Eviction Prevention

NOTICE: There is a Moratorium on Eviction Enforcement in the City of Malden as of December 21, 2020. The moratorium delays the enforcement of most evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order applies to evictions due to nonpayment of rent and to no-cause evictions. Evictions deemed necessary for public health or safety are permitted under the executive order, and renters are still obligated to continue to pay their rent.

The City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) are committed to stabilizing the Malden community and preventing eviction whenever possible. The City and MRA have launched an eviction prevention program to provide court-based legal assistance, mediation, and rental assistance for Malden households who are facing eviction. The City and MRA have also published resources for tenants and landlords which may be useful in preventing and responding to evictions.

Households facing eviction in the Northeast Housing Court should contact Housing Families, Inc. at info@housingfamilies.org or 781-322-9119 ext. 8. If you are not sure what court your case will be in, contact Housing Families, Inc.

Households facing eviction in Malden District Court should contact Just-A-Start Corporation at contact@justastart.org or 617-494-0444. 

  1. Eviction Prevention Program
  2. Information for Tenants
  3. Information for Landlords

The Eviction Prevention Program is a new program designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing eviction and promoting housing stability among eligible Malden households. Eligible households are Malden renter households earning no more than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) who are facing eviction. The program uses Community Development Block Grant funds secured through the federal CARES Act to provide court-based mediation or legal advocacy services, and to provide rental assistance to those same households.

The MRA, which administers the Eviction Prevention Program, has partnered with two local nonprofits to provide services in the two courts that receive eviction cases from Malden. Housing Families, Inc. will provide legal aid and rental assistance in the Northeast Housing Court, located in Woburn, and Just-A-Start Corporation will provide mediation and rental assistance in Malden District Court, currently located in Medford. Each nonprofit’s program is funded with $250,000 in special Community Development Block Grant funds secured through the federal CARES Act. Both nonprofits have extensive experience providing court-based eviction prevention services to the Malden community.

The MRA anticipates a large number of eviction filings will take place in the months ahead. The CDC has extended its national eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021, but that moratorium may not protect all residents in all cases. The City of Malden issued its own executive order that places a moratorium on eviction enforcement, which is in effect until the public health emergency is over or the executive order is lifted. This order does not prevent a landlord from filing against a tenant in court, but does prevent an eviction order from being carried out in most cases. In every case, tenants worried about eviction should contact Housing Families, Inc. or Just-A-Start Corp. to seek information and assistance that is most relevant to their specific case.

The Eviction Prevent Program will provide every eligible Malden renter facing eviction with the support and resources they need to maintain their housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded with $500,000 in CDBG-CV funds, split between Housing Families, Inc. in the Northeast Housing Court and Just-A-Start Corporation in Malden District Court. The MRA anticipates that significantly more funds will be needed in order to serve each Malden household facing eviction, and hopes to secure additional funds for that purpose.

Program Administration
Housing Families, Inc. and Just-A-Start Corporation were chosen as program partners through an open selection process outlined in two Notices of Funding Availability published in October here and on maldenredevelopment.com. The program commenced on November 23, 2020.

To access CDBG-CV funds, the MRA amended the 2019 Annual Action Plan, a process that required a public comment period. That public comment period began Friday, October 16 and ended Wednesday, October 21 in accordance with HUD policies regarding public comment periods during states of emergency. A notice containing this information was published in the Malden Advocate on October 16, and published online here and on maldenredevelopment.com.

In December 2020, the City partnered with Housing Families, Inc. to run an additional short-run rental assistance program using funds received through the Mass. Department of Administration and Finance using federal Coronavirus Relief Fund - Municipal Program (CvRF-MP) resources. That rental assistance program has concluded, but the City and MRA continue to seek out additional funds for future rental assistance programs.

Questions about program administration should be directed to Community Development Director Alex Pratt at apratt@maldenredevelopment.com.