March 30 Newsletter: Website Launch

A Note from Kenzie

Dear friends,

Hi again! I miss seeing all of you around the city as we all stay home; it’s strange to be traveling the streets of our neighborhoods mainly in my mind’s eye right now, but please know that I’m thinking of you and your families! My office has launched a website where we have compiled resources from the City, State, neighborhood associations, and other sources. We will keep it updated, and if you have anything you’d like us to share on the website, please let us know.

Last week, I was proud to captain a quick pilot in Fenway of a new collaboration between local Boston business Katsiroubas Bros, the folks at Fresh Truck, and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access to figure out how to get free boxes of fresh produce out to our neighbors who need them right now! With amazing local volunteers from the FenwayCares mutual aid network and the quick-acting support of every community organization in the Fenway, we got 318 boxes safely out across the neighborhood — including to suddenly food-insecure families, every senior resident of St Cecilia House, and some folks in our local supportive housing and reentry programs. In the process, we learned a a lot that’s going to help us expand the effort citywide with money from the new Boston Resiliency Fund; read about the first round of expansion grants here. This is a hard season, but we’re in it together. I hugely appreciate the many residents and businesses of District 8 that have stepped up to donate to our emergency fund in support of food access, tech for our students, and help housing our homeless. You can give to the Boston Resiliency Fund here.

Yesterday, the Mayor announced a number of additional beds to house homeless individuals in the city during the crisis, including a Suffolk University dorm on the edge of Beacon Hill. Additional capacity will be announced over the coming days; please know that ever since this emergency began, a huge number of people have been working behind the scenes to make sure Boston cares for our most vulnerable citizens. I’m so grateful for all of our partners in that effort.

Meanwhile, we all need to keep doing our part to keep this virus from spreading — so please continue to keep a physical distance (even in our parks), wash your hands, and avoid all unnecessary trips.

As always, please reach out if there’s anything you need or if there’s a community member you know that could use some support from our office right now, even if it’s just a phone call to say hello. You can fill out this form or call us at 617-635-4225.

For further daily Coronavirus updates from the City, you can now text BOSCOVID to 99411. That text line is also multilingual, and those in search of resources in other languages can go here.

Thanks,

Kenzie

Remembering Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy

Thank you to the residents of 298 Beacon Street for finding a way to mark the 6-year anniversary of the fire that took the lives of Boston Fire Department fallen heroes Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy. We honor and miss them.

Other Announcements

Zoning Board of Appeal hearings have been cancelled:

  • April 7, 2020 ZBA Hearing
  • April 16, 2020 ZBA Subcommittee Hearing
  • April 28, 2020 ZBA Hearing 

Email ISDBoardofAppeal@boston.gov with any questions.

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