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Financial Assistance

General Financial Assistance

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) new!

Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) new!

F.A.Q. on Stimulus: Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan-NY Times 

FindHelp at MA-211

United Way-MA

Small Business Recovery Loans  new! 

Harvard University Employees Credit Union Financial Support 

RTN Federal Credit Union Covid-19 Response 


Unemployment  new!

MA Dept of Unemployment Daily Presentations on the Process of Applying for Assistance 

COVID-19 Related Unemployment Information for MA 

Support for Service Workers Who Rely on Tips

Food Assistance

BWH_Faulkner Boston Area Food Resources

Fair Foods-$2 for a Bag of Groceries

MA Food Stamp Program

Project Bread-Access to Food for Those in Need-Hotline: 800-645-8333

The Greater Boston Food Bank-617-427-5200

Child Nutrition Outreach Program-Access to School Breakfast and Summer Meals

Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program-Provides Nutrition/Health Education and healthy food free to MA Families who Qualify-800-WIC-1007 


What Boston renters need to know during the coronavirus pandemic  new! 

Mortgage Loan Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19  new!

COVID-19 and Homelessness  new!


Information on MA Utilities During the Pandemic

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

  • Suspended shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Will also offer its most flexible payment plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 and will suspend late payment charges until May 1.


  • Suspending disconnection of service for non-payment; Eliminating late payment charges.
  • Also offering a flexible payment plan with no down payment for any past-due amount

National Grid

  • Temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Health Insurance new!

Updates from MassHealth

  • MassHealth is allowing early refills and 90-day supplies of medications

  • MassHealth enrollees with active coverage as of March 18, 2020 will have protected coverage and will not be terminated during the COVID-19 outbreak national emergency and for one month after the emergency period ends. No additional paperwork will be needed.

Commercial Insurers, BCBS of MA, and HMOs

  • All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary testing, treatment, and telehealth services for COVID-19. This must be provided without a copay, use of coinsurance or deductible

For more information or to discuss stress and resilience concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4327.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.  

This content was last modified on: 04/01/2020

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