Info for BUSINESSES:
FEMA and other federal agencies are currently in the middle of conducting an assessment. This assessment and further federal action may lead to resources becoming available in the future, but nothing as of yet. They’ve provided links to various business assistance agencies that can be found at the link below, but until the fed completes the assessment phase, no one has funds. http://www.springfieldcityhall.com/planning/171.0.html
The Administration is also working with landlords to secure temporary office space for impacted businesses in downtown Springfield.
Info for INDIVIDUALS:
Individuals and families impacted by the storms are encouraged to visit one of three new Massachusetts Storm Assistance Centers listed below. The Centers will be open today from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. thereafter, including Saturday and Sunday, until further notice. State government agencies will work collaboratively to meet the immediate health, human service, housing and employment needs of those affected.
Springfield: Department of Transitional Assistance Office
95 Liberty Street, Springfield
Palmer: Department of Developmental Service Central/West Regional Office
171 State Avenue, Monson/Palmer Line, 01069
Southbridge: Department of Transitional Assistance Office
1 North Street, Southbridge
Staff will be on site to help individuals and families obtain cash assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, seek crisis counseling support services, and enroll in a range of other available benefits
Storm assistance centers are staffed by public and private sector economic development leaders and non-profit partners who can offer impacted businesses and homeowners advice on available state and federal resources that can assist with repairs, rebuilding and relocation.