The purpose of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is to provide short term relief to low and moderate income individuals and families whose incomes have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Newburyport, through its Affordable Housing Trust, will be providing grants to financially assist qualified households during this crisis. The City of Newburyport has partnered with the Pettengill House, Inc. to administer the rental assistance program.


To be eligible to receive a grant, the applicant must occupy a property in Newburyport and have a household income that is no greater than 80% of the area median income (AMI). 

Household Size: 1

Household Size: 2

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In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided to be eligible to receive a grant:

· Copy of current lease or documentation from landlord of rental rate and when the rent is due.

· Utility bill in applicant’s name

· Termination letter from employer, if applicable

· Paystubs or verification from employer of decreased income

· If unemployed or furloughed, acknowledgement from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”) or employer. If the applicant is unable to obtain an acknowledgement from either the DUA or employer, the applicant must submit a statement made under the penalties of perjury explaining (1) that the applicant has lost income, (2) the reason for the income loss and (3) that the applicant is unable to obtain an acknowledgement from the DUA and the employer.

· Photo identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

· Most recent bank statement


Program Limits and Guidance:

· The program will provide up to three (3) months of rental assistance per household.

· The maximum monthly dollar amount paid by the City per household is up to $1,500, which means that the total grant amount a household can receive is $4,500.

· The asset limit for all applicants is $10,000. Assets are items of value, such as IRAs, CDs, and checking and savings accounts. Interest received from assets are included as part of your income. Assets do not include necessary personal property such as clothing, furniture, automobiles, jewelry, etc.

· The City of Newburyport is encouraging the applicant to provide match of the funds if they can wherever possible.

· Grant funds will be made directly to the landlord identified in the submitted lease documents on a monthly basis.



You can apply by filling out the application form online and uploading the required documentation or you can print a copy of the application and mail it along with the required documentation to the Pettengill House, Inc. 21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA01913.

You can also request a hard copy of the application be sent to you by calling the Pettengill House at 978-463-8801. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until funds run out.