COVID-19 Resource Assistance – Camp Harbor View

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 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

  • General information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the City of Boston website and the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention website.
  • 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.
  • On May 18th, the Baker-Polito administration released a plan for reopening Massachusetts. It includes the Safer At Home Advisory and continues to require all 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.
  • 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 Sources for Youth:

  • Boston Public Schools are offering take-away breakfast and lunch for all BPS students at meal sites across Boston including schools, BCYF centers, and YMCA locations. For a complete list of locations, see this map. Some locations are also offering meals for adults.
  • 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 school-age children may be eligible for Pandemic EBT food benefits to replace free school lunch while schools are closed.Read more about the program here.
  • Families with children that received free or reduced-price school meals will get $28.50 per week per child in Pandemic-EBT benefits. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will send letters in May with more info. If you don’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.
  • All households receiving SNAP benefits will get the maximum benefit for March and April if they were not already. This extra benefit should have been added to your SNAP card for March on the 31st and another extra payment will be made in April.
  • 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:

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.
  • To access other food resources, call Project Bread’s FoodSource hotline: 1-800-645-8333.
  • Free groceries for all by the Solidarity Supply Distro at Makeshift Boston (549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118) every Monday at 5:30pm.



  • MassHire has a comprehensive list of employers who are hiring now. They are also offering several scheduled webinars to provide more information.
  • 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.
  • The Federal CARES act has expanded unemployment benefits in 3 important ways:
  • An additional $600/week in benefits will be paid to those already receiving unemployment compensation; no further action is needed. 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.
  • An extended unemployment benefit program will add 13 weeks of eligibility for folks that have exhausted previous unemployment benefits. MA is waiting for federal guidance on how to implement and administer this program, therefore it is not yet available.
  • The City of Boston is still accepting applications for the DYEE SuccessLink Youth Employment Program. Youth between 15-19 years old are encouraged to apply for up to 15 summer positions online, then follow-up with the employers directly. Applications continue to be accepted for open positions.
  • 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.

Financial Resources:


For Renters and Homeowners:

  • The City of Boston has created a rental relief fund to help Boston residents at risk of losing their rental housing due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • 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 to find your local administering agency.
  • 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.
  • Massachusetts passed a bill temporarily pausing eviction and foreclosure proceedings, preventing late fees and negative credit reporting and giving landlords of 1-4 unit properties access to last months’ rent to cover expenses. You cannot be evicted right now for failing to pay your rent. For information on tenants and landlord rights during the COVID-19 emergency, refer to this MassLegalHelp website.

For Homeowners and Landlords:

  • The CARES Act, recently passed by Congress, offers some forms of mortgage relief for those experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. You can learn more 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.
  • The Library is also offering free, online drop-in homework help to students in grades K-8 on Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:30pm. Join online by clicking here or by phone dialing 646-558-8656 (Meeting ID 415 730 0216). For more information click here or contact BPL’s Lina Raciukaitis.
  • Members of Camp Harbor View Leadership Academy should contact Darliya Bennett to be matched with a tutor.
  • 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.
  • Local college students have launched a platform to match tutors with K-12 students in need of virtual assistance with schoolwork.  Students can register for tutors here. It is recommended that parents monitor the tutoring sessions as background checks have not been completed on the volunteer tutors.
  • WGBH has curated a distance learning center on their website, with resources for parents and students of all ages.

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.


  • 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.
  • If you are uninsured, MassHealth has extended its open enrollment until May 25, 2020. 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
  • 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.


  • An emergency fund for undocumented folks can be found here.
  • 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.
  • 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 Boston Youth Resource Form has a list of resources for young people and families ranging from food and medicine to education and parent support.
  • 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.
  • Recognize workers on the frontlines by displaying signs of gratitude in your home windows and posting on social media. Our partner John Hancock’s “You are essential. We are grateful.” campaign offers graphics to post and templates to color to show your support.

Emergency Child Care:

Mutual Aid:

  • 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 continues to work remotely at this time and remains 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 or call 617-379-5500.

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