COVID-19: info and resources for people in Lynn, MA during the "coronavirus" pandemic

Questions about housing, evictions, rent, mortgage?
Click here to for info on your rights and resources to keep you in your home

¿Preguntas sobre vivienda, desalojos, renta o préstamo?
Haz clic aquí para info sobre sus derechos y programas a ayudarle a quedarse en su hogar

PETITION - Stop evictions and cancel rent during the coronavirus crisis

Petition to cancel rent and mortgages for people unable to pay due to COVID-19:
click here to sign the petition and join the fight.

RESOURCES

Housing, evictions, foreclosures, rent, mortgage

Please go to this page on housing issues for details on the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, for links to apply for help paying rent/mortgage, and more.

Food resources

Food/grocery delivery
Food delivery for elderly people, disabled people, and people who cannot leave home because they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who tested positive: call the City Council office at 781-586-6740 and leave your name, phone number, and address. Your immigration status does NOT matter. You can leave a message in English or Spanish. If you do not get a call back or have any trouble getting help at this number, please call Lynn United at 781-346-9199.

Free groceries: Good Hope Food Pantry
47 Grove Street, Lynnfield, MA
Thursday: 11:00 AM (until either 12:00 noon or 1:00 PM)
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:30 PM

Free meals: My Brothers' Table
98 Willow St, Lynn, MA 01901
Pick up meals Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm. On weekends, to-go meals will be served from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. These meals will be a hot meal plus a bagged breakfast. Meals are available to everyone. ID is NOT required.

Free groceries: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
74 South Common Street, Lynn, MA 01902 (large red brick church - you may need to go to the parking lot around back)
Fridays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm pick up free groceries.
Must be a Lynn Resident. Try to bring an ID showing you live in Lynn. If you have children, if possible bring some documents (like birth certificates or school papers).

Free groceries: Salvation Army
1 Franklin Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Mon–Fri 9-11 am, you may only attend ONCE every 30 days. Prepared box pick up. Be ready to provide your name, date of birth and number of people in your household.

Free meals for students: Lynn Public Schools
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 1:00 pm, free grab and go lunch service daily for all Lynn Public School students.
At the following sites: Classical, English, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and Marshall Middle School.

Meals for people age 60 and older: GLSS
Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) will deliver meals for people aged 60 or older. If you need meals delivered, call GLSS at (781) 599-0110.
Wednesdays and Fridays: Grab and Go meals will be available for pickup at the Lynn Senior Center, located at 8 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA. [It is not clear if advance registration is needed.]

Details from My Brother's Table:

ANYONE can get meals at My Brother's Table (98 Willow St, Lynn, MA 01901). There are no eligibility rules, we don’t ask any information from anyone, it’s completely anonymous. People can also pick up meals for family/friends/neighbors who may be in need.

The Table will be open for free meals EVERY day. Beginning 3.17.20, Monday through Friday, we will be open from 12-6 continuously. To-go coffee will be available from 12-6.

To-go meals will be served only. There is no eating in the dining room. Lunch-type meals will be available from 12 until 4 (sandwiches and soup) and hot dinners will be available from 4-6.

Please note, we will be closing at 6:00 during the week, earlier than before, people are welcome to pick up their meals at any time to eat later.

On weekends, to-go meals will be served from 2-4:30. These meals will be a hot meal plus a bagged breakfast. There will be no eating in the dining room.

We will be moving guests through the dining room to pick up meals and we ask that if there is a line, please keep at least two arms lengths between you and the next person in line. We will be open for extended hours and people should be able to come when there is no line.

If you are not feeling well, please have a friend or neighbor pick up your meals for you...

For people who have COVID-19

Do you have COVID-19 or think you might?

* If you need a place to stay to safely recuperate, residents of Lynn, Chelsea, Revere (and possibly others) can stay FOR FREE at the Inn in Revere. You will be able to recuperate safely and you will protect others in your apartment/building/community from becoming infected. You will have your own room, TV, wifi, etc. You will be provided with meals for free. There will be medical care available, as well as help with applying for unemployment and other assistance. Call 617-819-4528.

* You should NOT be leaving your room for food! If you do not have someone who can deliver groceries, see this information about free grocery delivery for Lynn residents.

what you should do to protect yourself and your community

This is serious. It's literally a matter of life and death. What you do matters for your own health and for vulnerable people in the community.

Recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (as of March 16, 2020 - please check their website for updates):
* Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
* Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
* Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

IN ADDITION, Doctor Asaf Bitton, a public health expert (MPH) and the executive director of Ariadne Labs, says that Comprehensive Social Distancing is necessary.

That means avoiding ALL unnecessary interactions with other people even if you are not sick. Work from home if possible. No playdates for kids, no visiting friends at their homes (even if it is a small group), etc. Please read his full article for details and follow the guidelines! (The article is also available on the WBUR website.)

why your actions matter and can save lives of vulnerable people

Your actions can help to slow the spread of the virus. And slowing the spread is critical. Otherwise, our health care systems will become overloaded and more vulnerable people will die due to treatment being unavailable.

Note: you can be infected by the virus and become contagious BEFORE you feel sick. In Italy, the virus spread quickly and there were not enough ventilators to help everyone who needed them. People who otherwise could have been saved were left to die. That could have been prevented if people (INCLUDING healthy/young/less-vulnerable people) had paid more attention to avoiding social contact. The image below illustrates this and a more detailed explanation is at www.flattenthecurve.com

animated graph image showing that strong public response can prevent rapid spread that overwhelms health care system

public schools and availability of school lunches (even while schools are closed)

Public schools in Massachusetts are closed until April 6, 2020.

Updates here: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus... and here http://www.lynnma.gov/departments/publichealth.shtml?gpm=1_2 and here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tP-tTB37MZcp0l0foiC-RiHGb_E6yOAeOAHa...

Beginning Monday, March 16th, there will be a free grab-and-go lunch service for all LPS students at Classical, English, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and Marshall Middle School, between the hours of 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday.

A partir del lunes 16 de marzo, habrá un servicio de almuerzo gratis para todos los estudiantes de Las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn (LPS) en Classical, English, Instituto Técnico Vocacional de Lynn y la Escuela Intermedia Marshall, entre las horas de 11am-1pm, de lunes a viernes.

where to get other help from local organizations and individuals (for things like shopping if you are unable to leave the house)

Check out this document if you need help from local organizations and volunteers -- for example with childcare, shopping, etc. If you have trouble accessing the document, contact us at 781-346-9199.

unemployment pay

Northeast Legal Aid and its subsidiary Northeast Justice Center are helping with applications for unemployment compensation. To apply for assistance please call us Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 978-458-1465 or use this link to apply for help with the process anytime.

Check this page from Mass Law Reform Institute for information on your rights to unemployment and when you may qualify. Note: if you have to leave work because your child's school or daycare closed, you may qualify for unemployment.

Additional info at https://www.mass.gov/guides/what-to-do-if-youve-become-unemployed-in-mas...
To apply for unemployment benefits go to https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance

Income / financial help - alternative sources

including people who do not qualify for unemployment, people who work in service or restaurant jobs, etc.

See this website for alternative income and financial help

Financial help for service workers (including restaurant workers, delivery drivers, uber/lyft drivers, etc): https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help
Help specifically for restaurant workers: https://rocunited.org/relief/
Behind You Inc help: https://www.behindyouinc.org/need-help
Boston Foundation COVID-19 fund: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/special-funds/covid-19-response-fund

help for small businesses

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be able to access financial help here.