‘My anxiety was through the roof.’ Eviction threats heightened during COVID-19

It seemed like the world was crashing down on Antonia Arman. She was out of work, as was her mother who lives with her. Also living in their apartment are Arman’s sons, one of whom is 23 and the other 10. To make matters worse, Arman, 51, and her mother each contracted COVID-19.

It all added up to a drastic cut in family income, and overdue rent piled up. Eventually, a court summons arrived in the mail signaling the start of possible eviction proceedings….

Many are unaware of services available to help them. The key is to get the word out, said Betsy Soule, executive director of MetroWest Legal Services Inc., a Framingham nonprofit that provides advocacy to low-income families….“We’re trying to do as much as we can,” said Soule to explain her organization’s efforts to inform communities about programs to help those who face eviction and foreclosure. “The sooner you can cut off and solve it, the better.”…

Read more in MetroWest Daily News.