Latino Equity Fund & TBF COVID-19 Rapid Funding: ($62,500)
1. East Boston Health Center: $12,500 to assist in the acquisition of medical equipment and provision of prevention education and psychosocial support for vulnerable populations, including undocumented individuals.
2. Somerville Hispanic Association for Community Development: $12,500 to provide supportive services, including non-perishables and food items, to families and individuals in the communities of Somerville, Medford, Everett, Cambridge, and surrounding towns.
3. The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII): $12,500 to help with the provision of high quality legal services to immigrants with little access to emergency benefits and/or housing.
4. The Neighborhood Developers: $12,500 to continue providing multilingual and multi-channel communications about relief services, food security, and cash relief for undocumented and/or elderly tenants.
5. The Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP): $12,500 to virtually support Latino residents in Framingham requiring immediate help accessing basic services related to COVID-19, like unemployment benefits, and navigating their healthcare and insurance.
Additional Latino Equity Fund COVID-19 Rapid Funding
6. Chelsea Collaborative (La Colaborativa): $50,000 to provide basic needs and services to the community of Chelsea and enable La Colaborativa to function as an emergency fund for the city of Chelsea with cash stipends, food pantries and support services for a community hit hard by COVID-19.
Latino Equity Fund & Western Community Foundations Covid-19 Grants ($75,500)
Grants made in Western Massachusetts were made in partnership with the local community foundations in the areas that served as our local guide and partner to ensure our funds augment COVID-19 funding to the most critical organizations serving the community.
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts ($65,000)
7. Womanshelter Compañeras: $13,000 to continue providing emergency shelter, support groups in Spanish, and advocacy programming to victims of domestic abuse.
8. Holyoke Health Center (MUPR Grantee): $13,000 to address the needs of Holyoke residents through extensive screening procedures, the expansion of its Urgent Care Unit, and communication of vital information. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, HCC played a pivotal role in Western Massachusetts for relocated Puerto Ricans seeking health services, especially those related to trauma.
9. Gándara Mental Health Center (MUPR Grantee): $13,000 to continue providing essential resources to the Springfield community by supporting families with rental assistance and food and transportation vouchers, and through its telemedicine services. The Center was active in helping over 300 relocated families from Puerto Rico access critical resources after Hurricane Maria.
10. New North Citizens Council (MUPR Grantee): $13,000 to serve the most vulnerable individuals in the community through rental and utilities assistance, and gift cards for food, gas, and clothing. New North served as a lifeline and advocate for relocated Puerto Ricans who found themselves in limbo with FEMA and housing services after Hurricane Maria.
11. Enlace de Familias de Holyoke (MUPR Grantee): $13,000 to provide community members with mental health services, food distribution, personal hygiene kits, and support navigating COVID-19 assistance and resources. Enlace played a critical role after Hurricane Maria in the community, helping many families resettle and providing guidance to those that qualified for FEMA.
Latino Equity Fund & Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation ($10,500)
12. Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative: $10,500 to provide emergency support to the Pittsfield community, including meal delivery, employment assistance, and support for those requiring virtual transitions to sustain their initiatives that were a source of economic self sufficiency.
Additional FY20 Grants
13. Latinos for Education: $12,500 for research, report development, and marketing for a fall convening on COVID-19 Roadmap for Latino Students and Families, a report that synthesizes the impact of COVID-19 and serves as an advocacy platform to influence decision-makers on key education issues affecting Latino students in the education system.
14. Latino Education Institute at Worcester University: $20,000 to support programming for 60 relocated Puerto Ricans in re-engagement via remote learning, community-based education, and family stabilization services.
15. Amplify Latinx: $10,000 to support the work of MassINC Polling Group in developing a first of its kind statewide survey on the impacts of the Latino community across the state.
16. Chelsea Collaborative: $33,000 to provide residents with emergency cash grants, food, and other basic necessities. These additional funds were a result of a community matching campaign to support Chelsea during a very critical time of need that enabled the Latino Equity Fund to deploy over $80,000 in grants during the initial phase of COVID-19.