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Legal information for the public in Massachusetts regarding the impact of COVID-19

Date: 
05/08/2020
Author: 
MLRI

The following are some sources of information for Massachusetts residents about the impact of COVID-19 on legal issues.

General

Mass Legal Help -- www.MassLegalHelp.org/covid-19

Mass Legal Services (for legal advocates) -- www.MassLegalServices.org/covid-19

Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General -- www.mass.gov/guides/resources-during-covid-19

Massachusetts Law Library -- www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-covid-19

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights --  lawyersforcivilrights.org/coronavirus/

Specific issue areas

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (education) -- www.massadvocates.org/covid19

Justice at Work (worker rights) -- jatwork.org/know-your-work-related-rights-during-the-coronavirus/

MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coaltion (immigrants) -- www.miracoalition.org/resources/covid19/

MCH: Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (homelessness and shelter) -- mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/coronavirus

CHAPA: Citizens Planning and Housing Association (housing) -- www.chapa.org/housing-news/covid-19-affordable-housing-updates

Safelink - 1-877-785-2020 statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence and sexual hotline (call 911 if you are in danger)

National Consumer Law Center (consumer) -- www.nclc.org/special-projects/covid-19-consumer-protections.html

Victim Rights Law Center -- (survivors of sexual assault) victimrights.org/survivors-rights-and-covid-19

Massachusetts Courts

Massachusetts Courts -- www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19

Finding Civil Legal Help

Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder (contact information for free and low cost civil legal help) -- www.MassLRF.org

Map of civil legal aid programs (must be low income) -- mlac.org/help/

CLAVC - for victims of crime and domestic violence -- www.massclavc.org

Lawyer referral programs (to hire a lawyer, civil and criminal) -- www.masslegalservices.org/content/lawyer-referral-services

COVID relief coalition (for small businesses and non profits who need legal help -- www.covidreliefcoalition.com/en

Social Services - help with food, housing, basic needs

Mass 211 -- https://mass211.org/ or call 211 for the most current infomration

Public Counsel/ social services -- www.publiccounsel.net/soc/social-services-resources-covid-19/

Project Bread (anti-hunger resources, school meals) -- www.projectbread.org/news-and-events/news/covid-19-hunger-food.html

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency - public resource map

COVID-19 Resources Available to Immigrants and Refugees -- Mass. Attorney General Office - www.mass.gov/service-details/covid-19-resources-available-to-immigrants-and-refugees

Government agencies

DUA: Department of Unemployment Assistance -- www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-unemployment-and-coronavirus-covid-19

DTA: Department of Transitional Assistance (TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP) --   www.mass.gov/info-details/dta-covid-19-resources-and-support

DHCD: Department of Housing and Community Development -- www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-dhcd-website

DCF: Department of Childen and Families -- www.mass.gov/info-details/dcf-covid-19-resources-and-support

MassHealth -- www.mass.gov/info-details/masshealth-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-applicants-and-members

Mass Health Connector -- www.mahealthconnector.org/covid-19

Social Security Administration -- www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

Help getting free or discounted internet and phone service

Listing of resources on Mass Health webiste - www.mass.gov/doc/masshealth-provider-resource-telephone-and-internet-con...

Cities and towns

Many cities and towns have COVID-19 specific websites which include information about legal rights and resources.  We have listed some sites below.  If you don't see your town, try searching for your town's name along with a term such as COVID and the word Massachusetts.

Bostonwww.boston.gov/news/covid-19-resource-guide-bostons-immigrants

Cambridge -- www.cambridgema.gov/covid19

Somerville -- www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/novel-coronavirus-preparedness-and-information

Chelsea -- www.chelseama.gov/coronavirusupdates

Springfield -- www.springfield-ma.gov/cos/index.php?id=covid

Worcester -- www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus

Lawrence -- www.cityoflawrence.com/796/Lawrence-COVID-19-Case-Count

Lowell -- www.cityoflawrence.com/796/Lawrence-COVID-19-Case-Count

New Bedford -- www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/coronavirus/

Fall River -- www.fallriverma.org/department/corona-virus-information/

Framingham -- www.framinghamma.gov/2875/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19


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