Earthquake in Haiti – Local Assistance in Boston for Affected Families

Posted on January 20, 2010

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The Mayor’s Health Line would like to extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. As a program that serves the residents of Boston, we recognize that this disaster has deeply affected many families locally, as Boston is home to the third largest Haitian community in the United States.

For those seeking assistance, The City of Boston offers a list of organizations helping Haitian families, available in Creole and English. Those links will provide more information on how to support relief efforts, the best places to send donations, and volunteer opportunities. A list is also available from The Boston Haitian Reporter. The Boston Public Health Commission is also offering assistance at a temporary center in Mattapan, such as translators, crisis councilors, computers, and phone lines available for local families in need of assistance. Individuals looking for more information can contact the center by calling the Hotline at (617) 284-1199.

If you have the resources, we encourage you to contact humanitarian relief agencies or local Haitian service organizations to demonstrate your support. Those looking to help can contribute to numerous national and international responses (Progressives for Haiti is but one example) or donate to a local group like The Haitian American Public Health Initiative (please call 617-966-6877). If you would like further assistance locating a response organization assisting the victims and families in Haiti, you can contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or mayorshealthline@bphc.org.

Thank you.

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