COVID-19 updates

Overview

This is a trying time in so many ways. Our community members are now experiencing the compound crises of homelessness, COVID-19, and for many the continued overdose crisis. It is clear the Commonwealth doesn’t have a plan for people experiencing homelessness but especially for those living unsheltered. We will continue to provide support, solidarity, and speak up. 

 

We are committed to continuing to support our participants and community members experiencing homelessness. In consultation with our participants we have put in place a system to make the best decisions we can as a small grassroots organization while being as safe as possible. 

  • We have moved our modified operations from our basement space to the lawn in front of our building. Despite social distancing, we are hoping to continue to be a place where people feel a sense of connection and belonging even if that is from six feet away. 

  • Community members are welcome to drop-in at our outdoor space during our regular hours on Tuesdays or Thursdays for support including: 

    • Survival supplies (tents, sleeping bags, tarps, blankets, backpacks & hiking bags, hand warmers, hygiene & menstrual hygiene kits, MBTA passes, Gift Cards, and clothing). 

    • Utilizing our outdoor sink and phone charging station

    • Lunch and Snacks: We will continue to provide nourishing salads and sandwiches to-go rescued by our partner Food Link. We have also partnered  with the City of Cambridge to provide meals to participants from a local restaurant so participants will able to save their sandwich or salad for later in addition to the snack bags (including 6-8 snacks that are high in protein, high in fat/filling, soft or high flavor) that are being assembled by volunteers off-site for safety. 

    • Connection to Resources: We are providing as up-to-date information as possible on available resources (COVID-19, shelter, meals, healthcare access, harm reduction access, bathrooms, clean water). Participants will also be welcome to use our phone and laptop and are provided with technical support as needed (for example: with COVID-19 stimulus check forms, pandemic unemployment assistance application, or accessing a telemedicine appointment). 

    • Advocacy: Although our Advocacy Meal is on hold we will continue to welcome participants to engage in advocacy, especially around COVID-19.​

  • We will be pausing referral requests until we are able to move our operations back into our space. 

  • Each Sunday, we’re making a Board/Staff decision based on the information we have and the needs community members have identified about our services for the coming week with the full transparency that that could change daily as we monitor external conditions and our resources. 

updates

How you can make a difference

We so appreciate your support. We couldn't do this without you! Here are ways you can help: 

  • We need to immediately raise funds to sustain our work both during and beyond this period of increased crisis. We cancelled our spring 75th Anniversary fundraising celebration. We are instead asking that you give online and become a monthly sustainer if you are able. 

  • Contribute to our ongoing material aid campaigns. We have updated our urgent needs wishlist and our Amazon wishlist!

    • CDC guidance says that soft goods are a very low transmission risk if you are not sick and if all materials have been washed and dried.

    • Please Note: To encourage greater physical distancing, we have rented a temporary storage container (POD) for the FMC driveway. We can receive material donations from 8am-6pm, 7 days a week.

    • You can also buy items off of our Amazon wishlist. (Please use Amazon smile now and always for your purchases!)

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • Share our most recent update with five friends and ask them to give as well. 

Contact Us: 
Cassie Hurd,
Executive Director
Call or
Text Us: 
617.876.5312
Email Us: 
churd@maapma.org
Find Us: 
5 Longfellow Park 
Cambridge, MA 02138