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COVID-19 Response and Resources

It is my goal as your State Representative to ensure that you get the help that you need when you need it. A crucial aspect of that goal is making sure the required information is easily accessible.

 

Below, you will find all of the possible resources that you may need. Such information includes updated press releases from local, state, and federal authorities, programs intended to support our community, and contacts for all agencies.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

Your Representative,

Michael J. Soter

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Local Resources

Bellingham Board of Health

Blackstone Board of Health

Phone: (508)966-5820
Email: bwilson@bellinghamma.org
Website: www.bellinghamma.org/board-health

Millville Board of Health

Uxbridge Board of Health

Phone: (508) 883-5041
Email: health@millvillema.org
Website: www.millvillema.org/board-health
Phone: (508) 876-5130
Email: BOH@uxbridge-ma.gov
Website: www.uxbridge-ma.gov/board-health

State & Federal Resources

Department of Public Health

Representative Soter

Infectious Disease Emergencies: (617) 983 6800
Website: www.mass.gov/Covid19
Office Phone: (617) 722-2460
Direct Line: (774) 573-4631
Email: Michael.Soter@MAHouse.gov

The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention

Phone: (800) 232-4636
Website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Massachusetts 211

Phone: 211
Website: https://mass211.org/

IRS 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
Purpose: The IRS portal for filers who would like to provide direct deposit information or need to update a mailing address will be available through the same link soon (mid-April).
Website: https://www.mass.gov/pua
Purpose: Those not covered by Unemployment can file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This includes gig economy workers, self-employed workers, along with others.

Unemployment

To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, the Baker-Polito administration filed emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the 1 week waiting period for unemployment benefits. This means that DUA would be authorized to pay benefits without delay to persons who become unemployed because of lay-offs or business shutdowns taken in response to the virus, because of quarantine orders or directives or illness that prevents them from leaving their homes, or because they must care for a sick or quarantined family member.

Website: www.mass.gov/unemployment/covid-19

Small Businesses

State Assistance

A loan fund of $10 million has been created to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will receive and process all applications for this fund.

Website:

https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/what-we-offer/emergency-loan-funds/covid-19-loan-fund  

Small Business Administration

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
Website: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Other State Information

Registry of Motor Vehicles

MBTA

Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that are available 24/7 to provide support for youth and adults who are in any kind of emotional crisis.  In addition to the main hotline number listed above, there are several other numbers to call depending on your needs

  • Spanish Language: 1-866-628-9454

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889

  • Veterans: 1-800-273-8255

  • Disaster Distress: 1-800-985-5990

  • Anyone can also use their online chat feature on their website.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-7233

Website: https://www.thehotline.org/help/

 

The Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to empower victims and survivors to find safety and live free of abuse. We also provide support to friends and family members who are concerned about a loved one. 

 

Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing may use TTY 1-800-787-3224.  Additionally, advocates who are Deaf are available 24/7 through the National Deaf Hotline by video phone at 1-855-812-1001, Instant Messenger (DeafHotline) or email (nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: (877) 870-4673 (Call or Text)

Website: https://samaritanshope.org/

If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, or learn how to help others in crisis, you can find support with us.

The Trevor Project

Call: 1-866-488-7386

Text: 1-202-304-1200

Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

The Trevor Project is a 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth.  Youth can also use the online chat feature on the Trevor Project's website. 

TrevorText is available Monday-Friday between 3-10PM.  TrevorChat is available seven days a week between 3-10PM.

MA Nursing Home Resource Line

Phone: (617) 660-5399 

A dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week.

Paid for by CTE Mike Soter

Mike@mikesoter.com |  ‪(508) 657-4688

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