These federal funds can be used for utility payment help for low-income renters, for current or overdue utility bills. If not residing in Worcester but elsewhere in Massachusetts, search here to apply through your Regional Housing Administering Agencies
- Immigrants may apply, even if the household is not eligible for LIHEAP or other benefit programs
- Benefits can be used for electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and energy costs such as fuel oil
- Up to $1500 for utilities is available for eligible households
City of Worcester COVID19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The City of Worcester has provided funding to Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. to provide an emergency payment to tenants at risk of eviction because of the economic impact of COVID-19. This activity is specifically to prevent Coronavirus spread to people at risk of homelessness through COVID-19 rental assistance.
The program is open to qualifying Worcester tenants at risk of eviction due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and disbursing rent and utility payments on their behalf. Program Assistance is limited to a total of $ 3,000 per rental unit. This assistance is not considered an income payment.
All information supplied with be kept completely confidential.
Applicant must qualify as low income at/or below 80% AMI and be able to document loss of income due to COVID-19. Income limits outlined below. Prioritization is given for those ineligible for unemployment assistance.
Applicant must have been a Worcester resident on March 1, 2020.
Applicant must not have received RAFT funds or any other COVID related rental assistance since March 1, 2020.
Agency payments are to be made directly to property owners and utility companies.
Tenant and property owner must agree to one of the following:
1. Landlord must agree to waive any additional rent arrearages and not pursue eviction for non-payment of any rent and utility arrearages
2. If arrearages are more than maximum grant value and landlord will not forgive additional rent and utility arrearages, tenant must pay the remainder of the delinquent amount prior to the assistance being granted.