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Mass. Opens Unemployment Applications to Self-Employed Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Services

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, MassHire Cape and Islands Career Center and Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands has put in place emergency programming to ensure that we can continue to provide critical services to our clients while maintaining social distancing protocols for the health and safety of our community, our clients and our staff. While we are closing our buildings to walk-in traffic, our staff is available by phone and/or email. Please call MassHire at 508-771-JOBS (5627) or Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands at 508-771-1727 and our staff will work with you to find the right solution for you and your family during this challenging time. Stay well!

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is asking workers who are out of work or losing hours due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment compensation. Claimants are eligible if their place of business has shut down, significantly reduced employees' hours or told workers to stay home, or if they must stay out to care for a child or other family member. Those who are being paid sick leave from their employer are not eligible.

Apply online at

If people are unable to file online because of language, special needs or disability, there is a form to set up a callback from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA):

It is highly recommended that these contacts with the DUA be made online using the links provided. :
When calling the TeleClaim Center at 877-626-6800, please follow the schedule below. Only as a last resort should the public call the DUA as follows:
If the last digit of your Social Security Number is:
0 or 1, please call on Monday
2 or 3, Tuesday
4,5 or 6, Wednesday
7,8 or 9, Thursday
Any last digit may call on Friday.
Calls will be answered in the order in which they are received.


Where restaurant workers can get financial help during the coronavirus crisis

The Lee Initiative - The Restaurant Workers Relief Program was started by Chef Edward Lee to provide food, funds and supplies to out-of-work restaurant workers across the country in collaboration with Alon Shayla, Maker's Mark and more.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation - The NRAEF in collaboration with Guy Fieri and others launched Restaurant Relief America where restaurant workers can apply for a one-time $500 check to use toward daily expenses (groceries, medical bills, etc.) and a grant by the NRAEF.

One Fair Wage [] - The nonprofit that advocates against sub-minimum wage for restaurant workers started the OFW Emergency Fund that will provide immediate cash assistance to restaurant employees, delivery drivers and others who are tipped in the industry.

Restaurant Opportunity Centers United - The ROC Disaster Relief Fund has a goal of raising $500,000 to help both documented and undocumented restaurant workers during the crisis.

Another Round, Another Rally - The group is distributing $500 grants to those who have lost their jobs or hours due to the pandemic and they are currently accepting donations to their fund.

Restaurant Strong Fund - Originally started in Sam Adams' home state of Massachusetts, the fund expanded on April 3 to include 19 states where they are offering grants. Applications close April 30.

Go Tip Em - This virtual "tip jar" allows people to give tips in either $1, $2 or $5 to their favorite bartenders across the country through a list on the company website.

CORE - CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees fund helps food and beverage employees with children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have had a family member diagnosed.

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation - The Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund is distributing money to organizations helping those on the ground, providing zero-interest loans to businesses and providing funds for individual workers facing economic hardships because of the crisis.

James Beard Foundation  - The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund is distributing micro-grants to independent businesses.


Behind You Emergency Fund

Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality