Fund to provide COVID-19 financial aid for ‘Neponset Neighbors’

A partnership launched today called the Neponset Neighbors Together Fund (NNTF) has established a COVID-19 fund to support residents of Milton, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Dorchester adversely impacted by the current health crisis.

The effort is a collaboration between United Way, Boston City Councillors Andrea Campbell and Ricardo Arroyo, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, and Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice Milton-Mattapan.

Constituents that were already seeking financial assistance through Councillors Campbell and Arroyo’s offices will be connected to NNTF funds.

“I am grateful to United Way for launching this fund and I invite others to join us to support this effort to expand relief and resources for those that need it most,” said Councillor Campbell.

“I am grateful for this partnership as it will bring much needed resources into communities that are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 each and every single day,” said District 5 Councillor Ricardo Arroyo.

Funds will support basic needs including rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity, and essential supplies and medications. All contributions are tax-deductible and 100 percent of proceeds will directly benefit individuals seeking assistance via nonprofits already working in the communities.

"The Town of Milton is grateful for the opportunity to work with our neighbors in Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester to help those most in need," said Mike Zullas, chair of Milton's Select Board. "We thank Councilors Campbell and Arroyo for their leadership and the United Way for its sponsorship of this important initiative."

A coalition of local providers will assemble and distribute emergency financial assistance through the NNTF fund. More information on fund eligibility requirements can be found at https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/local-funds/neponset/
Those who need immediate help should contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline or visit mass211.org for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus.