RESOURCES

FOOD 

Arlington EATS 

The Arlington EATS Market is a safe space for anyone in Arlington who needs food. If you are an Arlington resident in need of food, you can get food once each week. Foods include a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and canned and shelf stable food. Arlington EATS Market is open for in person shopping three days a week by appointment only.  The Market will be open Monday 4:30-7:30, Tuesday 9-12 and Wednesday 9-12.

Sign up For In-Person Shopping:

ON THE INTERNET: Sign up for a time each week you want to come shopping. Appointment slots will open as follows: Monday and Tuesday slots by noon on Tuesday and Wednesday slots by noon on Wednesday. https://www.arlingtoneats.org/get-food/

BY PHONE: Call Arlington EATS at (339) 707-6761 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and you will receive a call back on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoons.

Over 60 and need free transportation? Call the Council on Aging: (781) 316-3400

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Biondi at jbiondi@arlingtoneats.org or Susan Dorson, EATS’ Program Manager, sdorson@arlingtoneats.org.

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 

National School Lunch Program: The State of Massachusetts has received additional funding to provide households with school aged children additional P-EBT funds for each student, amounting to $5.70 per student, per school day.

INCOME & EMPLOYMENT 

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. 

-Unemployment Assistance

If you have questions about Unemployment you can refer to:

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance

 Veterans unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic  

Contact: Jeff Chunglo, Veteran Affairs, jchunglo@town.arlington.ma.us (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 https://masshiremncareers.com/contact/ . 

-Job postings are updated every Monday:

https://masshiremncareers.com/wp-content/uploads/job-postings-links-v2-2.pdf

-For customers without internet, language barriers or other things that cannot be resolved online:  877-626-8700

HOUSING 

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: 

https://www.waitlistcheck.com/application/form.php?ID=MA2977&WL=1914 

RAFT has a new program called ERMA. ERMA is a state resource fund to help households with incomes of up to 80 percent of the area median. For more info, and to APPLY for both RAFT and ERMA, click on the link below:

RAFT & ERMA Application and Info

Housing Corporation of Arlington Homelessness Prevention Program 

Assistance with back rent, moving expenses, or security deposit ($1500 max) to eligible households.   https://housingcorparlington.org/homelessness-prevention/  

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: https://www.macdc.org/housing-stability-vulnerable-populations 

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. 

-Assistance Tip: Avoid penalties for missed rent payments

In order to avoid late fees and reports to consumer reporting agencies for missed rent payments due to COVID-19, you must inform your landlord within 30 days of the non-payment that it was because of COVID-19. The State’s website has forms that both residential and commercial tenants can use to inform their landlord or to use as a guide to write their own letter.

CHAPA: Affordable Housing Updates can be found here: 

https://www.chapa.org/housing-news/covid-19-affordable-housing-updates 

OTHER RESOURCES 

-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. 

Walmart has now added a special hour every day for curbside pick-up by car for those most vulnerable to COVID-19, including frontline workers and Seniors (age 60 and over). The time is 7-8 a.m.

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

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

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 

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. 

STATEWIDE INFORMATION 

INFORMATION HOTLINE FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19: Call Massachusetts 2-1-1 or visit the website at https://mass211.org/
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  

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives 

-CASLS remains open to assist low income residents in Arlington on legal issues relating to housing and state and federal benefits (and our Boston office remains open for legal issues relating to family law, immigration, employment, and consumer).  Most staff is working remotely but if any of your tenants, or anyone in the community, is seeking legal help in one of these areas, they can call us at 617-603-2700 and leave a voice mail message.  Calls are promptly returned during normal business hours, with advice and/or referrals provided at a minimum.  You can also check masslegalservices.org for helpful information related to COVID-19.