COVID-19: Protecting our families and communities
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is quickly sweeping across the U.S. and the whole world. This page includes public health resources in multiple languages that can be shared with immigrant and refugee families; relevant information on immigration policy and enforcement; and other valuable resources, including details on key programs that sick or displaced workers may need. Please note that conditions are evolving rapidly; we will do our best to keep this up to date.
IMPORTANT: If you or a loved one are sick or know you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, don’t hesitate to get tested and treated, regardless of your immigration status or insurance coverage. See the last section for benefits information. State officials have confirmed that testing and treatment for COVID-19 related services will be covered by MassHealth Limited; testing and treatment for COVID-19-related services provided by hospitals and community health centers will be reimbursed by the Health Safety Net.
COVID-19 health info, access to care & coverage in Mass.
Important: In Massachusetts, ALL residents who are tested and treated for COVID-19 will be covered, regardless of insurance or immigration status. See MassHealth and COVID-19 (also linked below).
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – see this page for handouts in English, Spanish and Chinese; Spanish-language resource hub
- Mass. Department of Public Health COVID-19 resource hub, including printable handouts in English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese
- MassHealth and COVID-19 – guidance for patients and applicants, including info for those lacking insurance; note that Connector enrollment has been reopened through April 25
- COVID-19 resource guide for immigrants in Boston, with materials available in Arabic, Cape Verdean, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese
- Community health center information from Mass. League of Community Health Centers, with guidance on how to access care and English/Spanish “find a health center” tool
- Switchboard roundup of multilingual resources (excellent and comprehensive)
Coronavirus-related immigration policy and enforcement updates
- American Immigration Lawyers Association COVID-19 resources, updated constantly
- Immigration & Customs Enforcement COVID-19 enforcement update (March 18) & overall guidance, also in Spanish; note, however, that Acting HHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli has tweeted a conflicting message
- U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services COVID-19 updates (office closures, interviews, oath ceremonies postponed) – also in Spanish
- COVID-19 information for immigrants (Mass. Attorney General, part of a comprehensive guide) – also in Spanish
- MIRA resources on “public charge” (IMPORTANT: rule doesn’t apply to current green card holders!)
- United We Dream advice on DACA renewals during USCIS closure (thru May 4)
- Bulletin on COVID-19 and “public charge” from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
- Immigration court hearings partial suspension (WBUR story); also in Spanish
- ICE check-ins in New England to be done by phone (MassLive story)
Resources for workers in Massachusetts
- Know Your Work-Related Rights During the Coronavirus (FAQ by Justice at Work, GBLS and Lawyers for Civil Rights); also in Spanish, with an ever-evolving more in-depth FAQ (Google Doc), also in Spanish
- About COVID-19: Employee rights and employer obligations (FAQ by Attorney General’s Office, also en español, em Português, 用中文（表达 )
- Emergency child care for COVID-19 essential workers
- FAQ on Mass. earned sick time requirements (Attorney General’s Office)
- Mass. Dept. of Unemployment Assistance – multilingual resources, incl. claimant booklet in 12 languages, and Mass. Legal Services guidance on unemployment
- Unemployment Insurance online portal – guía en español (Pioneer Valley Workers Center)
- CARES Act update for Mass. unemployment applicants (eligibility was expanded by the federal stimulus)
- Emergency funds for workers (by Mass Jobs with Justice), also in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese
Special relief programs & other helpful resources
- Project Bread FoodSource hotline – help available in 160 languages to access food resources and apply for SNAP if eligible; see also this map or this list of school-based meal distribution programs
- MassUndocuFund – special COVID-19 relief fund created by a group of grassroots organizations, now accepting donations and applications
- 413 Undocu-Worker Solidarity Fund – Western Mass. fund run by the Pioneer Valley Workers Center
- List of mutual aid organizations helping community members (compiled by Mass Jobs with Justice, with listings by city/town and special categories)
- Community resources by ZIP code (Winn Companies)
- Financial Relief: A Handbook for Business Owners – detailed guide to federal, state and local programs from the Boston Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
- Lawyers for Civil Rights – wide range on information in English and Spanish
- Mass. Legal Services resources on COVID-19
- Equity during COVID-19 school closures (guidance from Mass. Education Equity Partnership)
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