Employment and Benefits

Saturday April 04, 2020 - 20:09:38
Community resources regarding unemployment benefits, DTA assistance and more

Unemployment and Benefits


If your employment has been impacted by COVID-19 you can apply for unemployment benefits online HERE. Those previously not covered by Unemployment insurance such as those that are self employed, independent contractors, those that have used up their benefit for the year and those who earned too little to qualify. 

Please keep in mind that Uber and Lyft drivers will be eligible for unemployment benefits with recent regulations, however, the online portal has not been updated to accommodate recently eligible participants. Once the portal is available for gig workers, BIC will update this list. 

You can apply for unemployment if you have been affected in any of the following ways:


  • Your employer shut down because of the coronavirus
  • Your employer reduced your work hours for any reason, including the coronavirus.
  • Your employer has laid you off temporarily and said you can return when business picks up.
  • You have been quarantined by a medical professional, government order or your employer, and your employer: told you to return after the period of quarantine, or has not told you anything.
  • Your employer, medical professional or government order told you to "self-quarantine."
  • You have to be home to care for a family or household member who has been quarantined or who is sick.
  • You left work and you are "self-quarantined" because you reasonably believe that you have a risk of exposure or infection.
  • You left work because your child’s school or child care center has closed.


You need to have earned $5,100.00 last year in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. You will receive 50% of your average weekly wage plus with new federal regulation you will receive $600 of additional monies weekly. An additional stipend that will run from 3/27/2020 - 7/31/2020. Further, benefit eligibility will be increased from 26 weeks to 39 weeks, providing 13 weeks of additional coverage. 

You can request additional information by contacting the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) at 617-626-6800. If you need assistance with the application, BIC volunteers will be available to provide assistance. 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you are eligible to apply to get SNAP benefits. You can complete the application online at DTAConnect.com or by downloading the DTA Connect up on your mobile phone. If you have been laid off or lost hours due to COVID-19, DTA should not request any proof from your employers.

Please click HERE to be directed to the DTA Connect application site. If you require assistance with this application please reach out to BIC and volunteers will be ready to assist you virtually.

If you Qualify you will receive the following monies dependent on the size of your household

TAFDC/ EAEDC (Cash Assistance)

TAFDC is for some pregnant women and families with children. You can apply for TAFDC cash assistance on the same website as snap at DTAConnect.com. You can also apply by telephone by calling your local DTA office, a list of contact information for your local DTA office can be found HERE.

EAEDC is for seniors 65+ or for persons with disabilities with no other source of benefits and has low income or assets. You can apply for EAEDC cash assistance at DTAConnect.com.

We will continue to update our lists as more resources become available. If you have a resource that you would like us to add to our list please email us at info@bicmasjid.org.