Dear Boston Residents,
COVID-19 is more than a public health emergency. The pandemic also highlights the crisis of economic inequality and racial disparities. Residents of color and low-income families are bearing the brunt of the health impacts and economic disruption in Boston and across the country. Hourly wage workers are most impacted by sudden business shut-downs and more likely to be left out of state and federal relief. With no income, many renters are even more vulnerable to displacement, and none are more exposed than individuals experiencing homelessness. Essential workers are facing constant risk of exposure to the virus, often without appropriate protective equipment.
We need to plan for a just and equitable recovery.
On this website we’ll keep you updated on our progress and collect important resources to help you navigate these times. Thank you for your feedback and partnership.
Resources for Residents
We’ve created a COVID-19 Community Resource Guide that includes important updates on the state of the pandemic in Boston, resources for families, food access, small business owners, worker justice, housing justice and much more. Let us know what else would be important to add.
Policies for an Equitable Recovery
- Access to Transportation – Public transportation has remained critical for essential workers, and residents are depending more and more on walking and biking. We have a responsibility to ensure that our residents have access to safe streets during this crisis, while working towards an accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 transit system. See the full presentations from our City Council hearing here.
- Housing Stability – Housing insecurity has skyrocketed due to the stresses of COVID-19. Renters are struggling to afford to stay housed and none are more exposed than individuals experiencing homelessness. We must commit to providing immediate support to families through rental relief and a moratorium on evictions, and we need to start planning now for a post-coronavirus economy that is built around secure, affordable housing.
- Access to Healthy, Local Foods – Our food system is fundamental to individual and community health, yet the pandemic has exposed deep injustices at every part of the food supply chain. Our corporatized food production plants put underpaid workers at risk of illness and leave our food supply chain vulnerable to disruption, while our deeply inequitable distribution systems leave entire communities without regular access to fresh, healthy foods while bearing many of the burdens of the pandemic. The recovery should deliver a healthy, sustainable, humane, localized, and just food system.
- Supporting Our Youth – An equitable recovery needs to center youth voices. With remote learning, we see disparities in educational access breaking down along familiar socioeconomic lines. We can support our youth by prioritizing whole-child development, ensuring access to summer opportunities, and building educational goals that support our families and promote strong communities.
- Small Business Relief – Local small businesses are the heart of our communities, and businesses are facing unprecedented challenges, particularly those owned by immigrants, women, and people of color. We must work with entrepreneurs and advocates to ensure that those with the most need have access to relief and services, and that public procurement aligns with policy goals for equity and community wealth-building. We must build Boston’s economic recovery to deliver a new normal that is equitable, sustainable, and resilient for local small businesses and the communities they serve.
- COVID-19 & Climate Change – Leaders must use this moment to confront the threats of ecological degradation and environmental injustice and call for solutions that will generate green jobs, fight wealth inequality, and build more livable cities for all of our families.
- Public Health & Safety – Boston should lead with trust as the foundation for public safety and public health. That means setting policies for transparency, accountability, and community oversight, and rejecting surveillance technology that threatens civil rights and erodes public trust. We must also push back against a rise in racial profiling and discrimination against AAPI communities, and address the reality that COVID-19 has led to an increase in existing crises like domestic abuse and gun violence.
We Want to Hear From You
Do you have a question about COVID-19 or any Boston policies and services? Are you interested in sharing your experiences and concerns in dealing with the pandemic? We want to hear from you. Tell us how COVID-19 has impacted you by sharing your story with us here.
Join the Conversation
- Build community with us during our live conversations with community leaders streamed on Facebook and Youtube.
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The Latest News
- Boston Globe: Boston’s post-pandemic recovery must be equitable
- WGBH: Boston City Council Seeks To Maximize Transparency Of COVID-19 Small Business Grants
- Boston 25 News: Some Mass. communities looking to expand walking spaces to help social distancing amid COVID-19
- Boston.com: Some of Boston’s neighbors have banned facial surveillance. Now, the city council is moving to follow suit.
- Bay State Banner: Councilors call on city to prohibit facial recognition
- Universal Hub: Boston could start expanding some sidewalks into roadways by the end of the month, official says
- Governing: Boston Is Considering a Ban on Facial Recognition Technology
- WGBH: Boston Delivered $2 Million In Small Business Grants — But Who Received Them?
- Bay State Banner: Council discusses hate crimes, business assistance
- Mission Hill Gazette: City Council Discusses Equitable Recovery from COVID-19
- Boston Globe: Only six Boston households have gotten rent relief from city program so far as councilors push for greater urgency
- Streets Blog: Boston Council to Host Hearing on Pandemic Street Safety Improvements
- North End Waterfront: Reduced Traffic During Pandemic Prompts Discussion On Creating Safer Streets In Boston
- WGBH: City Council Asks How Boston Will Help Small Businesses Recover
- Boston.com: Boston needs to talk about what public transit will look like after the COVID-19 crisis, city councilors say
- Boston Herald: Boston city councilors call for more equity in coronavirus relief funds
- Bay State Banner: City councilors discuss housing relief
- Northend Waterfront: City Council Explores Rent Relief Options For Tenants In City-Owned & BPDA-Owned Properties
- Boston 25 News: Boston residents running out of time to apply to rental relief fund
- WGBH: Boston Councilor Michelle Wu On Coping With The Pandemic, Looking Toward Economic Recovery
- WGBH: As Baker Tells Massachusetts To Stay Home, Critics Applaud — But Say More Is Needed
- Boston.com: Michelle Wu launches ‘Boston Stays Home’ challenge to bring together communities amid social distancing
- CBS Boston: ‘Boston Stays Home Challenge’ Hopes To Build Community During Coronavirus