COVID-19 Updates

This page will provide you with a variety of information and resources relating to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus. Please note that public policy is rapidly developing as is the relevant available information.  And therefore as this situation develops, I will update this page as new information becomes available. As always, please feel free to email me at Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov, call or text me on my cell phone at (617)817-9395 or call our office at (617)722-2637. Calls to the office number will be forwarded to our cell phones.

Governor Baker has declared that all nonessential businesses will be close until May 4th. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, manufacturers of medical products, restaurant take-out, the MBTA, and other essential services will remain open. While this is not a strict shelter in place order, please stay home! Only leave the house if you work in an essential service or to get groceries and medicine. You can also get out for fresh air and exercise but during such times, please observe appropriate social distancing (6 feet between you and others). Please also check in with your elderly and immune-compromised friends and neighbors to go shopping for them.

You can read the Governor’s order here: https://www.mass.gov/…/march-23-2020-essential-se…/download…

You can read a list of essential services here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/

Fill out this form to request that the service your business provides be deemed as essential for purposes of the Emergency Order.

All office hours have been canceled until further notice.

Resource Links

Updates on how to apply for unemployment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Boston Globe: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
MBTA: Schedule Revisions

Here is a list of Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs

Orders from the Governor
Schools
On March 25th Governor Baker announced that schools and non-emergency child care programs will remain closed through May 4th. School staff and administration members have been instructed to plan to provide alternative access to education and to develop plans to ensure access to non-academic services such as food services and special education during this period.

On Thursday, March 12th when I learned that schools in my district would close, but schools would remain open in many other parts of the state, I reached out to the Governor’s office, communicating through House leadership to advocate for a statewide closure of schools. Frankly, our towns and many cities in the greater Boston area did not want to get ahead of the Governor creating the appearance of an ad hoc approach, and I agreed with town officials who contacted me on this issue.  At that time, the Governor’s office was not yet ready to act, but I am pleased that he has now done so. 

In conjunction with the additional period of school closures, state Education Commissioner Riley provided guidance found here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html

Resources for Educating Children at Home:

Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Resources
Supporting Families During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)

SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19 (Inside SEL)

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)

Remote Learning

Free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online (Learning Keeps Going)  

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing (Scholastic)

Free curriculum for keeping kids engaged (TERC)

List of Best Educational Videos, Shows, and Podcasts (Fordham Institute)

Tips for making this time more meaningful and less stressful for educators and kids (Center for Collaborative Education)

How parents can keep kids busy (and learning) in quarantine (The Atlantic)

Free online tools and classes (American Federation of Teachers)

WGBH Distance Learning Center

Mental Health Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Helpline, Disaster Distress Helpline

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, multilingual resources for coping with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAMI Massachusetts COMPASS provides a mental health resource

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center hosts COVID-19 specific resources for seeking addiction care

Network of Care Massachusetts is a multilingual, comprehensive statewide online resource for information on mental health and substance use support

Alcoholics Anonymous has some resources for virtual meetings

Governor Orders Closing of DCR Athletic Fields and Courts
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has temporarily closed athletic fields and courts, such as basketball, tennis, handball, pickle ball, and bocce, throughout the state parks system, under an order by the Governor. DCR has also extended the closure of agency-owned ice rinks, visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, fitness areas, and bathroom facilities.


Gatherings and Restaurants
Governor Baker also issued an order concerning restaurants and public gatherings. Until May 4th, large gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. Also, restaurants will be closed for on-premises consumption of food and drink. Delivery and takeout options will still be permitted as long as social distancing protocols continue to be followed and at this difficult time, I would encourage our community to support our local small business owners to the extent possible. 

Healthcare
Under another order issued on Sunday, commercial insurers and the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) will be required to cover medically necessary telehealth services. Telehealth is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care.” These insurers will also be required to fully cover all COVID-19-related testing and treatment. 

Registry of Motor Vehicles
The Massachusetts RMV has been ordered to extend the renewal timeline of certain credentials including Class D, Class DMs, ID Cards and Learner’s Permits. A 60-day extension will be granted to customers with credential expiration dates between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020. This extension, however, does not apply to vehicle registration.

Starting March 24th, an appointment-only reservation system is being implemented for certain necessary and required in-person transactions at the RMV. These essential transactions include certain Commercial Driving License transactions and some new registrations. Appointment reservation times will be available on a rolling basis up to two business days in advance on www.Mass.Gov/RMV in the myRMV Online Service Center under “Make or Cancel a Reservation.” 

Small Businesses
The Governor also announced the creation of a $10 million loan fund for small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees. Frankly, this amount seems inadequate and I will be in discussions as to other assistance the state can do for small businesses. Clearly, significant economic dislocation is coming. This is precisely the kind of scenario in which the government must intervene aggressively to mitigate the downside consequences. To apply visit this website.

Small Business Tax Relief

Governor announced measures to provide administrative tax relief for small local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular in the restaurant and hospitality sectors.

  • For small businesses (defined as those who paid less than $150,000 in the year ending in February 29, 2020 in sales, meals, or room occupancy taxes) the collection of those taxes will be postponed for March, April, and May.
  • Those taxes will now be due on June 20, 2020.
  • All penalties and interest that would otherwise apply will be waived.

Here is a general webpage with Guidance and Directives from the administration.  

Legislative Updates
I have co-sponsored a number of important pieces of legislation addressing the ongoing public health emergency. On March 12, the House and Senate both voted to approve a supplemental budget to create a $15 million fund in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The fund will go towards monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention through the Department of Public Health, local boards of health and other relevant public entities.

I have also co-sponsored, An Act to Provide Short-Term Relief for Families in Deep Poverty. This bill provides one-time supplemental cash assistance to Massachusetts’ 30,000 families with children who receive Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits and 19,000 elders and persons with disabilities who receive benefits under the Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) program.

My colleagues and I have advocated from the start of this crisis for immediate access to funding to address the threat to public health. I am happy that our leadership has listened to these requests and acted quickly to make the funding available. This funding is just the start of our legislative effort to address this virus, and we are also looking to make substantial policy changes that may benefit you or your family.

Governor Baker filed S.2598 which would waive the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits to be paid to workers impacted by COVID-19. This would allow for the Department of Unemployment Assistance to immediately help residents who have become unemployed due to the virus. This waiver will last until 90 days after the state of emergency has terminated. As of January 2020, the unemployment insurance trust fund has a balance of $1.6 billion.

Although I applaud the Governor’s idea, as with the small business loan fund, I do not believe this legislation goes far enough to protect our workers. That is why I have also been, advocating to include a provision in this bill that will help residents already on unemployment that are close to exhausting their benefits. At this point in time, it does not seem likely that employers will be hiring new staff. Therefore, it is imperative that we help those folks struggling financially at this difficult time and I will be filing amendments to this legislation to help protect the most economically vulnerable in our state in two specific ways. First, I believe we need to increase the maximum eligible payment for those who are without work. Second, I also think we need to extend the duration of unemployment benefits. Our economy is headed for a shock and this is when government needs to step up and act as a buffer against the coming downturn in economic activity.  Not only with this alleviate economic hardship, it will inject an economic stimulus at a time when I believe consumer demand will fall sharply.And of course, all of this state action must be debated and considered in light of whatever aid package is enacted by the federal government.

The Governor also filed bills pertaining to town meetings which, in part, will codify the executive order discussed in detail below, and a bill designating September 14, as a state holiday to allow for people to participate in the Boston Marathon which has been postponed. Both bills are making their way through the committee process and I will keep you updated as these pieces of legislation develop.

There are several other pieces of pending legislation, including one that I have heard from several of you about and was happy to co-sponsor, An Act regarding Decarceration and COVID-19. This bill would allow for the release of individuals who possess no immediate physical threat to the community, including all individuals charged with the simple possession of controlled substances, within 14 days of being deemed not a threat. It would also allow for compassionate release and release for those involved in the pre-trial process.

A bill concerning Notary Publics also has been filed. This legislation would allow remote witnessing of legislation over video conference, something that is not currently allowed. There are many people in the hospital or in quarantine that sadly need to draw up or modify their wills at this time. This legislation would allow notaries to provide them with these necessary services without risking infection themselves by having to be in the room with the patient. Importantly, this legislation will also facilitate real estate transactions that require a notary. 

In addition, a bill that has been filed to create a new fund to assist hourly wage workers who miss work due to the coronavirus. Similar to unemployment insurance, this legislation, or some other similar approach, may prove crucial to thousands of Massachusetts residents in the hospitality and service industry. During this time, I will make every effort to help those most directly impacted by these challenging circumstances.  If you have any questions about this legislation, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.

Unemployment

Governor Baker signed into law An Act authorizing waiver of the one week waiting period for unemployment benefitswhich waives the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits from the start of the current state of emergency until 90 days after its termination. While I appreciate this action, I do not think it goes nearly far enough. Therefore I filed An Act establishing unemployment benefits expansion during public health emergencies with Senator Pat Jehlen. This bill would extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks, from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. Additionally, those whose benefits recently ended (within the last 8 weeks) would also be eligible for an extension of 13 weeks of assistance. People would also not lose their benefits if they are not actively able to seek work. Finally, this legislation increases weekly unemployment benefits across the board, allowing people to receive a higher percentage share of their previous pay, without impacting their future unemployment eligibility.

If you or a family member needs to file a claim for unemployment assistance, or seek information about eligibility, please visit this website.  My office is also able to assist you in interacting with the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). In order to meet the growing demands, the DUA is hosting daily town hall meetings to help people understand the process of applying for unemployment and to answer questions across the state. You can sign up to attend a virtual town hall here.


Town Meetings
Local Elections
Those of you living in Arlington and Belmont previously had local elections scheduled on April 4th and April 7th, respectively. The Governor signed a new law pertaining to local elections — An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19. The law authorizes municipalities to postpone and reschedule municipal caucuses and elections and also expands absentee and early voting options in the rescheduled election. 

Arlington and Belmont have been able to postpone their local elections. The Belmont Select Board has voted to reschedule its election to June 23rd. Arlington has moved its election to June 6th. 

In addition, the Governor announced, through an executive order, that other “public bodies” will not be subject to the open meeting laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The Governor’s order incorporates recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s recommendation that all residents take extra measures to socially distance themselves from other residents for the time being.

This order allows towns to utilize telephone and internet technologies in order to allow local governance to continue, while still protecting public health during times of emergencies. Through this order, these public bodies can now allow remote participation by all of its members. However, if the town is not able to adequately offer a technological alternative to a public meeting place then this order allows for towns to release a full public transcript in order to comply with the law. Lastly, this order requires all remote meetings of public bodies to provide free access to the public to view.

From the Attorney General

Debt Collection

The Attorney General has filed emergency regulations, effective immediately that will prohibit creditors from engaging in methods of debt collection that can require people to leave their homes or have in-person contact. The regulation has protections that apply to all creditors and prohibits them from deceptive practices in pursuing the payment of a debt during the COVID-19 emergency, including:

  • filing any new collection lawsuit; 
  • garnishing wages, earnings, properties or funds; 
  • repossessing vehicles; 
  • applying for or serving a capias warrant;
  • visiting or threatening to visit the household of a debtor;
  • visiting or threatening to visit the place of employment of a debtor;
  • confronting or communicating in person with a debtor regarding the collection of a debt in any public place.

Price Gouging

The Attorney General also filed emergency regulations to prohibit price gouging of essential products and services. There have been widespread reports of inflated prices for goods like hand sanitizer, face masks, and gloves as well as temporary personnel in response to the growing demand for such products and services due to the spread of COVID-19. Shortages have been reported across the country, placing a critical strain on members of the public as well as hospitals and medical facilities that rely on these essential products to protect their medical workers from infection and prevent the spread of disease.

Attorney General Healey asks the public to report the gouging of products, including PPE’s to her office at mass.gov/how-to/file-a-consumer-complaint

Other Resources/ Updates
Eviction Moratorium — Update from the Massachusetts Housing Court
The Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court issued an order which temporarily modifies the operations of housing courts around Massachusetts due to the coronavirus. Among these modifications is a temporary moratorium on summary process, or eviction, proceedings. This suspension will last until April 21st, 2020. This comes in addition to the filing of a bill I am cosponsoring, HD.4935, An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID19 Emergency, which will protect Massachusetts residents facing housing instability during this time.

On March 17th it was announced that all Massachusetts courts will be closed. People with previously scheduled hearings can contact the clerk and clerk magistrate’s offices for information.

Massachusetts 2-1-1
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that residents can now dial 2-1-1 for information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms and treatment, testing information, and travel guidance. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Operators who are fluent in Spanish are available, and more than 150 other languages are supported through an interpreter services line that is also available 24/7. When you dial 2-1-1, an automated menu of options will be available; press 2-6 for coronavirus information. An online chat option is available through the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.

Protecting our Elderly and Most Vulnerable
Last Wednesday, the Department of Public Health has directed long term care facilities, including nursing homes and rest homes, to review their policies to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, like influenza. The guidance released by DPH recommends that nursing homes should ban visitors who:

  • Display signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.
  • In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
  • Traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
  • Reside in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

Before granting entry, nursing homes should require all visitors to confirm that they are not sick, have not traveled and have not been in close proximity with someone who is currently sick with COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness within the last 14 days. These facilities are instructed to urge all visitors to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often and disinfect all shared surfaces before and after use.

In any case, visitors should limit their time in the facility and keep 6 feet away from patients, avoid visiting cafeterias and dining rooms within the facilities and avoid sharing food, drinks and utensils.

In this same vein, please check in on your friends and neighbors who are elderly or otherwise immunocompromised. Ask them if you can go grocery shopping or run errands for them so they do not have to go out in public for the time being.

Prison populations are also particularly vulnerable at this time. We have reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and were told they are implementing employee protocols to ensure that the virus is not spread through jails and prisons within the state. The DOC is staying in touch with the Massachusetts DPH as well as the CDC to stay up to date on any and all developments. General visitors are currently prohibited from prisons, but attorneys are still being permitted to meet with their clients on premises. 

The MBTA

In order to protect their workers and to accommodate lower ridership, the T has released a modified schedule. Visit the MBTA’s website for more information.

Utilities

Eversource has announced that it will be postponing disconnections for nonpayment to residential and business properties, for electric, gas, and water. If you are having problems paying your bill you are encouraged to visit eversource.com or call 800-592-2000.

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to an increase in scam activity. There is information on eversource.com to reminding customers to be wary of any unsolicited calls that threaten to disconnect their utility service and that demand payment by unusual means. Eversource would like to remind everyone that will never ask a customer for personal information over the phone in this manner and does not accept payments via gift cards or other common tools used by scammers.

Grocery Stores
As some of you may have noticed, compliance with recommended social distancing (which experts say is a distance of 6 feet) has not been remarkably well observed at some supermarkets. This poses a risk to both shoppers and the employees who are working hard to help us at a difficult time.

I have a wonderful neighbor across the street who works at Whole Foods and tells me some shoppers are coming directly up to him to ask questions such as which aisle contains a certain product. That is wholly inappropriate at this time and I worry about my neighbor and many countless others similarly situated at this time. These folks are trying to help us under very difficult circumstances.

As a consequence, I have been in touch with senior staff in the Governor’s office and directly in touch with Maura Healey, our outstanding Attorney General, with suggestions on how we can improve compliance and protect public health in our supermarkets, one of the few places people are still congregating in large numbers. The guidance that came out, as a result, can be viewed here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-25-2020-pharmacy-grocery-order

One of my ideas I discussed with the Attorney General is pretty straightforward. All stores should have signs be put at the entrance and/or inside each store as a reminder of appropriate distancing. Having just been to the supermarket recently after the order when into effect, it is good to see these changes being implemented.

Stop and Shop has announced that during the hours of 6:00AM-7:30AM daily, all stores will be open exclusively for residents 60 years of age or older. Again, if you are not 60 years of age or older, please check on your older friends and neighbors or those who may have compromised immune systems and ask if you can do their shopping for them. All Whole Foods Markets and Target stores will open up an hour early (8:00am) for senior customers over 60 years of age.  Select Traders Joe’s stores will open early for seniors and are limiting the number of people who can enter at a time.

State & Local Resources

  • To volunteer in public health, healthcare or emergency response capacities, click here.
  • Buoy Health has provided an online symptom checker which can be used to assess your risk for COVID-19.
  • Text COVIDMA to 888-777 for up-to-date alerts straight to your phone.
  • To donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Donation Program, click here.
  • If you are looking to sell PPE goods to support the Massachusetts COVID-19 response, you can go directly through the state procurement program, here.
  • The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition COVID-19 Resources page 

State & Local Resources

  • To volunteer in public health, healthcare or emergency response capacities, click here.
  • Buoy Health has provided an online symptom checker which can be used to assess your risk for COVID-19.
  • Text COVIDMA to 888-777 for up-to-date alerts straight to your phone.
  • To donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Donation Program, click here.
  • If you are looking to sell PPE goods to support the Massachusetts COVID-19 response, you can go directly through the state procurement program, here.
  • The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition COVID-19 Resources page 

State & Local Resources

  • To volunteer in public health, healthcare or emergency response capacities, click here.
  • Buoy Health has provided an online symptom checker which can be used to assess your risk for COVID-19.
  • Text COVIDMA to 888-777 for up-to-date alerts straight to your phone.
  • To donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Donation Program, click here.
  • If you are looking to sell PPE goods to support the Massachusetts COVID-19 response, you can go directly through the state procurement program, here.
  • The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition COVID-19 Resources page 


In the Community
There are many ways you can assist those who need help in your community during this time. For example, reliance on food pantries is increasing while children are out of school without access to regular meal plans.

If you or someone you know is in need of food, Project Bread operates a FoodSource Hotline which connects you to food resources in your community. Call the hotline at 1-800-645-8333/TTY: 1-800-377-1292. The hotline is available Monday-Friday 8AM-7PM and Saturday 10AM-2PM.

For Arlington Residents

Arlington residents can go here to find updates from the Health & Human Services Department.

For updates from the Arlington Public Schools visit this website.

Arlington EATS is working to provide sufficient food to those who are struggling. You can help out by donating food, money or volunteering your time if you’re able! Click here to see how Arlington EATS and click here to see how FoodLink is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and how you can help.

List of local businesses in Arlington that are open.

For Belmont Residents

Belmont residents can go here for a bulletin from the Health Department.

For updates from the Belmont Public Schools check out this website.


Belmont Food Pantry will be open this Saturday, March 21, at 8:30am. They will be providing updates on the Belmont town website.

Essential senior services from Beech Street Center are still available. See their website for details.

Use this Google form put together by some Belmont residents to sign up if you can offer help or if you need help with supplies.

For anyone who needs food or supplies during this time, a group of BHS students has volunteered to pick them up and deliver them to your door. Contact Hannah Pierce at hpierce20@belmontschools.net or text 617-818-3149 for more information. Please spread the word to others who may be interested.

Belmont Helps During COVID-19 Facebook Page

Support Belmont Businesses on this website

For Cambridge Residents

Cambridge residents can go here to find the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page from the Cambridge Department of Public Health.

For updates from the Cambridge Public Schools visit this website.

Food for Free is partnering with the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Housing Authority and the Cambridge Food Pantry Network to offer food deliveries on an opt-in basis. This service will begin on Thursday, March 19. The City of Cambridge will be creating a phone number which in-need residents can call to opt-in for these food deliveries. Food for Free will publicize this phone number when it becomes available. Visit their website for more details. 

Cambridge Neighborhood Aid Network has a goal to provide a platform for volunteers to coordinate care on a neighborhood basis. See this document for a list of ways you can help out in Cambridge and the surrounding community.

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale have activated the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance in partnership with non-profit organizations to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider donating if you can.

List of Cambridge Restaurants and Businesses open.

On a different note, there are blood shortages across the country. The Red Cross is urgently looking for donations. If you are able to donate, please visit this link to make an appointment. The Red Cross is now taking donations through appointment only to limit unnecessary contact.

Resources for Veterans:

VA Health Care:

  • Per the VA Health Care Website: Call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or video instead of an in-person visit. We also ask that visitors who feel unwell postpone their visits to VA facilities.
  • If you are enrolled in VA Health Care and have access to a smart phone  or computer, learn more about the VA Video Connect available now: https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

Veterans’ Chapter 115 Benefits and Veterans Service Officer Contact

  • Veterans can still access and apply for Chapter 115 benefits, which will be a crucial financial opportunity for many Veterans and their families. Folks can review their eligibility here and get their Veterans’ Service Officers contact information here.

State Emergency Phone Numbers for Veterans

  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • MA Dept of Veteran’s Services S.A.V.E. Team: 1-888-844-2838
  • Homeless Veteran Hotline:  1-888-866-2838

Agawam and Winchendon Veterans’ Cemetery

  • Per the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services: In the interest of public health and the safety of our community, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all committal services at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemeteries in Agawam and Winchendon will be suspended until further notice.
    • Interments and burials will continue; however, no committal services or volunteer firing detail will be held or provided. All interments will be direct burials only.
    • Out of an abundance of caution, the administrative office will be closed to visitors and guests, but our staff will be on hand to respond to phone calls and emails.
    • For additional information please contact: MVMC Agawam: 413-821-9500 MVMC Winchendon: 978-297-9501

Organizational Support

Military Friends Foundation- Military Friends Foundation offers grant programs and community empowerment events in support of families who have faced hardships related to military service

Massachusetts Military Support Foundation- MA Military Support Foundation provides programs, services and goods that help satisfy critical needs and enhance the well-being and quality of life for Massachusetts Active Duty Military, National Guard, Coast Guard, Veterans and their families.

Federal Stimulus Package
The $2.2 trillion stimulus package (The CARES Act) became law, the largest emergency aid package enacted in US history. Designed to aid citizens, small businesses and the national economy, the new law covers a wide array of issues including expanded unemployment benefits, aid to businesses, support for our hospitals and numerous other important matters. If you want to read more, the US House Committee on Ways and Means has provided a useful summary of the new law.

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