Information and Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Family Resource Centers are here to support you during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below are some resources that can help you during this challenging period. Remember to wash your hands well, practice social distancing, and know that we are here for you.
Housing Information and Resources - Update
Many tenants are concerned about their housing security right now. Massachusetts has updated information and resources available on the the state’s website at mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp or call the Massachusetts 2-1-1 information hotline to learn more. Answers to frequently asked questions are available, as well as additional information and resources. Attorney General's Office - Know Your Rights - Eviction Moratorium WAS NOT Extended. Info if you are in danger of losing your home
We also know that many people are scared, stressed, and anxious right now, and may need some extra help and support. And children may not act as they would usually because of the fear they may be feeling. Check out this video that highlights some of the resources available to families under stress during this uncertain time.
Find information on trauma-informed resources for parents and caregivers in our Understanding Childhood Trauma and Your Family brochure here.
These posters/flyers provide some information on how to access supports to help you – and them – through this time. They are available in seven languages for download. There is also a flyer focused on supporting young children, currently available in English.
Make a request for SNAP benefits replacements.
Information from MassLegal Services on the changes to SNAP rules
A list of food pantries and food banks from across the state.
Many people who get unemployment benefits are eligible for SNAP benefits! Learn if you can qualify to receive food assistance.
A series of tip sheets on how to address COVID-related issues with younger children. Translations of these tip sheets are available in Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.
COVID-19 information and resources from DCF
This video focuses on how to support resilience in children during this traumatic time.
This video focuses on the caregiver’s role in supporting resilience in children.
Sesame Workshop launches “Caring for Each Other” initiative to support parents and families during COVID-19 pandemic.
Information and resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families
Check out this list of virtual tours of museums, zoos, and theme parks, as well as information on religious and spiritual resources.
Schedule a parent child visit with your local Family Resource Center.
Effective March 18, all DTA local transitional assistance offices are closed to in person visits until further notice.
Steps for presenting the spread of Covid-19 if you are sick - information from the CDC.
If you or someone you know is having their rights violated regarding sick time, travel compensation, or other issues as a result of the public health situation, call the Consumer Advocacy and Response Division hotline at 671-727-8400.
The following guidance, recommendations, and resources are provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts.
Parents need support during these difficult times just like kids do. Here are a few self-care tips for adults.
Information from MassLegalHelp regarding illegal evictions.
Advice for maintaining your mental health from the American Psychiatric Association.
Health Care Toolbox, a Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress website, now has information and resources to help healthcare staff and families manage the stress/psychological impact of COVID-19. Healthcare professionals will find information on how stress caused by the pandemic impacts them, how to build coping and resilience skills, and signs of secondary traumatic stress. Families will find information on how parents can help their children cope, downloadable tip sheets, and additional resources.
Links to pediatric clinical and mental health resources.
Check your symptoms and learn where to access help if you think you may have COVID-19
Safe Link is expanding their services and outreach for survivors and victims of domestic violence. They are available through Mass 2-1-1 and at 877-785-2020.
COVID-19 fact sheets available in 40 different languages.
Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Free support for individuals in substance use recovery.
Graphics and flyers to help educate about resources and supports that are available.
Resources and information to support people living in fear
Resources and supports for individuals and families dealing with addiction and recovery.
Information on programs available across the state.
Information and resources that may be beneficial to youth and young adults
The Department of Mental Health has updated contact information for their Youth Access Centers
Infographic from the USDA
Infographic from the USDA
The funds will assist income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston with their rental payments who:
- do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or
- because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income.
Information from the City of Worcester on available community resources
Community Legal Aid (CLA) is open and ready to assist our low-income and elderly neighbors with their civil legal needs involving eviction defense, family law issues, education law for kids with special needs, and access to government benefits. Focus currently is for resources on employment-related problems arising for low-wage workers who are finding it hard to navigate the Covid-19 landscape as it relates to their rights regarding unemployment compensation, paid leave, and other matters.
Worcester Housing Authority COVID-19 Resources for Housing Authority Residents
Information on resources the Worcester FRC can support families with.
Lowell Mutual Aid: LLAMA is working to match people who offer resources with those who need it in the community.
Mass 2-1-1 and Lyft are partnering to fill the gaps in transportation needs with RELIEF RIDES
An organization working to prevent and end homelessness through a Housing First approach that makes homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
A list of shelters for individuals during the COVID-19 Crisis from the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness.
COVID-19 related resources for residents of Holyoke.