COVID-19 Resources – Camp Harbor View

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

At Camp Harbor View, we recognize the major impact the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on our community. Our team is compiling resources to support both youth and families during this time. We’re working collaboratively in an effort to offer the Camp Harbor View community access to the most reliable and accurate information available. This page will be continuously updated as additional resources are announced.

Local & State Updates

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough or fatigue), you can find a list of testing sites across the city here. All tests are free regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
  • COVID cases are on the rise in Massachusetts. On Friday November 6th, Governor Baker announced a Stay-At-Home advisory between 10pm-5am. State guidelines require residents wear masks or other face coverings anytime they must leave their home including in grocery stores and on public transportation. Find the latest news and updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts here.
  • Mayor Walsh continues to ask all Boston residents to stay inside between the hours of 9pm and 6am daily. Find the latest news and updates from the City of Boston here or text BOSCOVID to 99411 to sign up for daily text alerts. For information in Spanish and other languages, learn more here.
  • Government officials are asking all individuals to practice physical distancing. Visit the World Health Organization website for best practices that will keep you and your family healthy, while also helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additional information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention website.
  • If you receive a call from MA COVID team with an 857 or 833 area code, please answer the call. The COVID Community Team is calling because either you or someone you were in contact with tested positive with COVID-19. Contact tracing is critical to slowing the spread of coronavirus in Massachusetts.

FOOD ACCESS

Food Sources for Youth:

  • The City of Boston launched its Boston Eats program on July 6th, providing breakfast and lunch to youth aged 18 and younger. No ID or registration required. Sites are open from 10am-2pm and a full map of locations can be found here.
  • Boston Public Schools will provide free meal packs with 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches to all remote learners from their Super Sites, which are open Monday and Thursday 10am-6pm. For a list of Super Site locations around the city, click here.
  • To see what food access is being provided by your child’s public, private, charter or Metco school, visit the Boston School Finder’s comprehensive list.
  • Families with children that received free or reduced-price school meals will get $28.50 per week per child in Pandemic-EBT benefits for Spring 2020. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) sent letters in May with more info. If you didn’t get a letter but think you should have, contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333. You can learn more about Pandemic-EBT here.

Food Delivery:

  • If you or a loved one have a chronic illness, you may be eligible for free meal preparation and delivery from Community Servings.
  • Ethos is offering a Meals on Wheels program for individuals 60 and older. For more information visit their website.
  • If you’re not low-income but looking for food delivery, Food For Free has compiled a list of grocery delivery options.

SNAP Food Assistance:

  • If you lost wages due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may now be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click here to apply. To receive assistance applying for SNAP benefits, visit the Greater Boston Food Bank’s website.
  • SNAP benefits can be used to have seasonal produce delivered from local farms. They do not charge SNAP customers a delivery fee. Find more information and order at: www.massfooddelivery.com.
  • If you receive SNAP benefits, then you have Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) dollars to spend. About Fresh accepts HIP dollars at their re-launched safer FreshTruck produce markets in some Boston neighborhoods. You can find the schedule and location of the markets here.
  • A pilot program has launched to allow the use of SNAP funds to purchase groceries online in Massachusetts. Currently, Amazon and Walmart are the only retailers in MA accepting SNAP funds through their websites. SNAP funds do not cover the cost of delivery.

Additional Food Resources:

  • Abundance Boston offers an application you can download to your phone (or visit their desktop website) to find additional resources related to food access.
  • Community Cafe meal sites are offering “grab and go” food for elders. Find a list of locations here.
  • If your family does not have adequate food resources, call Project Bread’s FoodSource hotline: 1-800-645-8333.
  • The Dimock Center distributes free meals each Friday 12pm-2pm to patients, families, and the community from their side parking lot at the Sewall Building at 41 Dimock Street in Boston.
  • Free groceries for all by the Solidarity Supply Distro at Makeshift Boston (549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118) every Monday at 5:30pm.

EMPLOYMENT & FUNDING

Employment:

  • MassHire has a comprehensive list of employers who are hiring now. They are also offering several scheduled webinars to provide more information. MassHire is also hosting a Boston Healthcare Virtual Job Fair on August 11, 12, and 13. Different employers will present each day and you can submit your resume to those that interest you. Learn more and register for any of the sessions here.
  • If you are unemployed or under-employed, the Career Collaborative has moved their free 3-week career development course with one-on-one coaching online. Contact Trevor Talley for more information.
  • If you have lost your job or your work hours have been cut due to COVID-19, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance. The process has been streamlined to make it easier during this State of Emergency. Members of our team are equipped to assist Camp Harbor View community members with unemployment applications and with referrals for assistance with appeals. Please contact Darliya Bennett for more information.
  • The Federal CARES act has expanded unemployment benefits:
  • If you have not yet applied for unemployment, you can do so here.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now open for MA residents to apply. You may be eligible if you are unable to work due to COVID-19 but are ineligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits but are ineligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. Benefits will be retroactive.
  • Federal Unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) are now available for all PUA claimants for an additional 7 weeks and up to 13 weeks for certain eligible regular unemployment claimants. Learn more about this benefit program here.
  • Refer to this COVID-19 paid leave and unemployment chart if you are unsure which unemployment benefits you are eligible to apply for.
  • The Lawyers for Civil Rights have launched a free Unemployment Assistance Initiative which connects affected workers with volunteers who can help them complete the unemployment application. Request assistance here.
  • Be aware of unemployment fraud – if you believe someone may have used your identity to falsely claim unemployment benefits, learn how to report the fraud and what to do to protect yourself by calling 877-626-6800 or click here.

Financial Resources:

HOUSING

  • While the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ moratorium on evictions is scheduled to end on October 17th, the Federal Government’s Center for Disease Control has issued a temporary halt on residential evictions until December 31, 2020. If a tenant cannot pay rent due to COVID-19, has tried to pay at least partial rent, has applied for housing assistance, and would become homeless if evicted, they should complete this declaration form and give it to their landlord. For information on tenants and landlord rights during the COVID-19 emergency, refer to this MassLegalHelp website.
  • Members of our team may be able to help you prepare for court if you’re being evicted, or at risk of eviction. Reach to our team using this form. You can also find self-guided resources and tools to respond to a Summary and Complaint (if filed by your landlord) and to prepare yourself for court from the Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE) online portal from Greater Boston Legal Services.
  • The moratorium on electric, gas, and water utility shut off for residential customers will end on November 16, 2020. If you are struggling to pay or are behind on your utilities, contact your utility company to discuss a payment plan. You will be protected from utility shut-off if you have a payment plan in place and make your payments. More info about customers rights regarding essential utilities here.
  • The City of Boston is launching a new One+ Boston Mortgage Program to assist first time home buyers with the lowest mortgage rates and assistance with down payment and closing costs. Visit the One+Boston website to see if you’re eligible.
  • Boston’s Office of Housing Stability is committed to assisting residents maintain stable housing. A fact sheet about their services and their contact information can be found here.
  • MetroHousing Boston is providing eligible households with up to $4,000 of housing relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. If you live outside the Boston area, visit www.masshousinginfo.org to find your local administering agency.
  • There is also a Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program being administered by Metro Housing Boston which expands the eligibility requirements of the RAFT program (see above). Both can offer up to $4,000 in relief funding. Qualified applicants no longer need to be behind on rent/mortgage payments to apply, demonstrating that COVID-19 has affected their future ability to pay is sufficient. Apply here.
  • The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights has launched a pro bono initiative to help folks complete applications for rental relief funds. Apply for free application assistance here.
  • City Mission has launched a limited one-time grant for back rent for qualified Boston residents. The application can be found here.
  • City Life/Vida Urbana operates an emergency eviction and foreclosure hotlines in English at (617) 934-5006 and Spanish at (617) 397-3773.
  • City Life/Vida Urbana also has a template letter available in both English and Spanish to send to your landlord or bank if you rent, if you have a mortgage or if your ability to pay has been affected by the coronavirus.
  • The CARES Act, passed by Congress, offers some forms of mortgage relief for those experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. You can learn more here.

EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • The Vital Village Mental Health Committee and the Boston Public Library are offering Children’s Mental Health Virtual Storytimes on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:00pm. They will bring families together for book readings and activities focused on Social-Emotional Learning inspired by their Children’s Mental Health Storytime Toolkit. Designed for children 3-8 years old, and the whole family is welcome. Find more info here & RSVP here.
  • Boston Public Library has free online resources such as audio books, courses, newspapers, music and movies with a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, Massachusetts residents can enroll for a free e-card here.
  • As of June 22, Boston Public Library patrons will be able to pick-up books, DVDs, CDs from select BPL locations.  “BPL to go” will allow library card holders to reserve materials and safely pick them up from select branches. Learn more on their website.
  • GoNoodle has fun free movement and mindfulness videos for kids, including camp songs! Other amazing educational resources can be found here.
  • Kanopy is a free film screening service that you can sign up for with your library card.
  • PBS has educational resources for all grade levels on their website.

School Work Supports:

    • If you have a child attending a Boston Public School, please find more information about BPS reopening plans here.
    • Starting Monday September 21, 2020, the Boston Public Library is offering free, online homework help and mentorship on Zoom provided by trained high-achieving high school students. For more information click here.
    • WGBH has curated a distance learning center on their website, with resources for parents and students of all ages.
    • Members of Camp Harbor View Leadership Academy should contact Darliya Bennett to be matched with a tutor.

Internet Access & Technology:

  • Comcast is offering 2 FREE months of internet access to eligible new customers (usually $9.95/month). You can apply for their Internet Essentials program here.
  • Boston Public Schools are offering free Chromebooks for any child without access to technology. The only requirement is that the child attend a Boston public school.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • The City of Boston is expanding its COVID-19 testing, which is free regardless of insurance or immigration status. Residents can find information here on testing sites including hours of operation, contact information and address. Please call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment unless otherwise noted.
  • State public health officials announced that the flu vaccine is now a required immunization for all Massachusetts school students aged 6 months or older. If you do not have health insurance, or if co-pays are a barrier, you are encouraged to call the Mayor’s Health Line at (617) 534-5050 or toll-free at (800) 847-0710. The Boston Public Health Commission, through the Mayor’s Health Line, will be offering vouchers for free flu vaccines to uninsured or underinsured adults, which may be redeemed at any Walgreens pharmacy.
  • ForsythKids is offering FREE dental screenings, cleanings, and sealants for kids this fall at various locations across the city. They have increased infection control procedures to provide the safest dental environment for patients in community settings and there is no cost to you or your family. Find more information on pop-up locations and sign up for a session on their website.
  • If you are uninsured, MassHealth has extended its open enrollment. All walk-in centers are closed, apply through the MassHealth Connector.
  • Parents Helping Parents of MA has a 24-hour free, confidential parental stress line: dial 1-800-632-8188.
  • For support navigating services for children’s mental health and Special Education Services, contact the Parent Professional Advocacy League at info@ppal.net.
  • Online 12 Step Recovery Meetings: virtual AA meetings can be found here and virtual New England area NA meetings can be found here.
  • There is helpful information on managing stress and anxiety during this crisis from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. And here are daily meditations and other resources for managing anxiety.
  • The Phoenix is a sober active community that offers free virtual classes including yoga, meditation and CrossFit. The only requirement to participate is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. Learn more and join a class here.
  • For crisis response for youth and families affected by community violence, contact the Neighborhood Trauma Team Support Line: 617-431-0125. Calls are free and confidential.
  • For anyone struggling with loss, trauma, or grief, you are invited to the Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program “Can We Talk.” The meeting occurs on the last Thursday of each month and has moved onto Zoom. Contact Coleen Sharka, LMHC or call 617-445-2116.

IMMIGRANT SPECIFIC

  • USCIS has confirmed that the Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Learn more here.
  • Through the City of Boston’s office of Immigrant Advancement, volunteer attorneys are available for free consultation about immigration law the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 12pm-2pm. To make an appointment, email the office of Immigrant Advancement or call 617-635-2980.
  • A list of free clinics and health centers in MA can be found here.
  • Further information about services for Boston residents, regardless of immigration status, from the City of Boston is here.
  • The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) will continue to accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal applications as well as first-time DACA applications and advance parole applications. It is recommended that you reach out to Mass Legal Help for free guidance before proceeding with application filings.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Casa Myrna provides shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Mass Thrive has created a comprehensive database that can be searched for information on resources such as food, funding, employment, elder services, housing, relief funds, etc.
  • The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation has put together a legal aid resource sheet for those needing legal aid related to COVID-19.

Civic Information:

  • Federal and local elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd. Register to vote here. To find your polling place, and see what your ballot will look like, click here.
  • All registered voters can vote by mail in MA. To do so, you should complete the application you received in the mail and send it in before October 20th to receive your mail-in ballot, which must be turned in by November 3rd.
  • The U.S. Census shapes how federal government funding reaches our communities. Please complete the Census by September 30th, 2020 here, if you have not done so already.
  • The MA Registry of Motor Vehicles has extended the time frame for which eligible customers can renew their MA driver’s license online in order to qualify for a free upgrade to a REAL ID credential when the MA State of Emergency Ends. Most RMV transactions can be done online.

Mutual Aid:

  • Boston.com has launched the Boston Helps platform for mutual aid. Register to offer help or to receive help related to groceries, meals, rides, or toiletries here.
  • Ask for help, offer help. The Human Network Initiative’s Neighborhood Aid Network can be found here.

Don’t see the information you’re looking for?

The Camp Harbor View team is available to teens and families via video conference, phone and email. Should you have questions or need assistance, we encourage you to reach out to us at info@campharborview.org or call 617-379-5500.

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