At the end of August, the U.S. Supreme Court overthrew the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium, putting thousands across the state and millions across the country at risk of losing their homes.
Cape Codders may also feel the impact of the decision though Housing Assistance has been diligent in protecting renters since the pandemic started. From March 23, 2020, through August 20, 2021, our agency has awarded just under $4.3 million in rental assistance to 868 households in every town on Cape Cod as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The average financial award has been nearly $5,000 per household.
“Just in July alone, we did over half a million dollars,” said Housing Assistance Vice President of Programs and Client Services Cassi Danzl. “I think we’re in the top three for getting [financial assistance] out in the entire United States. …The biggest issue now is if someone’s landlord is selling their property then they are not protected by any of the laws and there is no available housing for them in the area.”
It’s an issue that is becoming more commonplace as Housing Assistance saw 15 clients in the beginning of August whose landlords are selling their properties. With the lack of available and attainable housing, there’s few options for them to relocate here in our region.
With the moratorium overturned, Danzl urged tenants who are behind on their rent to apply for assistance as soon as possible by clicking the button below or by contacting our office at 508-771-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As the regional administrator for several public programs for rental and mortgage assistance, Housing Assistance has funds available to support those in need now.