Information & Resources for Arlington Residents in Response to COVID-19  

 (updated 4/8/2020) 


 Courtesy of the CDC:  Mental health and coping during COVID-19. 

Things you can do to support yourself: 

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs. 
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life. 
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships. 
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. 

*To HCA Tenants: HCA will not be pursuing evictions due to COVID-19 for the next several months. We are looking for additional funding to provide more rental assistance for back rent through our Homelessness Prevention Program.

Apply here: 


If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended that you contact your health provider. 

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing at AFC Urgent Care, 1398 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington 

MUST call ahead to be pre-screened: 781-648-4572   

Guidance from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) 


Arlington EATS 

Arlington EATS and the Town of Arlington will be delivering shelf stable food to any Arlington resident in need. 

To receive food: 

  • Call Arlington Food Hotline at (781) 316-3400 or click here 
  • Please leave a message with your name, address, phone number, family size and you will receive a call back as soon as possible. 
  • Deliveries will include canned and shelf stable food and may include prepared meals. 
  • Please call back when you need another delivery. 

Mystic Community Market- 291 Mystic Avenue Medford, MA 02155 

Please call before going to inquire about hours and availability: (617) 629-5120 

SNAP application assistance: Call Council on Aging (all ages) 781-316-3400 


United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimac Valley COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund 

A network of 20 community partner agencies in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire will help administer the fund, which will provide a one-time grant of $2,000 to help families pay for rent, bills and food. Call 1-877-211-6277 and provide your zip code and you will be provided with a list of agencies who can assist you. 

Coronavirus Stimulus Payments from the federal government are scheduled to begin going out to eligible Americans in April.  

If eligible, individuals will receive up to $1,200, married couples will get up to $2,400 and $500 will be added for every child.  

Assistance Applying for Unemployment: 

The CARES Act authorizes an additional $600 to the weekly benefits received by traditional unemployment claimants, retroactive to March 29, 2020. DUA is also implementing the 13-week extension of benefits to UI claimants as quickly as possible.

The federal government has also recently issued additional guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, that makes unemployment benefits available to individuals who are self-employed, have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, are not financially eligible for regular unemployment benefits, and others not traditionally covered under the regular unemployment program. The application is not available at this time, but DUA is working to make it available as quickly as possible 

Veterans unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic  

Contact: Jeff Chunglo, Veteran Affairs, (781) 316-3166 

MassHire Metro North Career Centers are providing services remotely.  Customers can call 617-661-7867 and leave a message or through this link . 

Job postings are updated every Monday. Effective 4/6/20:


The COVID-19 Rental Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT, will be set up to keep households in stable situations from facing housing emergencies over the loss of income, an increase in expenses or both. 

Households experiencing rent insecurity due to the impacts of COVID-19 will be able to apply for financial assistance of up to $4,000. Residents can apply here: 

Housing Corporation of Arlington Homelessness Prevention Program 

Assistance with back rent, moving expenses, or security deposit ($1500 max) to eligible households.  

Housing Stability for Vulnerable Populations:  The Baker-Polito Administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income. Read more  here: 

The Department of Housing and Community Development released this  memo  aimed at Local Housing Authorities. The memo contains information on lowering tenants’ rents due to decreased work hours etc. LHAs are encouraged to be “lenient” with documentation. 

Massachusetts Housing Court Places Hold on All Non-Emergency Eviction Cases
On March 14, the Massachusetts Housing Court placed a hold on all non-emergency eviction cases until April 21, 2020. However, a party may seek to advance its case, upon filing a motion with the court and by making a showing of good cause. The Housing Court also encourages parties to settle cases by out-of-court agreements. To read the court order,  click here 

State nears enactment of an Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium 

On Thursday, April 2, the House of Representatives passed a strong eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill. Housing advocates urge the Senate to adopt a similar or identical bill quickly, so legislation can be signed into law as soon as possible. 

CHAPA: Affordable Housing Updates can be found here: 


Town of Arlington Coronavirus Advisories (updated every few days) 

-Seniors-only (60 and older) Early Shopping Hours at Grocery Stores 

Stop and Shop 6:00AM-7:30AM daily  

Whole Foods Markets and Target stores will open up an hour early (8:00am)  

Select Traders Joe’s stores will open early for seniors and are limiting the number of people who can enter at a time. 

Internet Essentials by Comcast: Free Internet for 60 days (if eligible) 

After 60 days you must cancel or be charged $9.95 per month 

Caregiver Emotional & Educational Support Resources:

Parents Helping Parents:  Parental Stress Line 24/7 – 1.800.632.8188 

Samaritans (of Boston) Hotline 1-877-870-HOPE (4673) – Call or Text 24/7 

-Arlington Council on Aging:  Telephone Call Reassurance Program. If you know of an older adult in Arlington who could benefit from a weekly phone call, call 781-316-3400 and leave a message 

Remote learning with Khan Academy:  Khan Academy has daily live streams for parents, and teachers navigating school closures, as well as guides for parents and teachers facilitating online learning. Learn more here. 

Robbins Library: Get an e-card online instantly (no ID or proof of address required), and access free ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more. Visit 

Domestic Violence Resources  

Arlington police remind residents that resources remain available for those who may be experiencing domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

SafeLink is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free, multilingual hot line and a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence: Call 877-785-2020. 

As always, please call 911 in an emergency. 


INFORMATION HOTLINE FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19: Call Massachusetts 2-1-1 or visit the website at
You can also now sign up to get text updates from the state’s coronavirus response team by texting  COVIDMA to 888-777. 

COVID-19 Guidance from the Department of Public Health 

Department of Public Utilities  Orders Moratorium on Utility Shut Offs
On March 13, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a moratorium on the shutting off of residential utilities while the COVID-19 state of emergency remains declared.  


Housing Corporation announces that The Downing Square-Broadway Initiative has officially closed!

Stay tuned for news about a groundbreaking celebration.

HCA will be starting construction on 48 new units at the addresses 19 Park Ave. and 117 Broadway in Arlington.

20 Westminster Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, February 7th, HCA was proud to host a diverse group of community members, lenders, staff, board members and other funders for the ribbon cutting at 20 Westminster Avenue. Tenants will be moving in soon. HCA’s newest property will have 3 wheelchair accessible units for 9 units total.





Downing Square-Broadway Initiative Progress Update:

Latest planning meeting minutes: Meeting Minutes 7/11/19

The award received today from the Commonwealth‘s Department of Housing and Community Development for HCA’s Downing Square Broadway Initiative Project was presented by Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy of Housing and Economic Development. These funds in conjunction with the local funding received through the CDBG and CPA funding from the Town of Arlington and the local HOME funding from the North Suburban Consortium through the Malden Redevelopment Authority and a private first mortgage will fully fund the project. Remediation has begun at the 19 Park Ave. site.