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As a City, as a state, as a nation, and as an international community, we are faced with an unprecedented time. Day-by-day, hour-by-hour, the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are evolving, which I know is having a tremendous impact on all of you......
Click Here> Mayor DeMaria’s March, 21, 2020 Statement and Valuable Resource List
Statement from Mayor Carlo DeMaria
COVID-19 March 21, 2020
As a City, as a state, as a nation, and as an international community, we are faced with an unprecedented time. Day-by-day, hour-by-hour, the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are evolving, which I know is having a tremendous impact on all of you. Understandably, many of you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, confusion, and fear. It is my goal to alleviate those feelings, to provide answers, and to connect you with the necessary local, state, and federal resources to assist you in getting through this difficult period.
In dealing with a global crisis such as this, it is important that we act as a community and adhere to the guidance provided by the professionals in this field. Measures aimed at preventing the continuing spread of the virus will only be effective if all of us are on the same page. I am proud to say that Everett was one of the first municipalities in the State to announce closures of our schools and municipal buildings. While it is a certainly a testament to both my Administration and the School Department for being able to band together and continue to provide services to our residents despite the closures of many of our buildings, we will not be able to make significant progress fighting back against the spread of the virus unless we see decisive and timely action from the higher levels of government.
My staff and I have been on multiple calls every day with local leaders, Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Senator Warren, medical experts from the Center for Disease Control and Department of Public Health, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Massachusetts Municipal Association, to seek guidance, to petition for greater resources, to offer our own policies, and to urge our leaders to hand down uniform guidelines so as to best contain the spread and allow us to get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.
The need for prompt, accurate, and accessible communication is more important now than ever before. I pledge to continue keeping you, the residents of Everett, as informed as I can. A shutdown does not mean a slowdown. City Hall will continue to assist all of its residents through our many available resources. If you have any questions, please direct them to 311 who can either provide answers themselves or direct your call to the appropriate person.
While this pandemic poses a major test of our collective fortitude, together, as a City and as a people, we will get through this difficult period of time.
Next, please find the most up-to-date information below, regarding the things that matter most in our community. Please remember, the City can be reached via Facebook, by calling 311, or emailing any Department.
Carlo DeMaria, Mayor
My Administration has received several questions regarding eviction proceedings. In an Order from the Chief Justice of the Housing Court, all non-emergency court events, including evictions, are postponed until at least April 21, 2020. That means any pending evictions are on hold, and new evictions will not be heard until the Court reopens. The Chief Justice is encouraging any such parties to eviction “to reach an agreement for judgment outside of court before the first court appearance” when they reopen.
Legislators on Beacon Hill have also proposed a measure to temporarily ban evictions and foreclosures for a period of time due to COVID-19. No ban is in place yet, but we will be monitoring the situation and get out any information as it becomes available.
During this time of crisis and insecurity, I am encouraging all landlords to work with their tenants in any way they reasonably can to assure that we all get through this crisis together. There will be some hard times ahead and sacrifices to be made, but housing insecurity on top of this crisis can be terrifying. Any way our community can compromise and work together will benefit us all.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.
The guidance issued applies to homeowners with FHA-insured Title II Single Family forward and Home Equity Conversion (reverse) mortgages, and directs mortgage servicers to:
FHA continues to encourage servicers to offer its suite of loss mitigation options to distressed borrowers – including those that could be impacted by the Coronavirus – to help prevent them from going into foreclosure. These include short and long-term forbearance options, mortgage modifications, and other mortgage payment relief options available based on the borrower’s individual circumstances.
Older adults and individuals who have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19) illness. The best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is spread from person to person, through respiratory droplets, when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
It is important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from COVID -19:
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider for medical advice. When you call your health care provider tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. Your health care provider will determine if you need to be tested. A person that is mildly ill with COVID-19 is able to stay at home and recover. Taking the following steps can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 you should get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include, but not limited to:
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, it is very important to notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put a facemask on before medical help arrives.
HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Other provisions of H.R. 6201 with potential relevance to state and local agencies allow for certain waivers to requirements for school meals, suspend the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and allow states to request waivers to provide certain emergency SNAP benefits.
ADDITIONAL SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
PHILANTHROPIC/OTHER BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
If you’re out of work and able to work, you may be eligible for temporary income called unemployment insurance (UI). If you qualify, you receive weekly payments to help cover your living expenses while you search for new employment. The amount you receive is based on what you were paid in the last year. The UI program for Massachusetts is managed by the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, the Baker-Polito administration filed emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the 1-week waiting period for unemployment benefits. This means that DUA would be authorized to pay benefits without delay to persons who become unemployed because of lay-offs or business shutdowns taken in response to the virus, because of quarantine orders or directives or illness that prevents them from leaving their homes, or because they must care for a sick or quarantined family member.
EOLWD and DUA also filed emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment benefits if their workplace is shut down and expects to reopen. This applies to all employees (full and part time) who are impacted by such shutdowns. Claimants are urged to file unemployment claims online at https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-unemployment-benefits.
The following conditions apply to temporary shutdowns:
Employers who have been paying into the system for themselves (are receiving a W-2) are able to apply as well.
Self-employed individuals and contract employees
Guidelines for Unemployment Benefits:
UTILITY SHUTOFF MORATORIUM
The Department of Public Utilities has implemented a moratorium on gas/electric utility shutoffs until further notice. Because cable/internet have not been considered, the City of Everett’s Administration will be sending a letter to request all providers halt shutting off services until the State of Emergency has been lifted.
FOOD SERVICES AND PANTRIES
*Please use the pedestrian gate and under the blue awning on the right side of the building