Two years into the pandemic, rental assistance continues to climb

Since the state of emergency was first declared in March 2020, the state has administered $582.4 million through its Eviction Diversion Initiative programs overall.
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The amount of aid Massachusetts is providing to renters continues to increase each month, an indication that many residents of the commonwealth are still struggling financially two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Anne Corbin, director of housing and homelessness prevention for Action for Boston Community Development, said uncertainty about the future of the funding may be contributing to the significant increase.

“A lot of the agencies that are assisting in processing these applications are really doing a lot of outreach to make sure that those that have not yet applied and need the assistance are getting it before the funding runs out,” Corbin said.