COVID-19 Resources


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COVID-19 UPDATES

Live tracking of COVID-19 cases globally

SHNS Coronavirus Tracker: Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 news in Massachusetts with this tracker from the State House News Service.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information Webpage: This webpage is updated daily with news about COVID-19, and has useful guidance for different populations (e.g., employers, caregivers, etc.).

City of Boston COVID-19 updates

 

HOUSING RESOURCES

Housing Stability for Vulnerable Populations: The Baker-Polito Administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income. Read more here.

COVID-19 Affordable Housing Updates from the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association: Check out CHAPA’s website for a comprehensive list of state and national updates regarding COVID-19, as well as housing and non-housing resources, and to find out how you can take action.

Local Housing Solutions' COVID-19 Resource Webpage: Check out this webpage for resources on homelessness outreach efforts, eviction moratoriums, and other housing-related advice.

Homeless & Housing Assistance Grant from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors: Grants for housing-related nonprofits. Applications are due April 3, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

The National Multifamily Housing Council's Emergency Preparedness ListServ: Sign up to be added to a forum for dialogue on a wide range of topics that would require emergency responses.

Using the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for Rental Assistance Programs: Guidance from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.

The Department of Housing and Community Development released this memo aimed at Local Housing Authorities. The memo contains information on lowering tenants' rents due to decreased work hours etc. LHAs are encouraged to be "lenient" with documentation.

 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program: The US Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. For more information, and to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

Emergency Loans for Massachusetts Small Businesses: The Baker Administration has established a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it. Apply here.

Tax credits for small and medium sized business who provide paid leave to workers: Employers with fewer than 500 employees can take advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to reimburse them, dollar for dollar, for the cost of providing leave to employees affected by COVID-19. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled the plan in a March 20 press release.

ICIC's Small Business Resource Center: COVID-19 webpage.

Crowdfunding for Small Businesses - COVID-19 Assistance: Patronicity is waiving all fees for non-matched crowdfunding campaigns that launch before May 15. Learn more here.

 

FAMILIES

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has launched a COVID-19 Family Support Fund: The fund will provide financial support for working families impacted by the coronavirus public health emergency. A network of 20 community partner agencies in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire will help administer the fund, which will provide a one-time grant of $2,000 to help families pay for basic living needs. Learn more here.

Parenting Jouney's It Takes a Village Emergency Fund: Stipends for parents and families to help ease some financial burden that they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis. Request support here.

 

NONPROFITS

COVID-19 Resources for Community Developers: Check out NACEDA’s resource webpage.

Responding to Coronavirus in CDC Communities: Immediate and Long-Term Actions: Check out this blog article by MACDC's Program Director for Health Equity, Elana Brochin to learn more about the ways in which lower-income community residents are disproportionately impacted by the spread of the Coronavirus, and how CDCs can support their community residents.

Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits: Check out the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s resource webpage.

The Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund: This fund supports Greater Boston organizations that are working with communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here, and request support from the fund here. Also, check out The Boston Foundation's Resource webpage.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire United Way's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund: The fund is providing flexible resources to nonprofits in Berkshire County that work with communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and its economic consequences. Learn more here.

The Cambridge Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Grants for Cambridge residents, nonprofits and small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here.

Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund: Financial resources for nonprofits working with communities disproportionately affected by the crisis. Learn more here

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation's COVID-19 Assistance Fund: Support for community and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Learn more here.

Tufts Health Plan COVID-19 Fund: Funding for nonprofits working with older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Learn more here.

 

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Resource Webpage

WorkShare information for Employers: WorkShare allows an employer to reduce the hours of work for employees in an entire company (or a small unit or department), and the employees receive unemployment benefits to supplement their reduced wages. Learn more here.

Employee Righs and Employer Obligations: Guidance from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Also check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ Employers’ Guide to COVID-19: Check out this Guide for answers to Frequently Asked Questions for employers navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

FAQs on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill: The Senate relief bill would send money to Americans and greatly expand unemployment coverage. Read more in this NY Times article.

IRS tax related Guidance: FAQs on employee benefits relating to the IRS and DOL COVID-19 Related Tax Credit Guidance

 

REAL ESTATE RESOURCES

Best Practices in Building Maintenance: Check out this video recording of a webinar by the Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific Member Leaders.

Public Health and Real Estate: Check out the Urban Land Institute’s COVID-19 Resource webpage.

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

CARES Act: An Act to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Tax Relief: Resources from the Internal Revenue service.

A quick guide to CDBG eligible activities to support infectious disease response: This document lays out examples of COVID-19 responses that communities can take using their CDBG funds.

Philanthropy Massachusetts' Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources

Guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission: When a person test positive for COVID-19, those results are sent to MDPH, and they forward those results to the local health department where the person lives. If the person lives in Boston, it will be sent to BPHC. The case is assigned to one of the Public Health Nurses. The assigned nurse will contact the case and monitor their health until they are cleared. Additionally, the nurse will do contact tracing to determine if the case had direct contacts. Direct contacts will be asked to self-isolate and will also be asked to monitor their health. As you know, ideally, the case should have their own room; if a bathroom is shared, it should be cleaned often and thoroughly. The messaging is the same for all of these groups: wash your hands often and well, and clean frequently high touch areas/surfaces. Here is a link that you may find helpful.

Resources from the City of Boston: Letter from Mayor Walsh - English & SpanishEmergency Meal Sites.

Resources from the City of Worcester: Guidelines for Property ManagersGuidelines for Real Estate Sales ProfessionalsGuidelines for Housing Trade Professionals.

Community care in the Time of Coronavirus: From the US Dept. of Arts and Culture.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

The Massachusetts Health Connector has opened an extended enrollment period for anyone without health insurance to enroll. The special enrollment period runs through April 25. Apply here.

The Boston Resiliency Fund: The City of Boston's effort to coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and wellbeing are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Racism is a Virus Too Rapid Respond Fund: This fund was created in response to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communitites resulting from COVID-19. Grants will be awarded to Community-Based Organizations that provide services for AAPI communities. Find out more here.

New England Grassroot Fund's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund: Small grants for grassroots groups reponding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

Free tools and technology: Box is offering three months of their Business plan for free; Cloudfare is offering unlimited seats of Cloudfare for Teams throught September 1; GoToMeeting is offering three months free for its videoconferencing platform; Microsoft is offering six months of Microsoft Teams for free.

Business Interruption Insurance – Most CDCs, including those in MACDC’s Group Sponsored Insurance program, have business interruption insurance coverage as do many (but definitely not all) small businesses. Many have wondered whether this coverage could help deal with the losses being experienced now. The answer – as always – is complicated and could change depending on the Courts and possible Congressional action. MACDC Insurance Advisor, Frank LiCata, has written a very important blog about this situation and what CDCs and small businesses should do. Read More here.

Exempt Emergency Childcare Information: Complete this form if you are interested in operating an Exempt Emergency Child Care Program during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Childcare Programs.

Remote learning with Khan Academy: Khan Academy has daily live streams for parents, and teachers navigating school closures, as well as guides for parents and teachers facilitating online learning. Learn more here.