Statewide Virtual Meeting Wed Apr 14: New Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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Part I: Meet the Board of Directors

For a short time at the start of this event we will introduce Alec Bewsee, cML Level One™ and elected director on the statewide Board of Directors. Alec owns and operates residential property as Forge Property Management in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

Part II: Main Presentation, ERAP

This presentation will introduce the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a dramatic federal expansion of rental subsidy accessible through the state safety net. Your renter may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance for arrears, going forward rent, and utilities.

We will start with a review of how the ERAP program works:

  • Is my renter eligible?
  • Does it matter if they are undocumented?
  • How long does it take?
  • Where do I apply?

We will then place this program in context:

  • How is this different from RAFT?
  • Can I apply for ERAP if I already got some RAFT?
  • What if we get rejected by RAFT?
  • Are there special processes for project vouchers or tax credit buildings?

Attendees will leave knowing whether and where to apply for ERAP.

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Jodi Smith, Wayfinders
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H. John Fisher, Wayfinders

Part of this event will be presented by Jodi Smith, Senior Vice President, Housing Education Services, Way Finders. Jodi is an experienced MassLandlords presenter. She is an expert in low income housing tax credits, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, and Massachusetts affordable housing programs including RAFT. She is a licensed real estate salesperson and also a REALTOR. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Springfield College.

Part of this event will be presented by H. John Fisher of Way Finders. John Fisher has bought, sold and managed rental properties for more than 45 years. He has also worked on and off with Way Finders (formerly HAPHousing) for more than 20 of those years in many roles, including that of a Hearing Officer. John is also the author of the landlord textbook Property Management Manual for Massachusetts Rental Owners, which is now in the fourth printing of its sixth edition. He is a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™.

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Rich Merlino, MassLandlords Board of Directors, invites you to come as you are.
Rich will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Rich Merlino. Rich has managed apartments since 2003 and prides himself on his mostly plagiarized systemization of each aspect of property management (learn from the best!). He is a member of the MassLandlords Board of Directors.

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Open to attendees statewide

This event is regionally branded in keeping with a local tradition. This region used to meet in-person on this day at this time. You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are in the state.

Wednesday, April 14th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Meet the Board of Directors
  • 6:10pm Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

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As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our events have been replaced by webinars or virtual meetings held during the traditional event time for each former location:

  • Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and are not recorded.
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Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)

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  • Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.

Password will be emailed and viewable online.

Topic: Virtual Meeting April 14, 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Time: Apr 14, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 868 4529 2889 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 868 4529 2889 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Find your local number:


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  • Contemporaneous participation:
    • Public: $10
    • Members: $7
    • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register. Click here for meeting details and password.

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).


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