The inhabitants of Chelsea, Massachusetts, have known tough times for a long time, long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit them hard. Almost half of Chelsea's population consists of recent immigrants, largely from Latin America, and almost 1 in 5 lived below the poverty line even before the virus struck and wiped out the economy. Massachusetts has suffered badly from the coronavirus, and the Chelsea community has suffered worst of all, its densely packed residents infected at the highest rate in the state. "I have been dropping off food boxes for people at their homes during the pandemic and I have seen up to twelve people living in a two bedroom apartment," says Gladys Vega, executive director of the Chelsea Collaborative. "That's our reality."