The City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) are committed to stabilizing the Malden community and preventing eviction whenever possible. The City and MRA have launched an eviction prevention program to provide court-based legal assistance, mediation, and rental assistance for Malden households who are facing eviction.
Households facing eviction in the Northeast Housing Court should contact Housing Families, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-322-9119 ext. 8.
Households facing eviction in Malden District Court should contact Just-A-Start Corporation at email@example.com or 617-494-0444.
Households needing help navigating available resources and who have not been served with an eviction notice should contact Human Services and Community Outreach Director Karen Colón-Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-397-7144.
The Eviction Prevention Program is a new program designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing eviction and promoting housing stability among eligible Malden households. Eligible households are Malden renter households earning no more than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) who are facing eviction. The program uses Community Development Block Grant funds secured through the federal CARES Act to provide court-based mediation or legal advocacy services, and to provide rental assistance to those same households.
The MRA, which administers the program, has partnered with two local non-profits to provide services in the two courts that receive eviction cases from Malden. Housing Families, Inc. will provide legal aid and rental assistance in the Northeast Housing Court, located in Woburn, and Just-A-Start Corporation will provide mediation and rental assistance in Malden District Court, currently located in Medford. Each non-profit’s program is funded with $250,000 in special Community Development Block Grant funds secured through the federal CARES Act. Both nonprofits have extensive experience providing court-based eviction prevention services to the Malden community.
The MRA anticipates a large number of eviction filings will take place in the months ahead. The CDC has issued a national eviction moratorium that expires December 31, but that moratorium does not offer the same protections as the Massachusetts eviction moratorium that expired in October. It remains unclear how effective the CDC moratorium will be at preventing eviction, particularly without court-based mediation or legal advocacy services.
The Eviction Prevention Program will provide every eligible Malden renter facing eviction with the support and resources they need to maintain their housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MRA anticipates that significantly more funds will be needed in order to serve each Malden household facing eviction, and hopes to secure additional funds for that purpose.
Housing Families, Inc. and Just-A-Start Corporation were chosen as program partners through an open selection process outlined in two Notices of Funding Availability published in October on the City of Malden and MRA websites. The program commenced on November 23, 2020.
To access CDBG-CV funds, the MRA amended the 2019 Annual Action Plan, a process that required a public comment period. That public comment period began Friday, October 16 and ended Wednesday, October 21 in accordance with HUD policies regarding public comment periods during states of emergency. A notice containing this information was published in the Malden Advocate on October 16 and published on the City of Malden and MRA websites.
Questions about program administration should be directed to Community Development Director Alex Pratt at email@example.com.