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The Legal Services Center building is currently closed to the public, and our attorneys and staff are working remotely. Please do not come to our building.

If you are an existing client of LSC, your attorney will contact you to let you know how to reach them by phone or email with any questions or for updates on your case. For other questions, please call us at 617-522-3003.

If you are not a current client and are seeking legal help, you can call us at 617-522-3003 and leave a message. We will do our best to respond to messages but cannot guarantee a response or that we will be able to provide legal advice or representation.

New Updates & Resources

Do You Qualify For Eviction Protections? Use this online tool to find out. More info on the tool from WBUR.

Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Library Launch New Initiatives to Bridge the Digital Divide Info on computer use at Central Library, boosted 24-hour WiFi at other branches around the city.

Know Your Rights: Rental Housing During the Pandemic Watch this info session, presented by LSC Housing Attorney Gary Allen and hosted in partnership with the Boston Public Library.

Free Weekly Credit Reports: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are offering free weekly online credit reports through April 2021. Typically, consumers are entitled to only one free credit report from each company per year. 

Know Your Rights: What Your Employer Must Do To Keep You Safe As You Return To Work (WBUR)

Where to get a COVID test in Massachusetts

City of Boston – Resources for Residents

Information on Pandemic EBT (food stamp) benefits

Government Updates

City of Boston Coronavirus Updates – Information on relief funds, virus testing, food resources, resources for people with disabilities, and more.

Updates on Massachusetts Re-opening

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 99411 to opt-in for English. Text BOSEspanol for Spanish; BOSKreyol for Haitian Kreyol; BOSFrancais for French; BOSKriolu for Cabo Verdean Creole; BOSPortugues for Portuguese. 

Office of the Attorney General – Resources on topics including workers’ rights, earned sick time, health care and insurance, child care, protecting yourself from scams, and student loans, among others.

Legal Resources

Mass Legal Help – Self-help legal information on various topics.

Legal Resource Finder – Find out if your are eligible for legal services, and get contact info for a legal services program in your area.

Massachusetts Legal Answers Online – Ask a volunteer attorney a specific question about your civil legal issue.

COVID-19 Relief Coalition – Legal and financial resources for small businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Boston area.

Employment/Unemployment

The Massachusetts Department of Labor is hosting daily virtual town halls (including some in Spanish) to help residents who have applied for unemployment assistance. Learn more and sign up here.

Independent contractors, the self-employed, and ‘gig’ workers can now apply for state unemployment benefits – The Boston Globe, 4/20/20

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.” 

Financial Assistance

Assistance Funds in various towns around Massachusetts (United Way)

Urban Edge’s Family Resiliency Fund for residents of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. 

Mass Jobs with Justice Workers Funds – links and information about various worker-focused relief funds in Massachusetts.

City of Cambridge Disaster Relief Fund – for Cambridge residents affected by the pandemic.

Resources for Veterans

Attention low-income Massachusetts veterans: you may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for rent, utilities, and other expenses. Visit MassVetBen.Org to find out if you are eligible.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has established a relief fund for service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes veterans who are self-employed as contractors or small business owners.

Housing Information

What to do if your landlord tries to evict you (MassLegalHelp)

COVID-19 and Housing Overview (MassLegalHelp)

Boston Rental Relief Fund– the second round of funding is now closed. Stay tuned for updates.

New Mortgage Relief Partnership to Aid Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic– City of Boston, April 9, 2020

Coronavirus Info— English

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Información en Español

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冠状病毒信息,中文

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Thông tin về coronavirus, tiếng việt

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