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COVID-19 Resources

The BMA Tenpoint, has provided resources below during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These resources include food distribution centers, shelter, and more. We would like communities to stay safe, healthy, and strong during this crisis. 

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Food Support

Google creates help with food insecurity

1 in 8 Americans will experience food insecurity during their lifetimes. If you're facing food insecurity, you are not alone, and Google has created this site to help you find community-based support.

People age 12 and older can get vaccinated!

Vaccination & Testing

Late Night COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Free: No ID or Insurance Needed

Thursday May 20th (Walk-ins welcome until 10:30PM)

Reggie Lewis Athletic Center

1350 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120

Need a ride? Text "free ride" to 833-460-22-2

Whittier Street Health Center


Whittier Street Health Center is operating COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on the second floor of its main facility at 1290 Tremont Street in Roxbury, and the Blue Hill Ave Satellite Clinic at 278 Blue Hill Ave in North Dorchester. Vaccinations are provided by appointment only and as supplies are available; we do not accept walk-in appointments. Please note that the vaccine is only available at this time to individuals who meet the criteria for the current phase of the Commonwealth vaccine distribution plan. For the latest information see: Click for the latest information see .

If you believe you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 617-858-2444 to make an appointment at the main facility at 1290 Tremont Street, or call 617-858-2550 to make an appointment at the Blue Hill Satellite Clinic


Whittier is employing its mobile health vans to bring the vaccine to seniors and others at high risk for COVID-19. Whittier is collaborating with its housing, faith-based and community partners to host Mobile Vaccination Clinics at their sites. For an up-to-date schedule of where and when these clinics will be offered, lease click on the link for more information.

*Testing still available. 


Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC)

Vaccine: Eligible MCHC patients should click here to check eligibility and then call main number to book an appointment at 617-296-0061. Eligible people who are not an active MCHC patient should schedule an appoint online by going to either:
    a. www.bmc.org/msg6 , or 
    b. www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Morning Star Baptist Church

Morning Star Baptist church is operating a vaccination clinic. For more information click here

Codman Square Health Center

Codman offers COVID-19 testing for community members at the Russell Auditorium (70 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, 02124) by appointment only. Codman will perform tests on anyone who wants one, regardless of the presence of symptoms or contact with someone who has tested positive. Current turn-around time for COVID-19 results is 1-3 days (updated 02/02/21).

Please call 617-822-8271 to make an appointment.

Other Area Hospitals that are Testing and/or vaccination sites.

How to be Safe & Resilient Course

Created by a consortium of public health and resilience experts, this short course provides the basic knowledge and skills you need to be safe and resilient. Our hope is that you will help spread the word and teach the skills that can be quickly learned to your family members, friends, and neighbors. 

Take the course today! Available 3 languages. Click the language below to start the free course            

English              Spanish             Haitian-Creole

Resources

FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

There are soup kitchens and distribution centers to get food donations, available in the City of Boston. Click here for the listing of distribution centers in the city of Boston.There are soup kitchens and distributions centers across the state of Massachusetts as well. 

Below are highlighted distributions centers with confirmed availability to distribute.


SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)/FOOD STAMPS

Visit the Mass SNAP Page to learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply for benefits. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food supports to help families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals pay for food.

Schools offer meals to students who would have receive meals at school for free. Boston Public Schools (BPS) is also mailing checks to families who are part of the free and reduced lunch program. Click here to learn more. 

*Massachusetts residents who receive SNAP benefits can use their EBT card to buy food online from Amazon, Walmart and ALDI. More Information


MEALS ON WHEELS

For adults ages 60 and older, Meals on Wheels may be able get meals delivered to their homes. Visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.


COMMUNITY SERVINGS 

Community Servings have meals available to people living with a life-threatening illness and unable to shop or cook for themselves. Life-threatening illness include, but are not restricted to, HIV/AIDS, cancer, renal illnesses, diabetes, and heart disease. You must apply for this program. To apply and lean more about the program, visit https://www.servings.org/meal-delivery/

Contact your local 211 or search for your local 211 using the search bar above for more information about food pantries and food distribution sites.


SHELTER

There are many shelters in the city of Boston, please check out the Homeless Shelter Directory for listings of shelters. You can also search for Shelters across Massachusetts.


IF YOU ARE A HOMEOWNER OR RENTER

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has applied forbearances for homeowners and renters. Homeowners click here to learn more. Renters click here to learn more.


RAFT PROGRAM

Way to see if they are offering help and resources for rental assistance. In addition, the RAFT program is also available to assist families in arrears of rent or utility payments.  

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. RAFT offers flexible financial assistance designed to meet each family’s particular needs. Eligible uses include moving cost assistance, rent and utility arrears, rental stipends, utility bills.


CITY OF BOSTON RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

Both Renters and Homeowners can check in with their creditors and utility companies to see if they are offering financial hardship assistance. Check to see if your utility company and cable/internet company will assist you with a payment plan if needed. Often they are flexible and prepared for hardships. 

IF YOU ARE A LANDLORD

Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance. However, they must suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus. The eviction suspensions are in place for the entire duration of time that a property owner remains in forbearance.

Here are a few banks that are assisting customers during COVID-19 

   Bank of America    Capital One    Chase    U.S. Bank    Wells Fargo

You can also call 211 for your local United


LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Pro Bono Foreclosure Assistance Hotline

Individuals facing foreclosure may benefit from qualified legal counsel to represent them in foreclosure proceedings. The Attorney General’s Office, in partnership with several bar associations, legal services organizations, and advocacy groups, announced the establishment of a Pro Bono Foreclosure Assistance Hotline. Low-income Massachusetts residents who are facing foreclosure may call 800/342-5297 or 617/603-1700 and leave a message in the foreclosure assistance mailbox. Income limits apply.


For more in-depth information, check out the following websites:

https://www.chapa.org/housing-news/covid-19-affordable-housing-updates

https://www.masslegalservices.org/covid-19

www.HUD.gov         https://www.boston.gov/        https://www.mass.gov/

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948


FINANCIAL RESOURCES

PLEASE NOTE: Financial assistance is NOT available through every 211. If you hear that a United Way fund for financial assistance has been established in your area, consider finding your local United Way’s website to learn more about eligibility and application before reaching out to 211. 


ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS/STIMULUS PAYMENTS

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorized stimulus payments to be made to many people in the U.S. The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks (mid-April) and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. The payments are available to many people, even people who do not make enough money to file taxes usually. Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action and will receive their payment directly to their bank account. Visit the IRS Economic Impact payment page for more information and updates.


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance for state unemployment insurance programs to extend benefits to individuals whose employment status is impacted by COVID-19. Use this tool to find the agency that manages unemployment insurance in your state and visit their website for more information about eligibility and how to apply for benefits. 


RELIEF FOR “GIG ECONOMY” WORKERS & SELF EMPLOYED

Self-employed workers, including independent contractors, freelancers, people seeking part-time work, and those who do not have a long enough work history to qualify for state unemployment benefits may qualify for benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Those seeking benefits should check with the Department of Labor in their state for the rules.


SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) LOANS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. To learn more about the process of accessing SBA’s COVID-19 disaster relief lending, please go here. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

HEALTH INSURANCE AND MEDICAL EXPENSES

If you have health insurance, visit the website for your provider or contact their customer support line with any questions about coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Many healthcare insurers are also making telemedicine available to customers for low or no cost. If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for benefits through your state. Visit this website to explore options based on your household income, children in the home, and state.

Mass Health Connector has extended special enrollment through June 23, 2020

HOME INTERNET ACCESS

If you do not have internet access at home, or cannot afford to maintain it, but need the internet for work or school, there are several options available through providers: 

  • Comcast Internet Essentials, a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households, is now available for free for the first two months.  

  • Access from AT&T is a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households (no special for COVID-19 but still available at a low cost) 

* Additionally, many internet providers have announced that they are waiving late payment fees, increasing caps on internet speeds, and will not disconnect customers for not paying monthly bills on time.

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Get Connected and get answers! 

Visit https://mass211.org/ 


For more information about resources, services, and more, especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic!