Town Announces COVID-19 Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program
Jul 31, 2020 03:43PM
By cynthia Whitty
In response to the loss of income to households due to COVID-19, the town is creating a Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program. The program is funded by the CARES Act and granted to the Town of Ashland and the Affordable Housing Trust, which willuse their Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds.
Applicants are eligible for up to three months rental or mortgage assistance. Assistance can be used to pay current and future rent, or pay rent that is past due since March 1, 2020. The town started processing applications in early July.
“The program is temporary and does not have a set end date,” Emma Snellings, Assistant Town Planner, explained. “The Town of Ashland and the Ashland Affordable Housing Trust will be evaluating the need for the program and program funding at regular intervals, and will set an end to the program based on those factors.”
Available amounts are:
• $1,200 / month for an efficiency/studio
• $1,400 / month for a 1-bedroom
• $1,600 / month for a 2-bedroom
• $2,000 / month for a 3+-bedroom
If the assistance amount is greater than the rent amount, only the rent amount will be granted.
For a paper application or to set up an appointment to drop off your application at Town Hall, contact Emma Snellings, Assistant Town Planner at [email protected] or 508-532-7930. To submit an application by mail, mail the application and supporting documents to Ashland Town Hall, Attn: Emma Snellings, 101 Main Street, Ashland, MA 01721. For general information, visit the program page on the town website, https://bit.ly/38QPSTl.