800-5339

3. Are you a Brookline Section 8 Tenant or a Public Housing Resident and need to get a rent reduction due to loss of income? call: 617-277-1885 or visit the Brookline Housing Authority website.  

4. Mutual Aid Brookline is an organization recently formed where neighbors are helping neighbors make it through this difficult time. They can help with grocery shopping, emergency childcare, running errands, etc. They can be reached at MutualAidBrookline@gmail.com or by phone at 617-651-1468. For more information, check out New Initiative

5. If you are a senior and need help, contact the Brookline Senior Center at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

OTHER RESOURCES:

1.For additional information on housing, food, or legal assistance and/or emergency child-care: Please visit CHAPA’s website (Affordable Housing Agency in Massachusetts)

2. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development launched a COVID-19 response website. There are new resources to renters and homeowners amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

3. How are Brookline social service agencies responding to the COVID-19 impact on Brookline residents? Aid efforts meeting hosted by Select Board member Heather Hamilton (VIDEO)

4. To remain up to date on COVID-19 information, please use the following resources: