ABCD Provides Emergency & limited Services in Response to COVID-19 – in detail

This information is current as of 3/31/20.

Please check back here for the latest information or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation changes frequently.

Due to the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts,  ABCD will continue to fulfill our
commitment to serving those most in need in a way that can help protect the health and safety of participants and staff. 

As a result, we are maintaining social distancing protocols and are TEMPORARILY CLOSING ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATIONS TO WALK-IN TRAFFIC AND IN-PERSON MEETINGS.

Our staff will be available by phone or email to offer EMERGENCY AND OTHER LIMITED SERVICES to ensure that we meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.


While most ABCD programs will be closed through April 6, 2020, we encourage you to call if you need emergency support services such as food or fuel assistance. 

Below you’ll find the status of ABCD programs and services during the State of Emergency. (Please note that dates may change pending future assessment of the COVID-19 threat.)

Neighborhood Service Centers

During the State of Emergency associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis,  most — but not all — ABCD Neighborhood Service Centers will be closed.

If you have questions, Community Coordination staff can be reached by telephone or email. Please contact us at 617.348.6329 or fieldoperations@bostonabcd.org, and we will respond to you promptly.

The ABCD service centers listed below will take phone calls from clients who need emergency assistance. In addition, five of the six ABCD neighborhood locations listed here will provide food to those in need. Those locations are identified with an asterisk*.

Please call the neighborhood service center for the days and times for food distribution.

Allston-Brighton NOC*

640 Washington Street, Suite 203
Brighton, MA
Phone: 617.903.3640

East Boston Area Planning Action Council*

21 Meridian Street
East Boston, MA 02128
Phone: 617.567.8857

Mattapan FSC*

535 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Phone: 617.298.2045

Mystic Valley Opportunity Center

11 Dartmouth Street, Suite #104
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: 781.321.2501

Parker Hill Fenway NSC*

714 Parker Street
Roxbury, MA 02120
Phone: 617.445.6000

Roxbury/N. Dorchester NOC*

565 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA 02121
Phone: 617.442.5900

Child Care Choices of Boston

Our offices will be CLOSED TO CLIENTS as of Wednesday March 18th at least until May 4th. Limited staff who will be available mostly by email to assist clients to the best of our abilities by sending and receiving documentation via fax or email. Contact us at 617.542.5437 or childcarechoicesofboston@bostonabcd.org. For more information, visit childcarechoicesofboston.org.

Elder Services

ABCD Elder Services staff can be reached only by telephone or email. Please contact us at 617.348.6340 or abcdfostergrandparents@bostonabcd.org and we will respond to you promptly.” Current Foster Grandparent volunteers will not return to their stations until further notice.


In addition, individual neighborhood ESOL programs can be reached as follows:

Fuel Assistance

During the Massachusetts State of Emergency, Fuel Assistance staff are available by telephone only. 

New ABCD fuel assistance applicants: If you are a new applicant and want to apply for fuel assistance, need home heating oil, kerosene or propane, or your heating system is not working — and you live in Boston, Brookline or Newton — call 617.348.6599. If you live in Malden, Medford, Everett, Winchester, Melrose, Woburn or Stoneham, call 617.519.4317. (Eligibility requirements apply.) Please note that gas and electric utilities will not shut off or terminate any household’s service during the State of Emergency. 

Current ABCD fuel assistance clients looking for information about your application:
If you live in Boston, Brookline or Newton, please call 617.348.6411.
If you live in Malden, Medford, Everett, Winchester, Melrose, Woburn or Stoneham, call 781.322.6284.

Head Start
& Children’s Services

ABCD Head Start & Early Head Start will be closed from Wednesday, March 18th through May 4tpending further assessment at that time. For information, call 617.348.6272 or email us at headstart@bostonabcd.org.

Health Services

ABCD Health Services staff can be reached only by telephone or email. Please contact Jessica Aguilera-Steinert, Director of HS at j.aguilerasteinert@bostonabcd.org  or 617.348.6416 and we will respond to you promptly. 


Please contact us at 617.348.6347  | housing@bostonabcd.org

Immigration Services

During the State of Emergency associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, ABCD Immigration Services staff can be reached only by telephone or email. Please contact us at 617.285.1881 or at jenny.sugilio@bostonabcd.org  and we will respond to you promptly. 

Tax Assistance

Although our free tax assistance sites will be suspended through March 30th, you can still call to make an appointment. Scheduling now can ensure you complete and file your returns as soon as possible. Please call 617.348.6583 or email fieldoperations@bostonabcd.org to make an appointment.

Youth Services

ABCD Youth Services is still accepting SummerWorks applications online at summerworks.net. If you are interested in WorkSMART, Career Explorations, Get StartED or HOPES, please email Youth@bostonabcd.org and a staff person will follow up with you when the State of Emergency has ended and our staff is back in the office.


617.348.6329  | fieldoperations@bostonabcd.org,


617.348.6000  | info@bostonabcd.org


City of Boston: boston.gov
Boston 3-1-1: cityofboston.gov/311
State of Massachusetts: mass.gov
MA 2-1-1: mass211.org
Boston Public Health Commission: bphc.org
MA Dept. of Public Health: mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health
SPARK Boston: boston.gov/civic-engagement/spark-boston

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