Ward 3 Newsletter

Spring 2020

First thing’s first


It’s nice to see the sun making more of a commitment to us now that spring is here. I know, this is a weird time, but we have to take the good with the bad.

I trust that you are doing your best to maintain your good health and that of your family and friends. The Mayor’s office and the city’s first responders have been doing a great job managing our safety. In addition, we have many people to thank for keeping the world moving while we’re at home, including those working in the hospitals, those keeping our food supply intact, and those who are still out making countless deliveries.

Below I am including updates on the COVID situation, access to various resources for your families and your businesses, along with other information. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me I can be useful to you.

With my best regards,

Ian Cain
City Councilor, Ward 3
Quincy, MA

March 12, 2020 – The Hawk and Quarry Hills in the background. The Work From Home (“WFH”) view of Quincy City Councilor Ian Cain. (Photo: Ian Cain)

COVID-19 Update

The City of Quincy continues to provide updates with respect to the coronavirus’ effects on the city. I am including today’s update below. Please refer to the links below for ongoing updates. The Quincy Sun and The Patriot Ledger have also been providing local updates.

City of Quincy Facebook Page
City of Quincy Website
The Quincy Sun Website
The Patriot Ledger Coronavirus Updates

As of today, there are 189 cases, 54 recovered, and 9 deaths.

  • As expected, the number of confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus are beginning to increase as testing expands.
  • City offices remain closed to the public. The City will still operate and offices will still be staffed, but residents will be required to conduct business via telephone, the Internet or through the mail. For a full list of department phone numbers and contact information, residents can visit www.quincyma.gov.
  • No City emergency services will be impacted.
  • Per Governor Baker’s order, all schools remain closed through May 4.
  • Students can pick up “Grab and Go” meals at North Quincy High School, Quincy High, Snug Harbor and Lincoln-Hancock. Meals will be available from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • QPS has opened new food distribution sites for “Grab and Go” meals at Atherton Hough, Parker, and Montclair. All students are eligible to pick up lunch and breakfast for the next day for free. Enrichment packets are also available at all sites which are open 11:00 am to noon Monday through Friday.
  • All public facilities will continue to undergo aggressive environmental cleaning on a daily basis.

Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) Resources

QCAP has compiled a number of resources for residents, including access to financial relief, food pantries, distress hotlines, library access and parenting support. You can access those documents below.

Important Resource for Families
Don’t Do it Alone

Quincy Emergency Rental Assistance Fund

Separately, QCAP is partnering with Mayor Tom Koch, the City of Quincy’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce to provide funding to Quincy residents in need of housing assistance due to COVID-19.

QCAP’s distribution of the Quincy Emergency Rental Assistance Fund will benefit non-hospitality workers who are currently renting in Quincy and have been impacted by the economic shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. We are at the frontlines of responding to community needs during this unprecedented crisis, and are committed to providing quick and direct rental assistance to non-hospitality workers who rent in Quincy and are experiencing financial hardship.

For more details, please visit this link.

Quincy Hospitality Support Fund

Mayor Tom Koch, the City of Quincy’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to create and distribute the Hospitality Support Fund to help those workers in the restaurant, hospitality and food & beverage industries who have been impacted by the almost complete economic shutdown caused by COVID-19.

For more details, please visit this link.

Supporting Our Local Business Economy

The City of Quincy is working with the Federal & State Government to provide continued updates relative to resources available to the Business Community on COVID-19 information and alerts for funding/disaster business resources.

This website will be updated regularly so please stay tuned…

Ward 3 Town Hall Series

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the next Ward 3 Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, will be postponed. Please stay tuned for updates.

City Street Paving & Sidewalk Repair

The Spring 2020 work has begun.

I held a meeting on March 11 at Wollaston School with representatives from the DPW and the city’s engineer, Woodard & Curran. You can access the presentation they delivered here, which outlines the work they will be immediately performing.

Please continue to let me know of problem areas. If pothole patching can suffice, please direct those requests here.

If you would like to request a sidewalk repair, please direct those requests here.

Community Meeting Update – 0 Harriet Avenue

I sent out an update to area residents on the status of the proposed development at the parcel in Montclair known as 0 Harriet Ave.

You can access the letter via this link.

1 Newport Avenue – Affordable Housing Apartments

There was recently an announcement of availability of (4) affordable apartments located at the newly constructed property at 1 Newport Ave. The property is scheduled to come online early June 2020.

Please see the application and Information Flyer. Applications are available until April 13, 2020.

Boards & Commissions Calendars

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Planning and Zoning Board, Conservation Commission and License Board meetings are postponed until further notice.

City of Quincy Boards & Commissions

Planning Board Calendar
Zoning Board Agendas
Conservation Commission Calendar

License Board Calendar

DPW PSA Bulletin Board

You can access the DPW Bulletin Board through this link. The site provides useful information on trash, yard waste, street sweeping, hazardous waste day and important numbers.

Coffee Hours

While we can’t be together in person for coffee, I’m happy to schedule a virtual meeting or a phone call. Please contact me directly by phone or by e-mail (details below).

Blog, Newsletter & Contact Info

I will be keeping information on this blog, and sending out an e-newsletter periodically. If you would like to be included on the e-newsletter distribution, please send an e-mail to icain@quincyma.gov. Tell your friends!

The best ways to reach me are by phone or by e-mail. I have a council phone number that will reach me directly. If I don’t answer the phone, please be sure to leave a voice message so I can get back to you. If e-mail is more convenient for you, by all means, send away!

telephone: 617-376-1353
e-mail: icain@quincyma.gov

Stay tuned on the blog and via the e-newsletter for periodic updates, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, comments, or if I can be of assistance.


Ian Cain is the Ward 3 representative to the Quincy City Council, and has proudly served in this role since 2016. For more information, please visit www.iancain.org.