MASH would ask that all MASH-certified operators make their best efforts to work with residents who have job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that we work together as a community to provide safe, stable housing for people in recovery during this difficult time. We have a community of MASH-certified operators who are currently working to assist residents who are not currently able to pay rent. If you are having challenges please contact MASH and we can connect you!
For public health information and guidelines on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit:
For information on COVID-19 and guidance for Sober Homes:
The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) has reviewed recommendations about COVID-19 from many sources and compiled a NARR COVID-19 guidance document. COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Residences, Residents and Staff Members
The Executive Office of Human Services (EHS) has made available a series of guidance documents addressing COVID-19 at Mass.gov webpage. Please click the link for the updated Residential and Congregate Care Program Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure.
Ohio Recovery Housing, a NARR affiliate, has created a document which outlines the process for supporting a resident who becomes ill and starts to show symptoms of possible COVID-19.
The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline has put together a COVID-19 Resources page. You can also contact the Helpline at 800-327-5050.
For information on Recovery Meetings:
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Most AA groups in Massachusetts are currently not meeting in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these meetings are now online. Please visit the AA Central Committee to find meetings that are currently meeting online.
In The Rooms
In The Rooms is an online community with members who share their strength and experience with one another daily. Through live meetings, discussion groups, and all the other tools In the Rooms has to offer, people from around the world connect with one another and help each other along their recovery journeys. Please visit In The Rooms to learn more.
For information on online SMART Recovery meetings please visit: SMART Recovery
Coronavirus Emergency Loans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. For additional information on this loan program please go to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.
City of Boston and Evictions
The Boston Housing Authority notified the state Housing Court Thursday that it will not pursue “non-essential eviction actions” for as long as Gov. Charlie Baker’s declared state of emergency lasts. Non-essential cases are defined as “non-payment and cause cases that do not involve or include allegations of criminal activity or lease violations that impact the health or safety of BHA residents and employees and/or the general public.”
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has extended the utility moratorium while Massachusetts is in a state of emergency. For more information please click here.
You should contact the Department of Unemployment and apply for unemployment insurance (UI) right away if your job has been affected by COVID-19. To apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) online (available daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) please go to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. If you have trouble completing the application online, you can ask for help by filling out the COVID-19: Department of Unemployment Assistance Contact Request form. You can also apply by telephone by calling 617-626-6800 or 877-626-6800 outside the 617 area code. There are dedicated phone lines for individuals who speak Spanish and Portuguese.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
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. To apply for PUA please visit: www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-pandemic-unemployment-assistance
Massachusetts Food Banks
View all Massachusetts food banks near you by clicking on the link