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
      • You're welcome to eat physically distanced on our lawn and take extra to-go.
    • Hand Washing Station
    • Basic Material Aid:
      • Clothing, Sneakers, Backpacks etc.
      • Survival Supplies: Tents, Sleeping Bags, Tarps, Flashlights, Sunscreen, Bug Spray etc.
      • 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 & meal is currently on hold) we are organizing around priorities raised by participant organizers
  • Need to reach us?
    • Call/Text Cassie at (617)876-5312
    • Email Cassie at churd@maapma.org




BASIC NEEDS


  • Bathrooms
    • Central Square
      • Portland Loo (at Mass Ave & Western Ave in front of H&R Block)
      • NEW as of July 14: Port-a-Potty (at Green St & Pleastant St in the public parking lot next to ACCESS DUHP, ADA compliant)
      • New as of July 14: 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
      • New as of July 14: 1 Port-A-Potty (Somerville Ave at Porter Square T station across from Anna's)
    • Alewife
      • New as of July 14: 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
      • Daily 9AM-2PM
      • NO ID or Intake Required
      • Towel, Shampoo & Soap provided
      • There are 5 showers (3 for men, 2 for women). We are not aware of policies for nonbinary people.
      • It is unclear whether someone who has been barred is able to use these faciltiies. If you find out, let us know!
  • 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




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
    • First Church (corner Garden & Mason Streets, Harvard Sq) 5PM
  • 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 (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.
    • 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 (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 (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 (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 (Central Sq), around 5PM
  • SATURDAY
    • 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)


  • Salvation Army Shelter
    • As of FRI 5/22/2020 the shelter has been configured to safely allow 19 guests per night. The shelter is currently allowing clients to fill vacant beds. Indefinite extensions are no longer in place. All clients entering the building will be asked screening questions about symptoms and exposure, will have their temperatures checked, and will be provided with a mask.
  • Temporary War Memorial Gym Shelter
    • The City of Cambridge has informed us there will be no new intake of guests at the War Memorial Gym. It is unclear whether people will be able to access the shelter once it moves to the new temporary facility at Spaulding Hospital.
    • In order to access shelter you must:
      • Be referred by a provider
      • Have history of homelessness in Cambridge (verified by HMIS records)
      • Test negative for COVID-19
  • Woods Mullen Shelter, Boston
  • 112 Southampton Street Shelter, Boston
  • New England Center & Home for Veterans, Boston
    • Requires a negative COVID-19 test for new guests




DAYTIME & DROP-IN SUPPORT (CAMBRIDGE & BOSTON)


CAMBRIDGE

  • Cambridge Multi-Service Center
    • As of MON July 6 the MSC has reopened MON-FRI 9AM-4:30PM.
    • 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.
    • Housing case managers are still working remotely.
      • To be connected to a case manager call (617)349-6340
  • Cambridge Women's Center
    • As of August 3rd, The Cambridge Women’s Center is open with outdoor programming in their backyard at 46 Pleasant Street .
      • Outdoor services will be provided in a safe community space in their backyard, including:
        • Access to laptops & wifi (heavy rain will limit)
        • Computer support
        • Resource Referrals
        • Light case management
        • Music
      • Front-Door take out services:
        • Food
        • Material Assistance (clothing, toiletries, backpacks) based on availability
    • To ensure space for physical distancing, there is a limit of 4 members & 2 staff at a time with masks on at all times. Time limits will be imposed when members are waiting.
    • Folks will be 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:
      • MON: 6PM-8PM TUES: 4PM-8PM THURS: 2PM-5PM
  • 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 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, Sneakers, Backpacks etc.
        • Survival Supplies: Tents, Sleeping Bags, Tarps, Flashlights, Sunscreen, Bug Spray etc.
        • 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)
  • On the Rise
    • MON – FRI 9AM-1PM (as of June 8, 2020)
      • A few unhoused women will be allowed inside to access: showers, computers, and, a phone.
        • There will be a 30-minute limit per person.
      • During those hours staff will also be distributing mail, bagged breakfast and lunch, and other necessities at the front door.
    • Advocates are available by phone at (617)497-7968
BOSTON
  • The Engagement Center, behind 112 Southampton Shelter
    • 7 Days/Wk 8AM-4PM
    • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program is present to provide basic medical care and COVID-19 Screening
    • They have increased the size of the outdoor space for physical distancing and added handwashing stations.
  • St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street
    • MON-SAT 8AM-1PM
    • 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 SUPPLIES & SUBSTANCE USE SUPPORT


  • ACCESS Drug User Health Program / The Exchange
    • Mobile Outreach MON-FRI 9AM-4PM
    • The Outreach team is keeping their Instagram updated with useful information
    • Text/Call based on where you are & let folks know what you need (supplies/support) and they will get back to you w/confirmation & estimated day/time they can meet up.
      • Porter Sq, Davis Sq, Alewife (617)470-5369
      • Harvard Sq, Central Sq, Allston (617)453-8634
      • Somerville, Kendall Sq, Brighton (857)228-4658
      • Everett (617)470-0994 (NARCAN ONLY)
      • Malden, Medford, Waltham (857)228-0780 (NARCAN ONLY)
  • AHOPE (Outside 774 Mass Ave Boston)
    • 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
      • PAATHS is CLOSED on Sundays for the month of September
    • Detox, CSS/TSS & outpatient placements; access to MAT; syringe exchange services on SAT & SUN only




STREET OUTREACH PROGRAMS


  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters Medical Van
    • MON-FRI 7PM-8/8:30PM
    • Staff are allowing only one client in the van at a time, with a 10 minute limit.
  • First Step
    • As of MON 07/06/2020 First Step is operating
      • SUN-SAT 12PM–10PM
      • Offering limited transport to detox and testing only
  • 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




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
  • 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
      • You can apply for the COVID-19 stimulus rebate check online even if you have not filed taxes recently. The only reason it can be offset is to pay towards child support arrears.
        • To file, you will need to provide the following information:
          • Full name, current mailing address and an email address (if you don't have one you can create on here)
          • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
          • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
          • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
          • For each qualifying child during 2019: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse
        • We are happy to help you sign up for the email & fill out the online form at MAAP!
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
      • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to 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, SYMPTOMS & TESTING


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: 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. Upcoming testing dates are as follows:
    • The Pisani Center (131 Washington St)
      • Sat Sept 19 11AM-7PM
      • To schedule an appointment call (617)665-3795 or their via their online scheduling tool
      • No identification or Social Security Number is required. Testing is for Cambridge residents only. If you're not a Cambridge resident, please call your local board of health to find out where you can get tested in your city or town.
  • 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 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
    • 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





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