Rental Assistance & COVID-19 Hardships

If you're facing hardship related to the pandemic and can't pay your rent, you may qualify for one of these programs.

Contact ABCD Connect at 617.348.6329 or email

ABCD recognizes the tremendous financial strain COVID-19 has placed on the people we serve. In response, we created ABCD Connect, a hotline and service hub to help families meet a range of essential expense. These include car repairs, childcare, internet, phone/cell phone, transportation, and past-due utilities.



Rental and Mortgage Assistance

ABCD offers support to individuals and families facing eviction or a housing-related hardship to help them remain in safe and secure housing. Those requesting mortgage assistance must live at that residence.

Are you facing eviction or foreclosure due to lost income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Apply Here



Malden Start Secure – Rental Assistance

If you are struggling to pay first and last month’s rent for an apartment in Malden, we may be able to help. For more information or for eligibility guidelines, please check out: Malden Secure Start flyer.

Apply Here

Malden Relief for COVID-19 Hardships

If you are experiencing any hardships caused by the pandemic, we can help. Contact us through ABCD Connect at 617.348.6329 or



If you live in Medford and are experiencing hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to apply for ABCD emergency rental assistance. This program provides temporary relief and is made possible through our partnership with the City of Medford and funding through the Community Preservation Act.

The Medford Emergency Rental Assistance Program (M-ERAP) is designed to assist low-income households facing housing emergencies related to COVID-19. This program defines an emergency as a situation in which immediate action is needed to avoid homelessness or eviction, to re-establish a home, or prevent displacement from a home.

Apply Here



To qualify for the City of Medford’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program through ABCD, you must meet the following guidelines:

General Eligibility Guidelines for City of Medford Rental Assistance Program 

  • Must be a Medford resident  
  • Annual Household income less than or equal to 80% of Area Median Income (See table below)
  • Must have a COVID-19 Hardship


Area Median Income Levels for Medford Residents

Household Size 80% AMI 50% AMI
1 $67,400 $44,800
2 $77,000 $51,200
3 $86,650 $57,600
4 $96,250 $63,950
5 $103,950 $69,100
6 $111,650 $74,200
7 $119,350 $79,300
8 $127,050 $84,450


Applicants will be required to submit supporting documents along with a completed application form.