Newburyport Connected - Community Resources for facing the COVID-19
The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected our community in so many ways. This page is a centralized directory for key community resources in the Newburyport area concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Subscribe for updates from the City of Newburyport at www.cityofnewburyport.com/subscribe and find updates on the City's response to COVID-19 at www.cityofnewburyport.com/COVID-19Update. If you are aware of a community resource not listed here, please email email@example.com.
To receive text message updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about COVID-19, text “COVIDMA” to 888-777.
If You Need Help
- Report a non-medical need or problem through Newburyport Connected (Do not use this form to report a medical emergency. Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick or call 911 in an emergency) - There will be many Newburyporters that will be affected by the Coronavirus in the coming months and will need resources. Residents can use this link to describe their needs and City staff will help resolve your problem or direct you to a social service provider than can help.
Sign up to volunteer or donate
- Offer to volunteer or donate through the Good Neighbors Sign Up (overseen by Newburyport Youth Services).
- Anna Jaques Hospital Healthcare Heroes Fund - AJH is taking donations of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or monetary donations to acquire necessary resources to respond immediately to the emerging needs of their workforce and patient community.
- Essex County Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Restaurant Workers' COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund
- Local Food Pantries and Meals-to-go updated by Our Neighbor’s Table
- State-wide food service locations for students
- Early grocery store hours for seniors - Market Basket and Shaws
- Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP)
- Project Bread Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
Information on Federal CARES Act resources:
- Unemployment Assistance
- Paid Sick Leave
- Direct Payments to Lower- and Middle-Income Individuals and Families
- Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses and Employees
- Housing Protections to Keep People in Their Homes
- Pause on Student Loan Payments Without Penalty
- Senator Elizabeth Warren's Resource Page
- Senator Ed Markey's Resource Page
Support for Small Businesses During COVID-19
COVID19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Small Businesses:
- Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Page
- MA Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program to Self-Employed, Gig Economy, and Other Workers
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
- SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide
- Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program MDPH webpage
- SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- MDPH Guidance and Resources
- CDC Business Planning Pandemic Checklist
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation Of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy And Other Workers
The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history. Applicants can learn more and apply at www.mass.gov/pua.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program
The MA Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. SBA to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.
The 1st step in this process is to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within MA. Affected small businesses and non-profits should download, complete, and submit the SBA EIDL Worksheet & Instructions to expedite the activation of the EIDL program.
Completed forms can be submitted by email to Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov or by fax to (508) 820-1401. If you do fax the form, please include your email. Please note, this initial survey form is not an SBA loan application.
When the EIDL program is activated, you will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA and this website will be updated with application details. For questions, please contact Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov
About the EIDL program: EIDLs provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses until normal operations resume.
Report a need
- For seniors: contact the Council on Aging to request grocery or other delivery assistance
- Request home heating assistance
- Grocery Delivery Providers - Peapod.com and Instacart.com
- Emergency child care information AND list of emergency child care providers
- For immigrants: MIRA's directory of resources
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health's COVID-19 FAQ or call 2-1-1
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Newburyport Health Department Information on COVID-19
- What to do if you are sick
- Designated essential services/personnel by the state
- CityofNewburyport.com/COVID-19UPDATE - Official City of Newburyport website on City's response to COVID-19, as well as information and resources.
- List of the City’s Online Services
- Greater Newburyport Community Resource Guide (hosted by Pennies for Poverty)
- Mass.gov State Resource Page
- Senator Elizabeth Warren Resource Webpage
- Senator Ed Markey Resource Webpage
- US Representative Seth Moulton Resource Webpage