Legal Resources and Coronavirus Updates | Recursos Legales e Información Sobre el Coronavirus
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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.

Recent Updates & New Resources

Grants available for small businesses (The Boston Globe) – Governor Baker is establishing a new $50M grant fund to help struggling small businesses stay afloat. Businesses with 6 to 50 employees will be eligible for grants of up to $75,000 each, while smaller employers can get up to $25,000. Among the eligible uses for the funds are covering payroll for employees, for example, or making rent or utility payments. Apply through the Massachusetts Capital Growth Corporation; the application opens October 22 and closes on November 13

NEW: Know Your Rights: Rental Housing During the Pandemic Watch this info session presented by LSC’s Housing Clinic and the Boston Public Library

Helpful information on the eviction process and resources for renters, from:

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

IRS extends Economic Impact Payment deadline to Nov. 21 to help non-filers – IRS, October 5 | Get help from LSC’s Tax Clinic with your payment

Residents of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan and Roxbury now have access to the Lyft Relief Rides program. These rides are intended for non-emergency healthcare appointments, employment opportunities and veteran’s needs. Call 211 from any phone in Massachusetts to see if you’re eligible. 

Where to get a COVID test in Massachusetts

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.

Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program (HAP) Begins September 21
Session will take place Mondays – Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and are open to all students in grades K-8 on a drop-in basis. HAP will start on Zoom and will be a virtual program indefinitely. 

Resources for Job Seekers – The Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center of the Boston Public Library is offering the following resources (free of charge for Massachusetts residents) for job seekers:

  • Free Resume Review & Resume Writing Assistance – Email kirstein@bpl.libanswers.com any time for free help from our trained staff of business librarians.

See other classes and programs at the Kirstein Center here and a list of other BPL classes and workshops here.

Are your children remote learning? Here’s how parents can get paid leave from work to take care of them  MassLive, September 21

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

Information on Pandemic EBT (food stamp) benefits

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. 

Housing Information

COVID-19 and Housing Overview (MassLegalHelp)

How Evictions Work In Massachusetts – WBUR, October 15

Boston Rental Relief Fund – currently accepting applications from Boston residents at risk of losing their rental housing.

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

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

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.

Government Updates

City of Boston – Resources for Residents

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.

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.

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.” 

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