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COVID-19 End of Week Update + Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 4/26/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise, we collectively grieve as a society for those we've lost. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost someone to this insidious virus, including our U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and now at least five of my colleagues in the MA House of Representatives. While our hearts are heavy with sadness, simultaneously, they're also filled with gratitude for our health care professionals and first responders on the front lines, and to all who are working to ensure we have access to food and other essentials. Please continue to rely on trusted sources and pract

COVID-19 Weekend Update + Resources 4/19/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week, we mourn the passing of one of our own E-13 Boston Police Officers due to COVID-19 complications. Officer Jose Fontanez proudly served our local neighborhoods and our city for 29 years. Our hearts remain heavy and with his family, friends, colleagues, and all those who loved him. To echo our Mayor, the best way we can honor our fallen officer and show our respect and gratitude for our first responders, healthcare workers and frontline staff who are putting their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, is to STAY HOME. I know it's really hard, and like me, you're probably feeling very stir crazy by now, but as the Governor reminded us going into the

COVID-19 Updates + Virtual Budget Hearing TODAY at 10AM 4/14/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you well, staying healthy and at home. The Governor reminded us on Friday that between 20-40% of infected people have no symptoms and could easily transmit the virus to someone more vulnerable. “We are about to enter what will probably be the most difficult period we are going to face in dealing with this particular virus at this particular time, ” he said. That’s why our collective priority remains to prevent the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus and why everyone in our communities must continue to stay 6 feet apart from one another and wear non-medical cloth masks. As more testing becomes available, the ask to the general public is to continue

COVID-19 Evening Update 4/8/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you well and treating yourself and others with patience and kindness. As the Governor reminded us today, while we're still as a state on the "upward slope" with the worst yet to come, we all play a role to stop the spread of the virus and stay healthy. Remember, as you begin or continue to experience cabin fever, face coverings are important and not a substitute for physical distancing. People should follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice on face masks. They can include a cloth, scarf, or bandanna that covers a person’s mouth and nose, they should be washed regularly, and they shouldn’t be used on children under 2 or those wh

COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance Benefits

SOURCE: Author: Greater Boston Legal Services and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Spanish version: here COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits ALERT: The recent federal CARES law provides $600 additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and 13 extra weeks to everyone getting UI. It also provides UI to workers who are self-employed, independent contractors, used up UI, or earned too little to get regular UI. These benefits are not yet available and DUA is awaiting information from the federal government about when they will begin. If you are in one of these categories, you should wait to apply until DUA can process these cla

COVID-19 Weekend Update: Stay Home, Stop the Spread, Save Lives 4/4/20

Stay Home, Stop the Spread, Save Lives Dear Friends and Neighbors, A surge in cases in Massachusetts is expected during the month of April, and the next few weeks will be critical in terms of physical distancing and slowing the spread of the virus as much as possible. Residents are urged to stay home and avoid contact with others whenever they can, stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times, and wash their hands and clean and sanitize surfaces frequently. We need everyone to do their part so we can mitigate the impact of the expected surge. Please help communicate this critical message to friends, neighbors and your networks. Per new data and CDC guidance issued Friday (4/3), based

COVID-19 Evening Updates 4/1/20 + Small Business Guidance

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you well and staying healthy in body, mind and spirit. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and with those infected by the virus. The days ahead are going to be difficult. Many of us will lose someone we know or love to this virus. It's important to recognize the collective grief we presently feel, with awareness or not, and will continue to experience as the pandemic evolves in our city and commonwealth. While we must remain physically distant, we can stay in regular contact with those we love and with whom we typically share our days. Thankfully, federal stimulus dollars are on the way to infuse our state governments and municip

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