Eviction Prevention

This page was last updated August 4, 2021.

LOCAL EVICTION MORATORIUM: The City of Malden's Moratorium on Eviction Enforcement remains in effect. 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. This local eviction moratorium is independent of the federal CDC eviction moratorium. Any changes to the status of the City's eviction moratorium will be posted here. Any constables with questions regarding the City's moratorium are strongly encouraged to contact Alex Pratt, Community Development Director, at apratt@maldenredevelopment.com or 781-324-5720.

FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM: On August 3, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new federal eviction moratorium, replacing a previous federal moratorium that expired on July 31, 2021. The new CDC moratorium temporarily halts evictions in areas with heightened levels of community transmission of COVID-19, which includes Malden. The CDC moratorium prohibits landlords from evicting any covered person under the terms of the moratorium. To be covered, tenants must submit a declaration form to their landlord. The full CDC moratorium can be reviewed here. Additional guidance will be added as it becomes available. If you are a tenant with questions about how the federal CDC moratorium affects you, please contact Housing Families, Inc. at info@housingfamilies.org.

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. 

  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 City anticipates a large number of eviction filings due to COVID-19 without public intervention. The CDC's national eviction moratorium expired July 31, 2021, which may lead to a rise in eviction filings against Malden tenants. The City of Malden issued its own executive order that places a moratorium on eviction enforcement which remains in effect. This order does not prevent a landlord from filing against a tenant in court, but does prevent an eviction order (removal from property) 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 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.

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.

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