COVID-19 Resources

If you or someone you know needs a helping hand, NECS is here to point you in the right direction.

MA.GOV HELP LINE

DIAL 2-11 or visit website here

INFECTIOUS DISEASE EMERGENCIES

617-983-6800 or https://www.cdc.gov

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

1-800-799-7233 or visit website here

INFO ON UNITED WAY ECONOMIC RELIEF FUND

866-211-9966

MA  Homeowner’s Relief Plan

We’re thrilled to report that late yesterday afternoon Governor Baker signed into law the strongest eviction and foreclosure moratorium in the country (H 4647). This is truly a collective and critical win to keep people safe at home.

 

First and foremost, a huge appreciation to our amazing Western MA legislative delegation. Their support was uniform and unwavering and we are so grateful! Please take a minute to email your own thanks to your state senator and representative.

 

A factsheet on the law will be available shortly but for now, Mass Law Reform has provided this summary of what the law provides:

 

For tenants: the moratorium temporarily halts all stages of eviction, specifically:

·  stops landlords from sending notices of eviction and filing new eviction cases

·  stops courts from scheduling non-emergency hearings, entering judgments (including agreements for judgment), and issuing executions

·  stops sheriffs from levying on executions to remove tenants

·  applies to most evictions with limited exceptions for true emergencies involving conditions or conduct endangering the health and safety of others

It also prevents late fees and negative credit reporting for COVID-19 affected tenants.

 

For homeowners in 1-4 family owner-occupied properties it temporarily:

·  stops residential foreclosures from going forward

·  requires lenders to offer a mortgage forbearance for homeowners affected by COVID-19, with payments added to the end of the loan

·  prevents negative credit reporting for homeowners in forbearance

·  gives landlords access to tenants’ last month’s rent to cover expenses

The moratorium also pauses evictions on small businesses and makes it easier to access reverse mortgages. 

 

The moratorium will remain in effect for either 120 days from today or 45 days following the end of the state of emergency, whichever is sooner.  This can be extended by the Governor to ensure it does not end before the state of emergency is lifted plus a reasonable time period. 

 

A huge shout-out to the extraordinary organizing effort across the Commonwealth in general and coming from Western MA in particular.  We made our voices heard, and they made a difference. 

 

Of course we are all acutely aware that this is the first, critical step in keeping people safe, and the work will continue for additional needed protections, both now and after the moratorium has ended.  

 

But right now, we are sharing this momentary pause with you to say: look what we can make happen together.  Let’s collect this fuel from our shared strength and commitment as we face this continuing challenge in our communities, as a united community. 

 

 

Here’s a list of Restaurants offering free meals in Southeastern MA:

1- Phoenix Restaurant in Fairhaven, MA- 1 free special from the kid’s menu 

2- G&S Pizza in New Bedford, MA- 1 free slice of pizza 

3- UMelt in Providence, RI- Grilled cheese, cup of soup, apple, & bottle of water 

4- KFC in RI– Please contact Lisa@teamapplevalley.com for a voucher for a free lunch that will be be accepted at: 421 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI; 25 Newport Ave, Rumford, RI; 822 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI; 824 Tiogue Ave, Coventry, RI 

5- Wings Over in New Bedford, MA– 1 free meal from the kid’s menu 

6- Papa John’s Pizza in Seekonk, MA– Free slice of pizza (11AM- 3PM) 

7- Brigham’s Corner Pizza & Seafood in New Bedford– 1 free kid’s meal per student 

8- Max’s in Dartmouth, MA– free meal item 

9- Tequilla Lime Cantina in Fall River, MA– 1 free kid’s meal (Tues- Sat from 11:30A- 3P) 

10- True Nutrition in New Bedford, MA– 1 healthy meal shake & a protein bite per student  

11- Tipsy Toboggan in Fall River, MA– 1 free kid’s meal (during lunch hours) 

12- The Star Drive-In in Taunton, MA– 1 free kid’s brown bag lunch to (Available only to Taunton residents from 12-2PM) 

Stay safe and be well!