Eviction Prevention

This page was last updated March 1, 2022.

The City of Malden is committed to stabilizing the Malden community and preventing eviction whenever possible. The City has launched an eviction prevention program to provide court-based legal assistance, mediation, and rental assistance for Malden households who are facing eviction. The City has also published resources for tenants and landlords which may be useful in preventing and responding to evictions. These programs are administered by the City's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD).

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. 

EVICTION MORATORIUM: The City of Malden's Moratorium on Eviction Enforcement is no longer in effect. The moratorium was effective from December 21, 2020 to February 28, 2022. The moratorium delayed the enforcement of most evictions for the time it was in effect. The order applied to evictions due to nonpayment of rent and to no-cause evictions. Evictions deemed necessary for public health or safety were permitted under the executive order, and renters were still obligated to continue to pay their rent. You can review the executive order establishing the moratorium, the eviction moratorium announcement, and the executive order rescinding the moratorium. The federal C.D.C. eviction moratorium and the state eviction moratorium are also no longer in effect.

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

The Eviction Prevention Program is 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.

OSPCD, 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 and Just-A-Start Corporation will provide mediation and rental assistance in Malden District Court. Each nonprofit’s program is funded with $250,000 in 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 Eviction Prevent Program aims to 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. OSPCD anticipates that more funds may be needed in order to serve each Malden household facing eviction, and will work 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. The program commenced on November 23, 2020 and is ongoing. As of January 2022, the program has prevented more than 125 households from being evicted, and 90% of tenants who engage with the program are successfully stabilized.

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, and federal and state programs have since added more resources and staff to their programs. The City continues to monitor the need for additional Malden rental assistance programs.