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Boston Town & Gown Association The Boston Town & Gown Association ("BTGA") is committed to promoting safe, respectful, and healthy communities for students living off-campus.

The Boston Town & Gown Association (formerly known as the Boston Area Off-Campus Housing and Student Life Coalition), was formed in the spring of 2008. It is a coalition of higher education administrators, students, city officials, police, rental agents, and neighbors. We are committed to promoting safe, respectful, and healthy communities for students living in off-campus housing in the City of Boston. We believe that by creating strong city-wide partnerships and programs, we can significantly enhance the quality of off-campus life for students, neighbors, and colleges and universities. Through these efforts we will address the diverse needs of our students and neighbors, reinforcing their value to our institutions.

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Upcoming free event hosted by the Boston Public Library!
01/08/2020
Know Your Rights: Rental Housing During the Pandemic

Upcoming free event hosted by the Boston Public Library!

Join an online presentation and discussion about renter's rights in Massachusetts during the COVID public health crisis. A housing attorney from the Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School will discuss the different housing stability laws and orders issued by the government and the courts to hel...

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01/05/2020

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Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public, Announces Increased Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing Capacity

The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others. The Administration also announced expanded community health center COVID-19 testing capacity at centers throughout the Commonwealth.

Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC.

Full Details: https://bit.ly/3bTsR2I

Beware of scammers and fraud! Our friends at the Boston Police Department offer some safety tips.
22/04/2020
BPD Community Alert: The BPD and FBI Warn Residents of Fraudulent Emails/Phone Calls from Scammers Looking to Hijack COVID-19 Stimulus Checks — bpdnews.com

Beware of scammers and fraud! Our friends at the Boston Police Department offer some safety tips.

BPD Community Alert: The BPD and FBI Warn Residents of Fraudulent Emails/Phone Calls from Scammers Looking to Hijack COVID-19 Stimulus Checks: With millions of people out of work and hoping to receive COVID-19 stimulus checks, the Boston Police Department and FBI are warning community members to be

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
21/04/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures, Continued Steps to Support COVID-19 Response

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced new actions to support the ongoing COVID-19 response, including extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020. The Administration also announced further support for students and families impacted by COVID-19.

Details: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-extension-of-school-and-non-emergency-child-care-0

Stay informed about all Massachusetts state government COVID-19 updates at: http://mass.gov/covid19, call 2-1-1 for questions and text "COVIDMA" to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts.
#COVID19MA

In partnership with the City of Boston, Good Neighbors is a volunteer-driven platform to allow healthy neighbors to help...
14/04/2020
Good Neighbors

In partnership with the City of Boston, Good Neighbors is a volunteer-driven platform to allow healthy neighbors to help at-risk individuals confined to their homes with no-contact deliveries and friendly check-ins (phone calls/letter writing). Interested in volunteering? Follow the link below for more information!

Free deliveries and friendly check-ins for those at-risk for COVID-19. Get what you need safely, from a volunteer neighbor.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
31/03/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

COVID-19 Update March 31, 2020

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Administration also updated the “COVID-19 Essential Services” categories for businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that are permitted to operate brick and mortar facilities during the emergency.

DPH issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences.

For full details, including the essential services extension order, list of categories of essential services, related FAQ and other guidance and announcements, see: www.mass.gov/covid-iwmp

Stay informed about all Massachusetts state government COVID-19 updates at: http://mass.gov/covid19, call 2-1-1 for questions and text "COVIDMA" to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts.

#COVID19MA

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
27/03/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

Starting today all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Guidance will be displayed on posters at service plazas and distributed as flyers at transportation hubs. Designated essential workers are exempt.

Additionally:
Massachusetts Medical Society will assist in recruiting + matching health care professionals with volunteer opportunities. More: http://MAResponds.org

Buoy Health launched an online symptom checker for MA residents: https://buoy.com/mass

More announcements to support health care professionals and patients were also announced.

Details: https://bit.ly/2wIlpYP

Earlier today, Massachusetts announced the move of the state personal income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, consistent with the federal government. bit.ly/2Jkr4aw

Stay informed about all Massachusetts state government COVID-19 updates at: http://mass.gov/covid19, call 2-1-1 for questions and text "COVIDMA" to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts

#COVID19MA

City of Boston
26/03/2020

City of Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh announced the launch of two dashboards that allow Boston residents to better track the spread and number of cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. View them at: http://ow.ly/hgNY50yVGFZ

25/03/2020
Boston University School of Public Health

Our colleagues at Boston University share this information:

Join Dean Sandro Galea from BU's School of Public Health every Wednesday at 2 p.m. on Fb Live. He will be answering questions relating to the COVID-19 situation. Dean Galea is also serving as Co-Chair of the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus and Equity. Here is a link to his broadcast from earlier today. Be sure to "Like" the Boston University School of Public Health Fb page, turn on notifications for when they go live, and you'll be able to tune in.

Join BUSPH Dean Sandro Galea at 2:00 PM EST every Wednesday for an Ask Me Anything on Facebook Live. Sandro Galea is the Dean and Robert A Knox Professor at BUSPH, and he is serving as Co-Chair of the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus and Equity.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
23/03/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Today Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide #COVID19 essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public.

The Department of Public Health also issued a stay-at-home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols.

Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities.

FULL DETAILS: https://bit.ly/2QziBnN

Any questions can be directed to [email protected].

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the City of Boston, including closures, reduced hours, and related information, ...
20/03/2020
Boston.gov

For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the City of Boston, including closures, reduced hours, and related information, visit their main website: www.boston.gov

Watch at 12:30 p.m. - Update on coronavirus Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates / The risk to Boston residents remains low because there is no evidence of community transmission in the City right now. COVID-19 information Friday, March 6 Street Cleaning Today is the first Friday of the month and street c...

The City of Boston is launching a new daily text service with updates and information regarding #COVID19. This is a free...
18/03/2020

The City of Boston is launching a new daily text service with updates and information regarding #COVID19. This is a free service with the latest developments and information related to the #coronavirus. Text the keyword BOSCOVID to phone #99411 to opt-in.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Boston
13/03/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Boston

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Boston

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.

Our colleagues at Boston University offer this advice. Feel free to share within your communities.
28/02/2020
Boston University Off-Campus Services

Our colleagues at Boston University offer this advice. Feel free to share within your communities.

With US spread inevitable, experts’ first tip: protect, but don’t panic.

Saturday, October 26, is National Drug Take Back Day.
25/10/2019

Saturday, October 26, is National Drug Take Back Day.

Marathon weekend is upon us in Boston! Here is a link to road closures and other safety information from the City of Bos...
12/04/2019
2019 Boston Marathon traffic advisory

Marathon weekend is upon us in Boston! Here is a link to road closures and other safety information from the City of Boston.

The Boston Marathon and the Patriot’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. The BAA 5K and the Invitational Mile will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, North End and G...

With Patriots Day (a.k.a., Marathon Monday) fast approaching, the Boston Police offers us some safety reminders. Please ...
08/04/2019

With Patriots Day (a.k.a., Marathon Monday) fast approaching, the Boston Police offers us some safety reminders. Please share with your communities!

A Halloween Safety Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross:
29/10/2018

A Halloween Safety Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross:

A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series
24/10/2018
A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series

A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series

A Message from Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to Area College Students on the Eve of the 2018 World Series I’d like to begin by saying I hope all are doing well in their school work as the first two months of the first semester come to a close. As you likely all know, our Boston Red S

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Bright...
17/09/2018
BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

BPD Community Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Two Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Sexual Assault in Brighton

COMMUNITY ALERT: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in an effort to identify two individuals wanted in connection to a sexual assault in Brighton. Between the hours of 2:45 AM and 3:15 AM on Friday, September 14, 2018, an adult female victim was approached by two male suspec...

17/09/2018

Many institutions offer RAD classes via campus public safety to our college communities. Additionally, local police also offer RAD classes to the public. Frank Hughes from Boston PD asked that we share the following information about upcoming RAD classes:

"The Boston Police, District 14 will be offering a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class starting this Tuesday, September 18th starting at 6:00 PM. Classes will be held in the Presentation School Foundation Building. People interested can contact, Frank Hughes or Steve Borne at 617-343-4376 in the Community Service Office. Space is limited to the first 20 participants and the class is 4 weeks long."

If you want to know where a RAD class is happening near you, check with your local police or town/city community pages.

Two on-campus fires and a carbon monoxide scare have already happened at BU this year. All three are examples of happy e...
12/09/2018

Two on-campus fires and a carbon monoxide scare have already happened at BU this year. All three are examples of happy endings when your fire safety and CO equipment function properly. But, how do you know if your equipment is working in your off-campus buildings?

Know how YOU can prevent fires AND stay safe!

Please join us at Northeastern University on September 13 for a very special Kickoff!

September as Campus Fire Safety Month and National Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project!

This event is for the Northeastern community, area university partners, and members of Boston Fire Department.
Programming will include:

• September as Campus Fire Safety Month proclamation presentation and remarks by Joseph Finn, Fire Commissioner at 11:00am
• Information tables for Campus Firewatch, Office of Emergency Management and Boston Fire Department
• Guest appearance by Keegan, the arson dog
• A chance for you to hear about the proclamation, receive information and materials, and see student engagement with fire safety

We hope to see you on September 13! No RSVP required.

Boston University Off-Campus Services
31/08/2018
Boston University Off-Campus Services

Boston University Off-Campus Services

From the City of Boston:

"From August 31 to September 2, some common moving locations are blocked off to allow for moving truck dropoffs. We have more information on those locations below.

KEEP IN MIND:
We’ll continue to update this page with information as we get it. Please remember to check the signs posted on the street when you park. While this page is a good resource, the street signs will always have the most up-to-date information."

31/08/2018
Boston University Off-Campus Services

Boston University Off-Campus Services

Moving in/out around the Allston area this weekend? The City of Boston has an info tent set up at the Speedway gas station on Brighton Avenue, just across from intersection of Linden Street and Brighton Ave. Inspectional Service reps and Boston Police will be on hand to answer questions on Friday, Aug 31, and Saturday, Sept 1.

23/08/2018
Boston University Police Department

There's nothing like some playful rivalry between old friends. #Terriers #Eagles

You’ve seen the #lawenforcement #LipSyncChallenge videos before but you haven’t seen anything like this.

#BUPD and #BCPD team up to show what Boston (and the rivalry) is all about.

08/08/2018

Are you a higher ed administrator, city/state official, or law enforcement officer who is interested in learning more about the Boston Town and Gown Association? Please email us at [email protected] and a member of the leadership team will be happy to get back to you with more information!

The Attorney General's Office is conducting a free webinar on landlord/tenant issues this Wednesday, August 8. This a go...
06/08/2018
MA Landlord-Tenant Rights Presentation

The Attorney General's Office is conducting a free webinar on landlord/tenant issues this Wednesday, August 8. This a good opportunity for off-campus housing students to learn some basic information about their rights under Massachusetts law. It will also be a useful refresher for those of us who help members of our academic communities with off-campus housing.

As a part of the Attorney General’s Office continued effort to inform the public about its resources, the Community Engagement Division begun train-the-trainer model presentations. CED will provide a webinar training every month, and can provide additional webinars for service organizations and ag...

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