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City of Framingham Today

Message from Mayor Yvonne Spicer: Mental Health Amid COVID-19  

From the time I get up until my head touches the pillow, I focus on what I can do for Framingham. Specifically, I've concentrated on three goals: safety, security, and services for the City.

You should know, I'm not alone in this work. With a cadre of people, working hard every single day, we are achieving these goals for Framingham.  

Aside from creating a program for those who are food insecure, to providing temporary financial support for residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19, to helping local businesses navigate the rough waters in which we currently find ourselves, there is more to be done. We must also focus on mental health.

According to studies, mental health is complex and multifaceted, with effects along a broad continuum of wellbeing.

Stress and anxiety are universal human experiences—normal and adaptive responses that evolved to keep us safe from threats of all kinds. Prolonged or severe stress, however, can become traumatic. Stress is cumulative. For those already under various pressures, the addition of a new source of stress may exacerbate distress.

I know the last several weeks have been difficult. Most have adapted to ensure that we don't spread the virus, but changes like social distancing, staying at home, working and learning remotely or even not working have had an impact. It is vital to be able to talk about the changes and increased stress and develop strategies to manage the situation.

As I have mentioned before, there is no roadmap for how you or this City is managing the pandemic. Over the next week, we will be sharing resources that can help with mental health, culminating in a Zoom Community Hour Tuesday, May 5, at 5 p.m. on mental health. Stay tuned for the Zoom details.

In the meantime, take a deep breath, go for a walk, and find ways to decompress.
 
Stay safe and healthy Framingham.
 
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Framingham is Collecting and will Distribute Donated Cloth Face Coverings 

 Last week, the City began collecting homemade cloth face coverings at the drive-up book returns at both Library locations at 49 Lexington Street and 746 Water Street. So far, people have created and donated more than 300 face coverings so far!

The first phase of this project is collection. Distribution information will be released as the City receives a few more donations. People can find examples of how to make a homemade cloth face coverings from the Centers for Disease Control’s website. Once created, please package the cloth face coverings in an envelope or plastic bag, and drop them off at the specially marked drive-up library book returns. Remember, cloth face coverings protect you and others. Thank you for keeping us all healthy and safe!
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Porch Portraits - We want to see YOU!

The  Framingham Public Library is collecting Porch Portraits to share on its website and social media.

Please take a selfie, or have someone who lives with you take a photo of you on your porch. Please remember to practice good social distancing when you go outdoors!

Get creative! Show off your cloth face-cover making skills, hold a sign, or your wave your favorite book. Wear a costume or silly hat! Include beloved pets, or wear your pajamas!

Send your Porch Portrait to fplsocial@minlib.net to be included in our online gallery, which can be found here: https://framinghamlibrary.org/front-porch-portraits

By sending in a photo you agree to let the Framingham Public Library and/or the City of Framingham use your image on their website and any/all social media.

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What New Framingham Orders have Resulted Due to COVID-19? 
Framingham's curbside leaf and brush collection is on schedule despite the pandemic. On April 20, the City began its spring curbside collection on residents' regular trash/recycling collection days and will collect leaves through May 1.

May 4-8 brush bundles will be picked up. Residents should reference this link to take advantage of the curbside collection. Yard waste and brush not conforming to the practices will not be collected and left at the curb.

As well, the City Yard Waste facility on Dudley Road is now open Fridays and Saturdays: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 
Following is a list of departments and phone numbers that are most accessed by the public:

CITY CLERK
Phone: 508-532-5520
 
INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Phone: 508-532-5500
 
LICENSING
Phone: 508-532-5402
 

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Phone: 508-532-5400

PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Phone: 508-532-5960
 

 


PUBLIC HEALTH
Phone: 508-532-5470
 
PUBLIC WORKS
Phone: 508-532-5600
 
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Phone: 508-532-5829
 
TREASURER / COLLECTOR
Phone: 508-532-5430
 
VETERANS SERVICES
Phone: 508-532-5515



If you don't see what you are looking for, please see all Departments HERE.
Information on Paying Excise Tax, Property Tax and/or Water and Sewer Bills
  • The City will not add late fees to the Excise Bills until June 1,  2020.
  • The City will not add late fees to Property Tax Bills until June 1, 2020.
  • The City will not add late fees to Water Bills (issued on or after March 10, 2020) until June 1, 2020. 

For the Framingham residents who normally pay their Excise Tax, Property Tax, and Parking Tickets at City Hall, please find listed below alternative payment methods:

1. ONLINE AT:  https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/

2. OVER THE PHONE BY CALLING CITY HALL SYSTEMS AT 1-800-491-9788
3. MAIL:
EXCISE TAX PAYMENTS TO:
CITY OF FRAMINGHAM
OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR
PO BOX 722
READING, MA 01867


PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS TO:
CITY OF FRAMINGHAM
OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR
PO BOX 724
READING, MA 01867

WATER BILL PAYMENTS TO:
CITY OF FRAMINGHAM
OFFICE OF THE TAX COLLECTOR
PO BOX 851
READING, MA 01867
Temporary Financial Assistance Due to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19, the City of Framingham will provide relief of rent, mortgage, and/or utility payments for two months to alleviate the burden for households that have lost their employment and primary income as of March 10, 2020.

See flyers in English, Portuguese, and Spanish for more information. Download applications below. 
English Application
Portuguese Application
Spanish Application
Emergency Small Business Grant Program 

The City of Framingham has established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses in the City that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small businesses to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.

Eligible Applicants: 
  • Have a physical establishment within the City of Framingham.
  • The business owner must be low- to moderate-income (see income thresholds below).
  • Have experienced a loss of revenue of 50% or more due to COVID-19 since March 10th.
  • Have less than $2,000,000 in gross annual receipts.
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments.
Click one of the buttons below for more information and application.
Small Business Grant Program - Engish
Small Business Grant Program - Portuguese
Small Business Grant Program - Spanish
Click below for a list of organizations from which residents can access emergency food or for information on how to donate.
  • Para ver esta información en Español, haga clic aquí.
  • Para visualizar essas informações em Português, clique aqui.
Food & Donation Information during the Pandemic
Para visualizar essas informações em Português, clique aqui.
Para ver esta información en Español, haga clic aquí.
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