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 COVID-19 Case Tracking (including daily report with county-level data)

Town-by-town coronavirus data in Massachusetts

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

Boston Indicators’ COVID Community Data Lab

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts

 

HOUSING RESOURCES

The Baker Administration's Steps to Ensure Housing Stability for Vulnerable Populations: Read here.

Massachusetts Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in response to COVID-19: Survey of Local Governments conducted in May 2020.

CHAPA's COVID-19 Affordable Housing Updates: 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.

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.

Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Guidance on Emergency Rental Assistance Programs and Using the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for Rental Assistance Programs.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University's COVID-19 Housing Resources.

Northeast Legal Aid and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute's Resource on COVID-19 and Evictions.

Boston Rent Relief Fund: The City of Boston added another $5 M to its Rent Relief Fund to assist Bostonians who are at risk of losing their rental housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

Boston Housing Authority's Guidance for Boston property owners.

DHCD Guidance: Resident services for housing authoritiesLimiting Visitors in Private Affordable HousingPreparing and Responding to COVID19 in Public HousingResources and Best Practices for Resident Services.

DHCD & EOHED Information on Moratorium on evictions and foreclosures forms and other resources

The Massachusetts Division of BanksFAQs about Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency

Enterprise COVID-19 Emergency Response Program: Resources and Support to Low-Income Renters and Housing Providers

National Housing Conference FAQs related to COVID-19

Housing Toolbox for Massachusetts Communities: Emergency Rental Assistance Program Survey Report: DHCD, CHAPA and MHP conducted a survey on how many communities have appropriated local funds for emergency rental assistance (ERA) in response to COVID-19.

 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program: 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, click here.

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

Comparison of the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program

Tax credits for small and medium sized business who provide paid leave to workers: Learn more here.

Mass DOT’s Shared Streets and Spaces grant program: Grants from $5,000 to $300,000 for cities and towns to quickly implement or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities.

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

The City of Boston's Guidance for Small Businesses

Mass Growth Capital Corporation’s Resources for Small Businesses

Hispanic American Institute/Instituto Hispano-Americano Coronavirus toolkit for Latinx business owners (Spanish)

LISC and Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund: Massachusetts businesses are eligible to apply for $10,000 grants through this fund. Learn more here.

LISC Commercial District Recovery Guide 

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts’ Small Business Resources

 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley's COVID-19 Family Support Fund: The fund will provide financial support for working families impacted by the coronavirus public health emergency. Learn more here.

Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund: Donations to this fund will go directly to help Asian American families and workers who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is an initiative of Asian CDC, in partnership with the Chinese Progressive Association, Viet-AID, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Greater Boston Legal Services. Learn more here.

The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation Streets for Recovery Funding: Grant program to help communities temporarily adapt how they use their public spaces to support response and recovery. Learn more here.

Codman Square NDC's COVID-19 Community Resources: A comprehensive list of resources on a wide range of areas such as health, legal, food, housing, etc. 

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

 

RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

ABCD’s Neighborhood Service Sites: Sites opened for food pantry and brown bag programs.

Boston ElderINFO Resources

MADSA Statewide Directory of Adult Day Health Programs

Free Respite Care Grants from HFC and the Home Instead Senior Care network

Resources from the Center for Memory Health at Hebrew Senior Life

List of Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Statewide Nutrition Access for Aging and Disability Services.

CDC Interim Guidance on Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities.

2Life Communities’ COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

 

RESOURCES FOR NONPROFIT AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS

NACEDA’s COVID-19 resource webpage for Community Developers

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s resource webpage for Massachusetts Nonprofit

New Emergency Governance Procedures for Nonproft Corporations from Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Paycheck Protection Program: Considerations for not-for-profit loan recipients from CohnReznick LLP

Fallon Health COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: Small grants for organizations that are supporting food insecurity response efforts and/or social isolation and support services. Apply 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 through September 1; GoToMeeting is offering three months free for its videoconferencing platform; Microsoft is offering six months of Microsoft Teams for free.

LogMeIn Support: LogMeIn is providing free Emergency Remote Work Kits for Health Care Providers, Educational Institutions, Municipalities & Nonprofit organizations, and current LogMeIn customers

Looking Glass Creative's Online Event ResourcesTools and resources for online gatherings and virtual events

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.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy has mapped emergency funding opportunities for nonprofits across the United States.

Community Foundation has a list of community foundations across 49 states that have established emergency funding packages for nonprofit organizations broken down by states.

Candid has a list of state-level funding opportunities that include both community foundations and other external funding resources.

Funders Together to End Homelessness’ Covid-19 resources for philanthropy. They also run weekly webinars around funding for the sector.

3D printed PPE: Teachers and staff from Newburyport High School are making and donating 3D printed face shields and ear saver comfort bands to nonprofits and healthcare workers. Learn more here.

Please also see the "Resources by Region" section for resources specific to your region.

 

FOOD RESOURCES

Mass Legal Help Video on SNAP during COVID-19: English, Spanish

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s Resources for local food deliveries

State Food Resource Webpage: How and where to buy local food in Massachusetts

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ Food Resources

Project Bread FoodSource hotline: A comprehensive statewide information and referral service for people facing hunger in Massachusetts.

Child Nutrition Outreach Program: School Closure Meal Information Resources

Information about Extra Emergency SNAP Benefits in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.

Pandemic EBT - Q & As

 

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.

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

Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Resources: Check out this Guide for answers to Frequently Asked Questions for employers navigating the COVID-19 crisis. Also check out AIM's resource page for employers, and its Thirty on Thursday Webinar Series, a series of webinars on COVID-19 and the workplace. 

Aspen Institute Brief: How the Workforce System Can Advance Workplace Health and Safety During and After the Pandemic

 

REAL ESTATE RESOURCES

The Urban Land Institute’s COVID-19 Resource webpage on public health and real estate.

Guidance on Protecting Multi-Tenant Residential Maintenance Employees from COVID-19 from Goulston and Storrs.

DHCD clarification on rent increases in private affordable housing: FAQ 1 and FAQ 2

WinnCompanies Rapid Assessment Form: The Boston Public Health Commission and the Infectious Disease Bureau are distributing Rapid Assessment Forms to communities in the city with confirmed positive cases. This data collection allows them to understand PPE, signage, cleaning and supply needs for staff and residents while they respond to confirmed cases and contact tracing. 

 

RESOURCES BY REGION

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

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

North Shore Resources from North Shore CDC.

City of Worcester’s employment and financial assistance and resources

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Inc. COVID-19 Resources

 

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

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

Boston Community Resources: This document lists resources available to help the Boston community during this public health crisis. It is in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Kreyol.

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.

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.

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

 

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

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.

CDC of South Berkshire’s Resource Webpage

Western Massachusetts Resources: Check out this list of small business resources, and this list of webinars; as well as this list of Food Resources food from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 

413Cares: A portal for Western Massachusetts residents that provides online access to housing, healthcare, and educational resources

United Way COVID-19 Recovery Fund of Western Massachusetts

The City of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development's COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses 

 

RESOURCES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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.

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

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.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

CONNECT by WinnCompanies: Search by Zip code for services, resources and community partners to meet your housing, health, employment, education, economic mobility, and community engagement needs.

Multi-language Resource: This website provides information, news, health and social resources in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

Map showing the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, spiritual health and Project Bread site locations. 

Protect MA: An online marketplace that connects Black and Latinx designers, makers, and manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) with potential buyers in the business and residential communities.

Lawyers for Civil Rights Resource Page: COVID-19 Resources in English, Spanish and Chinese

COVID-19 Rights: Flyer from the Attorney General's Office

Immigrant Health and COVID-19 rights: Flyer from the Attorney General's Office

Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources from Racial Equity Tools

Resources for Health Care workers and First Responders from the Attorney General’s Office

UMass Data Dash: Linking COVID-19 cases with race, housing, and socioeconomic status

FAQs on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill: Check out this NY Times article.

Coping with stress due to COVID-19 from the Boston Public Health Commission

The National Housing Conference’s Oxygen Mask Rule: Resources on self-care

Massachusetts Mental Health Resources 

MassSupport Crisis Counseling Program: MassSupport Network provides free community outreach and support services across the state in response to the unprecedented public health crisis, COVID-19.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Resource webpage for Bankers and Consumers.

Philanthropy Massachusetts' Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources