A rash of evictions in Georgetowne

Shelly Liriano was 30 weeks pregnant at the end of January when, after being exposed to COVID, her employer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital told her she had to leave her job as a personal care attendant.

She filed for paid leave, but expected to go several weeks without pay before relief would kick in. She immediately notified the management at Georgetowne Homes, the Hyde Park housing development where she lives with her three children.

But by the time her sick leave pay kicked in in March, she had missed two months’ rent and had received no response to her Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) application and no response from Georgetowne management.

Her first communication from Georgetowne’s management company, Beacon Properties, was an eviction notice she received in March. Liriano was one of more than 110 residents of the development who were served with eviction notices during a


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