COVID-19 Community Reources

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To better help you in this time of need, we've created the following list of community resources available. We will update this page as we are made aware of changes to existing resources, or new ones that have been added.

Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center

The Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center is eliminating all walk-ins and urges anyone who seeks their services, including counseling, food pantry, and prevention and permanent housing services to contact them at (508) 778-1590. The food pantry remains open every Thursday from 9AM - 1 PM. If you are seeking rental assistance, you can call (508) 488-8347.

Cape Cod Gig Relief Fund

Vinegrass has established the Cape Cod Gig Relief Fund with an initial $5,000 contribution, meant to make up lost wages to local musicians, music teachers, and music production professionals who have lost income due to a lack of live shows. Vinegrass will continue to add money to the fund as donations come in through online concerts.

Any musician, music teacher, or music tech (sound, light, etc.) on Cape Cod whose primary source of income is music is eligible. Unique situations will be considered if funds are available, but the applicant must be involved in music on Cape Cod. To apply, send a funding request via www.vinegrass.org by 11:59 on Saturday to be eligible for a Gig Relief Fund check mailed out the next Monday.

Child Nutrition Outreach Program

The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) has created a master list and map of all the locations in Massachusetts acting as meal sites for children and families. Counselors at Project Bread's Food Source Hotline at (800) 645-8333 are also available to assist in connecting you to food resources, elder meal programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Comcast

With schools closing and students in need of ways to continue their education, Comcast is offering sixty (60) days of internet service for free to new subscribers. Please be advised that the subscription rate after sixty (60) days is $9.95/month. For more information on signing up for this service, please visit Comcast's website.

Department of Unemployment Assistance

For workers already on unemployment assistance:

  • Requirements to attend seminars at MassHire centers are suspended.

  • Deadlines missed due to effects of COVID-19 will be excused under the "good cause" rule.

  • All appeal rulings are by telephone only. If you have an appeal pending, make sure DUA has a correct phone number for you.

For workers out of work or losing hours due to COVID-19:

  • If someone is out of work or has a reduction in hours for any reason related to COVID-19, they should apply for unemployment compensation (UC). Unless they are getting paid sick leave from their employer.

  • Claimants are eligible in any of these situations:

    • The business has shut down

    • Their hours have been reduced significantly

    • They have been told to stay home

    • They have to stay out to care for a child or other family member

To apply, please visit UI Online. If you are having issues applying for unemployment assistance because of disabilities, special needs, language barriers, etc., please visit this form to request an agent's assistance in applying. This form is not an application for unemployment assistance. It is a contact request form.

The state will also be holding virtual meetings to help those filing for unemployment, with the next two meetings being held at 9 AM on Wednesday and Friday (y un reunión a martes para habladoras españolas). To sign up for the town halls, please visit mass.gov/unemployment/townhall.

Fox and Crow - Wellfleet & Common Table

The Fox and Crow Cafe, at 6 Commercial Street in Wellfleet, in partnership with Common Table, is providing a free meals program to those in need. You can pick up a free meal 8 AM - 10 AM, Monday - Saturday. Fox and Crow would like to remind everyone to keep a safe distance from others and, if you prefer, to stay in your car and toot your horn for a meal - they will deliver it to your vehicle. For more information, please visit the Fox and Crow Facebook page or by clicking here.

Friends' Marketplace - Orleans

Friends' Marketplace, at 57 Main Street in Orleans, is rolling out online shopping with delivery or curbside pickup available. The hot bar, salad bar, and self-serve bakery case will be adapted in order to protect the health of shoppers. Prepared foods, salads, and bakery items will be pre-wrapped and made available to meet your needs.

Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing

Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing (HECH) is accepting applications for 2- and 3-bedroom housing units in Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich, and Harwich Port. For more information and to obtain an application:

Helping Our Women

Helping Our Women (HOW) is closing their office to the public, but continues to provide assistance in the following ways:

  • Rides to medical appointments, based on availability.

    • By taxi to Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown or Wellfleet.

    • By taxi in and around Provincetown.

    • By taxi to & from CCRTA Boston Hospital bus stops in Wellfleet and Eastham, and payment for the CCRTA bus.

    • By Lyft for cancer patients.

    • All other transportation services are paused at the guidance of local, state, and federal agencies.

  • Financial assistance will continue as usual.

  • To-Go Bags from their food & personal products pantry, based on availability.

  • Phone meetings for information, referrals, and support.

  • Phone appointments for new client intake.

For more information or questions, please call (508) 487-4357 or by visiting the Helping Our Women website.

J&E Fruit and Produce

J&E has made the unprecedented decision to extend their services for delivery and pickup to the general public. While not a retailer, they have inventory they'd like to use to help the general public during this time. Rules for opening an account have been loosened to allow for shorter approval times. They will need the following information for orders, which can be placed by calling (508) 487-3627 5AM - 11 AM, daily:

  • First and Last Name

  • Physical Address (for deliveries only)

  • Mailing address

  • Email for receipts

For more information, please visit the J&E Facebook page.

Lower Cape Outreach Council

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) is offering curbside food pick-up at their Orleans location, 19 Brewster Cross Road, for clients in their service area from Harwich to Provincetown beginning March 18, 2020. Service hours this week for pickup will be from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Monday - Friday. For more information, please visit the LCOC's website.

Massachusetts Health Connector

All walk-in offices for the MA Health Connector are closed and in-person payments are not being accepted. Payments can be made online, or by mailing a check or money order to the address listed on your invoice. Health Connector has extended their open enrollment period for uninsured Massachusetts residents until April 25, 2020. If you have experienced a loss of income, you may qualify for a cheaper rate. For assistance signing up and more information, please call customer service at (877) 623-6765 (TTY (877) 623-7773 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled) or visit the Health Connector website.

The Mesothelioma Center

Mesothelioma patients could be at risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. Patients with thoracic malignancies, such as mesothelioma, are at an especially high risk of contracting the disease. If you, or someone you know, suffers from mesothelioma, please visit The Mesothelioma Center's website for more information. They have also provided an excellent blog post about what COVID-19 means for mesothelioma patients.

Monomoy Regional School District

Friday, March 20th, the Monomoy Regional School District will begin offering a "Grab-and-Go" service for students in order to provide free breakfast and lunch to all families. Meals will be provided for all children aged eighteen (18) years and younger. Please remain in your vehicle - meals will be brought to you. Meals will be provided at the following locations:

  • Monomoy Regional Middle School at 425 Crowell Road in Chatham. Drive around the back loop and pull up to the cafeteria door on the right.

  • Monomoy Regional High School at 75 Oak Street in Harwich. Drive around the back of the building and pull up by the community entrance doors.

The "Grab-and-Go" meals will be available for pickup between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit the Monomoy Regional School District's website.

Nauset Public Schools

On Tuesday, March 17th, Nauset Public Schools will begin offering a "Grab-and-Go" service for students in order to provide free breakfast and lunch to all families. Meals will be provided for all children aged eighteen (18) years and younger. Meals will be provided at the following locations:

  • Eddy Elementary School at 2298 Main Street in Brewster. Drive around to the back parking lot and pick up meals behind the school.

  • Orleans Elementary School at 46 Eldredge Parkway in Orleans. Pick up meals at the front of the school.

  • Eastham Elementary School at 200 Schoolhouse Road in Eastham. Enter the back parking lot where parent drop-off occurs.

  • Wellfleet Elementary School at 100 Lawrence Road in Wellfleet. Drive into the first parking lot entrance and pick up meals by the cafeteria door.

The “Grab-and-Go” meals will be available for pick-up from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday. When you drive up to the site, please remain in your vehicle and tell the food service worker how many children you have. Once the meals have been “delivered” to you, Nauset asks that you exit the line promptly so as to minimize social contact and to allow others to avail themselves of this service. For more information, please visit the Nauset Public Schools' website.

Orleans Whole Food Store

Orleans Whole Food Store and Main Street Books strongly encourage using their curbside or free home delivery service, per CDC recommendations. Curbside service is available from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please call the store at (508) 255-6540 with your list and a staff member will "personal shop" for you.

The free home delivery service is provided by students of Nauset Regional High School and members of the National Honor Society, who are volunteering their time to serve the greater community. Delivery will be available between the hours of 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, and orders must be placed by 12:00 PM (noon) the same day. Delivery is available for the following towns: Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. The store asks for a 10-item minimum for delivery. For more information, please visit the Orleans Whole Food Store's website.

Registry of Motor Vehicles

The Massachusetts RMV is taking steps to ensure proper social distancing is maintained, including the extension of vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates as follows:

  • All non-commercial vehicle stickers that expire on March 31, 2020 (designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.

  • All non-commercial vehicle stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.

  • Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter 'R') that is due to expire in the month of March, 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31, and non-commercial vehicles issued a fail inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.

    • Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter 'R') shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.

  • All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.

The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within seven days of the registration date.

  • Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.

  • Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.

In addition, during the declared emergency period, the RMV is waiving the requirement of 540 Code Mass. Regs. § 4.08(2), which requires that inspection stations must remain open and available for inspections for a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week. Inspection stations are excused from compliance with this provision during the length of the COVID-19 emergency.

Resources for Undocumented Immigrants

Please visit this link to view resources for undocumented immigrants, nationwide and within Massachusetts.

Restaurant Strong Fund

The Greg Hill Foundation, in partnership with Samuel Adams, has established a fund dedicated to helping Massachusetts restaurant workers who have been impacted by closures as a result of COVID-19. Their goal is to provide as many $1,000 grants as they can. To qualify for a grant, you must satisfy all requirements:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Full-time tipped compensated employee (Minimum of 30 hours total per week, can be multiple restaurants)

  • Employed for 3 months or longer at the same location

  • Worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub located in Massachusetts

  • Submit the last two pay stubs received

For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit the Greg Hill Foundation's website.

Shaw's & Star Markets

Shaw's and Star Market locations are now offering special hours dedicated to keeping high-risk, elderly shoppers safe from COVID-19. These hours will be for shoppers sixty (60) years and older between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. For more information, please visit the Shaw's website.

Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund ($10 million) to provide financial relief to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund will provide up to $75,000 in emergency funds to Massachusetts-based businesses and non-profit organizations with fewer than 50 full- and part-time employees. Loans are available immediately to affected businesses with no payments due for six (6) months, then thirty (30) months of principal and interest payments with no prepayment penalties. To apply:

  • Complete the application found on MGCC’s website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org.

  • Completed applications can be sent via email to mgcc@massgcc.com with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”. 

For more information, email mgcc@massgcc.com or visit the MGCC website.

 

SMART Recovery

Martha with SMART Recovery will be offering two SMART meetings on Zoom:

  • Mondays at 6PM: open recovery meeting.

  • Tuesdays at 6PM: family and friends meeting.

Both meetings are open for new participants. Anyone wishing to attend should email Martha with your preferred email address and phone number, so she can send you a link to the meeting.

For more information about SMART Recovery, please visit their website.

Social Security Administration

As of Tuesday, March 17th, the Social Security Administration has suspended local office hours and will only offer phone and online services. Please visit the Social Security Administration's website for additional information about available services.

South Shore Community Action Council

The South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC)'s offices in Hyannis (66B Willow Avenue) and Plymouth (71 Obery Street) are closed to the public, but you can still apply for fuel assistance through April 30th. Call (508) 746-6707 or (877) FUEL-AID 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday, for a telephone intake. For more information, please visit the SSCAC's website.

Stimulus Checks

The following information regarding the federal government's stimulus checks was adapted from a New York Times article.

  • Stimulus payments will be made in the amounts of $1,200 per eligible adult and an additional $500 for dependent children sixteen (16) years of age and younger.

  • There will be one (1) check, but future legislation could provide funding for more.

  • To get the full amount, you must be an American resident (citizens and non-citizens) with a social security number. Single adults making less than $75,000 will receive the full $1,200. Married couples with a combined income of less than $150,000 will receive the full $2,400 for couples. Taxpayers who filed as head of household will receive the full $1,200 if they make less than $112,500. Checks are completely phased out for singles making more than $99,000, couples making more than $198,000 without children, or couples making more than $218,000 with two children.

  • College students are not eligible if they are claimed as a dependent on anyone's tax return; typically, students under the age of 24 are considered dependents if anyone paid for more than half of their expenses.

  • This is based on your 2019 tax return, but if you have not yet filed your 2019 taxes, your 2018 tax return may be used.

  • You do not have to apply to receive a payment. If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) already has your bank information on file, you will receive a direct deposit.

  • People receiving Social Security Disability and Retirement, eligible unemployed people, and veterans are all eligible.

  • You will not need to pay taxes on the amount of your check.

Stop & Shop

Beginning Thursday, March 19th, Stop & Shop will begin offering special hours dedicated to keeping high-risk, elderly shoppers safe from COVID-19. These hours will be for shoppers sixty (60) years and older between the hours of 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM. For more information, please visit Stop & Shop's website.

Telehealth Support

Click here to view community agencies and therapists offering telehealth support.

Virtual Recovery Support Resources

Pause-a-While is hosting daily AA meetings by phone, at 7AM, 2PM, and 5PM. You can join the meetings by calling (425) 436-6360 and using the password 422932#.

 

Wellstrong is offering online Refuge Recovery, The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery, and Serenity Yoga. Online yoga, meditation, and CrossFit can be found by visiting The Phoenix. South Shore Peer Recovery is also holding virtual meetings, which can be found by visiting their website.

 

Women of Fishing Families

Women of Fishing Families (WOFF)'s core mission is to assist fishing families in times of transition and unforeseen circumstances. Through their Fishing Community Fund, they offer emergency financial assistance, long-term financial planning, and help connect families with resources to to thrive at home and in their businesses.

With the support of the Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, WOFF has developed a single application to help fishermen and their families reach out for help. Click here to view the application. For more information, please visit the WOFF's website.

If you are a fisherman and need emergency financial help, please call Karen at (508) 274-2092. WOFF can assist in paying for utility bills, business expenses, or other household costs up to $250 per household. Be prepared to verify income as a commercial harvester and have copies of the bill(s) you need covered to send to them.

YMCA Cape Cod

YMCA Cape Cod is now offering FREE child care for the workers of Cape Cod Health Care (CCHC) and Cape Cod's four Federally Qualified Community Health Center's (FQHC) Essential Workers, effective March 23rd. Children of parents who are not CCHC or FQHC employees are not eligible.

  • There is no cost to families for this service.

  • The program will be offered seven (7) days a week, beginning March 23, 2020.

  • Child care hours are drop-in from 6 AM - 11PM at the following YMCA Cape Cod child care locations:

    • Falmouth Hospital Campus at 67B Ter Heun Drive in Falmouth

    • North Falmouth Congregational Church at 155 Old Main Road in North Falmouth

    • Lyndon P. Lorusso YMCA at 2245 Iyannough Road in West Barnstable

    • Harwich Elementary School at 263 South Street in Harwich

  • Each location will accept a maximum of forty (40) children at any given point in time. If capacity is reached, and a child is picked up, the YMCA will take the next child in line. Siblings will remain together as much as possible.

  • Children can be as young as thirteen (13) weeks and as old as twelve (12) years old.

  • FREE breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three (3) snacks per day will be served.

  • For more information and forms to be completed, please visit the YMCA Cape Cod website.

Youth MOVE

Youth MOVE, an agency that supports YYA, has assembled a resources page you can access by clicking here.

This page was last updated on April 9, 2020.

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