Temporary Financial Assistance

Resources for Residents


In response to the COVID-19, the City of Framingham will provide relief of rent, mortgage, and/or utility payments for two (2) months to alleviate the burden for households that have lost their employment and primary income as of March 10, 2020.

Please click on the preferred language link below for the application form.

  • To apply for assistance, please register as a user
    • Para solicitar asistencia, por favor regístrese como usuario.
    • Para solicitar assistência, faça o cadastro como usuário.
  • To view the portal in another language, click on the language icon, located to the right of the email address box
    • Para ver el portal en otro idioma, haga clic en el ícono del idioma de su preferencia que se encuentra a la derecha del cuadro de la dirección de correo electrónico.  
    • Para visualizar o portal em outro idioma, clique no ícone do idioma, localizado à direita da caixa de endereço de e-mail


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For more information or questions, please call Community Development at (508) 532-5457 or email communitydevelopment@framinghamma.gov.

emergency rental and mortgage assistance (ERMA) Program

The ERMA program will provide direct funding to eligible households who have suffered financial hardship during the State of Emergency put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.

ERMA will expand eligibility for rental and mortgage assistance to more low-income households who have been impacted by the crisis by adjusting the income threshold beyond the state’s traditional Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. This includes households within the 50-80% range of Area Median Income (AMI). 

ERMA will provide up to $4,000 for eligible households to pay rent or mortgage payments in arrears going back to payments due April 1, 2020. Beginning July 1, applicants can reach out to the eleven agencies that administer RAFT on the state’s behalf, this includes the nine Housing Consumer Education Centers, as well as LHAND and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) Program Review and Update

Funding overview and updates on Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) Funds. Read more about the application process and enrollment steps here

COVID-19: Getting Help with Housing Costs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has resources available to help residents impacted by COVID-19 to cover rent and mortgage payments. View more information here.

Eversource and National Grid Financial Assistance Program Webinars for Gas and Electric Utilities 

Eversource and National Grid have created webinars to raise awareness around financial assistance programs available to income-eligible customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinars are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. To access the webinar (recorded in October) fill out the registration form and a link will be sent to your email. 

WIC Participant Savings for Utility Bills and Internet 

WIC participants can receive up to 25% off their Eversource or National Grid Bills and affordable internet. View information about these offerings and more here. View enrollment information here.

Do you need further assistance?

If you are in need of financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please call Community Development at 508-532-5455 or email communitydevelopment@framinghamma.gov