SERVICES FOR BOSTON RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS

SERVICES FOR BOSTON RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS

For updates about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can:

  • Visit boston.gov/coronavirus
  • Call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 (9 am to 5 pm)
  • Text BOSCOVID to 99411
  • Call Boston 3-1-1 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Calls can be taken in multiple languages.

If you need food…

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF FOOD ACCESS

(617) 635-3717 | boston.gov/food

Free breakfast and lunch meals are available to all Boston children and youth while Boston Public Schools are closed. For locations and hours, visit boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-si tes-boston.

MASS 211

211 | mass211.org

Statewide information about food pantries, meal sites, senior dining sites, and more.

PROJECT BREAD FOOD SOURCE HOTLINE

8006458333 | projectbread.org/get-help/ Information on food pantries and community meal programs.

If you need medical care…

MAYOR’S HEALTH LINE

617-534-5050 | bphc.org

Multilingual assistance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the number listed above to enroll in health insurance, locate health centers and find information about child care, food assistance, elderly services, and legal help.

IMPORTANT: Health care options are available for everyone in Massachusetts, regardless of immigration status. Screening, testing, and treatment-related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) do not affect “public charge” rule determinations.

If you need childcare…

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF WOMEN’S ADVANCEMENT

617-635-3138 |

boston.gov/departments/womens-advancement/e mergency-childcare-programs

Information about emergency childcare programs

If you don’t have a place to stay tonight and for affordable housing options…

MASS. DEPT. OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE

866-584-0653 |

mass.gov/how-to/find-emergency-family-shelter

Shelter services for families.

OFFICE OF HOUSING STABILITY

617-635-4200 | boston.gov/housingstability |

HousingStability@boston.gov

Assistance finding and maintaining stable, safe, and affordable housing options, informing tenants of their rights and responsibilities, and helping navigate the individual and family shelter systems.

IMPORTANT: Starting Saturday, March 14th a moratorium on Boston Housing Authority (BHA) evictions went into effect. This will last while Massachusetts is under a state of emergency. If you receive a notice of eviction contact the Office of Housing Stability (contact information listed above).

CITY LIFE/VIDA URBANA

617-934-5006 En |617-397-3737 Sp | clvu.org

Call for questions about housing issues

If you experience discrimination or mistreatment by your landlord or employer…

OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING AND EQUITY

617-635-2500 | boston.gov/fairhousing

Contact if you have been discriminated against in receiving housing, public services, accommodations or employment.

If you are looking for legal help…

MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR IMMIGRANT ADVANCEMENT

6176352980 | boston.gov/immigrants Immigration Consultation Clinics at Boston City Hall are by telephone until further notice. Call or email ImmigrantAdvancement@boston.gov for instructions.

LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

617-981-4308 |

lawyersforcivilrights.org/coronavirus

Free legal support to individuals, families, community groups, and small businesses in response to

COVID-19.

If you are 55+…

AGE STRONG COMMISSION

617-635-4366 |  boston.gov/agestrong

Assistance with housing, transportation, health care, employment, and volunteer opportunities for senior residents (age of 55+).

If you are a survivor of domestic violence…

SAFELINK

8777852020 | casamyrna.org/get-support/safelink Confidential support, assistance with safety planning, direct connections to shelters and referrals to community services 24/7.

If you need internet connection…

DEPARTMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

617-635-4783 |

boston.gov/news/internet-connectivity-supports- during-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Resources to support Internet connectivity needs. For more information, email digital.equity@boston.gov.

If you own a small business…

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

311 or 617-635-0355 | boston.gov/smallbusiness

Support for business owners.

IMPORTANT: The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will process all applications for a loan fund of $10 million to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. For more information visit: empoweringsmallbusiness.org.

If you are a worker…

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL

617-727-3465 |

mass.gov/how-to/fileaworkplacecomplaint Accepts online complaints related to minimum wage, overtime payment, sick time, meal breaks, and worker protections.

MASSCOSH

617-505-8940 |masscosh.org

Call for questions about workers’ rights.

GREATER BOSTON LEGAL SERVICES

617-603-1530 | gbls.org

Call for questions about unemployment benefits

If you are a student or a teacher…

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

6176354783 | bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus Information about free breakfast and lunch locations for all BPS students, Chromebooks for online learning for students, and tips and resources for educators.

Other Guides

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL

mass.gov/guides/resources-during-covid-19

MASSLEGALHELP

masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid-19

LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

lawyersforcivilrights.org/coronavirus

MIRA Coalition

miracoalition.org/resources/covid19

LEAVE AND BENEFITS RIGHTS

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