COVID-19 SUPPORT & Resources

We have compiled the limited support and resources available during this increasingly challenging time.

We are updating the list every Monday.

reach out with any questions via text (617)876-5312. 

stay safe, we love and appreciate you. 

MATERIAL AID & ADVOCACY PROGRAM (MAAP)


  • MAAP is open in the yard outside our spot, 5 Longfellow Park Cambridge, MA 02138 at the Friends Meeting at Cambridge (the Quaker Meeting House)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 9AM-3PM
  • How we can support you:
    • Meals, Snacks & Cold Drinks, Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Tea
      • You're welcome to eat physically distanced on our lawn and take extra to-go.
    • Hand Washing Station
    • Basic Material Aid:
      • Clothing, Cold Weather Gear, Boots & Sneakers, Backpacks etc.
      • Survival Supplies: Tents, Sleeping Bags, Tarps, Flashlights, Mylar Blankets, Thermal Sleep Mats
      • First Aid, Hygiene & Menstrual Hygiene Kits; Masks & Hand Sanitizer
    • Phone & Laptop Access
    • Phone, Portable Charger & Bracelet Charging
    • Support with Stimulus & Pandemic Unemployment Applications
    • Advocacy & Organizing Opportunities (though our regular organizing meeting & meal is currently on hold & will be restarting in April) we are organizing around priorities raised by participant organizers & community members.
  • Need to reach us or need supplies dropped at your spot or brought to you?
    • Call/Text Cassie at (617)876-5312
    • Email Cassie at churd@maapma.org




BASIC NEEDS


CAMBRIDGE

  • Bathrooms
    • Central Square
      • Portland Loo (at Mass Ave & Western Ave in front of H&R Block)
      • Port-a-Potty (at Green St & Pleastant St in the public parking lot next to ACCESS DUHP, ADA compliant)
      • Port-a-Potty (Inman St side of City Hall, ADA compliant)
    • Harvard Square
      • Portland Loo (on Cambridge Common at Mass Ave)
      • 2 Port-A-Potties by The Pit (one is ADA compliant)
    • Porter Square
      • 1 Port-A-Potty (Somerville Ave at Porter Square T station across from Anna's)
    • Alewife
      • 1 Port-A-Potty (Steel Place at entrance to Alewife T station)
    • The City of Cambridge has created a map of the available restrooms (listed above) here
  • Hand Washing Stations
    • Central Square (these are being refilled with water & soap on Mondays)
      • 2 at Carl Barron Plaza
      • 1 near Multi-Service Center & ACCESS (Pleasant St & Green St)
    • Harvard Square
      • 2 near Culture House by the Pit
    • Porter Square
      • 1 next to Port-A-Potty outside Porter Square Station on Somerville Ave
    • The City of Cambridge has created a map of the handwashing stations (listed above) here
  • Drop-In Showers
    • 240 Albany St / CASPAR Shelter (on site)
      • Daily 9AM-2PM
      • NO ID or Intake Required (you are still able to access showers if you have been barred from 240)
      • Towel, Shampoo & Soap provided
      • There are 5 showers (3 for men, 2 for women). We are not aware of policies for nonbinary people.
    • First Church Showers, Church St Parking lot across from alley (right side closest to fence)
      • Hours:
        • MON, WED, FRI 9AM-4PM
        • TUES & THURS 1PM-4PM
      • NO ID or Intake Required
      • Towel, Shampoo & Soap provided
      • There are 10 showers including 1 wheelchair accessible unit.
  • Electrical Outlets
    • Harvard Square
      • Brattle Square - 2 outlets
      • Palmer Street - 2 outlets on cabinet
      • Winthrop Park - 2 outlets on cabinet
    • Central Square
      • Carl Barron Plaza - 1 outlet on cabinet
      • Carl Barron Plaza - 1 outlet in bench
      • Outside City Hall - 1 in bench
      • Jill Brown-Rhone Park (across from Fire Station) - 2 outlets
    • Fresh Pond / Alewife
      • Outside Water Department - 1 in bench
      • Danehy Park Soccer Field - 1 in bench
      • Near Danehy Park Main Garage - 1 in bench
BOSTON
  • The Engagement Center & Comfort Station, behind 112 Southampton Shelter
    • 7 Days/Wk 6AM-6PM
    • The EC / CS has Port-a-Potties, Hangwashing Stations, & a few Showers (people have shared the wait can be long)
    • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program is present to provide basic medical care and COVID-19 Screening
    • AHOPE SSP is also there on weekdays
    • They have increased the size of the outdoor space for physical distancing and added handwashing stations.




MEALS (CAMBRIDGE & BOSTON)


Unless otherwise noted, meals are "to go". CAMBRIDGE

  • SUNDAY
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
  • MONDAY
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • First Church (corner Garden & Mason Streets, Harvard Sq) 5PM
    • Solutions at Work (Carl Barron Plaza "The Circle", Central Sq), around 5PM
  • TUESDAY
    • MAAP (outside 5 Longfellow Park, Harvard Sq) 9AM-3PM
      • You are welcome to sit and eat your meal physically distanced on the lawn.
    • NEW AS OF 04/13/2021 First Parish (corner of Church St & Mass Ave, Harvard Sq) 4PM
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • Solutions at Work (Carl Barron Plaza "The Circle", Central Sq), around 5PM
  • WEDNESDAY
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • First Church (corner Garden & Mason Streets, Harvard Sq) 5PM
    • Solutions at Work (Carl Barron Plaza "The Circle", Central Sq), around 5PM
  • THURSDAY
    • MAAP (outside 5 Longfellow Park, Harvard Sq) 9AM-3PM
      • You are welcome to sit and eat your meal physically distanced on the lawn.
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • Christ Church (Red Door, 0 Garden Street, Harvard Sq) 5PM
    • Solutions at Work (Carl Barron Plaza "The Circle", Central Sq), around 5PM
  • FRIDAY
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • Friday Cafe (corner of Garden & Mason Streets, Harvard Sq) 1PM-3PM
    • Solutions at Work (Carl Barron Plaza "The Cirlce", Central Sq), around 5PM
  • SATURDAY
    • Food Not Bombs (Carl Barron Plaza "The Circle"), NOON-around 4PM
    • Salvation Army (402 Mass Ave, Central Sq), NOON
      • As of July 1 meals are on-site with 28 people at a time and cleaning between each group
    • First Church (corner Garden & Mason Streets, Harvard Sq) 5PM
BOSTON
  • Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope Street
    • Welcome to people living with HIV/AIDS
    • 7 Days/Wk 10AM-1PM
      • Breakfast (10AM) & Lunch (NOON) takeout
      • MON - FRI physically distanced congregate breakfast (10AM) & lunch (NOON)
  • Boston Warm, Emmanuel Church 15 Newbury Street
    • M/W/F 8AM-1PM
  • Cardinal Medeiros Center, 1960 Washington Street Lower Roxbury
    • For adults ages 45+
    • MON-FRI 8AM-3PM
  • Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer Street
    • TUES 6PM
  • Haley House, 23 Dartmouth Street
    • Men only
    • SUN-FRI
      • 6AM-8AM Cold Breakfast & Coffee
      • 8AM-Noon Hot Food
  • Park Street Church, 1 Park Street
    • THUR 6-7PM
  • Paulist Center, 5 Park Street
    • WED 6PM
  • Rosie's Place, 884 Harrison Avenue
    • Self-identified women only
    • 7 Days/Wk (dine-in 1 guest/table or to go)
      • MON-FRI
        • Breakfast 7:30-8:15AM
        • Lunch 11:30AM-1:00PM
        • Dinner 4:30-7:30PM
      • WEEKENDS
        • Brunch 10:30AM-NOON
        • Dinner 3:30-5:00PM
  • Women's Lunch Place, 67 Newbury Street
    • Self-idenfied women only
    • MON-SAT 8AM-1PM
    • Bagged breakfast and lunch




SHELTERS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW GUESTS


CAMBRIDGE

  • Cambridge Warming Center
    • The Warming Center is open 24/7 for the 2020-2021 season
    • There are 30 overnight spots: 20 contract (via referral) and 10 night-to-night
    • There is no COVID testing requirement but screening takes place at the door
    • The Warming Center cellphone is (857)292-1870
  • Green Street Shelter
    • Solutoins at Work opened a new, temporary non-congregate shelter run by Solutions at Work located at 11-15 Green Street in Cambridge.
      • This is a non-congregate shelter with one individual per room.
      • Community members are welcome regardless of their relationship to substances, but are not able to possess or use substances on the property.
      • MAAP is able to refer community members to the shelter.
        • As of 04/05/2021 there are only rooms available in the women's building.
      • Community members must test negative for COVID before being referred.
      • If you have questions about the referral process, please reach out to Cassie at MAAP.
BOSTON
  • Woods Mullen Shelter, (794 Mass Ave. Boston)
  • 112 Southampton Street Shelter (112 Southampton St. Boston)
  • New England Center & Home for Veterans (17 Court St. Boston)
    • Requires a negative COVID-19 test for new guest




DAYTIME & DROP-IN SUPPORT (CAMBRIDGE & BOSTON)


CAMBRIDGE

  • Cambridge Multi-Service Center (262 Green Street, Central Square)
    • Walk-In Case Management (1 person in the building at a time)
      • MON-FRI 9AM-NOON
    • Housing case managers are still working remotely.
      • To be connected to a case manager call (617)349-6340
    • C-CAN (Cambridge Coordinated Access Network) intakes & assessments remain suspended at the MSC.
      • If you have questions, or would like to access intake call (617)349-7715
      • You may do an assessment with someone from First Step during their outreach.
  • Cambridge Women's Center (46 Pleasant St. Cambridge)
    • Front-Door take out services:
        • Food
        • Material Assistance (clothing, toiletries, backpacks) based on availability
    • Outdoor services will be provided in a safe community space in their backyard, including:
      • Access to laptops & wifi (above 40 degrees)
      • Computer support
      • Resource Referrals
      • Light case management
      • Music
    • To ensure space for physical distancing, there is a limit of 4 members & 2 staff at a time with masks on at all times for outdoor services. Time limits will be imposed when members are waiting.
    • People are able to drop-in or call ahead to reserve a laptop for one hour at a time, check on available food & materials, confirm hours, or ask questions.
      • (617)354-6394 ext 3 or 6
    • On-Site outdoor programming is open and available to all womxn.
    • Hours:
      • TUES: 6PM-8PM
      • THURS: 1PM-3PM
      • SAT: 1PM-3:30PM
  • Material Aid and Advocacy Program (MAAP)
    • TUES & THURS 9AM-3PM
    • MAAP is open outside our spot at 5 Longfellow Park
    • How we can support you:
      • Meals, Snacks & Cold and Hot Drinks
        • You're welcome to eat physically distanced on our lawn & take extra to-go (or for a friend).
      • Hand Washing Station
      • Basic Material Aid:
        • Clothing, Cold Weather Gear, Boots & Sneakers, Backpacks etc.
        • Survival Supplies: Tents, Sleeping Bags, Tarps,
        • First Aid, Hygiene & Menstrual Hygiene Kits; Masks & Hand Sanitizer
      • Phone & Laptop Access
      • Phone, Portable Charger & Bracelet Charging
      • Support with Stimulus & Pandemic Unemployment Applications
      • Advocacy Opportunities (though our regular organizing meeting and meal is currently on hold until April)
      • Need to reach us or need supplies dropped at your spot?
        • Call/Text Cassie at (617)876-5312
        • Email Cassie at churd@maapma.org
  • On the Rise (341 Broadway Cambridge)
    • MON – FRI 9AM-1PM
    • A few unhoused women will be allowed inside to access showers and laundry
      • During these hours staff also distribute mail, bagged breakfast and lunch, and other necessities at the front door.
      • There is a 30-minute limit per person.
    • Advocates are available by phone at (617)497-7968
  • NEW AS OF 03/19/2021: Youth On Fire (1 Church Street Cambridge)
    • TUES, WED, THURS 11AM-4PM
      • Make a 30-minute appointment:
        • At the door, OR
        • Call ahead (617)661-2508 (please leave a message)
    • Services Offered:
      • Meet with Staff / Case Management
      • Food to go
      • Clothing
      • Shower
      • Computer Access
      • Recharge
BOSTON
  • The Engagement Center & Comfort Station, behind 112 Southampton Shelter
    • FYI: The Comfort Station has been closed indefinitely by BPD. The city is thinking about ways to increase safety in the space while still offering accessible, low-threshold support and services.
      • AHOPE, BHCHP on Atkinston Street offering supplies and access to HIV testing. Stay safe ❤︎
    • 7 Days/Wk 6AM-6PM
    • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program is present to provide basic medical care and COVID-19 Screening at the CS from 7am-4pm and at the EC clinic
    • AHOPE SSP is also there on weekdays
    • They have increased the size of the outdoor space for physical distancing and added handwashing stations.
  • St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street
    • MON-SAT 6:30AM-3PM
    • Advocacy and Case Management open
  • Rosie's Place
    • Self-identified women only
    • 7 Days/Wk, hours changing please call before arrival (617)442-9322
    • Essential Services, Laundry, Meals Only
  • The Women's Lunch Place
    • Self-identified women only
    • MON-SAT 8AM-1PM
    • Advocacy, Breakfast & Lunch to go from outdoor setup




HARM REDUCTION SERVICES & SUBSTANCE USE SUPPORT


  • ACCESS Drug User Health Program / The Exchange (359 Green St. Cambridge)
    • One Person In, One Person Out
      • Participants are able to access the space for 10mn at a time to pick up new supplies, drop off old supplies, and grab Narcan.
      • Please note that your MUST wear a mask (they will give you one if you don’t have one) and answer some COVID-19 screening questions before entering.
      • Unfortunately, bathrooms will be closed for COVID safety.
      • Staff can also provide support with linkage to care and health navigation.
    • Outreach
      • MON: Alewife, Porter, Davis
      • WED: Central, Harvard
      • FRI: Alewife, Malden
    • The Outreach team is keeping their Instagram updated with useful information
    • You can also reach outreach via phone (text/call) (617)470-0994
  • AHOPE (Outside 774 Mass Ave. Boston & in the CS)
    • MON-FRI 7AM-3:30PM
    • Drop-In is closed; supplies, exchange & narcan are available outside their spot
  • PAATHS (774 Mass Ave. Boston)
    • DAILY 8AM - 4PM
    • Detox, CSS/TSS & outpatient placements; access to MAT; syringe exchange services on SAT & SUN only




STREET OUTREACH PROGRAMS


CAMBRIDGE

  • First Step Outreach Van
    • DAILY 2PM–10PM
    • Offering limited transport to detox and testing only
    • Dr. Drew Bunker is on the First Step van twice/week
    • To contact a member of the outreach team, call (617)592-6895
  • The Outdoor Church
    • SUN 9AM-10:15AM Porter Square T
      • Coffee, donuts, socks, toiletries, and generous bagged lunch after worship
    • SUN 2:15PM-5PM Harvard & Central Squares
      • TOC walks around the area to provide meals, socks, and toiletries
    • TUES 6pm-8pm Harvard & Central Squares
      • TOC walks around the area with sandwiches and water to those they meet
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters Medical Van
    • MON-FRI 7PM-8/8:30PM in The Pit in Harvard Square
    • Staff are allowing only one client in the van at a time, with a 10 minute limit.
    • Medical services and basic necessities are available for unhoused and underhoused youth between the ages of 14-24.
BOSTON
  • Pine Street Inn Outreach
    • DAILY (including overnight)
    • To contact a member of the outreach team, call:
      • Daytime (5:00am – 9:00pm): (866)910-7463
      • Nighttime (9:00pm – 5:00am): (617)633-0170
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters Medical Van
    • MON-FRI
      • Park Street 5PM-6PM
      • Copley Square 6:15PM-7PM
    • Staff are allowing only one client in the van at a time, with a 10 minute limit.
    • Medical services and basic necessities are available for unhoused and underhoused youth between the ages of 14-24.




HOTLINES


  • Cambridge Women’s Center Resource & Emotional Support Helpline
    • Hotline is curretly available for people of all identities!
    • MON-SAT 10AM-8PM
    • (617)354-6394 or (617)354-8807
  • Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Resource Hotline
    • HSHS resource advocacy team is operating a helpline with information about resources related to food, donated goods, health care, benefits, and more.
    • Hours:
      • MON-FRI 1-5:30PM
      • SAT & SUN: 10AM-7PM
    • (888) 285-4038
  • SafeLink Domestic Violence Hotline
    • Connects callers to available shelter space in MA and up-to-date domestic violence resources.
    • Operates 24/7
    • Multi-lingual capacity
    • (877)785-2020
  • Transition House 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 24/7 hotline for support, safety planning, and connection to resources
    • (617)661-7203




DTA/SNAP, SSI/SSDI, COVID-19 STIMULUS & UNEMPLOYMENT


  • DTA / SNAP
    • DTA is currently available by phone or online only. Because of this wait times may be longer than usual.
      • To apply by phone, call 1(800)249-2007 MON-FRI 8:15AM-4:15PM
      • To check your balance, report a lost card etc. call (800) 997-2555 anytime 24/7
  • SSI/SSDI
    • All Social Security offices are currently closed but you can access support online or over the phone at 1(888)527-9340
  • COVID-19 Stimulus Rebate Check & Unemployment Assistance
    • COVID-19 Stimulus Rebate Check
      • If you missed the non-filer deadlined for the previous two COVID-19 stimulus rebates, you can apply for the most recent COVID-19 stimulus rebate (and the previous two if you have not yet applied) by filing a tax return online and request the stimulus payment as a Recovery Rebate Credit.
      • You will need to use one of the free file options offered online ( the IRS offers a list of them).
        • We have found Tax Slayer to be the easiest and covers most individuals (people of all ages making under $72,000 in MA).
      • To file, you will need to provide the following information:
        • For each qualifying child during 2020: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse
        • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
        • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
        • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
        • Full name, current mailing address and an email address (if you don't have one you can create on here)
        • Your 2020 income
      • We are happy to help you sign up for the email & file at MAAP!
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
      • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment benefits to many individuals who are not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
      • Applicants will need to provide the following information:
        • Your social security number & Date of Birth
        • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your A Number (USCIS Number)
        • Your residential address & mailing addresses
        • Your telephone number & email address
        • Your wage records for 2019, which includes (1099, pay stubs, bank statements)
        • SSN & DOB for your dependent child(ren)
        • Your bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit
      • If you feel you qualify and have the required records, we are happy to help you apply online at MAAP!




COVID-19 INFO, HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES & EACHOTHER, AND SYMPTOMS


COVID-19: BASIC INFORMATION

  • COVID-19, an illness caused by a newly identified type of coronavirus, can cause a respiratory infection and lead to health problems. It’s usually mild and most people recover quickly if they have it, but it can be very serious for people who are at increased risk or older adults.
    • People who are considered at increased risk include those with underlying health conditions, including heart disease, lung disease such as asthma/COPD, diabetes, or HIV, or people who are immunocompromised, or over age 60.
  • COVID-19 is highly contageous. It is spread from person-to-person by coughing or sneezing and getting exposed to droplets that have the virus in them.
    • There are no known risk factors that appear to make a person more or less vulnerable to getting infected with the virus.
    • The main risk is close contact with someone who has it.
    • Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure
COVID-19: WAYS WE CAN PROTECT OURSELVES AND EACHOTHER
  • A person can be asymptomatic, showing no symptoms at all, but still carry and spread COVID. For this reason, it's important that we follow the precautions below to the best of our ability if they are within our means so we can protect and take care of ourselves and eachother.
    • Wear a face covering when interacting with others
    • Maintain 6 feet of disance from others
    • Wash your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds as regularly as you are able, especially after using the restroom, after handling money, after touching anything "high touch" (handrails, trash handles, door knobs), or after making a purchase.
      • If you do not have access to soap & water, scrub your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (made with at least 60% alcohol) can also kill the virus.
        • We're happy to provide you with hand sanitizer at MAAP!
    • Avoid sharing cigarettes, pipes, drinks, or supplies. If you have to share wipe things down with an alcohol wipe.
    • Avoid touching your face (especially you eyes, nose and mouth) with unwashed or unsanitized hands.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and throw it away in a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into the bend in your elbow.
    • If you are a person who uses drugs the Harm Reduction Coalition has developed a Safer Drug Use During COVID-19 Guide.
    • If you are a person who uses stimulants the Harm Reduction Coalition has developed a Safer Stimulant Use During COVID-19 Guide.
    • If you are a person who engages in sex work SWOP has developed a document, Sex Worker Health Precautions and COVID-19 and The Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Worker's Support Network has created a Sex Work & COVID Guide.
COVID-19: SYMPTOMS
  • Please be mindful that people can be infected with COVID-19 and show no symptoms. And if symptoms do appear, it will not be until 2-14 days after exposure and they can sometimes present similar to a cold or flu, but can become much more severe and dangerous quickly.
  • Mild symptoms include:
    • Fever
    • Dry Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing / Shortness of Breath
    • Fatigue




COVID-19: SYMPTOMS, WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SICK & TESTING INFO


COVID-19: WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SICK & TESTING INFORMATION

  • If you aren't feeling well and concerned you may have COVID-19 and have a primary care provider you should reach out to them by phone to assess your symptoms and guidance.
  • If you aren't feeling well and concerned you may have COVID-19 you can access medical guidance online or over the phone for free.
    • Buoy Health will assess your risk factors and symptoms, figure out if you need to be tested, and connect you with an appropriate healthcare resource.
    • You can call 2-1-1 for information and referrals to testing.
  • The State of MA has also setup a COVID-19 Test Site Locator.
    • To find a testing location, you will need to:
      • Provide your current location
      • Check whether you are looking for a location that accepts MassHealth or provides free testing
  • If you are a patient of Fenway Health and would like to schedule a telehealth visit to be evaluated by your provider call the medical appointment line at (617)927-6000.
  • The City of Cambridge has setup free testing at sites around the city.
    • Days, Locations & Hours:
      • MON: 50 Church Street, Harvard Sq (across from shower site) 12PM-8PM
      • TUES: 50 Church Street, Harvard Sq (across from shower site) 12PM-8PM
      • WED: St. Johns Church 2254 Mass Ave, Central Sq (just past Porter Sq) 10AM-6PM
      • FRI: 50 Church Street, Harvard Sq (across from shower site) 12PM-8PM
      • SAT: St.Paul AME 85 Bishop Allen Dr, Central Sq (street behind Cafe Nero) 11AM-7PM
    • Walk-ins are welcome though scheduling is recommended. To schedule an appointment, call (617)349-9788 or their via their online scheduling tool
    • Testing is for Cambridge residents only.
    • No identification or Social Security Number is required.
    • All sites are wheelchair accessible.
  • Cambridge Health Alliance (133 Middlesex Ave Somerville, Assembly Square)
    • Open to: CHA patients & community members in their service areas (Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop).
    • Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM
    • Appointments are required for testing, please call (617)665-2928 MON - FRI 8:30AM - 4PM.
    • You can access testing by car, bicycle, or foot. Please bring a picture ID. More information is available on CHA's website.
    • CHA has set up a voice mailbox, (617)665-1102, to answer questions or concerns about COVID-19 test results.
      • Callers are asked to leave their name, date of birth and phone number for a call back. CHA will respond within one business day.
      • The mailbox is open to community members who have been tested at CHA, including patients, residents and first responders.
    • The City of Boston has setup several free testing sites for Boston residents at community health centers and pop-ups throughout the city.
      • All sites require you to call ahead for a pre-screening and make an appointment
      • It's unclear whether you need to show a photo ID to prove residency




COVID-19: VACCINE INFORMATION


COVID-19 Vaccine: BASIC INFORMATION

  • The COVID-19 vaccine helps us fight the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness. Vaccines work by helping the body learn how to recognize viruses and build protection against the illness that they cause.
  • As of March 2021, three vaccines are approved for Emergency Use Authorization
    • Pfizer and Moderna
      • These vaccines require people who receive the vaccine to get two shots. The first shot starts building protection and the second shot, given a few weeks later, helps create the most protection the vaccine can offer.
    • Johnson & Johnson
      • This vaccine is administered in a single dose, or one shot.
  • SAFETY
    • We understand you may be experiencing feelings of apprehension or anxiety about getting any of these vaccines. These feelings are valid and understandable.
    • The CDC has determined the vaccines are safe and effective. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same safety standards as all other approved vaccines. All COVID-19 vaccines being administered were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. No serious safety concerns were identified. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug
      Administration (FDA) monitor all vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.
  • BENEFITS
    • Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to prevent you from getting sick with the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will help your body fight the COVID-19 virus and ease your symptoms if you do become sick. Vaccines are also a tool for reducing infections and protecting your friends, family, and our community who may be at risk of illness.
  • SIDE EFFECTS
    • The most common side effect is pain at the injection site, and some individuals experience symptoms like fever and chills. These side effects tend to be mild to moderate and go away quickly. These side effects are signs that the immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do: building up protection against the disease. Serious side effects after vaccination are very rare.
    • MAAP staff, volunteers and unhoused organizers, including those with compromised immunity, had little to no-reaction from the first shot and experienced side-effects for 12-48 hours after receiving the second dose (all received Moderna).
      • Staff, volunteers, and unhoused organizers are more than willing to share their experiences with you if that feels helpful.
  • MORE INFORMATION
    • Our siblings at Families for Justice as Healing, Deeper Than Water, and Black & Pink MA have developed a helpful FAQ about the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are currently incarcerated, but much of the information is useful for anyone.
COVID-19 VACCINE: AVAILABILITY
  • There are currently no COVID-19 vaccine clinics for unhoused community members in Boston or Cambridge (outside of shelter-specific clinics) that we are currently aware of. The city is currently working with providers to set up pop-up clinics for community members who are unsheltered.
  • If you are an unhoused communtiy member in a prioritized group and would like help trying to access an appointment we are more than happy to help you do so at MAAP!





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