BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The City of Boston is enacting an eviction moratorium days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a national ban on evictions during the pandemic.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey called the creation of the five-million dollar fund a “lifeline.”
The moratorium will help property owners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments, condo fees and other various homeownership expenses. The fund was made possible with the help of federal pandemic relief funds.
Janey said this moratorium will block evictions and keep communities strong as the Delta Variant continues to make its way throughout the country.
“Already, the City of Boston is getting rental relief into the hands of residents hit hard by the pandemic,” Janey said. “We’re doing it a lot faster than the Commonwealth and the country overall.”
Janey’s office expects to release more information on the plan next week as well as how they plan to enforce the ban on evictions.
This announcement comes right after fellow mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell called on Janey to enact a moratorium. On Tuesday, Campbell applauded the move.
“I’m glad Acting Mayor Janey followed our lead to protect families during this difficult time,” she said according to The Boston Globe.
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