Rental Assistance & Eviction Prevention

Rental Assistance & Eviction Prevention Resources

The Brookline Community Development Corporation (BCDC) is committed to uplifting families in need. Please scroll down to view some of the safety net resources that may be available to you.

Brookline CDC and Metro West CD Emergency Rent Assistance (ERA) Program

BCDC uses its operating capital and funding from the Brookline Community Foundation to provide rental assistance to qualifying tenants. Grants of up to $5,000 will be made and under the condition that the tenant has a sustainable way to remain current on rent going forward.

To learn more and check for availability, click here.

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program helps keep households in stable housing situations when facing eviction, loss of utilities, and other housing emergencies caused by loss of income, increase in expenses, or both. RAFT helps all kinds of households to help preserve current housing or move to new housing. RAFT can cover utilities, moving costs, and overdue rent costs, as well as future rent in limited situations.

Brookline Center – Center for Community Mental Health

The Brookline Center has an emergency assistance program known as Care Connections that you can access here.

Greater Boston Legal Services – Help with Evictions

Every year Greater Boston Legal Services helps more than 10,000 low-income families and individuals solve their civil (non-criminal) legal problems. We represent our clients in court, at appeals, in hearings before administrative law judges, and with advice and paperwork, both as individuals and through partnerships with community organizations. We have a special focus on “impact litigation” and their attorneys have frequently submitted appellate briefs and appeared before the state’s highest court.

GBLS staff provide trainings across the state and at national conferences to low-income families, social services agencies, and legal aid organizations. In addition to direct client services, GBLS engages in legislative and systemic law reform advocacy in an effort to help all residents of the Commonwealth.

Main Office
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114 Map
800-323-3205 (toll-free)

Fuel Assistance

Looking for assistance with heating bills? The ABCD Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as Fuel Assistance, is now accepting new applications for those households who have not applied in the past. You may apply online by following this link.

After you click the link, you must enter your zip code to begin the online application or to contact the agency in your area to set up an appointment for in-person support to determine if you’re eligible for LIHEAP.

The agency for Brookline applicants is Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. For further information and an overview of the program, visit the Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. website or call (617) 357-6012.

Additional Resources for Renters