The Baker-Polito administration has launched a $171 million "Eviction Diversion Initiative" to keep tenants safely in their homes and to support the ongoing expenses of landlords once the commonwealth's pause of evictions and foreclosures expires on Saturday, Oct. 17.
This strategy was developed by a cross-agency team assembled by the administration in coordination with the Massachusetts Trial Court to manage the end of the moratorium on Oct. 17 and reflects input from a broad range of stakeholders.
 There are still calls for the Legislature to step in and extend the moratorium. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone says the governor's plan only covers 10 percent of those at risk.
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition and Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance are state-funded programs that can provide eligible households funds that can be used to help retain their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless.
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