The Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and Metro Housing|Boston are teaming up to help property owners and tenants who are having trouble paying rent and mortgages due to the pandemic. On Saturday, October 16, we are hosting an event to help building owners and tenants complete and submit applications for assistance. GBREB and Metro Housing organized this workshop in response to the number of families and individuals living in areas served by the two organizations who earn less than 80 percent of median income, and have fallen behind on their rent or mortgage payments because of a housing crisis caused, at least in part, by COVID-19.

Landlords who own up to 20 housing units can apply directly for rental assistance on behalf of eligible residents. Tenants can also apply directly. These tenants and owners may be eligible for an emergency assistance payment for up to 18 months of rent, but they are either not aware that programs exist or if they are aware are unable to complete an application without being assisted.

This event is for property owners and individuals who have made an advance appointment and have all necessary documents. They will meet with a trained REALTOR® volunteer who will assist them in preparing and electronically submitting the application.

Event Details

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Community Room at Metro Housing|Boston
1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (opposite of Roxbury Crossing MBTA Station)
*Pre-registration is required to attend this event*

Who Should Attend?

Tenants & Prospective Tenants
Are you behind on your rent or mortgage? You may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for: rent or mortgage arrears, utilities arrears, and upfront moving costs. Attend this FREE workshop for help on how to properly complete the application for Financial Assistance.

Landlords/Property Owners
If you are a landlord or property owner applying for assistance on behalf of a tenant, the tenant must complete the Tenant Consent Form.

REALTOR® Volunteers
We are also seeking REALTOR® volunteers for this event, who will provide tenants with assistance in preparing and electronically submitting the application. A one hour virtual training will be offered prior to the event. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Elyse Libeskind at [email protected] or 617-224-9303.


According to a new city-wide mandate in Boston in effect on 8/27, this event will be a masked event - meaning that regardless of vaccination status, everyone will need to wear a face covering.      We will also be making every effort to space out from each other to encourage social distancing.   Should the event  not be able to be held for COVID-19 related reasons. the event will be postponed and rescheduled for a future date.   This event will not be held virtually.


Please register before Wednesday, October 13 by contacting Elyse Libeskind at [email protected] or 617-224-9303.




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