DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE
All DTA offices closed for in person visits as of March 18th, 2020 - you can still call or apply online. DTA remains committed to serving all clients. Individuals and families can still apply for benefits, submit documents, check balances, and more by:
· Calling the DTA Assistance Line: (877) 382-2363
· Visiting DTAConnect.com
· Downloading the DTA Connect Mobile Application. Available for download for iOS and Android devices
·Visit mass.gov/DTA to learn more ways to submit documents to DTA.
For clients requesting new or replacement EBT cards, requests will be taken through the automated DTA Assistance Line and replacement cards will be mailed directly from the clients’ nearest local Transitional Assistance Office.
Beginning Monday, March 16th, there will be a free grab-and-go lunch service for all LPS students between the hours of 11AM-1PM, Monday through Friday at the above schools. On Fridays, students are able to take 3 lunches - one for Friday, and one for Saturday and Sunday.
For homeless LPS students
living in another district
**If you are a LPS family/student and are homeless, living in another district, please check here at Project Bread's website in order to find the district where you are currently living and check their lunch program. If you have any questions please e-mail email@example.com.**
Counselors at Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 are available to connect families to food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about elder meals programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The Hotline will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, and can provide information in 160 languages through our Language Line.
The Family Success Center and all LHAND offices will be closed to the general public for the foreseeable future and will not be taking any walk-in appointments at the Family Success Center offices at 39 Curwin Terrace or at 117 Franklin Street. Families should call (339) 883-2342 or email for any information. Please note that clients may still begin pre-applications for the RAFT program at: https://www.waitlistcheck.com/MA2977-1918
Unaccompanied youth (that is youth ages 17-24 with unstable nighttime residence) can contact The Haven Project in Lynn, all meetings will be open by appointment only. You can call or text to connect with Haven staff at (781) 913-5738. Haven can help with getting a place to live, HiSet/GED, job search and training, laundry/food/shower, access to gift cards and wifi and more.
MA Coalition will temporarily not be filling orders for beds/clothing/furniture. Referrals can still be sent and will be filled once MA Coalition is fully operational again. They are still working remotely and can assist through HomeLink: Please contact Robyn Frost at 781-595-7570 ext. 12 for assistance.
Housing Court Information from
Northeast Justice Center
Please see the Word attachment from Northeast Justice Center in Lynn regarding your rights in housing court during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note that all pending eviction cases are postponed until no earlier than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Local offices are closed, however emergency shelter applications can still be processed through DHCD. Families can call 1-866-584-0653 to apply. Shelters will still have to abide by the Department of Public Health prevention strategies and will have to follow quarantine rules in shelters should those apply. Please see the attachments above for more info on applying for emergency housing.
LPS Homeless Liaison
If you have a student enrolled in LPS, the Homeless Education Liaison can help if you are in a housing crisis. Please e-mail or leave a voicemail at 781-477-7220 ext 3207.
Northeast Justice Center intake line: 1(978) 458-1465
MassLegalServices.org is an online law library specifically focusing on issues of poverty. This website is updating on a number of issues related to COVID-19, which can be found here.
The Massachusetts court system has a guided webpage specifically with updates on the court schedule modifications in MA. You can find that here.
Check here for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance on mass.gov.
Check here for MassLegalHelp.org information on unemployment help.
"Emergency drop-in care programs are opening to provide back-up care for vulnerable families and workers who have no other option. Priority will be given to people including but not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters."
The U.S Citizen and Immigration Services encourages anyone who has fever, cough, and shortness of breath to seek medical treatment and preventative services - regardless of their immigration status in this country. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any person as part of a future Public Charge analysis according to their most current information.
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