If you are concerned about your physical, emotional or financial safety and security, please explore the resources below.
Boston University Resources
The below resources are only available to Boston University students, staff and faculty.
- BU students may apply for federal emergency relief funds as part of the CARES act. The first round of applications are due by Friday, May 8th. Please find more information in this BU Today story and a link to the application here. (May 1, 2020)
- Students experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569. A crisis counselor from SARP (Sexual Assault Response & Prevention) is also available 24/7 at 617-353-7277 (SARP).
- Student Health Services (including Primary Care, Behavioral Medicine, the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP), Wellness & Prevention Services, and Athletic Training Services) will be providing the majority of health care to students via telemedicine by appointment only by calling 617-353-3575. The office will remain open with abbreviated hours that can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/shs/hours-offices/. If this is a COVID-19 related concern, please follow the directions HERE to complete the secure form online and connect with a nurse
- Faculty & Staff Assistance Office | firstname.lastname@example.org | To offer support and assistance while maintaining safe physical distances, the FSAO is now offering free and confidential counseling and consultation sessions to BU faculty, staff, and their immediate family members via a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. Schedule an appointment via the website http://bu.edu/fsao/ or by phone: 617-353-5381.
- BU Occupational Health Center (for employees) | 617-353-6630
- BU COVID-19 Hotline (health-related information): 617-358-4990
- Cambridge Food Resources (updated 3.27.20)
- Cambridge Homeless Providers (updated 3.31.20)
Local Community Resources (Greater Boston)
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new Executive Order requiring all individuals over the age of 2 to wear face coverings/masks when in public (inside or outside), as well as on any public transportation, until further notice. (May 5, 2020)
- The Governor of Massachusetts has extended the stay at home advisory until May 18. Non-essential businesses remain closed and individuals are advised to remain at home.
- 211 – For assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, call 211 or visit 211.org/services/covid19.
- Basic Resources for Families During Coronavirus – Shared Google doc for Boston families; English/Español
- Boston + MA COVID-19 Resources (Shared Google Doc) – A collection of resources put together by the Asian American Resource Workshop. Headings include: how to make sense of this crisis, Asian-American racism, resources for teachers/facilitators, collective care/mutual aid, census, healthcare, workers rights, housing rights, disability justice, prisons and detention centers, climate justice, supporting small businesses, artists and freelancers, language resources.
- Boston COVID-19 Community Care (Shared Google Sheet) – A Google spreadsheet of resources in Boston, including individuals and organizations that are offering mutual aid and community services, as well as some advocacy opportunities.
- Boston Helps – Request or offer assistance
- Boston Homeless Providers/Community Meal Programs
- Boston Resiliency Fund – Helping to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers.
- Child Care Coop – The Covid Childcare Co-op Calculator (CCCC) is a tech tool as social prompt. Using the CCCC, a group of caregivers can fairly schedule collective childcare according to their availabilities.
- Concerned To Go Out – A web-based platform for requesting or offering delivery service for individuals who are concerned about going outside due to physical or mental health reasons.
- COVID-19 Resources – Digestible resource guide that includes: If You’re Out of Work, Help for College Students, Help for Your Business, Personal Health/Safety, Mental Health/Anxiety, Fun, and Help for Kids out of School.
- Eviction Hotline & Resources – Resources from City Life/Vida Urbana
- Map of Boston Food Resources
- Massachusetts Mutual Aid Networks – Spreadsheet with links to local mutual aid networks
- Mass.gov Information & Resources
- Online AA Meetings During COVID-19
- Toll-Free Hunger Helpline (Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline): 1-800-645-8333
- The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC)– Support groups
- CDC website – Information and resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Coronavirus Resource Kit – Mutual aid projects, resources and emergency contacts
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources – Shared Google folder of info and toolkits
- Covid-19 Financial Solidarity – A Google spreadsheet for national mutual aid. From the Guidelines: “If your livelihood is being directly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis and you need support, post requests on this spreadsheet. If you are a white-collar employee working from home and still being paid your full salary, fulfill the requests below.” (Related: Collective Care Resource)
- COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and People Vulnerable to Structural Violence – Resources from Harm Reduction Coalition