Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium

Despite pressure by activists, the lawmakers have not yet acted on legislation that would extend the statewide eviction moratorium beyond its Oct. 17 deadline.

Gov. Charlie Baker Monday announced $112 million in new funding to an Eviction Diversion Initiative and said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s nationwide moratorium will protect Massachusetts renters and landlords.

The resources in the Eviction Diversion Initiative will include more money for rapid rehousing programs, legal representation and mediation outside of court between landlords and renters. The RAFT program, which has provided relief to renters and families affected by COVID-19, will receive an additional $100 million in this fiscal year.

Baker’s bill doesn’t got far enough, say activists who are in the midst of a week of action that started Oct. 6. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, organizers with Homes for All Massachusetts, City Life/Vida Urbana and more were set

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