Here are some very helpful links to a variety of websites, sent by MassVOTE.
Unemployment assistance: If you were recently laid off, or are out of work temporarily due to the COVID19 outbreak, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Learn more https://tinyurl.com/supkawd.
Free meals and food resources: For those experiencing food insecurity, there are a number of resources available to you throughout the state. Children and youth in the southern part of the state may get free meals at https://tinyurl.com/t5enj9r. If your town is not located here, local schools and non-profits may still be providing free meals to those experiencing food insecurity. Additional information on free meals may be found at https://tinyurl.com/rozcpqq.
Mental health resources: Alongside the physical and financial challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, threats to our mental health and well-being are all too present as well.
The Anxiety Center of America has numerous resources available to those struggling with mental illness. These include Expert Quick Tips for Managing Coronavirus Anxiety, How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine, and How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen During Coronavirus. If you need someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans of Boston. Someone is always there to talk, be it day or night, or by call or text.
Guidance for renters and homeowners: For renters, if you are unable to make rent because of lost income related to the COVID-19 outbreak, do not panic. Let your landlord know so that you may make the necessary arrangements. The Massachusetts Housing Court has halted evictions until April 21. For homeowners, if you are unable to pay your mortgage due to loss in income, contact your mortgage provider as soon as possible. A number of banks have posted their policies online. For those with government-backed mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac have suspended foreclosures. For those with private lenders, there are mechanisms in place for borrowers experiencing an economic hardship that may enable you to reduce or suspend payments. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a list of suggestions and resources that can be found on its website. Additionally, the CFPB also has a dedicated page on COVID-19 to help you stay financially secure during this pandemic.
Free internet access: Those in need of internet access may acquire it for free at https://tinyurl.com/sy6j94r.
What’s an essential business? Recently, Gov. Baker ordered the closing of all non-essential businesses and organizations. If you are wondering what exactly an “essential” business is, you can double-check at https://tinyurl.com/rwcf5ap. Non-essential businesses and organizations are encouraged to continue operations remotely. However, if you believe that your business or organizations is essential, you may make your request at https://tinyurl.com/rwcf5ap.