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Community Partners Eviction Trainings

Produced by the Access to Justice Commission Housing Working Group in concert with Massachusetts Legal Aid programs
Created November, 2020

The Access to Justice Commission Housing Working Group with Massachusetts Legal Aid programs created a four-part training series for community partners who are often the front line for tenants at risk of eviction. 

Part 1: Understanding the Eviction Process. Summary Process Eviction Basics

An introduction to Summary Process law in Massachusetts. This video tells community advocates how to identify the:

  • Type of eviction a tenant may be facing, and,
  • Stage in the eviction process the tenant is.

Part 2:Tools for Tenants Facing Eviction

Explains and shows how to use Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE) to create Summary Process Answers and MassLegalHelp.org.

Part 3: Rental Assistance Resources

A training by the Department of Housing and Community Development about RAFT and ERMA. It describes:

  • The benefits of the programs, and
  • Eligibility.

Updates
These RAFT rules changed after recording this video:

  • $10,000 is available for everyone, not only those affected by COVID.
  • Your landlord does not need to agree to keep you in your apartment for six months. 

Part 4: Navigating the Eviction Process and Accessing Available Resources

Updates
These RAFT rules changed after recording this video:

  • $10,000 is available for everyone, not only those affected by COVID.
  • Your landlord does not need to agree to keep you in your apartment for six months. 

Tenants should try to get help with rent throughout their Summary Process case.  The video includes a quick action plan guide to get tenants to available resources.

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