FEMA Awards Funds to Mass for COVID-19 Homeless Quarantine Costs

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BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will send more than $4.3 million to Massachusetts to reimburse the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance for the costs of setting up a quarantine shelter for homeless populations who were infected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $4,345,945 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the commonwealth for contracting to convert the shuttered medical facility at the former Newton Pavilion in Boston into a non-congregate quarantine facility between March and June 2020 for homeless individuals who had tested positive for coronavirus.
This includes $1,787,791 for general contractor services; $1,493,693 for heating, ventilation, air conditioning & plumbing services; $485,041 for medical equipment (hospital beds and accessories); $350,263 for construction administration; $178,650 for elevator maintenance services; and $50,505 for fire protection services.
"FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with these costs," said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. "Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation."
FEMA's Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.
So far, FEMA has provided more than $1.5 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

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BCC to Hold 'Experience BCC'

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold Experience BCC on Wednesday, April 19 from 9 am-12 pm. 
Designed to introduce potential BCC students to a typical day on campus, the event is held during Berkshire County high schools' spring break, making it easy for high school students to attend.  
Potential BCC students have the opportunity to sit in on a classroom experience and discover how BCC offers the same high-quality education as other colleges, but for a fraction
 of the cost. Participants will: 
  • Meet faculty, staff and students        
  • Enjoy a free breakfast and lunch       
  • Learn about paying for college     
  • Hear about more than 50 programs of study offered at BCC       
  • Get the scoop on transferring    
  • Take a tour of the campus 
Participants start the day with a free breakfast, followed by breakout sessions featuring faculty-led, hands-on experiences from 9:30-10 am and 10:10-10:40 am. Sessions include: 
  • Nursing with Dean of Nursing Lori Moon in the SIM Lab        
  • STEM with Assistant Professor of Engineering José Colmenares    
  • Allied Health with Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Michele Darroch        
  • Writing workshop with Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Liesl Schwabe 
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