SECTION 1: Section 38 of chapter 121B of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after the second paragraph the following paragraph:-
The housing authority in each city and town in the commonwealth shall administer a rental voucher program, which shall be substantially similar to the Massachusetts rental voucher program administered by the department of housing and community development, for the benefit of residents aged 75 and over. Upon receipt of a summary process summons and complaint for nonpayment of rent, any resident aged 75 or over may apply to the city or town wherein they reside for a rental voucher. The department shall promulgate regulations for the implementation of the program.
SECTION 2: Chapter 239 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 13 the following section:-
Section 14. In an action of summary process to recover possession of premises occupied for dwelling purposes (other than a room in a hotel, or a dwelling unit in a lodging house or rooming house wherein the occupant has maintained such occupancy for less than three consecutive months ) by an individual 75 years of age or older, and where the tenancy has been terminated without fault of the tenant, upon application of the tenant the court shall grant a stay of execution and judgment for a period not exceeding six months.
SECTION 3. Section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after clause Third the following section:-
Any charitable organization exempt from property taxes under this section shall pay to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund established by section 2 of chapter 121D an amount equal to 75 per cent of the annual property taxes that it would be required to pay but for the exemption. The department of housing and community development shall establish a formula for the equitable distribution of payments from said fund to cities and towns for the administration of the rental housing voucher program for the benefit of residents aged 75 and over established under section 38 of chapter 121B.
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