Emergency Assistance

The City of Boston-SEIU Local 888 Housing Trust will provide members with up to a maximum of $5,000 to pay for housing-related emergencies. The award consists of a grant portion of a maximum of $2,500 and a 0% interest loan up to a maximum of $2,500.
Emergency Assistance Application:
I. Explanation of Benefit
This benefit is designed to pay for a housing-related emergency when the SEIU employee’s household experiences a loss of income because of unemployment of a spouse/partner, illness, death of a spouse/partner wage earner, or an unanticipated home repair. An eligible member who owns a multi-family property may also be eligible due to loss of rental income. Documentation of the emergency will be required at the time of the application and may include but not be limited to repair estimates, bills, and/or a signed affidavit describing the emergency.
II. Member Qualification
a) Member must be part of one of the following departments:
  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Boston Public Health Commission (Clerk and Tech, Programs, Counselors and Coordinator)
  • Boston Public School (Administrative Guild and Planning & Engineering)
  • Clerks and Tech (Boston City Hall and Boston Police Department)
  • Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Elderly Commission
b) SEIU Local 888 member must be in good standing for one year.
c) Must occupy an apartment/home within the City of Boston.
d) Application must be submitted within 90 days of the emergency.
e) To apply for the loan portion of a maximum of $2,500 you must be a member in good standing with the credit union and with no outstanding Housing Trust loan.
f) Both homeowners and renters can qualify for emergency loan assistance to cover housing related expenses.  Homeowners who have received the Trust’s Homebuyer Benefit must wait one (1) year from the date of their receipt of the Homebuyer benefit before they are eligible to apply for the Emergency Fund. Exceptions to the one year period may be made upon approval of the Trustees, provided  funds are available.
g) The maximum amount of funding (for those who qualify) depends on program funding and may change monthly.
III. Loan Application Process
a) As a first step, member must secure an application form, which is available at the Union Hall or can be downloaded from www.SEIU888.org/htf/.
b) Member completes the application form.
c) Member submits application by:
Mail to:

SEIU Local 888
Housing Trust Fund
25 Braintree Hill Park, Suite 306, Braintree, MA 02184

Fax to:(617) 241-3303 EMail to:MyUnion@seiu888.org
d) The Trust Program Administrator reviews the application for completeness and forwards the application and letter of good standing to the Trustees.
e) The Trustees review the application upon receipt of a complete, accurate application along with any necessary supporting documentation. Depending on the type of assistance you are requesting, it may take approximately 4 to 8 weeks for funds to be made available.
f) Inaccurate, incomplete applications, or missing supporting documentation, may result in denial of application.
g) If the application is not approved, the Trustees inform the member in writing of the reasons the application was denied.
h) Preference is given to applications of an emergency nature.
The following only applies for approved applications:
i) If the application is approved, the Trustees will issue a Determination of Eligibility letter to the member. A copy of this letter will be sent to the Credit Union by the Trust.
j) The GRANT portion of $2,500 maximum will be issued by the City of Boston Treasury Department.  Please note: the Treasury Department can take up to 4 to 8 weeks to mail your check.
k) The LOAN portion of $2,500 maximum will be disbursed by the Credit Union to the member.  Visit any Credit Union location to complete your loan.
City of Boston Credit Union Branch Offices
1010 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 635-1313
Fax (617) 635-1324
Room 242 City Hall
Boston, MA 02201
(617) 635-4545
Fax (617) 635-3168
77 Spring Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 635-2300
Fax (617) 635-1432
Office Hours: Office Hours: Lobby Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to Noon Saturday 8:00 am to Noon
Drive-Up Hours:
Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to noon
IV. Credit Union
Once approved, if the member belongs to the Credit Union, he/she will complete the Credit Union application. If the member does not belong to the Credit Union, he/she must join. There is a $25 minimum balance requirement.  The Credit Union will work with the member to develop a repayment plan and the member will arrange for a payroll deduction to repay the loan.   The check is issued by the Credit Union, payable to the member.
V Loan Repayment
a) The Emergency Assistance funds will be in the form of 0% interest loan up to a maximum of $2,500.
b) The loan must be repaid within three (3) years.  However, the Credit Union may recommend extending the repayment period beyond the three (3) years based upon the applicant’s ability to repay.
c) The SEIU member agrees to repay the loan in its entirety regardless of his/her employment status with the City of Boston.
d) All loans become due and payable if the member leaves SEIU Local 888 and/or leaves City of Boston employment.
e) Default of this loan prohibits the undersigned from receiving any other benefits from the Trust for five years or upon payment in full of the loan.



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