Housing Families Inc. (HFI) has announced that they will be expanding services in the City of Medford, MA. As the Massachusetts Moratorium on Evictions is expected to end on October 17th, Housing Families is preparing to support families who may need legal support and eviction prevention services once it expires. To respond to the needs of tenants facing eviction in mid-October, the Malden-based homelessness nonprofit hopes to get ahead of those at risk of losing their homes.
This September, Housing Families will be opening a new satellite office located in Medford to meet the housing needs of families in the Greater Boston Area. The new facility became a reality through the collaboration and working relationship forged between HFI and LaCourt Realty, LLC. “The new office location will enable HFI to provide more intensive case management and on-site access to stabilization services for our families and clients. I want to thank LaCourt Realty, again, for their support and assistance with this endeavor.” says Housing Families’ CEO, Laura Rosi.
In addition to a satellite office, Housing Families has received COVID-19 emergency response funding from the City of Medford to support and respond to housing, legal and food services. The “Medford Corner Project” will serve low-income and homeless families in Medford, addressing their housing, food, educational, and legal needs that are arising as a result of COVID-19. The goal of this program is to provide food delivery, educational resources, and legal services to the families living in Housing Families’ “Medford Corner” emergency shelter. This program will also provide food assistance, legal services, and homelessness prevention services to the residents of Walkling Court, a Medford Housing Authority (MHA) Elderly and Disabled public housing development.
Rental assistance is another service that HFI is offering the Medford community in order to prevent homelessness and eviction. Funded by the City of Medford’s Community Preservation Act funds, HFI can provide rental assistance to low-income Medford families who have lost employment or are at-risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I would like to thank Mayor Lungo-Koehn, the Medford Office of Community Development, the Medford Community Preservation Committee, and the entire City of Medford. Both efforts are estimated to help over 200 families in the City of Medford and its surrounding communities. We are ready to help families navigate this very complicated time and prevent families from becoming homeless.” says Rosi.