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COVID-19 RESOURCES
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Covid-19 Information: click + at left to expandCOVID-19 INFORMATION
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COVID-19 Vaccine Materials
- English
- Arabic
- Cape Verdean Creole
- Chinese
- Haitian Creole
- Khmer
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Spanish
- Vietnamese
https://www.massleague.org/Programs/COVIDVAX/
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COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusettshttps://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-testing-sites/download
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PROTECT MA:
online marketplace that connects Massachusetts-based Black and Latinx designers, makers, and manufacturers of non-medical masks, cloth face covers, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) with potential buyers in the business and residential communities.
https://www.protectma.com
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DHHS Face Covering Information Sheet and Orderinghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/mpot5d61t3dc895/Face%20Covering%20Information%20Sheet_12%20June2020.pdf?dl=0
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Follow the City of Boston's Language and Communications Access on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BostonLca) for frequent citywide updates in 10 languages.

Residents can text BOSCOVID to 99411 to opt-in to alerts in English and the following keywords to opt-in to alerts in the languages below:
Text BOSEspanol to 99411 for Spanish
Text BOSKreyol to 99411 for Haitian Creole
Text BOSFrancais to 99411 for French
Text BOSKriolu to 99411 for Cabo Verdean Creole
Text BOSPortugues to 99411 for Portuguese

Residents who have questions are encouraged to call 311 to be connected with a telephonic interpreter, or through the Mayor's Health Line at (617) 534-5050. Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide:

Arabic: boston.gov/covid-19-ar
Cabo Verdean Creole: boston.gov/covid-19-cv
Simplified Chinese: boston.gov/covid-19-zh
Spanish: boston.gov/covid-19-es
Somali: boston.gov/covid-19-so
Russian: boston.gov/covid-19-ru
Vietnamese: boston.gov/covid-19-vi
French: boston.gov/covid-19-fr
Portuguese (Brazil): boston.gov/covid-19-pt
Haitian Creole: boston.gov/covid-19-hc
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Each of the following languages has its own page for COVID-19 updates and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide:English: boston.gov/covid-19
Español | Spanish: boston.gov/covid-19-es
中文 | Chinese: boston.gov/covid-19-zh
Kreyòl ayisyen | Haitian Creole: boston.gov/covid-19-hc
Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese: boston.gov/covid-19-vi
kriolu | Cape Verdean: boston.gov/covid-19-cv
Русский | Russian: boston.gov/covid-19-ru
العربية | Arabic: boston.gov/covid-19-ar
Português | Portuguese: boston.gov/covid-19-pt
Français | French: boston.gov/covid-19-fr
Af-Soomali | Somali: boston.gov/covid-19-so
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The City of Boston has launched two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
The first dashboard includes a day-by-day breakdown graph of the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and tracks daily updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the number of COVID-19 cases.
The second dashboard includes information specific to the City of Boston, including total daily cases, recovered cases, and total cases over time.
The dashboard also tracks the levels of testing done throughout the United States.
View Dashboards here
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COVID-19 Resource Guide for Boston's Disability Communityhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1qdEQbH9WVCA6Eofp8xFJIPZ9LLVhaWIY/view
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MA Gov info.
Call 211 for current info
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DPH MA Cases
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Boston Public Health Commission
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WHO advice for the public
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Your Questions About Life Under Coronavirus, Answered
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Sen. Brownsberger’s COVID-19 Recession Relief resources: being updated daily to reflect recession relief resources for different categories of people, and includes information about city, state, and national policies and procedures.
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Sen. Brownsberger’s COVID-19 Social Distancing resources: keeps track of status of all public spaces and closures.
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Medical Support: click + at left to expandHEALTHCARE
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All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it's developed and available) services without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
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If you are undocumented and need healthcare, you may be eligible for MassHealth Limited, which provides care for medical emergencies, including visits to an emergency room. Public charge does not apply to MassHealth Limited. Visit MAhealthconnector.org or call 1-800-841-2900 for English and Spanish service.
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CVS/Walgreens delivering medications for freehttps://www.cvs.com/content/delivery
https://www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/prescription-delivery.jsp
http://www.cvs.com/content/delivery/faq?icid=rxdelivery-tab-FAQ
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Charles River Community Health Center Update
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Housing: click + at left to expandHOUSING
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CDC Housing Moratorium To receive protection under the CDC moratorium, you must fill out and give the following declaration to your landlord: CDC COVID-19 Eviction Declaration.

Tenants can also visit the Eviction Help Request site to submit a request for assistance.

Landlords should also work with tenants seeking rental assistance through programs such as the Rental Assistance for Families in Transition, find more information here: RAFT Details Site.
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COVID EVICTION LEGAL HELP PROJECT (CELHP)

Are you a tenant or owner occupant facing housing instability? The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) provides free legal help to low-income tenants and owner-occupants across Massachusetts in COVID-related eviction cases. To find free eviction legal help in your area go to Find Legal Help. You may also be able to get assistance paying back rent or back utilities or be protected by the federal eviction moratorium. To learn about new changes to the law and links to other resources like rental assistance and food benefits go to EvictionLegalHelp.org.
EvictionLegalHelp.org
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Eviction Diversion Initiative: Free Legal Services
Through the COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP), there is a substantial expansion of free legal help for low-income tenants as well as low-income owner-occupants of 2-3 family properties navigating the eviction process. These services can be used before the eviction process begins, as well as once a notice has been received, and can be used in coordination with community mediation services (www.resolutionma.org). For the legal services income eligibility is capped at 200% of federal poverty level.
Legal services will be available in every region and can be found
at www.evictionlegalhelp.org. Households can also call 2-1-1 and learn more at the Department of Housing and Community Development’s website, www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp.
Legal help is available right now for income-eligible tenants facing eviction. We strongly encourage tenants and landlords to learn about legal help as well as community mediation resources. Eligible tenants and landlords should seek help as soon as possible, before a court filing occurs.
www.evictionlegalhelp.org
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The RAFT/Residential Assistance for Families in Transition state program can provide up to $10,000 toward rent. It has recently changed its application procedure to be simpler. Here is a link to more information/how to apply:

You need to apply through a regional housing agency. Boston's is Metro Boston Housing Partnership. They have intake staff speaking Spanish, Haitian, Somali and other staff who can be brought to help who speak other languages.

Open to anyone regardless of immigration status. 2-3month wait time for application to be approved.
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-assistance-to-keep-your-family-housed
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RAFT Application Assistance Initiativehttp://lawyersforcivilrights.org/our-impact/housing/raft-application-assistance-initiative/?mc_cid=663e9259c5&mc_eid=2251b646422

Or email Jake at Lawyers for Civil Rights at jlebovic@lawyersforcivilrights.org
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Boston Rental Relief Fund
Requests up to $15,000 are being processed by Project HOPE, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and Metro Housing|Boston.
The funds will help income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston who:

do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or
because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income.

These funds can be accessed regardless of immigration status, and these resources are not considered a public charge either.
https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/office-housing-stability/rental-relief-fund
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City Life/Vida Urbana has a hotline people can call if they are worried about eviction http://www.clvu.org/
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Due to office closures, families applying for Emergency Assistance shelter through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community development can only apply by calling this phone number:
1-866-584-0653.
http://mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/coronavirus
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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.
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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).​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.
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Housing Match: HousingMatch.org is a private online shared housing community. Members access the database to post and search ads for Housing Wanted, Rooms for Rent and Housing Offered. Roommate members who share housing are prescreened and submit their background check report before posting an ad. Landlords can post an ad by creating an account. Agencies can create accounts, post and search ads, and refer new members. Scroll down for more information.https://www.housingmatch.org
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CLOTHING AND HOUSEWARES
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WelcomeHome Home Goods Pantry
Welcome Home, Inc. is a home goods pantry based in Newton MA. At Welcome Home, volunteers clean and shelve gently used housewares that have been donated, thus saving them from landfills. These items are made available, free of charge to people in need. We are open by appointment only.
https://www.welcomehomemass.org
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Boston Freecycle Grouphttps://groups.freecycle.org/group/BostonMA/posts/all
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UTILTIES
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Utility Moratorium:
The Dept of Public Utility’s utility moratorium ends November 15, 2020. The (normal, yearly) winter moratorium then kicks in but that only protects those experiencing “a financial hardship".
The good news: National Grid has said they do not plan to terminate folks this winter.
The bad news: Eversource is going to start sending termination notices to electricity customers with significant arrears.
Massachusetts has a fairly generous definition of who is suffering a "financial hardship" and therefore eligible for termination protection: a household with income up to 60% of median income, which is currently $75,201 for a family of 4 (and which varies by household size).
Eversource began sending out the first batch of residential ELECTRIC disconnect notices 10/22, using a $1,000 arrears threshold and approximately 16,000 residential customers will receive notifications based on this criteria. Staggering the notices to ensure we have proper call center staffing.
The first possible disconnect may occur on 11/19. Eversource does not plan to send residential GAS disconnect notifications during the winter moratorium as it has not been a past practice to perform residential gas disconnects during this period.
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Keep Your Heat from Getting Shut Off this Winterhttps://www.masslegalhelp.org/income-benefits/utilities/winter-heat
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ABCD New Fuel Assistance applications begin 11/2, anyone who needs to do a recertification (received yellow application in the mail) can update now. https://bostonabcd.org/service/fuel-assistance-2/Clients can call 617-903-3640
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MENTAL HEALTH AND GRIEF SUPPORTS
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All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it's developed and available) services without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
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HandHold Massachusetts
New website helps families navigate the mental health system in Massachusetts

The website, created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have "been there," was designed for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts.
Handhold has three main sections:
* Should I worry? Helps parents explore if their kid is just being a kid, or if their behavior is something to worry about. Parents can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next.

* What can I do? Tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families, sorted by topic, and picked by Handhold. These are things parents can learn about or do from home.

* Who can help? Carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.
www.HandholdMA.org
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Network of Care Massachusetts: a comprehensive statewide online resource to help anyone find information on mental health and substance use supports and services in their community.
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Get some support!
Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress over COVID-19. Optum's Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
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Parental Stress Line

The current national health emergency is causing many parents anxiety.
* How do I protect my children?
* What do I tell them?
* Or simply, how do I keep them busy while there is no school?
Parental stress line counselors are there to listen to your concerns and problem-solve with you.
24-7, Free and Confidential

Parental Stress Line # – 1-800-632-8188
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Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress over COVID-19. Optum's Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
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Open to Hope: non-profit organization dedicated to helping people find hope after loss. They provide encouraging articles, books, and an online community to help people deal with difficult losses and continue to live happy, meaningful lives while working through grief.https://www.opentohope.com/
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Light a Candle: a unique concept that has pages of candles that people can “light” and attach a person’s name, along with reason a candle is being lit for them.https://gratefulness.org/light-a-candle/
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Institute on Aging Friendship Line 24/7 call line, staffed by trained volunteers (not therapists) that are available for a friendly chat. Limited to one call a day to accommodate other calls.
Interested? Call 800-971-0016
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NAMI Help Line: Crisis support 24/7, 1-800-950-6264 or info@nami.org, or the NAMI MA Compass Line has trained volunteers to help navigate questions and access resources. Hours of operation are M-F 9am-5pm. Call 617-704-6264info@nami.org
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GriefShare hosts free, in-person grief recovery support groups.https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup
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Behavioral Health Resources of Boston
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Substance Use: click + at left to expandSUBSTANCE USE
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Visit www.aa.boston.org to find out if a meeting is being held.
Call AA Boston @ 617-426-9444 for meeting cancellations.
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www.aa-intergroup.org
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www.virtual-na.org
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www.myrecovery.com – online meeting room open 24/7
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www.xa-speakers.org
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www.mediafire.com/sobrietyfirst
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Virtual Meetings - New England Region of Alcoholics Anonymous
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http://bit.ly/NAOnlineMeetingshttps://www.smartrecovery.org/smart-…/smart-recovery-online/
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Recovery Dharma Online - MeetingsOnline Meetings | LiferingFind an Al-Anon Electronic MeetingQuick Search Sign in
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http://www.naspeaker.com
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Food Security: click + at left to expandFOOD SECURITY
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Project Bread COVID-19 FOOD RESOURCEShttps://www.projectbread.org/get-help/covid-19-hunger-food-resources-for-households
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DTA SNAP and Cash Benefits during COVID-19 pandemichttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1gvBDe0LamPn8Y7AFXUGsoKAKyaaz2qqbvWeypdIFG00/edit#heading=h.i6m3hu9gmnvt
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Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is a special food benefit authorized by the federal coronavirus bill.
The P-EBT will be sent to any student who is enrolled in a school that offers free or reduced meals. This includes all BPS schools and Charter Schools since BPS offers universal free breakfast and lunch. If the private and parochial schools offer free or reduced price meals then those students should receive the PEBT. Households will receive $5.70 per child per school day for the duration of school closures—or $28.50 a week per child. If families currently receive SNAP benefits, the P-EBT will be added to their cards. If families aren’t enrolled, they will get cards sent to them in the mail.
Using P-EBT benefits does not impact any adult or child’s immigration status, and the Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.
If families have questions about P-EBT, SNAP, WIC or other food resources, they can call Project Bread’s Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. They can also contact the city’s Office of Food Access at 617-635-3717 or by email at food@boston.gov. Also, visit https://www.map-ebt.org/ for any questions.
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Many cities and towns will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students in their respective districts.BOSTON MAP OF MEAL SITES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHMeal Distribution sites near Allston and Brighton include the following:
o Oak Square YMCA— 615 Washington Street 4-6pm
o Commonwealth— 35 Fidelis Way Thursday’s 4-6pm
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Grab-and-Go meals for Elders
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Fresh Box Program Overview
Pre-packed ‘Fresh Truck Boxes’ with about a week’s worth of produce.
Eligibility
-Are homebound either due to illness, disability or quarantine and do not have friends/family that can bring food

-Have been relying on the emergency food system and the food pantry or meal program they visit has been closed

-Have lost their job or part of their income and cannot afford groceries at this time

-Are at high risk for coronavirus and do not have access to a regular food source

If your household meets any of these criteria and you would like to inquire about receiving a Fresh Box please email the Office of Food access at food@boston.gov.
https://www.aboutfresh.org/fresh-truck-box-program-overview/
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West End House Food Delivery
https://westendhouse.org/family-food-program/
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ABCD Allston Brighton NOC Food Pantry will be open to any residents in need. The Food Pantry will be open
Monday 11 – 4
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 – 4
Thursday 10 – 2
Friday 10 -4
Not asking for income verification during this crisis. Any residents are welcome to come into our office and pick up a bag of food.
640 Washington St., Brighton
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Allston Brighton APAC
617-783-1485 406 Cambridge St., Allston
Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm
Please provide information on income eligibility and address.
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Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Congregational Church is sharing meals for take out Wednesday evening rather than hosting the Community Supper. Please come to the side door between 5-6:30pm and we will provide you with a hot meal - as long as the food supply lasts. Please only use this service if you are in need.
404 Washington St., Brighton
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Fresh Truck: For more information visit www.thefreshtruck.org, email info@thefreshtruck.org, or call (617) 297-7685.

Important points on the markets:
Fresh Truck Open Air Markets are a safe and convenient way to purchase fresh produce at low prices.
Customers can choose from several options of pre-packed $10 bags that obtain a mix of fruits and vegetables.
Fresh Truck Open Air Market accepts cash, credit, EBT, and HIP.
Markets are conveniently located in various neighborhoods.
https://www.aboutfresh.org/fresh-truck/#schedule
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Unemployment Assistance: click + at left to expandUNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
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Unemployment Assistance Initiative: Pro-Bono Support with Lawyers for Civil RightsDuring the COVID-19 crisis the need for financial resources is growing, with over 22 million workers seeking unemployment assistance in the last few weeks. Although state and federal emergency legislation was promulgated to expand access to unemployment benefits, countless workers still need help completing the fairly complex online unemployment application. Lawyers for Civil Rights is spearheading a pro bono initiative to connect affected workers with volunteers who can help complete the unemployment application. Volunteers include our allies from the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program, and our law firm partners. In just one hour, our pro bono partners can help a family secure the resources they need to keep a roof over their head and to put food on the table.
http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/our-impact/economic-justice/launching-unemployment-assistance-initiative/?mc_cid=da0bfe412f&mc_eid=3022f00237
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Report unemployment benefits fraud

If you believe someone is using your identity to falsely claim unemployment benefits, learn how to report the fraud and what to do to protect yourself.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/report-unemployment-benefits-fraud?fbclid=IwAR3V6ZqCdFr8oZaQSQB6jB76PQOUPZmo6JDQjvCwqq_y9zK5NkmsVbf3mKk
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You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are quarantined or if you left work due to risk of exposure or to care for a family member.
You don’t have to provide medical documentation, but you must: (1) remain in contact with your employer, and; (2) be available for work your employer may have that you’re able to do.
The state has waived the one week waiting period for benefits.
Undocumented residents are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
To apply, please visit the Unemployment Assistance website.
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Massachusetts Workers Emergency Relief Funds

Compiled by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers should apply for these funds regardless of immigration status.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/14heQAXO__d1ngoQALphBW7YD9RsmpF0ALCIOqagB9wg/edit
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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs
These questions and answers explain the most important changes the CARES Act makes to UI and their impacts on Massachusetts workers and employers:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/update-massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-announces-guidance-on-cares#frequently-asked-questions-
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Información de desempleo de Massachusetts sobre el virus COVID-19https://www.mass.gov/info-details/informacion-de-desempleo-de-massachusetts-sobre-el-virus-covid-19
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The Massachusetts Attorney General is accepting online complaints related to minimum wage, overtime payment, sick time, meal breaks, and worker protections. You can file a complaint with the Fair Labor Division or call the hotline at 617-727-3465.

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-workplace-complaint?mc_cid=ae2553a390&mc_eid=2251b64642
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UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS HELP
Free Assistance with Online Claims for
Workers Affected by Coronavirus/COVID-19
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eb_PBGGZycDV-BumJbF9wIs4c0Gh83vm/view
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NeedAJobNow.usNLx.com
a job site dedicated to providing a centralized location for displaced workers to access employment opportunities from U.S. corporations with immediate hiring needs due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Powered by the National Labor Exchange (NLx), the site houses jobs from vetted employers in all industries and provides an opportunity for Americans to return to work and gain meaningful employment.
NeedAJobNow.usNLx.com
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Entry-level employment
www.jobget.com
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MBTA JOB POSTING
The MBTA is looking to hire candidates who speak languages other than English. The employee would work with bodegas and retail outlets to allow residents to add value to their Charlie Card. Apply here: https://jobs.lever.co/mbta/c5c8f662-01b8-4cca-bf66-8500c8f2f9a
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Legal Aid Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions
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Childcare: click + at left to expandCHILDCARE
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For a list of Allston-Brighton providers, go to www.abhealthcollaborative.org/resource-connection-onepage/#parents-anchor
Note this list does not reflect Covid19 closures and restrictions