COVID Housing Help
Are you struggling with rent or mortgage payments because of COVID-19? If so, there are eviction protections and financial programs available to help. The Department of Housing and Community Development says it is important to use your best efforts to obtain rental assistance and to pay as much rent as you can before the protections under the Massachusetts eviction moratorium expire.
- To learn more about state financial aid programs for eligible households, visit Mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp
- To connect with housing resources, call 2-1-1
- Lastly, talk to your landlord early to make a plan.
Weston's Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Weston's Affordable Housing Trust, through the Regional Housing Services Office, is offering temporary monthly rental assistance in the form of a grant to eligible households who have a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program will pay between $350 - $800/mo. in rental assistance, depending on the unit size for four months. Visit RHSOHousing.org for more information and the application.
Mental Health, and other Health and Human Services
We understand that this is an atypical time that may be causing much concern and some anxiety; however, we encourage all to avoid listening to the multiple news stories that are focused on sensationalism and social media posts and shares.
Please also see resources and tips from MassDPH for maintaining emotional health and well-being, particularly how we can help older adults who depend upon socialization.
Riverside Emergency Services has clinicians that provide support over the phone for those who may be struggling with sadness, worry, parental or caregiver stress, etc. Call 781-769-8674 if you need support during this anxious time.
Reach Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse. REACH provides free and confidential services in both English and Spanish to all survivors regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or income level. For more information or support, please visit our website at www.reachma.org or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-899-4000.
Nursing Home Family Resource Line: 617-660-5399
Critical Health and Human Services - Mass 211 resource is available 24/7 that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. This free service helps find government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
AlertsMA is a new messaging tool that allows residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or another mobile device.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Do you know someone who lives or works in Lincoln or Weston and who might need food or help with emergency expenses? St. Julia Parish, through its St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference, operates a food pantry and may assist with emergency medical or housing expenses. Please call the St. Julia parish office at 781-899-2611 and leave a message; a member will call to contact you.
Weston Cares Fund - The Weston CARES Fund provides emergency grants to local non-profit agencies and residents of Weston and surrounding towns confronting food and housing challenges caused by COVID-19’s detrimental impact on the local economy.