The COVID-19 pandemic has reeked havoc on the state of Massachusetts and specifically the city of Boston. Because of this, many are wondering what essential services are still available and where they can get them. Boston on Budget is here to help. Below is an official list of coronavirus resources for Boston residents regardless of immigration status.
In need of food?
Mayor’s Office of Food Access – (617)-635-3717
While all Boston public schools are closed, free breakfast and lunch will be made available to Boston children and youth. Visit the website for more info on the location.
Official source for info on food pantries and meal sites in the state.
Project Bread Food Source Hotline – (800)-645-8333
Information on community meal programs and food pantries.
In need of medical care?
Mayor’s Health Line – (617)-534-5050
Enroll in health insurance, locate health centers, and find information about child care, food assistance, elderly services, and legal help. Multilingual assistance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In need of childcare?
Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement – (617)-635-3138
Information on emergency childcare programs.
If you need a place to stay tonight
Info on shelter services for families.
Office of Housing Stability – (617)-635-4200
Provides help to find affordable housing options in the Boston area. Helps families navigate the individual and family shelter systems.
City Life/Vida Urbana – (617)-934-5006, (617)-397-3737 Sp
Call for questions about housing service.
If you experience mistreatment from your landlord
Office of Fair Housing and Equity – (617)-635-2500
Call this number if you feel you’ve been discriminated against by your landlord in regards to receiving housing. Similarly, if for employment or accommodations.
If you need legal help
Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement – (617)-635-2980
Consultation clinics for immigration at Boston City Hall are available by phone. Also, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Lawyers for Civil Rights – (617)-981-4308
Free legal support for any matter related to COVID-19.
If you are 55+
Age Strong Commission – (617)-635-4366
The commission provides assistance to the over 55 community. This includes housing, transportation, health care, and employment.
If you are a survivor of domestic violence
Safelink – (877)-785-2020
Confidential support to assist with direct connection and referrals to shelters.
If you need internet connections
Department of Innovation and Technology – (617)-635-4783
Support for internet connectivity needs. Similarly, you may send an email to email@example.com
If you own a small business
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development – (617)-635-0355
Support for small businesses.
If you’re a worker
Massachusetts Attorney General – (617)-727-3465
Online complaints accepted related to minimum wage, overtime payment, sick time, etc…
MassCOSH – (617)-505-8940
Call this number of for worker’s rights inquiries.
Greater Boston Legal Services – (617)-603-1530
Answering all questions about unemployment benefits
If you’re a student or teacher
Boston Public Schools – (617)-635-4783
More information on free breakfast and lunch locations for students. Online learning adaptations.
If you’re looking for food delivery options in the city, check out our blog on the top food and grocery delivery services in Boston.
Stay safe out there!