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COVID-19

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In an effort to keep Brooklyn Community Board 14 residents, friends and neighbors up-to-date on the rapidly changing situation related to COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus, we will be updating this page as frequently as possible with the latest information from the City, State & Federal government, as well as from our nonprofit and community partners. Click the links below for helpful announcements, information and resources. If you have a resource you would like shared on this page or questions about any of the listed resources, please email info@cb14brooklyn.com.

NEWS, ALERTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARD 14

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1. The CB14 district office is closed but staff is working remotely. For service, email info@cb14brooklyn.com or leave voicemail at 718-859-6357.

2. All Board meetings and public hearings are suspended until further notice.

NEW YORK CITY

Click here to read New York City announcements related to Coronavirus resources, online and text alerts, as well as information about public gatherings and social distancing.

1. NYC Text Alerts: Text “Covid” to 692692 to receive text updates from NYC related to Covid-19.

2. NYC Coronavirus Resource Page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

3. NYC Orders to New York City to Stay Home – The Mayor urges all non-essential New York City workers to follow the Governor’s order to stay home after Sunday, March 22nd at 8pm. Read the announcement and guidelines at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page. Public health experts from the city and state advise that everyone behave as if you have already contracted the novel coronavirus. This means: Only leave your home for essential tasks like grocery shopping, picking up medicine, or work (only if you cannot work from home); You can leave the house for a walk or exercise outside, but practice “social distancing,” meaning stay at least six feet apart from others; and If you have symptoms, stay home and only seek medical attention if your symptoms do not get better after 3-4 days or if you are very sick. This will be help ensure that those most in need can get medical attention. For more guidance from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, click here.

4. Ban on Gatherings: As of Friday, May 20, all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. Click here to read a document providing guidance for congregate settings.  The NYPD is enforcing the suspension of religious services and will impose fines and other penalties, including building closure, on those who are not adhering to the guidance.

5. Brooklyn Borough President’s Coronavirus Resources: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/brooklyn-and-covid19/

6. NYC Multilingual Resource Guides – During the COVID-19 outbreak, NYC is more committed than ever to being the fairest city in the U.S. The City is working with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to expand language access and ensure information is available to ALL of our communities. Visit these Twitter pages for multi- language updates on COVID-19 resources: NYCImmigrants; NotifyNYC中文; NNYCSpanish. You can visit also visit http://nyc.gov/coronavirus for multilingual fact sheets. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has a COVID-19 resource page that can be easily translated into dozens of language. The resource is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page.  Mixteca has created a coronavirus resource guide entirely in Spanish here.

7. NYC Social Distancing Restrictions – The City has enacted public health social distancing restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing restrictions include:

  • Keeping six feet away from others (non-family group members)
  • Not engaging in team sports
  • Not gathering in groups
  • Non-essential businesses should be closed
  • Essential businesses that are open must follow necessary restrictions
  • NYCMayor announces all non-essential events in June have been cancelled.

8. Social Distancing Complaints: To report a violation of the social distancing restrictions, file a complaint on the City’s Social Distancing Complaint page.

9. All June Non-essential Events in NYC Cancelled – NYC Mayor de Blasio announced on Monday, April 20th that all non-essential events in June have been cancelled. Click here to view the Mayor’s comments.

10. Curbside Composting & E-Waste Collection Suspended – To allow the City to divert resources to COVID-19 response efforts, the curbside composting program will be suspended beginning May 4th. During the suspension, residents should discard food scraps and yard waste with their trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2021. Visit nyc.gov/compost for more information. Also, the Department of Sanitation has announced the indefinite suspension of appointments for curbside electronics collection. Residents looking to get rid of e-waste will be able to find other opportunities as conditions allow at nyc.gov/electronics. There are no changes to other curbside collection programs, including trash and mandatory recycling.

11. New guidance regarding wearing face masks: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that all New Yorkers wear a face covering when outside of their home to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). DOHMH recommends you wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information and an FAQ on face coverings, as well as other important information on the virus. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-face-covering-faq.pdf  NYC is distributing free face masks in public parks. Visit https://maps.nyc.gov/face-coverings/ to find the mask distribution site nearest to you.

12. NYC Schools Closed until September 2020 – Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced that New York City public schools are remote learning and are closed until September 2020. The DOE will provide computers and internet access to every student who needs it. Call (718) 935-5100 (press 5). Parents and guardians of students with disabilities can send questions to specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov. As per Mayor de Blasio, non-public school New York City students with disabilities are eligible for free iPads.

NEW YORK STATE

Click here for information about New York State Coronavirus resources, hotlines and Governor's orders.

1. New York State Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

2. NYS Coronavirus Resource Page: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

3. NYS PAUSE Order Extended through May 15th: In effect as of Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM, Governor Cuomo ordered all New Yorkers, whether healthy or sick, to stay home unless they are essential workers or need urgent health care. The maximum social distancing fines have been increased from $500 to $1,000. 100 percent of a non-exempt essential service business’s workforce should stay home. Guidelines on what essential services must still be in person can be found here.  Read more about the Governor’s Executive Order “New York State on Pause” at www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20217-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency.

4. NYS Governor’s Order for Vulnerable Populations: Governor Cuomo signed “Matilda’s Law” on Friday, March 20, to provide guidance for those residents who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 including seniors, ill people and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.

5. NYS call for Retired Nurses & Healthcare Workers: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional. If you’re a doctor, nurse, PA or med student, New York City is depending on YOU to help us fight the COVID-19 crisis. Help us save lives: http://nyc.gov/helpnownyc 

6. Sign up for NYS Coronavirus Updates at https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

7. New York State Health Insurance: New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health until May 15, 2020. If you recently lost your health care coverage, you must apply for NYS Health Insurance within 60 days of losing coverage. For more information, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

8. New York State Student Debt Relief: The State has reached an agreement with the largest student loan servicers in New York to obtain relief for student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who contact their private student loan servicer. Available relief includes 90 days of deferred monthly payments, waived late fees, no negative reporting to credit agencies, and enrolling eligible borrowers in available long-term assistance program. For more information about student debt relief, as well as support services for homeowners, tenants, bail, auto and health insurance relief, visit www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers.

9. NYS Health Insurance Premium Suspension through June 1, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that, through June 1, 2020, consumers and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums under individual and small group health insurance policies. DFS shall consider any liquidity or solvency concerns of the health plans. During this period, health plans will be required to continue to pay claims, not to report late payments to credit rating agencies, and to work with individuals to help them transition to new coverage, if appropriate. In addition, insurers are reminded that they cannot impose late payment fees. For more information, visit www.governor.ny.gov/news.

10. New York State Primary & Absentee Voting Changes: Due to COVID-19, the Presidential Primary in New York State has been canceled. However, the State Primary will still take place as scheduled on June 23. Early Voting will begin on June 13th and end June 21st.  All New York voters will be able to vote absentee in the upcoming June 23rd election, and all voters will be mailed a postage-paid absentee ballot application. For more information about absentee voting, visit www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee. If you have any questions, please visit www.elections.ny.gov or contact the Brooklyn Board of Elections at 718-797‐8800.

11. NYS Executive Order requiring masks for essential workers – An executive order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public. Click here to read the order.

13. NYS Executive Order Requiring the Wearing of Masks in Public – Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th. Click here to read the executive order.

14. NYS Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law: Under legislation signed by Governor Cuomo, New York workers are guaranteed job protection and financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine order due to COVID-19. Here is the factsheet for the COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/COVID_Sick_Leave_Employees_3-18-20_1.pdf For more information go to ny.gov/COVIDpaidsickleave  or call the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 844-337-6303

RESOURCES & UPDATES

BENEFITS INFORMATION

Click here for information about applying for State and Federal benefits and public assistance programs.

1. HRA Locations & Services – HRA offices have been consolidated and most services are now available online through ACCESS HRA (nyc.gov/accesshra) or by calling 311.  All in-person HRA appointments have been canceled, and no negative actions will be taken on a client’s case. Those in need of HRA services are asked to download the ACCESS HRA mobile app if possible or to visit nyc.gov/accesshra or nyc.gov/hra and click on the ‘Locations’ tab for more information on the consolidated HRA office locations.

2. Covid-19 Benefits Updates: If you receive any of the following services or require information about new services, please visit the following pages for important updates:

3. New York State Public Assistance Briefings – New York received a federal Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4480-DR from based on the COVID-19 incident which started on January 20, 2020, and is ongoing. The declaration authorizes public assistance for Category B Emergency Protective Measures. Applicants Briefs provide eligible applicants with the information needed to: (a) participate in the disaster as Public Assistance applicants; and, (b) submit for reimbursement for FEMA-eligible expenditures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Potential eligible public assistance applicants include the following: (1) NYC Agencies, special districts, and authorities; (2) Critical private nonprofit (PNP) organizations that own or operate a facility that provides a critical service, e.g., hospitals and emergency care facilities, fire & rescue emergency services, educational facilities (including colleges both public or private), nursing homes, laboratories, and rehab centers that provide medical care; and some (3) Non-critical private nonprofit (PNP) organizations, which are those  PNPs that own or operate a facility that provides a non-critical, but essential social service AND provides those services to the general public, e.g., senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, community centers, child care facilities, food assistance programs, performing arts facilities, and houses of worship. If you would like to receive updates about future briefings and federal grants related to COVID-19, please sign-up for the NYC Emergency Management newsletter.

4. New York State Health Insurance: New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health until May 15, 2020. If you recently lost your health care coverage, you must apply for NYS Health Insurance within 60 days of losing coverage. For more information, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

5. Brooklyn Guide to Applying for and Receiving Federal Benefits – The Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has created a guide on the benefits included in the $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act. The guide includes information on federal cash assistance, unemployment assistance, student loan relief, retirement account relief, charitable contribution relief, small business assistance, tax relief, credit relief, renter relief and more. Visit www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Stimulus-Guide-Brooklyn-Borough-Hall-2020 for more information.

6. Social Security – Social security payments are still being made. Visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for more info.

CONSTRUCTION

Click here for the latest rules for NYC construction sites.

1. Non-essential Construction Shut Down: The Governor has ordered that all non-essential construction must shut down as of March 27, 2020. Only Essential and Emergency Construction may continue. The Executive Order defines Essential Construction as work on: Roads, Bridges, Transit facilities, Utilities, Hospitals or health care facilities, or Affordable housing and homeless shelters. Emergency Construction is defined as: (1) Projects necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants; or (2) Continuing a project that would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, until it is safe to shut the site. This order doesn’t apply to work being done by a single worker or if there is only one employee or worker at a job site.  Click here to read the Executive Order.

2. Reporting Construction Violations: NYC Department of Buildings has suspended all non-essential construction work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you believe your employer or a company is violating this order or current labor laws, you are encouraged to file a complaint by calling 3-1-1 or reporting the violation online at https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-03300. You are also encouraged to report it to the King County District Attorney’s Action Center at 718-250-2340.

3. Department of Buildings Covid-19 Construction regulations – Please visit www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/about/covid-19-response for the latest updates and rule changes enacted by the DOB in response to the coronavirus health crisis. To read the DOB Essential Construction advisory statement, go to https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/covid-19_essential_construction_sn.pdf

4. Real-Time Map of Essential/Emergency Construction Sites – To help implement the ban on non-essential construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYC Department of Buildings has released a real-time map of essential and emergency construction sites. The map identifies essential or emergency construction sites which are allowed to continue working. You can view the map at state.us10.list-manage.com.

COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Click here for City & State resources & general information related to Covid-19 & Novel Coronavirus.

NYC Health Department’s Covid-19 Resource Page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page. This is the City’s primary website devoted to keeping New Yorkers up-to-date, safe & healthy. You can also receive Twitter alerts and read updates from the Health Department at https://twitter.com/nycHealthy

NYC Comptroller’s Covid-19 Resource Page: Comptroller Scott Stringer’s COVID-19 Resource Center contains critical information on the many government programs available to assist New Yorkers in need, recent policy changes regarding health and safety, options for financial support for residents and businesses alike, and organizations to reach out to for additional assistance. Visit comptroller.nyc.gov/services/for-the-public/covid-19-resource-center/

New York Academy of Medicine Covid-19 Resources: NYAM has created a temporary information hub in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to share best practices, resources and news curated through a health equity lens. For information, visit https://www.nyam.org/what-can-i-do/

Covid-19 Self-Monitoring FAQ: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/faq-for-home-self-monitoring-novel-coronavirus-nyc.pdf

City guidance for what to do if you are feeling ill – If you are feeling sick, please wait three to four days before contacting a doctor. Use telemedicine services BEFORE going to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or the ER. Co-pays for telemedicine consultations have been eliminated due to COVID-19 statewide. Call (800) 633-4227 or your doctor for more information if you are on Medicaid.  Whether you utilize Medicaid, private insurance, or are a self-payer, options are offered across many specialty areas.  Urgent care telemedicine is available with New York-Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, or NYU Langone. Mental health telemedicine is available with Columbia Doctors. Diabetes telemedicine help is available with NYC Health + Hospitals.

Free Hotel Rooms for People Who Need to Quarantine – For New Yorkers requiring quarantine or isolation, NYC Health + Hospitals is offering free hotel rooms for up to 14 days if there is a need for a place to isolate. Call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) and press “0”.

Covid-19 Testing: In line with New York City Department of Health recommendations, NYC Health + Hospitals is not currently testing patients for COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization. Information about available testing options is below.

  • Please read NEW guidance from NYC Health + Hospitals regarding Covid-19 testing in New York City at https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/coronavirus-testing-guidelines.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns. You can contact the New York City Health Department by visiting https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/index.page or follow their Twitter alerts at https://twitter.com/nycHealthy.
  • New Yorkers who are considered high priority because of age, pre-existing conditions and symptoms should call 1-844-NYC-4NYC for more information about coronavirus testing.
  • New Yorkers can call 311 to be assessed for risk for COVID.
  • NY State Guarantees Free Testing: Governor Cuomo has directed health insurers to waive cost sharing associated with testing for coronavirus, including emergency room, urgent care and office visits. Medicare has also been directed to Waive cost-sharing for testing, cost-sharing for coronavirus treatment in doctor’s offices or emergency rooms and services delivered via telehealth; remove prior authorization requirements; waive prescription refill limits; relax restrictions on home or mail delivery of prescription drugs; and expand access to certain telehealth services. If you are experiencing symptoms that may be the novel coronavirus, call your doctor first, and if you do not have a doctor, call the state hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for more information.
  • New Testing Sites have Opened in Brooklyn: A new Covid-19 testing site has opened in the Sears parking lot located at 2307 Beverley Road in Brooklyn. If you have symptoms and would like to be tested, please call 888-364-3065 to schedule an appointment.
  • Brooklyn Covid-19 Testing Sites – There are church sites available for COVID-19 testing. The list can be found at https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Church-Testing-Sites-for-COVID-19-2020.pdf. To schedule an appointment, call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 1 (888) 364-3065.
  • NYC Covid-19 Testing Sites – The City is currently operating 23 City-run testing sites for COVID-19. There should be 35 active sites in operation across the city by May 25. To find a location and to get tested, go to  http://nyc.gov/covidtest.

Report Your Covid-19 Symptoms to the City through New Online Website – The City has created a new, online portal for New Yorkers to self-report COVID-19 data. Self-reporting will help the City communicate with affected members of the public and assist in the identification of areas that may require an enhanced response. This website is intended for individuals, or those authorized to report on behalf of individuals, who have recently met any of the following criteria: (1) experienced symptoms of COVID-19, (2) tested positive for COVID-19, (3) have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or (4) currently in quarantine. Visit cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us or call 311 to file a report. The Portal is available in 11 languages. Personal information will be stored securely and only accessible to City employees protecting public health. It will not be accessible by ICE or used for law enforcement or any other purpose.

Have You Recovered from COVID-19? The New York Blood Center is seeking donations of plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19. This plasma is used to treat current patients who are seriously ill. Visit https://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/become-donor/types-donations/about-plasma-donations/

 EDUCATION & YOUTH

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NYC Schools Closed until September 2020 – Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced that New York City public schools are remote learning and are closed until September 2020. The DOE will provide computers and internet access to every student who needs it. Call (718) 935-5100 (press 5). Parents and guardians of students with disabilities can send questions to specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov. As per Mayor de Blasio, non-public school New York City students with disabilities are eligible for free iPads.

NYC Public School Remote Learning – Public School Online Classes began Monday, March 23. For information and helpful resources, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home

Free meals are available each day between 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM for all public school students (and now all New Yorkers including adults) at over 400 locations citywide. Rules: No registration, ID or documentation required; All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time; No dining space is available so meals must be eaten off premises; Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎, as well as for themselves. No one will be turned away. For information, go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals  or  text “Meals” or “Comidas” along with your zip code to 877-877 to find a Free Meals location near you.

Free laptops and other internet-connected devices are available for students. For information, go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update To sign up for a device, fill out the form at https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices or call 718-935-5100 (press 5).

Free Internet Service -In an effort to ensure that all NYC households with K-12 or college students have equitable access to the internet, NYC has partnered with the below companies to provide free internet service during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days is available for all NYC households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call Spectrum at 844-488-8395.
  • Optimum is offering free internet access to students affected by the COVID-19 crisis. For more information or to sign up, visit https://www.alticeadvantageinternet.com/ or call 866-200-9522.

Get updates from NYC Schools at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NYCSchools

Child Care Centers Closed (except City run centers) – All child care centers, with the exception of emergency child services operated or authorized by the Department of Education, have been closed. Programs may reopen when New York City public schools reopen, unless the Health Commissioner authorizes an earlier reopening date. Failure to comply with this Order may result in civil penalties or other enforcement. This was a decision made for the health and safety of workers and families. The REC centers are available for the children of first responders and other frontline workers. For information about REC centers and available childcare options, please visit www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/regional-enrichment-centers. For alternative child care information provided by the NYC Department of Health, visit www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/business/permits-and-licenses/children-and-adolescents-childcare. Free and low-cost childcare options during the COVID-19 crisis are also available through Workers Need Childcare, for parents and caregivers in NYC’s essential workforce.

Child Care at REC Centers: Child care is available for health care providers, first responders, key transit workers, and other personnel who are critical to the COVID-19 response effort in New York City, as well as for all members of the “essential workforce” including workers from Grocery stores, Pharmacies, Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Probation. At Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), Department of Education staff provide children meals, remote learning, and activities to allow frontline workers to continue to serve the City during this health emergency. REC locations include early childcare centers and K–12 sites and will be available in every school district. If you think you may be eligible to send your child to a REC, please complete the online survey. Learn more about RECs and complete the survey. For information about REC centers and available childcare options, please visit www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/regional-enrichment-centers.

Free and low-cost childcare options during the COVID-19 crisis are available through Workers Need Childcare, for parents and caregivers in NYC’s essential workforce. For more information and childcare options, visit www.workersneedchildcare.org.

New York State Student Assessment Testing – New York State exams have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year, including Regents exams. For the most recent testing and State schools information, visit the School Testing page.

CUNY and SUNY Colleges: As of March 12th, on-campus college classes have been canceled for the remainder of the semester. All classes will be completed online. Distance learning classes began on March 19th. School facilities, dorms, and libraries are open on a limited basis. Click here to visit your CUNY College website to learn about closures.  Click here to read CUNY coronavirus updates. Click here to visit SUNY’s website.

Google Classroom Guides in multiple languages, mental health resources, non technological learning resources, link to iPad distribution information, parent coordinator contacts, free tutoring, virtual trips for families and more.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C0_6Iv0ywVbcAIjBr4MKqe90fcHbCLEr3KmTkQLPmgo/edit?usp=sharing

Spring Break is canceled – Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that New York City schools will no longer have spring break. There will be no additional time off for the Passover, Good Friday or Easter holidays. Read the Chancellor’s announcement here: www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/policies/spring-break-announcement. For more information, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update.

School Activity Packet for grades K-5: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/activities-for-students

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has been canceled for Summer 2020. DYCD announced on April 8, 2020, that given the uncertainty over how COVID-19 will continue to affect social distancing guidelines, worksite availability, and provider and site staffing, DYCD is unable to ensure that SYEP can be operated safely and efficiently. Effective immediately SYEP has been suspended for Summer 2020. For more information, visit nyc.gov/SYEP.

Department of Education Infohub – Visit the new DOE infohub website for all the latest updates, announcements and resources for public school students at https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/letters/coronavirus.

NYC Fun at Home – New York City teens and young adults can now access a free digital platform for safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities. Fun at Home combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 link to the NBA’s league pass for free! It can be accessed at nyc.gov/funathome or texting “Fun” to 97743 to receive the latest updates on resources and activities.

DYCD at Home – While we are all staying home to stop the spread of coronavirus, youth and families across NYC can stay connected to DYCD – we are bringing dance, music, art, filmmaking, and more right to you! Check out the opportunities on our website, sign up for the activities that interest you, and text (347) 349-4361 to get updates directly to your phone. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to get the most up-to-date announcements via social media.

New K-12 Grading Policy – Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza released an adjusted K-12 citywide grading policy will be put into effect. New York City schools will relax normal grading procedures across all ages and expand summer course work for students who need it. Elementary and Junior High school teachers will evaluate whether each student is “meeting standards” or “needs improvement.” High school students will continue to receive normal letter grades, with the exception that no one will receive a failing grade. They will have the option to convert their grade to a “pass” rating, which would not affect their GPA. Junior High & High School students may receive a “course in progress” grade on their report cards, which means they will automatically be enrolled in summer school and will be given a timeline to complete any outstanding work. Click here for more information.

Financial Support for Students – The City University of New York has launched a Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read the Chancellor’s announcement and for more information.

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for Students – All students who would have received a free or reduced-price meal at school are now eligible for additional food assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). This includes undocumented students, students whose private schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, and students in districts that implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). New York City families will receive an additional $5.70 for every day school has been closed to purchase foods available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-guidance-coronavirus-pandemic-ebt-pebt for more information.

Let’s Learn NYC!” is a new educational public television program produced by the WNET Group in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), features lessons for children in 3K through second grade that will supplement remote learning. More information can be found at https://www.thirteen.org/programs/lets-learn-nyc/lets-learn-nyc-series-promo-729nc7/

Pre-Kindergarten Registration is open – If your child was born in 2016, Pre-K seats are still available for this fall — but you have to move fast! Head to myschools.nyc or call 718-935-2009 to enroll today.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Click here for information about available City cash benefits, utility bill reductions, paid sick leave and emergency grants.

Apply for Cash Assistance: If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies. Visit ACCESS HRAto apply for financial support.

Emergency Loans – The NYC Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents of NYC who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. More information is available at hfls.org/loan-programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan.

Home Energy Bill Grant: Visit HRA Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant.

Emergency Financial Assistance – Call New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) at 212-669-6100, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Emergency “life safety” financial assistance for under-resourced households with a direct impact.

Paid Sick Leave: Under the law, covered employees have the right to use safe and sick leave for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member. To learn more, visit the Paid Safe and Sick Leave page.

Paycheck Protection Plan: The U.S. Department of Treasury has released information regarding financial assistance for small businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program.

New York State Financial Relief for Students, Homeowners, Tenants, Insurance Payments: The State has reached an agreement with the largest student loan servicers in New York to obtain relief for student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who contact their private student loan servicer. Available relief includes 90 days of deferred monthly payments, waived late fees, no negative reporting to credit agencies, and enrolling eligible borrowers in available long-term assistance program. For more information about student debt relief, as well as support services for homeowners, tenants, bail, auto and health insurance relief, visit www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers. Additional information related to student loan payments, call the Community Service Society’s Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP) at 888-614-5004, Monday to Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Visit them at edcapny.org for more information about their free services.

Need Support? – Visit the Get Help NYC website at www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/individuals or call 3-1-1 to be connected with a support professional. Employment Resources, Food Assistance, Health & Medical Assistance, Financial Assistance, Rent Arrears and Public Assistance, Emotional Support & Spiritual Care, and Other Assistance is available.

NYC Legal Support – NYLAG is continuing its support on financial counseling, evictions, immigration support, and other issues. If you need legal help, go to nylag.org/gethelp or call (212) 613-5000.

Debt Collection, Mortgage Payments & ATM overdraft fees suspended – The NYS Attorney General and Governor have announced that the state will temporarily suspend collection of student, medical, and other state-referred debt for at least 30 days. Medical and student debt collection will be suspended automatically. For other forms of debt, you must fill out an application at ag.ny.gov/covid-19-debt-suspension-application. Banks will waive mortgage payments for 90 days and suspend foreclosures. Eligibility is based on financial hardship. Late payment fees and ATM overdraft fees are also suspended. All student loan interest has been suspended.

Property Tax Payment Assistance – For homeowners who are having challenges paying their property taxes, the Department of Finance offers several programs to assist with hardship including exemption programs as well as a new Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program, for those who qualify. More information is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/benefits/benefits.

IRS Tax Deadline Extended – The IRS has moved the federal tax deadline to July 15, 2020. The IRS will provide updated information at www.irs.gov/coronavirus

NYC In-Person Free Tax Preparation Services Suspended: Due to the COVID19 crisis, all NYC free tax prep providers have suspended their services in NYC. We may resume in person services at a later date, please visit  www.nyc.gov/taxprep  for updates. In the meantime, we urge filers to file online. Prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using tax preparation and filing software through IRS Free File at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free. As of March 20, 2020, the tax filing deadline of April 15, 2020 has been postponed to July 15, 2020.

Free Virtual Tax Preparation servicesTax Day has been pushed back to Wednesday, July 15th. IRS certified VITA/TCE Volunteer tax preparers are providing virtual free tax preparation and filing. You can get free help to assist you to prepare your own tax return or you can submit tax documetns virtually and let an expert prepare your return. For more information, call 347-682-5606 or go to https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/5.7.20-GB-Adams-Virtual-Flyer-Draft-English.jpg The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is now providing virtual and assisted self-prep free tax prep services. New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for Virtual Free Tax Preparation with a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) certified preparer. New Yorkers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for free Assisted Self-Preparation; filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone; a stable internet connection. Services are currently offered in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Arabic, with others to come. Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/consumers/file-your-taxes.page for more information.

Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19? NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential. Book an appointment at http://nyc.gov/TalkMoney

Federal Stimulus Checks – On March 27th, 2020, the federal CARES Act authorized a one-time payment of $1,200 to certain individuals. While many people will receive their payments through direct deposit or mailed checks, those who were not required to file a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019 will need to take additional steps. According to the IRS, if you don’t file taxes, use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to provide information to receive your payment. You should use this application if: (1) You are a citizen or a non-citizen with a Social Security Number; (2) You did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income; (3) You weren’t required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons. If you have qualifying children under age 17, you can use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to claim the $500 payment per child. For more information, please visit the IRS website.  Unemployed workers can use the new online “Get My Payment” tool to check on their payment status, confirm payment type (direct deposit or check) and enter bank account information for direct deposit if the Internal Revenue Service doesn’t have the information on file. To use the tool, you need to input your Social Security Number, date of birth and address. The system will then tell you if your payment is being deposited, or if you need to enter banking information. For more information, go to https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments and click the “Get My Payment” button.

Federal Stimulus Payments for SSI/SSD recipients – SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. The payments will be automatic. SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should now go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section to provide their information. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If SSI beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

The Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. These loans are intended to address lost wages due to being unable to go to work, child care costs due to school closures, small business losses & related medical costs. Loan applicants must have annual pre-tax household income at or below the income limits for their household size. For information and to apply, go to hfls.org/loan-programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan.

Grants for Covid-19 Expenses – With an increase in hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grantspace has started a list to point you to emergency financial resources.  The list is updated daily with new grant opportunities for small businesses, nonprofits, families, artists and more. Visit grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/covid-19-emergency-financial-resources for more information and to apply.

Grants for Flatbush Families to Pay Utility Bills – The East Flatbush Community Partnership is offering community aid cash assistance to families. Organizations must complete the request form on behalf of a family in need. The aid is only to pay for utility bills and will come in the form of gift cards of $75. This fund is for residents of zip codes 11203, 11210, 11212, and 11226. For more information or to apply for aid for a family, visit the website. After completing the form, send a copy of the utility bill(s) to reidc@jccany.org. No request form will be acknowledged without a copy of the utility bill(s).

Grants for Nonprofit Organizations – The Humanities New York (HNY) CARES: Emergency Relief Grants application deadline is May 15th.  Grants are available to non-profit cultural organizations that are based in and serve New York State. Click here for more information and to apply.

NYC Civic Impact Funding Application Deadline – The NYC Civic Impact Funding is one-time funding of up to $10,000 for community-based organizations engaging volunteers in COVID-19 response. Due to technical difficulties, the application deadline will be extended today through Thursday, May 14th at 3pm. Go to https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5435272/NYC-Civic-Impact-Funding?mc_cid=a27f3b7943&mc_eid=03579f3dc7  to apply. Please note that funding can only be used for expenses related to volunteer efforts, and funding is reimbursed upon submission of valid receipts and invoices. For further questions about NYC Civic Impact Funding, please contact Jamaica Carter, NYC Service Capacity Building Coordinator, at jcarter@mofellow.nyc.gov.

Verizon suspending late fees and service shut offs through June 30th – Verizon said yesterday that it will waive late fees and won’t terminate service (through June 30th) for residential and small business customers who can’t pay their bills due to the pandemic. Customers can learn more and notify Verizon by visiting https://www.verizon.com/about/news/covid-response-customers.

Unclaimed Funds – The NYS Comptroller’s office reminds all New Yorkers that New York State currently has more than $16 billion in lost money just waiting to be claimed. This money includes things like forgotten savings accounts, lost paychecks, and stocks or bonds. This lost money gets turned over to the NYS Comptroller’s Office by organizations required to report dormant accounts. Want to see if some of this money belongs to you or a family member? Visit www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf for more information and to claim lost funds.

Financial Support for Students – The City University of New York has launched a Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read the Chancellor’s announcement and for more information.

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for Students – All students who would have received a free or reduced-price meal at school are now eligible for additional food assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). This includes undocumented students, students whose private schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, and students in districts that implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). New York City families will receive an additional $5.70 for every day school has been closed to purchase foods available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-guidance-coronavirus-pandemic-ebt-pebt for more information.

NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help New York City residents impacted by COVID-19 get answers to their legal questions on issues including unemployment benefits, employee rights, housing, public benefits, consumer debt, advance planning, stimulus payments, and special education issues. Call (929) 356-9582 Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to leave a message with your name and contact information or visit nylag.org/hotline for more information.

FOOD ASSISTANCE & MEAL DELIVERY

Click here for information about free meals, food pantries, home meal delivery and to apply for food benefits.

SNAP (food stamps): Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) or call 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.

SNAP Benefits Can Now Be Used To Order Food Online – Did you know that you can now use your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries? Participating online stores now accept SNAP benefits for online orders and will deliver to you. Use your EBT card to shop securely for fresh produce and groceries at these participating stores in the New York City area: Amazon | ShopRite | Walmart. Visit these online retailers to order your groceries online and ask your local stores if they provide online services. Please note that SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay delivery fees. Be sure to confirm an online store delivers to your home address. For more information, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

Free Meals for Seniors: NYC Department for the Aging provides home-delivered meals are available for seniors ages 60 years and older who may have disabilities, access, or functional needs. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/in-home-services or call 311 for service. JASA is also providing free home delivered meals to qualified seniors. To apply call, Contact the JASA Help Center at 212-273-5272 or help@jasa.org. Catholic Charities Community Services is also providing food, resources and support for seniors. Contact the CCCS New York Helpline at 1-888-744-7900.

Senior Centers are now delivering all meals – The senior center meals program is now 100 percent delivery, rather than grab-and-go. Seniors should call their local senior center for more information if they haven’t already received meals. You can also call Aging Connect at 212-Aging-NYC (212-244-6469) or 3-1-1. For more information visit the DOHMH website for coronavirus updates or read the senior center FAQ.

Food Bank Pantry Boxes: Foodbank NYC has a interactive map with providers who have switched to “grab and go” meals and pantry bags to minimize the risk of exposure.

Find Food Assistance Near You: HungerFree NYC publishes Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance. These guides covers all neighborhoods in NYC by zip code and are available in multiple languages.

New NYC Food Delivery Program – The City has created the GetFoodNYC food delivery program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. This program is intended for individuals and families who meet all of the following criteria as a result of the COVID-19 emergency: No members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound; No neighbors or family members can go out and get food for you; You do not receive meal assistance from other providers (incl. Meals on Wheels or God’s Love We Deliver); and You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery. Households that qualify may place an order every 48 hours. Each order will contain two days of meals (4 meals per person in the household, but no household will receive more than 8 meals per delivery). Orders placed before 11AM will be delivered within two days of the order date. Orders placed after 11AM will be delivered within three days of the order date. For more information, call 3-1-1 go to 311.nyc.gov and click on “GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program” or Click Here.

Free ‘Grab & Go Meals’ are Now Available for ALL New Yorkers – Free ‘Grab and Go’ meals distributed at over 400 locations to NYC students will now be available to all New Yorkers, including adults. No one will be turned away. Participants will be able to pick up three meals. To find a location, visit the website. Alternatively, you can text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877. The hours are: 7:30 am – 11:30 am for families and children & 11:30am – 1:30pm for adults. Meals must be taken away; dining space is not available on the premises. No ID or registration is required to receive a meal. For more information, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides – Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has partnered with Share Meals, Hunger Free America, BetaNYC, and Plentiful to compile a listing and guide on food resources available to New Yorkers.  For more information and to find services near you, go to https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/coronavirus-nyc-food-reports/

WIC Foods for Qualified Families – Are you are pregnant, have an infant and children up to age 5? You may be eligible for WIC food and other benefits.
WIC Has Phone Service During Covid-19 @ 718-282-8904. You can visit us @485 Coney Island Avenue (off Church Avenue Between Albemarle Rd. and Turner Pl.) Click here to see program flyer. For WIC Programs outside of this neighborhood, go to https://www.wicstrong.com/agency/brooklyn-hospital/

One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative. Learn more at www1.nyc.gov/site/neon/programs/nutrition-kitchen.

Free Kosher Grab and Go meals are available – The New York City Department of Education will provide free kosher grab and go meals to all residents. Beginning April 23rd, kosher meals will be available at many public schools in neighborhoods throughout the city. For information about where to get free kosher meals, call 311. Click here to view a flyer with kosher food distribution locations in Brooklyn. Click the following link to read comments from local elected officials – boropark24.com/news/local-elected-officials-announce-city-will-provide-kosher-grab-go-meals-during-pandemic.

Free Halal Food Pantry – PAYO is distributing free halal groceries every Thursday from 4-5 PM at their office located at 1045 Coney Island Avenue. Call to pre-register at 718-415-9424. Click here to view food pantry flyer.

HEALTH & WELFARE

Click for information from the NYC Health Department, as well as information about Covid testing, self-monitoring, cleaning & disinfecting, NYC medical and mental health services and resources for all New Yorkers, seniors, immigrants and pet owners.

Free Face Masks in NYC: The City is distributing free face masks in public parks. Visit https://maps.nyc.gov/face-coverings/ to find the mask distribution site nearest to you.

Health Insurance Information:

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health until May 15, 2020. If you recently lost your health care coverage, you must apply for NYS Health Insurance within 60 days of losing coverage. For more information, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
  • GetCoveredNYC also helps New Yorkers enroll in health insurance with dedicated specialists who can assist you in your language. Under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), there are many low- or no-cost health insurance options for New Yorkers. Go to www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/get-covered to receive free health insurance. Text “CoveredNYC” (“SeguroNYC” en Español) to 877-877 to be connected to a specialist and receive free enrollment assistance.
  •  enrollment assistance from a GetCoveredNYC Specialist. You can also call 311 or text
  • Medicaid, Medicare & Government Healthcare options: Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for Medicaid. Visit the Department for the Aging website for counseling on Medicare MSP, LIS, and other Medicare low-income programs.

DOHMH Walk-In Clinics: The NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene has closed the majority of its walk-in health clinics with some exceptions. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus for their daily updates.

Expanded Telemedicine Services for New Yorkers – The City has expanded telemedicine for vulnerable New Yorkers. New Yorkers can now call 844-NYC-4NYC for COVID-19 related medical concerns. For more information, visit the Health + Human Services website at www.nychealthandhospitals.org/hospitals.

Guidance regarding wearing face masks: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that all New Yorkers wear a face covering when outside of their home to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). DOHMH recommends you wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information and an FAQ on face coverings, as well as other important information on the virus. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-face-covering-faq.pdf

Mental Health Support Services: An infectious illness outbreak such as this one can be stressful to you, your loved ones, and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. NYC Well’s website offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications (apps) that can help you cope. If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help.

  • NYC Well is a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355). They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages. You can also text “WELL” to 65173 or participate in an online chat with a mental health professional at NYC.gov/nycwell.
  • ThriveNYC has created a guide called “Mental Health Support While Staying at Home.” The guide can be accessed at https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
  • New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center is offering phone sessions with a therapist.
    In The Bronx call (718) 485-2100; In Brooklyn call (718) 602-1000 or (718) 235-3100. Visit their website at https://www.nypcc.org/
  • NY State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline – call (844) 863-9314

Domestic Violence Support Services:

  • Individuals in dangerous situations can get help to relocate to safe shelter by calling the NYS domestic violence hotline at 1-800-942-6906.
  • People can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by texting “LOVEIS” to 22522, or visiting thehotline.org.
  • NYC Family Justice Center facilities are temporarily closed but services remain available by phone, such as immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and other resources. From Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the Brooklyn FJC at 718-250-5113.
  • On evenings or weekends, individuals can call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-4673 or visit the NYC HOPE Resource Directory online at www.nyc.gov/NYCHOPE.
  • For help with stress and anxiety please call NYC Well at 888-692-9355 or text “WELL” to 65173. For emergencies, call 911.

Guidance for Senior Citizens: New York City Mayor de Blasio and the Department for the Aging (DFTA) has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource guide offering guidance for older New Yorkers, for communities on how to help elder New Yorkers, and general guidance for senior centers. For additional resources and information, visit the DFTA website at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/index.

Services for Disabled New Yorkers: During this crisis, New Yorkers can reach out on Twitter to @NYCDisabilities, call 3-1-1 or visit The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for more information. If you have any specific questions or concerns please contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities directly at 212-788-2830 (Voice Phone) or 646-396-5830 (Video Phone). Deaf New Yorkers can connect via video phone at 646-396-5830. More information is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities. Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language at https://twitter.com/nycemergencymgt/status/1245797559572062210?s=20

NYC LGBTQ COVID-19 guide – This mobile-accessible website contains nearly 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming services still available citywide, including food programs, legal services, health resources & more. Check it out at nyc.gov/lgbtqcovid

Covid-19 information for Pregnant or Breastfeeding mothers and those caring for Newborns – The city has released new Guidance for People Who Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Caring for Newborns (PDF, April 4)

Caregiver Resources – Those caring for someone 60 and over can visit the NYC Department for the Aging’s website for caregiver resources and support services.

Protect your Pets & Yourself – Despite the news of a tiger testing positive, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, are contributing to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some animals can get infected, such as dogs and cats, but there are no reports of them spreading the virus. Here’s a link with more information COVID-19 and Animals FAQ from our city’s newly-formed Office of Animal Welfare. Read this DOHMH post to learn how to keep pets and owners healthy during coronavirus: https://twitter.com/nycHealthy/status/1242122771871805447. The ASPCA has set up a relief fund for pet shelters and pet owners. More information is available at www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/aspca-commits-5-million-covid-19-relief-recovery-initiative-help-shelters.

NYC Pet Hotline – The New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare announced the launch of the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline. Pet Hotline operators can be reached directly at (877) 204-8821, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.

Home Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidance – Recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of non-health care settings to help slow person-to-person transmission of COVID-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/disinfection-guidance-for-businesses-covid19.pdf

Active at Home” Activities for Kids & FamiliesActive at Home offers dozens of activities to help kids and their families stay physically and mentally healthy and to help continue physical education during this unprecedented time. Activities are categorized by age range—pre-K through grade 5 and grade 6 through grade 12. Within each category there are activities for kids alone and for the entire family and for indoor or outdoor exercises. Whatever your situation, these flexible plans can help.  Go to https://www.nyrr.org/youth/active-at-home

Red Cross Blood Drive: The RedCross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the #coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are urged to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Sign up today: http://rcblood.org/appt  #COVID19

NYC Vital Records Information – In-person ordering of NYC birth and death certificates will be suspended until further notice. If you have an emergency request due to healthcare coverage, government services, military, immigration, or employment, please call 3-1-1 or email nycdohvr@health.nyc.gov. During this time, you can order certificates online at: nyc.gov/vitalrecords or by mail.

Online Weddings are now available in NYC – Couples can now file for a marriage license remotely, and clerks will be allowed to perform ceremonies via video conference. The requirement to appear in-person has been temporarily suspended. For more information and to apply online for a marriage license, visit the NYC’s Project Cupid page.

Covid-19 Funeral Planning Guidance – If a loved one has passed away, please review the City’s funeral and burial guidance before making plans and arrangements. Click the link to view the City guidelines for COVID-19: Requesting Death Certificates and Reporting Deaths (PDF)

Financial Support for Funeral Services for Low Income Families – The NYC Human Resource Administration’s (HRA) Office of Burial Services has expanded funds to cover burial costs for low income New Yorkers who do not have resources to pay for their funeral. While the funds are still only available to those experiencing extreme poverty, HRA has nearly doubled the value of the grant and are making it available to everyone regardless of immigration status. Loved ones can access the application https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page in various languages and submit it online, by mail, or in person within 120 days from the date of the decedent’s death. For more information, contact the HRA Office of Burial Services at (718) 473-8310 or by email at BurialServices@hra.nyc.gov.  

HOSPITAL & HEALTH CARE PROVIDER INFORMATION

Click here for information and free resources for health care providers and front line first responders, as well as information about hospital visitation and other policies for the general public.

1. New Hospital Visitation Policy – Please read this update from NYC Health + Hospitals if you plan to visit a hospital or medical facility in NYC for any reason. Hospitals have established new visitation policies which must be adhered to in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at our health care facilities.  HHS update from @NYCHealthSystem: Please avoid the emergency room unless you are severely ill. Help limit exposure to other patients and health care workers: https://bit.ly/2wkkRse

2. PPE Medical Equipment Distribution – Healthcare workers and institutions can request PPE equipment from Project N95, a National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse. To expedite distribution, Project N95 is working to support requests from healthcare providers and institutions for N95 masks, Surgical masks, Isolation gowns and Ventilators. If you or someone you know works for a healthcare institution and is in need, please complete the form.

3. Information for Health Care Providers: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/information-healthcare-providers.

4. Free Hotel Lodging for Health Care Workers – NYC Hotel and Nurses Unions have announced that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in New York City will be able to live at the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for free during the duration of the outbreak. Click here to read the press release from the Four Seasons. Other hotels throughout the City, especially those located near hospitals, have been encouraged to do the same by Governor Cuomo and health and hospital worker advocates. Read this article for more information.

5. Free Jet Blue flights for Health Care Workers traveling to NYS – Jet Blue has committed to donating free flights for incoming medical volunteers heading to New York State. Click here to read the Governor’s announcement about free flights. Click here for the Governor’s list of other needed resources and services being donated by companies and individuals.

6. AirBnB is offering free stays for Health Care Workers – Airbnb is partnering with hosts to connect 100,000 healthcare providers, relief workers, and first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients — and safely distanced from their own families. Click here for more information.

7. Free Hertz Car Rentals for NYC Health Care Workers – The Hertz car rental company is offering free vehicle rentals through April 30 for health care workers. Workers can book as little as a week or up to a month with the company at no cost to them. To take advantage of the offer, employees must have a valid medical ID, email with a healthcare domain, and driver’s license. Click here to read the press release and for more information.

8. Free Starbucks Coffee for Healthcare Workers – Starbucks is offering free coffee to those of the front lines of fighting the pandemic. First responders and front-line workers, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers and firefighters, are eligible to receive a free tall-sized hot or iced coffee until May 3. Click here to read the announcement.

9. Call for Retired Health Care Workers – If you’re a doctor, nurse, PA or med student, New York City is depending on YOU to help us fight the COVID-19 crisis. Help us save lives! Visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional or http://nyc.gov/helpnowny to sign up.

10. Child Care Available: Child care is available for health care providers, first responders, key transit workers, and other personnel who are critical to the COVID-19 response effort in New York City, as well as for all members of the “essential workforce” including workers from Grocery stores, Pharmacies, Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Probation. At Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), Department of Education staff provide children meals, remote learning, and activities to allow frontline workers to continue to serve the City during this health emergency. REC locations include early childcare centers and K–12 sites and will be available in every school district. If you think you may be eligible to send your child to a REC, please complete the online survey. Learn more about RECs and complete the survey.

11. Parking Permits for Healthcare Workers – The City is issuing Citywide on-street parking permits to healthcare personnel working in hospitals in New York City. Permits will be distributed directly by each hospital to eligible employees. Healthcare workers should reach out to their hospital administrators directly for more information on how to obtain a parking permit.

12. Join the Medical Reserve Corps – NYC is mobilizing a Medical Reserve Corps of 9,000 retired and licensed medical workers, and is also seeking help from all healthcare workers right now. Information is available at nyc.gov/helpnownyc. New York State is also seeking help from retired and otherwise available healthcare workers. More information is available at health.ny.gov/assistance.

HOUSING SUPPORT

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1. Suspension of Evictions Extended – The NYS Eviction Moratorium, enacted March 16, 2020 by Governor Cuomo has been extended through August 20, 2020. New York State Courts will not process new eviction proceedings until the State moratorium is lifted. You will not need to apply for rent arrears (back rent) to stop an eviction until further notice. This means that you will be able to stay in your home during this health emergency. If you’re having an issue with your landlord, call the Met Council’s tenant support hotline at 212-979-0611. Monday & Wednesday, 1:30-8pm; Tues 5:30-8pm; Fri 1:30-5pm. Available in Spanish.

2. Mortgage Information – The Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an emergency regulation requiring that New York State regulated financial institutions provide residential mortgage forbearance on property located in New York. This will be for a period of 90 days and applies to any individual residing in New York who can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the emergency regulation.

3. Utility Shut-Offs Suspended – The Department of Public Service has ordered all utility companies to temporarily suspend gas, electric, and water shut-offs until further notice. You don’t need to apply for Emergency Assistance (a One-Shot-Deal) if you are unable to pay your bill. Utility companies cannot shut off your service if your bill is unpaid, even if you received a shut-off notice that states your service will end. National Grid has suspended collection related activities including disconnections through the end of April. Visit ngrid.com/covid-19 for the latest. Con Edison has suspended service shut offs including for lack of bill payment. Customers are advised to arrange for payment extensions and agreements online. Customers should call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) or visit www.coned.com/en for more information.

4. Building Cleaning Guidelines – Guidance for disinfecting buildings for landlords is available at www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/disinfection-guidance-for-commercial-residential-covid19.pdf

5. NYC Tenant Hotline – New York City renters have rights. For information and legal support, call 311 to access NYC’s new tenant hotline and get all the help you need navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

6. Rent Freeze Program/Homeowner Exemptions – Renters who participate in the SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption) programs, or who would like to apply, should check out the updates posted by the city Department of Finance and the FAQs at www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions. There are also a number of benefits available for homeowners. Click here for information. The Department of Finance also has a webpage dealing with service changes and self-service options in the wake of COVID-19. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/about/dof-self-service for more information.

7. Section 8 – If you are a Section 8 voucher recipient and you’ve experienced a recent loss of income, visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal to complete an Interim Recertification to reflect interim rental changes. NYCHA is also halting all termination actions for Section 8 participants, learn more now here.

8. Free Hotel Rooms for People Who Need to Quarantine – For New Yorkers requiring quarantine or isolation, NYC Health + Hospitals is offering free hotel rooms for up to 14 days if there is a need for a place to isolate. Call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) and press “0”.

IMMIGRANT RESOURCES

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1. Immigrant Support Services – Assistance is available for immigrant and refugee by emailing immigration.services@archny.org or calling 212-419-3700.

2. DACA Recipients can get help to renew DACA application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. ActionNYC may also be able to help applicants out with the renewal fee. Learn more at https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1247633689657454593

3. NYC Multilingual Resource Guides – During the COVID-19 outbreak, NYC is more committed than ever to being the fairest city in the U.S. The City is working with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to expand language access and ensure information is available to ALL of our communities. Visit these Twitter pages for multi- language updates on COVID-19 resources: NYCImmigrants; NotifyNYC中文; NNYCSpanish. You can visit also visit http://nyc.gov/coronavirus for multilingual fact sheets. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has a COVID-19 resource page that can be easily translated into dozens of language. The resource is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page.  Mixteca has created a coronavirus resource guide entirely in Spanish here.

4. NYC Immigrant Resource Hub – The City of New York is committed to helping New Yorkers significantly affected by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay, although other eligibility requirements may apply. The information on available services and resources is frequently changing. Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/immigrants/help/city-services/resources-for-immigrant-communities-during-covid-19-pandemic.page to learn more. For additional information, visit nyc.gov/coronavirus and follow @NYCImmigrants on Twitter.

5. Immigrant Health Services – Immigrant New Yorkers can seek medical care without fear. Use of health services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule and will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. For more information, visit http://NYC.gov/PublicCharge. The announcement is also available here to share in 24 languages: https://twitter.com/NYCImmigrants/status/1248339648478396419?s=20

6. COVID-19 Resource Guide for Immigrant Communities – In recognition of Immigrant Heritage Week, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), has released a COVID-19 Resource Guide for Immigrant Communities.

7. Driver’s Licenses for All New Yorkers – The New York State DMV is now accepting applications for driver’s licenses from all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status! Now any New Yorker, 16 and above, can apply for a standard, not for federal purpose, non-commercial driver’s license or learner permit, regardless of immigration status. All applicants must provide 6 points worth of documents that prove identity, and also prove date of birth and residency. IDNYC can be used as 1 point of proof of identity and also counts as proof of residency. If you have never been issued a Social Security Number, you must sign an affidavit stating that and bring it with you when you apply. More information about how to apply is available at the NYS DMV website. The NYS DMV also has a tool online to help you determine what documents you should bring. Note that if you have never been licensed, you will first need to pass a knowledge test to get a learners permit. Then, you must practice driving, take a pre-licensing course, and finally pass a road test before you can get a driver’s license. If you have questions about the new driver’s licenses law, you can call the New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.

NYCHA

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1. NYCHA Updatehttps://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=adc8ca36b531e0fcca46e2246&id=575d8056b9

2. NYCHA Survey – If you live or work at a NYCHA building, please click here for the NYCHA Survey.

3. NYCHA Rent Reduction – NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction. Households that have experienced a complete income loss may qualify for the Zero Income Policy. Agency: Human Resources Administration, Phone Number: 718-557-1399, Business Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours.

4. NYCHA Cleaning Regulations – NYCHA is ramping up cleaning and disinfecting efforts in their buildings and is posting their latest updates here.

5. Covid-19 Information for NYCHA residents – Go to http://on.nyc.gov/nycha-covid-19-resources for information specifically for workers and residents of NYCHA facilities.

6. The NYCHA Journal at www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/residents/nycha-journal has information about how NYCHA is responding to COVID-19. Information is available at www1.nyc.gov/assets/nycha/downloads/pdf/Rent-Hardship about hardship reductions for NYCHA residents struggling to pay rent.

NYS DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)

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1. All DMV Offices are closed and road tests are suspended until further notice. All reservations have been cancelled. You can still do most transactions online at https://dmv.ny.gov/.

2. Extended License Renewal Period: All Licenses, Non Driver ID’s, and Registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended.

3. COVID-19 information for customers and businesses: In response to the global emergency, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency. In accordance with this Order, DMV field offices, road test sites, and Traffic Violations Bureaus are closed, and certain DMV services are temporarily unavailable. Many expiration dates have been extended. Please visit dmv.ny.gov/dmv/covid-19-information-customers-and-businesses for more information on impacted services.

4. Driver’s Licenses Are Available for All New Yorkers Regardless of Immigration Status -Any New Yorker, 16 and above, can apply for a standard, non-commercial driver’s license or learner permit, regardless of immigration status. More information about how to apply is available at the NYS DMV website. The NYS DMV also has an online tool to help you determine what documents you should bring. If you have never been licensed, you will first need to pass a knowledge test to get a learner’s permit, take a pre-licensing course, and pass a road test before you can get a driver’s license. If you have questions about the new driver’s licenses law, you can call the New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.

PARKS & RECREATION

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1. NYC Parks COVID-19 Update (3/26/20):  In response to the spread of COVID-19 and to eliminate crowding in public spaces, NYC Parks is moving quickly to keep parks open, while encouraging social distancing – and slowing the spread of the virus.  This is a citywide effort, involving all City agencies, including DOHMH, NYCEM, NYPD, OSE, the Sheriff’s Office, DEP, DSNY, DOB, and FDNY.  In partnership with these agencies, NYC Parks has installed new signage banning group play on fields and courts and encouraging caution and distancing on playgrounds, deployed Parks Ambassadors to remind patrons that they should only be in parks for as long as necessary, instructed maintenance and operations staff to reinforce social distancing messages and report persistent disregard of these rules to the Parks Enforcement Patrol, and added additional PEP officers, Parks Security Service staff and Rangers to patrol and assist with social distancing education. The Parks Department will partner with the NYPD to report overcrowding, maintain a list of areas that require more substantial resources and intervention and provide loudspeaker announcements to disperse crowds. The Parks Department will also begin removing basketball rims at 80 park courts, in order to discourage the group play that has been persistent. The City will continue to monitor conditions and determine if more severe restrictions are necessary.  The Parks Department is confident that these efforts — signage blitz, additional personnel, enhanced training, and inter-agency partnerships — will keep parks open and, most importantly, safe.

2. NYC Playgrounds Closed (4/1/20) – NYS Governor Cuomo ordered all playgrounds and amenities contained within including basketball courts, handball courts and restrooms, closed as of Wednesday, April 1st. The order was issued due to health concerns caused by lack of social distancing at NYC playgrounds. The order does not apply to parks or other public green spaces.

3. NYC Parks COVID-19 Update (4/5/20): As part of the city’s ongoing effort to maintain social distancing in public spaces, as of tomorrow (4/6/20), NYC Parks will be closing dog runs to the public until further notice.  Additionally, the Mayor has directed NYC Parks to begin implementing closures of all Tennis Courts, Handball Courts, and Basketball Courts located outside of Playgrounds (which were previously closed to the public), until further notice.  Any existing fences or gates around these park features will be locked, elements such as tennis nets and basketball rims will be removed, and advisory signage will be posted.  Soccer fields will continue to remain open, but will be carefully monitored.  Any soccer fields where persistent disregard of social distancing is observed will be closed to the public, existing fences or gates will be locked, and elements such as soccer goals will be removed. Areas of parks outside of these features will continue to remain open for park visitors to enjoy.  The citywide enforcement effort to encourage social distancing among parkgoers remains in place, involving multiple City agencies, including NYPD, OSE, the Sheriff’s Office, DEP, DSNY, DOB, and FDNY.  The City will continue to monitor conditions and determine if more severe restrictions are necessary. To make it easier for New Yorkers to enjoy their parks and benefit from recreational opportunities, even if they’re staying indoors, NYC Parks has launched Parks@Home: a wide variety of online park tours, fitness classes and other fun activities.

4. COVID-19 Update (4/7/20): In response to observed crowding at certain Parks sites, and as part of the city’s ongoing effort to maintain social distancing in public spaces to keep all parkgoers safe, NYC Parks will close the following facilities effective immediately: Skate parks, Volleyball courts, Bocce courts. Additionally, adult fitness and exercise equipment areas in parks will be carefully monitored, and NYC Parks will close these areas where necessary to prevent crowding. Areas of parks outside of these features will continue to remain open for park visitors to enjoy.  The citywide enforcement effort to encourage social distancing among parkgoers remains in place, involving multiple City agencies, including NYPD, OSE, the Sheriff’s Office, DEP, DSNY, DOB, and FDNY.  The City will continue to monitor conditions and determine if more severe restrictions are necessary.

5. Parks Department Online Resources: To make it easier for New Yorkers to enjoy their parks and benefit from recreational opportunities, even if they’re staying indoors, NYC Parks has launched Parks@Home: a wide variety of online park tours, fitness classes and other fun activities.  Get more information here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/parks-at-home  For all updates on park service changes and closures, please refer to the NYC Parks website: https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus.  For more information and guidance about COVID-19, please refer to the DOHMH website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page.

SENIOR SERVICES

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Guidance for Senior Citizens: New York City Mayor de Blasio and the Department for the Aging (DFTA) has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource guide offering guidance for older New Yorkers, for communities on how to help elder New Yorkers, and general guidance for senior centers. For additional resources and information, visit the DFTA website at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/index.

Free Meals for Seniors: NYC Department for the Aging provides home-delivered meals are available for seniors ages 60 years and older who may have disabilities, access, or functional needs. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/in-home-services or call 311 for service. JASA is also providing free home delivered meals to qualified seniors. To apply call, Contact the JASA Help Center at 212-273-5272 or help@jasa.org. Catholic Charities Community Services is also providing food, resources and support for seniors. Contact the CCCS New York Helpline at 1-888-744-7900.

Senior Centers are now delivering all meals – The senior center meals program is now 100 percent delivery, rather than grab-and-go. Seniors should call their local senior center for more information if they haven’t already received meals. You can also call Aging Connect at 212-Aging-NYC (212-244-6469) or 3-1-1. For more information visit the DOHMH website for coronavirus updates or read the senior center FAQ.

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Updates – Renters who participate in the SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption) programs, or who would like to apply, should check out the updates posted by the city Department of Finance and the FAQs at www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/help/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions. There are also a number of benefits available for homeowners. Click here for information. The Department of Finance also has a webpage dealing with service changes and self-service options in the wake of COVID-19. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/about/dof-self-service for more information.

Reduced Fare Metrocards for Seniors In order to protect station agents from Coronavirus, the MTA announced that regular metrocards will be sold at MetroCard Vending Machines only. Station agents will continue to sell MetroCards to seniors and people with disabilities who pay half fares as vending machines aren’t equipped to process these sales.

NYC Call a Senior volunteer program – Support NYC’s seniors by providing friendly visits via telephone. Find out about this program and other opportunities at the Dept. of Aging’s volunteer site at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/volunteering/volunteer-resources

May is Older Americans Month – Learn more about services and programs for older adults related to COVID-19 and health equity, as well as highlighted resources for older adults, providers, caregivers and communities. For more, visit the Older Adults page of The New York Academy of Medicine’s (NYAM) What Can I Do? info hub.

Additional resource guides for those working with seniors in NYC:

 

SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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1. Small Business Closures: As of Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM, the State has issued an Executive Order that all non-essential businesses must close in-personnel functions. Businesses that rely on in-office workers must decrease their in-office workforce by 100%, excluding essential services. Businesses that must close to the public include barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo/piercing salons, casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure. Essential services exempt from the order include: Banks and related financial institutions, Bike repair shops, Grocery and food production, Healthcare providers, Laundromats, Media, Restaurants, bars and cafes (limited to food take-out and delivery only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol), Pharmacies, Shipping, Taxis and car services, Utilities, Warehousing. Get information and guidance on essential services under the State Executive Order. If you are an employee in a non-essential industry and your employer does not permit telecommuting, go to the Labor Law page for assistance.

2. COVID-19 Business Assistance Survey – Have you signed up for financial support for your small business during Covid-19. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce wants to hear about your experiences. Your surveys will help the Chamber let policymakers know what’s working and what’s not. Complete the survey today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTQVJX2

3. NYC &  NYS Small Business Assistance & Resources: Please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page for New York City resources and www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/small_businesses for New York State resources.

4. FAQ Guidance for Small Business Owners: https://files.constantcontact.com/ef416ee8001/034b7539-fe5e-47a2-87e5-5f55ffa5a65c.pdf

5. Financial Assistance for Small Businesses:

  • The City will offer financial assistance to small businesses to help lessen the economic effect of the coronavirus. Businesses may qualify for low-interest loans and employee retention grants. You can get more information and sign up for email updates at NYC.gov/sbs. Information about the new loan and grant program for impacted small businesses, including application links, will be sent to the email you provide. Visit the Small Business Services website for loan and grant information and to sign up for email notifications. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decrease 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. Please complete this interest form if your business has been affected by COVID-19 to receive information on obtaining assistance.
  • Employee Retention Grant Program is available to NYC businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program 
  • Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – On March 27, 2020, the Federal Government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an economic relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which includes the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The CARES Act provides economic support at the federal level to the business sector, employees, individuals and families, and specific industries that have been impacted, including air transportation, healthcare, and education. The Paycheck Protection Program is a $349 billion SBA-administered loan and loan forgiveness program that increases loan eligibility and offers a payment deferral plan as well as potential loan forgiveness for small businesses. For a brief summary of the Paycheck Protection Plan, click here. The PPP application opened on April 10th for businesses and nonprofits under 500 people. It’s first-come, first-served. More information at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.  The US Treasury has released guidelines for the new Paycheck Protection Program that awards small businesses with less than 500 employees seeking COVID-19-related relief with forgivable loans toward job retention and certain other expenses.

6. Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations:

  • Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund: The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund prioritizes support for nonprofits that work towards racial equity, are led by members of affected communities, and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making. The Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis for immediate response grants of up to $10,000 in the following priority areas: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For any questions, please contact covid19@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org.
  • Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund: This fund is accepting applications from organizations on a rolling basis for immediate response grants in the following priority areas: (1) Serves vulnerable populations including low-income children and families, low-wage workers, individuals and families who are homeless and immigrant communities, (2) Provides or will expand services to include emergency assistance (e.g. food, shelter, and other basic needs), (3) At risk for gaps in government contracts due to interruption of services, (4) Incurred unexpected expenses (e.g. overtime pay, technology), (5) Track record with administering emergency cash grants to individuals and families. Robin Hood funds 501(c)(3) organizations providing services in New York City. Apply at www.robinhood.org/relief-fund-application.
  • The New York Community Trust NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund: This fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture.  The New York Community Trust will be administering the program and you can see their guidelines and apply on their portal. The deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2020.

7. Support Our Small Businesses – Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. @helpmainstreet drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses, built by volunteers with love from NYC. For more information or to buy a gift card, visit https://helpmainstreet.com/

8. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Resources for Small Businesses– The Chamber will be updating an online guide with resources and information specifically for Brooklyn businesses. The Chamber is monitoring a hotline and overseeing a task force, as well as providing regular updates about federal, state and city resources, funding and support programs for local businesses. Visit www.brooklynchamber.com/covid-19 for more information.

9. Weekly Friday Webinars for Impacted Businesses – The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is hosting weekly webinars for the Small Business Communities on Fridays at 12:00 PM. The Chamber will host virtual events on Zoom where local businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers can virtually meet and greet the Chamber team, hear from City agencies and learn about the latest support services and initiatives. Register for the April 3rd webinar with SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A6TMqvNcQgSM6XAL-A6d1w For more information, visit www.brooklynchamber.com.

10. Brooklyn App for Small Businesses – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce have launched the Brooklyn App to support small businesses during this pandemic. The Brooklyn App is Brooklyn’s new digital marketplace for hyper-local events, services, deals, and communities and is designed to empower its members through connection, community, and commerce. For more information, visit www.thebrooklynapp.com.

11. NYS Small Business Health Insurance Program – The New York State Small Business Marketplace can make it simple and easy for you to offer high quality, affordable health insurance coverage to your employees while taking advantage of the small business health care tax credit. You can compare multiple plans and carriers online available 24/7. Click on “Get Quick Quote & Get Started” now to view the plans and rates available for your small business. For information, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov

12. NYS Suspends Small Business Health Insurance Payments through June 1, 2020 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that, through June 1, 2020, consumers and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums under individual and small group health insurance policies. DFS shall consider any liquidity or solvency concerns of the health plans. During this period, health plans will be required to continue to pay claims, not to report late payments to credit rating agencies, and to work with individuals to help them transition to new coverage, if appropriate. In addition, insurers are reminded that they cannot impose late payment fees. For more information, visit www.governor.ny.gov/news.

13. Business Tax Payment Information – The Department of Finance has issued a waiver of penalties for those unable to meet certain filing and payment deadlines for DOF-administered business and excise taxes due between March 16, 2020 and April 25, 2020. Taxpayers may request to have penalties waived on a late-filed extension or return, or in a separate request. More information is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/about/dof-self-service.

14. Businesses can support Covid-19 Recovery Efforts in NYC: If you are a small business owner, academic, manufacturer or researcher, there are ways for you to help NYC recover!

  • Donate Medical or Other Supplies to NYC – If you have a supply of medical ventilators, old or new, not in use or if you can help manufacture masks, ventilators, gowns, gloves, face shields or other medical supplies, please contact NYC at this link or go to nyc.gov/donate. Visit EDC’s COVID-19 emergency support website at edc.nyc/covid-19-emergency-supply-sourcing-manufacturing. New York City has also launched an online intake form and a designated hotline (833-NYC-0040) for local businesses that have resources to offer that can potentially support the COVID-19 emergency response effort.
  • NYS will buy medical supplies – The state is calling for help from companies of any kind who can help manufacture medical supplies (masks, gloves, cover-alls, etc.) The state is offering to “pay a premium” and is asking companies to get creative to help. Companies can reach out to the Empire State Development Corporation at COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.
  • Help NYC Develop & Produce Covid-19 test kits – NYC seeks private businesses, academic or research labs, manufacturers, chemical or pharmaceutical companies and research universities to be part of history and help us save lives. Email TestHelp@edc.nyc for more information.
  • Donate space: If you have space that might be able to be temporarily converted into medical facilities, you can sign up to provide that space at www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/share-your-space-survey.
15. Ditmas Park Business Directory – FDC has created a google doc with names of all open businesses on Cortelyou Road and the surrounding Ditmas Park area. This document is updated frequently to reflect changing business conditions. Check out the small business guide at docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sBG1XabfhNGT-2LohQI91_BQU8Rsm9H0M7_tmzw2RLs/edit#gid=1786321500.
16. Get Help to Apply for SBA Loans – Does the next wave of SBA loans have you confused? We want to make sure you’re ready. A group of local financial professionals have joined to form Flatbush Thrives to assist small business owners on a volunteer basis with the loan application process and connect you to financial resources you may not know about. Go to their website Flatbush Thrives and get help!

17. Take the SBA Loan Survey – As you may know, the SBA loans did not adequately meet the needs of our small businesses. Please fill out our 3-minute survey and let Congress and SBA us know your experience, good or bad. Has your business applied? Have you had success? Click here to take the SBA loan survey.

18. NYC SBS Business Support – Businesses can access no-cost assistance to apply to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) loan products, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. SBS helps businesses understand which loan is best suited for their needs, review and put together loan documents, calculate loan repayment terms, connect with multiple lenders – including banks, credit unions, non-profit lenders and the Small Business Administration (SBA), prepare SBA loan forgiveness documents and understand loan payment deferment options. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/covid19biz.

19. Emergency Small Business Relief Loans – Renaissance NY has created an Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Fund to help businesses struggling to survive during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in a loan, please fill out this interest form.  Once your interest form has been reviewed, we will contact you to explain the next steps in the application process. Since our staff is working remotely to protect public health, Renaissance counselors will schedule online meetings with qualified business owners to complete loan applications. For more information about the fund, visit renaissance-ny.org/emergency-small-business-relief-loan-fund.

20. Small Business Grants from Facebook – Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses are invited to apply for and receive small business grants. Applications are currently open for small businesses in Brooklyn. To be eligible to apply, your business must have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year, and have experienced challenges from COVID-19. For information and to apply, visit https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants.

21. Free Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Membership – The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the activation of complimentary memberships for small businesses from now through July 1st. We know that now, more than ever, businesses need greater digital support, connectivity and promotional opportunities. Once you activate your free membership, join the Chamber for a free member workshop called “How to Maximize your membership in the Digital World” on Tuesday, May 5th at 2 pm. We will give you a tour of The Brooklyn App and show you how to best utilize Brooklyn’s digital platform for your business. Please register here for the Webinar. If you cannot attend the event, please let us know so that we can arrange another time to walk you through the Brooklyn App and maximize your digital presence. For more information about your membership please contact Lorraine Lowe (llowe@brooklynchamber.com) or Lori Raphael (lraphael@brooklynchamber.com).

TRANSPORTATION

Click here for the latest updates from MTA-NYC Transit about subway, bus and Access-a-Ride public transportation changes.

MTA Subway & Bus Information – Please visit https://new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus for information about subway and bus service changes due to Covid-19. The MTA-NYC Transit will be updating this site frequently, so check often if you must use public transit. Service has been reduced citywide and some lines have been suspended or consolidated. The MTA provided this press release regarding these service and schedule changes: http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-implements-%E2%80%9Cny-essential-service-plan%E2%80%9D-move-healthcare-workers

MTA Nighttime Service Suspensions – The MTA has temporarily suspended subway service between 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM to allow for cleaning and disinfecting of trains and stations. Buses will continue to run during these hours. The “MTA Overnight” page provides details on the service changes. For any questions, call 511 for all MTA information.

Free MTA Bus Service – The MTA has suspended the collection of local bus fares in order to protect drivers. Riders must board through the back door unless they need to use a wheelchair ramp, which will remain available at the front door. Express Bus & SBS Bus Riders are still required to pay for select bus rides at on-street payment boxes, officials said. Riders of these buses are asked not to sit in the first three rows to protect the driver.

MTA Brooklyn Bus Service Changes -Starting Tuesday, March 31st, MTA NYC Transit is implementing the following revisions to service in Brooklyn in order to maintain essential service  and mitigate potential overcrowding. The MTA will operate 60% of a weekday schedule with the following additions: (1) Operate the X37/X38 express routes on a 30-minute headway; (2) Increase the AM span on X27/X28 to start one-hour early beginning at 6AM; (3) Operate the B82 Select Bus Service (not operating on Sundays) at a reduced headway; (4) Strategically stage 50 wildcat buses to manage any potential overcrowding. For more information, visit new.mta.info

Metrocards – The MTA has suspended sales of regular MetroCards at kiosks, as of Tuesday, March 24, in order to protect station agents from Coronavirus. The regular cards will be sold at MetroCard Vending Machines only. Station agents will continue to sell MetroCards to seniors and people with disabilities who pay half fares as vending machines aren’t equipped to process these sales.

FreFree Citi Bike memberships for Emergency Workers – In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and NYC DOT, Citi Bike is launching the Citi Bike Critical Workforce Membership Program, providing first responders, healthcare, and transit workers with a free month of Citi Bike membership. For more information, visit https://www.citibikenyc.com/blog/covid19

Access-a-Ride Information – Access-A-Ride, primarily serving elderly and mobility-impaired passengers, is still available for riders, though it has stopped shared rides. Exceptions are made for riders who need a personal care attendant. For more information, visit new.mta.info/accessibility/paratransit

Bicycles Sales & RepairsThis article highlights a few of the local bicycle repair and sales shops in CB14 and around Brooklyn.

ASP Suspended – Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect throughout the City. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability. Any New Yorker under isolation who has received a ticket can appeal to the Department of Finance and should provide medical documentation or testimony, which will be taken into consideration when their case is reviewed. To learn how to dispute a parking ticket, visit the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Dispute page.

Domestic Travel – As of March 28th, the CDC advises residents of New York to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. This advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. Learn more about the domestic travel advisory and restrictions.

International Travel – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of coronavirus. As of March 11th, foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries are restricted from traveling to the United States. This does not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Learn more about international travel restrictions and advisories.

Pool Rides in For-Hire Vehicles Suspended – To protect the safety of drivers and passengers, the City has temporarily banned pooled rides in TLC-licensed high volume (Uber, Lyft, and Via) for-hire vehicles. This ban does not apply to paratransit vehicles.

Ride Sharing Banned – Rideshares and carpools have been banned by NYC Mayoral executive order.  With the exception of families, there can only be one passenger per vehicle.

UNEMPLOYMENT & JOB INFORMATION

Click here for information about applying for NYS Unemployment Insurance, rules and regulations for layoffs, and resources for those looking for a job.

NYS Unemployment Insurance: New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information. NYS DOL is implementing a new filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information. UPDATE: DOL hs updated their online system (labor.ny.gov), which can handle most applications from start to finish much faster and has also eliminated the need for most unemployed New Yorkers to speak with a claims specialist on the phone.

Need Help Filing for Unemployment? – Unemployed New Yorkers can access support at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)’s new website, NYSBA.org/legalhelp, which was set up to provide resources for filing an unemployment claim. If needed, NYSBA will match people with a pro bono attorney.

NYS Unemployment Updates: The New York State Department of Labor is continuing to work through the massive backlog of calls. You are advised to file for unemployment benefits online and a DOL representative should call you within 72 hours to complete your application. Note that the call may come from a private number since many DOL employees are working remotely. The online system is available daily, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm. NEW Filing Instructions: The day you file for new unemployment claims is based on the first letter of your last name: Last names beginning A – F should file on Monday; Last names beginning G – N should file on Tuesday; Last names beginning O – Z should file on Wednesday. If you’ve missed your day, you may file Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Apply at https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) You may now submit a single unemployment application. If you are not eligible for regular UI benefits, your application will be automatically submitted for PUA. Apply at https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/ As part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security) Act, unemployment benefits have been extended an extra 13 weeks, from 26 to 39 weeks, and an additional $600 from the federal stimulus will be given to filers. Your benefits will be retroactive to the first day of your unemployment, regardless of when you apply and even if you could not complete your application within the deadline.

Learn more about Unemployment Benefits and Health Insurance FAQ (PDF, March 19, 2020)

Worker Layoffs (“WARN Notice”) – The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires businesses to give early warning of closing and layoffs. Information is available on the New York State Department of Labor website. The NYC Workforce Development Board can help businesses understand their reporting requirements. Individuals also can contact Chris Neale, Director of the NYC Workforce Development Board, at 212-676-3009.

Alternative to Worker Layoffs – Shared Work is a program employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information.

Sick Leave Policies – Information about paid sick leave and the application is available here.

ACCESSNYC is a portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for over 30 economic opportunity programs and benefits. It also includes a regularly updated list of COVID-19 response resources.

File Labor Complaints with the State – Report complaints and violations to the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov. information is also available online at https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2020/attorney-general-james-urges-employees-file-complaints-against-employers-ignoring. You can make complaints to the state Department of Labor related to COVID-19 at www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/coronavirus-complaints.

Help for TLC Drivers – Visit the new Driver Resource Center. The website provides drivers with seek free financial counseling, legal services and other resources. Go to https://portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov/

Free & Low Cost Tech Training Courses – Women.NYC, which is powered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), released a downloadable guide for free and low-cost tech courses in New York City that offer virtual or at-home learning options. Go to https://women.nyc/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DigitalTechGuideFinal.pdf

Available Job Opportunities:

  • Looking for a job? – Find Employment by using the Small Business Services website to find job opportunities.
  • NYC Job Center – The City’s Workforce1 Career Center launched a Virtual Center (or call 718-960-2458) to help New Yorkers find and get jobs across New York City’s five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. Current employment opportunities include Stop & Shop, Fresh Direct & PBM Guardian Industry Services. For services, visit www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/careers/virtual-wf1cc.
  • NYC Delivery Driver Jobs Available – TLC in conjunction with other sister agencies launched Delivery TLC. Drivers can sign-up to work delivering meals to elderly and high risk people around the City. Drivers will be paid $53 per trip (plus gas mileage and tolls will be reimbursed) and thousands of New Yorkers will receive much needed meals. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first served basis. Drivers that are not initially selected, may be contacted later on as the demand for meals increase. Drivers who signed-up are being contacted and will be assigned shifts. Visit www.nyc.gov/DeliveryTLC
  • NYCHA Maintenance Worker Jobs Available – NYCHA is currently hiring temporary workers to assist with maintenance at our properties throughout the city. The job will last as needed throughout the spring season at a rate of $19.33/hour. For more info and to apply, NYCHA residents can contact their local NYCHA Property Management Office. For more information about available positions and for instructions about how to apply, visit www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/jobs
  • Temporary non-clinical hospital jobs available – NYC Health + Hospitals system is hiring 1000 temporary workers to start work immediately on non-clinical tasks like transporting patients, cleaning and maintenance during the pandemic. No medical background is required and hiring will be expanded to thousands soon. The temporary jobs will begin as 90-day assignments and are intended for New Yorkers who lost their jobs amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Visit nyc.gov/coronavirus to learn more and apply.
  • Services for the Underserved has Full-time Positions Available – Services for the UnderServed (S:US) is a leading provider of residential and support services to individuals with disabilities and other challenging life circumstances. We’re hiring full-time positions at multiple locations throughout NYC and on Long Island. Available positions include Direct Support Professionals, Family Specialists, Peer Specialists, Program Directors and Assistant Program Directors, RNs and LPN, Residential Aides, Shift Supervisors & Wellness Coaches. S:US offers excellent health benefits, union benefits, generous paid vacations and holidays, flexible schedules and ongoing training and career advancement opportunities. Join the team and change lives today. Learn more and apply at https://sus.org/careers/ 
  • New York City Hiring Contact Tracers – The Fund for Public Health in New York City is hiring 1,000 Contact Tracers Immediately to help trace, isolate and support all New Yorkers with confirmed COVID-19. For more information, including required skills, go to https://fphnyc.org/about/careers/. Other grant funded positions including administrative jobs, project managers, IT specialists, program assistants and more are also available at this website.

 VOLUNTEER & DONATE

Click here for information about how you can help support your community during the Covid-19 health crisis.

Help Now NYC – Visit NYC’s Coronavirus Volunteer page at www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/resources/covid-19-relief to find out how you can help those in need during the health crisis. Additional information is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/give-help/volunteer. 

Donate to support New Yorkers who have been harmed by COVID-19: Here’s how: http://nyc.gov/fund/donate. Share the message: https://twitter.com/NYCFirstLady/status/1247667470154059777

Volunteer Phone Calls – Support NYC’s seniors by providing friendly visits via telephone. Find out about this program and other opportunities at the Dept. of Aging’s volunteer site at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/volunteering/volunteer-resources

Run errands for homebound New Yorkers – Volunteers who are available to deliver groceries and pharmacy items to elderly, ill or quarantined City residents are invited to volunteer to be a “Corona Courier.” For more information or to volunteer, call or text 929-320-0660 or email CoronaCourier@protonmail.com.  Another group, Invisible Hands Deliver, is also seeking volunteers to run errands for at-risk neighbors who may be more home-bound.  You can find more information and sign up to volunteer at www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/volunteer

Support NYC Healthcare Workers – Visit NYC Health + Hospital’s Network for Goodwebsite to learn what you can do to support the healthcare workers that are on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. Donate to the State’s First Responders Fund to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. You can donate at www.healthresearch.org/donation-form or by check mailed to “Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204.” Donors should specify the donation is for “COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.”

Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund – Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched this fund to provide immediate and longer-term resources to vulnerable Brooklynites. BCF recognizes that as this pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts across our communities.

Donate Metrocards to Essential Workers – People are encouraged to donate unused Metrocards for distribution to the essential workers still commuting on public transit. A Brooklyn resident started a google doc where you can sign up to donate your Metrocard. Click here to read a news story about the project and click here to go to the spreadsheet to sign up to donate or receive an unused Metrocard.

Strive for Five” campaign – Mental health groups have started a new campaign to encourage people to identify five people in their life that they will check-in with daily over the next 30 days to tackle depression and anxiety associated with distance. For more information and to participate, visit www.nyaprs.org.

New York State Volunteer Resources – New York State is doing all it can to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. But we’re stronger if we all work together. Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together. To learn more and to volunteer services or other support, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Support Small Businesses – Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. @helpmainstreet drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses, built by volunteers with love from NYC. For more information or to buy a gift card, visit https://helpmainstreet.com/

New York Cares seeks Volunteers – New York Cares is currently mobilizing volunteers to respond to COVID-19. Currently, our top priority is providing support for on-the-ground hunger programming, and we are trying to connect with as many food pantries and other emergency food providers as we can to try to provide volunteers and management to support for food distribution efforts. We are also piloting volunteer phone-banking to make wellness checks and canvassing calls to the city’s most vulnerable residents, and virtual volunteer programs to support remote learning for children, teens, and adults. If you know of any organizations that need any volunteer support or if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in New York City, please visit www.newyorkcares.org.

Donate or Manufacture Medical Supplies – New York City needs your medical ventilators, old or new, not in use. Please contact NYC at this link or go to nyc.gov/donate if you have face shields, gloves, gowns, or any other medical supplies to donate. The state is calling for help from companies of any kind who can help manufacture medical supplies (masks, gloves, cover-alls, etc.). The state is offering to “pay a premium” and is asking companies to get creative to help. Companies can reach out to the Empire State Development Corporation at COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.  If you are a Small Business Owner who wants to help, visit EDC’s COVID-19 emergency support website at edc.nyc/covid-19-emergency-supply-sourcing-manufacturing. New York City has also launched an online intake form and a designated hotline (833-NYC-0040) for local businesses that have resources to offer that can potentially support the COVID-19 emergency response effort. New York City is also seeking private help in the effort to develop and produce Covid-19 test kits. If you’re an academic or research lab, manufacturer, pharmaceutical, research university, a chemicals company, be part of history and help us save lives. Email TestHelp@edc.nyc for more information.

Donate space: If you have space that might be able to be temporarily converted into medical facilities, you can sign up to provide that space at www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/share-your-space-survey.

Donate blood & plasma – To donate blood, call 800-933-2566 or visit the New York Blood Center online at www.nybc.org. The Red Cross is also taking blood donations. You can make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation. If you had COVID-19 and have recovered, you may be able to donate blood plasma that could help save lives. Mt. Sinai is looking for volunteers to help with this vital service. For more info, reach out to CovidSerumTesting@mtsinai.org.

Volunteer to support Tenants – The Met Council on Housing is seeking volunteers to help with their tenant support hotline. You can call 212-979-0611 for more information.

Join or support a community Mutual Aid group – The website http://mutualaid.nyc/ distributes info on informal networks of people organizing to help one another with supplies, food, and many other needs, also known as “Mutual Aid.”  Click here to read an article with information about many of the City’s mutual aid groups.

Volunteer to Staff a Mental Health Support hotline – Mental health professionals can sign up to volunteer their services for a free City funded mental health support hotline. Call (844) 863-9314 for more information or to volunteer your services.

Clap Because You Care: Join people from across the City, State and Nation at 7 PM every day to clap for our hometown heroes on the front lines and our fellow Americans who came from across the country to support them in fighting the COVID-19. Say thank you by clapping and cheering from your windows and porches every day at 7 PM. See the Mayor’s post at https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/1249834752183435265

More ways to volunteer or give – Check out City and State’s roundup with a ton of volunteer opportunities across the five boroughs at www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/new-york-state/5-ways-new-yorkers-can-help-each-other-through-pandemic.

Donate to support CUNY Students – You can donate to the Chancellor’s Fund for CUNY students or donate to a specific institution at https://www.cuny.edu/emergencyfund/

Volunteer to support Flatbush Small Businesses – Volunteer with Flatbush Thrives to help connect local business leaders and service providers with federal, state and local resources to keep their businesses intact. Our team of collaborative volunteer advisors from across the community are ready to help you find money and support. Businesses and service providers can register to be matched with a volunteer advisor and volunteers with experience in business, accounting, law, grant writing, or other relevant skills, are encouraged to sign up to support local businesses. For more information and to volunteer, go to flatbushthrives.org.

NYC Civic Impact Funding Seeks Volunteers – Do you work with a nonprofit that works with volunteers? NYC Civic Impact Funding supports nonprofit and community-based organization efforts to engage volunteers who help deliver essential services to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations across the city are on the front lines – along with their volunteers – supporting residents in a multitude of ways. Food distribution and support is a particularly high needs area, so this funding focuses support on food supplying and/or serving organizations and helping organizations strategically leverage volunteers to deliver essential services during (and after) this crisis, as well as strengthen community engagement and support at a time when it is desperately needed. More information is available at https://www.nycservice.org/pages/pages/218

Bring Back Brooklyn Fund – Join the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to support your home borough today! What makes Brooklyn — BROOKLYN? It’s the small businesses that you count on every day. They make up our streets, our neighborhoods, and our Borough. We need to help the businesses we love, before they are gone forever. 35% of the 63,000 businesses in Brooklyn are at risk of never reopening. That’s why the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the Bring Back Brooklyn Fund — a community-driven, no-interest, recovery loan program — to help small businesses recover from this crisis. Together, we can save small businesses and restore Brooklyn neighborhoods. Go to BringBackBrooklyn.org  Here’s how you can support your neighborhood! DONATE: When we all contribute, even if just a little, we can do a lot. You can even give directly to your neighborhood to make an impact on your own community. SPREAD THE LOVE: Get the word out and share #BringBackBrooklyn on social media, follow us on Instagram @BringBackBrooklyn. Learn more at https://fundrazr.com/BCC-BringBrooklynBack?ref=ab_6wghG9kZ1SH6wghG9kZ1SH

WEBINARS & ONLINE EVENTS

Click here to register for online forums & webinars hosted by City & State agencies and local nonprofit organizations where you can learn about family & small business resources, services and opportunities.

THURSDAY, MAY 28 @ 12 PM
Prepare Your Business for Disruptions Webinar
Take action today prepare for any disruption! From gas leaks and fires, to major hurricanes, flooding, and blackouts, NYC business owners face many challenges that can impact your operations and assets. The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is here to help guide you through the start of a business continuity plan. Join us in starting your business continuity plan. You will learn how to Stay in business: Identify your key business functions, employees, and documents; Protect your investments: Understand how to protect your assets and navigate insurance processes; Be ready for action: Create a business continuity plan for your business. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prepare-your-business-for-disruptions-webinar-tickets-103748029148

THURSDAY, MAY 28 @ 2 PM
Financial and Economic Impact on NY Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Participate in a free webinar featuring Scott M. Stringer, NYC Comptroller and Linda A. Lacewell, Superintendent, NYS Department of Financial Services. COVID-19 has brought major changes to New York’s financial services industry as well as its broader economy. Jobs are being lost at a record pace as New York experiences an unprecedented demand for services. Click here to register for FREE and join this important discussion!

FRIDAY, MAY 29 @ 10 AM
Food Retail: Getting Better Results From Your Inventory
Food retail businesses can operate on slim profit margins, so it’s essential that you get the most out of your inventory. This course teaches the tools to help you identify the right products for your business, effectively sell these products, and make the right decisions to raise your profitability. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-food-retail-inventory-brooklyn-5292020-tickets-98662541317 to register.

FRIDAY, MAY 29 @ 1 PM
Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Join NYC Department of Small Business Services to learn about a range of assistance available for small businesses in NYC impacted by COVID-19, including: Financial assistance through the SBA and other private, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations, Tax, debt, and utilities relief, Marketing support, Regulatory changes, Employee support and more. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/assistance-overview-for-nyc-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19-tickets-103965469518  to register.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2 @ 2 PM
New York’s Other Crisis during Coronavirus Pandemic: Mental Health
Join City & State magazine for a free webinar featuring Ann Marie T. Sullivan, Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health, Susan Herman, Director, Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC and CM Diana Ayala Chair, Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction. Whether it’s loneliness, grief, or depression, the coronavirus has placed a substantial mental burden on New Yorkers, creating a second major public health crisis alongside the deadly pandemic. How can New Yorkers be helped? What services are being offered? To register for free, go to https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/city-states-webinar-series-new-yorks-other-crisis-during-coronavirus-pandemic-mental-health?mc_cid=c5517d25fa&mc_eid=ad6fc6d598

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 (Every Wed.) @ 3 PM
ACCESS HRA SNAP Webinar:

NYC Human Resources Agency (HRA) will simulate a SNAP application via ACCESS HRA. This webinar is held on Wednesdays from 3-4pm. You can sign up for an upcoming session by clicking HERE.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 @ 3 PM
Changing our Viewpoint: Business Planning During Covid-19
Use this time before you reopen to plan ahead. Employment needs, contracts, labor laws and record keeping need to be re-considered in the new post-COVID reality. This may include updating your company’s policies, evaluating relationships with vendors, and consulting OSHA and CDC guidelines for re-opening. Being prepared and knowing the facts will help in making informed decisions going forward. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-our-viewpoint-business-planning-during-covid-19-queens-6320-tickets-104330431128 to register.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 (Every Wed.) @ 4 PM
Virtual Pillowcase Project: Learn, Practice, Share:

Young people and their families are invited to join the Red Cross for a webinar about the virtual Pillowcase Project, the Red Cross’ signature youth disaster preparedness program. This program is designed for youth in grades 3–5. The webinar includes a 40-minute interactive presentation. All attendees will receive instructions on how to design a pillowcase kit, starting with a regular pillowcase where students can use their creativity while home; how to build a personal preparedness kit; and a digital workbook filled with a variety of preparedness and safety resources. After the presentation, children have 10 minutes to complete a 5-question survey to capture how students understand the information. The American Red Cross has presented this FREE educational program to over 1,000,000 children nationwide. Register at https://redcross1.webex.com/ (Event number: 477 222 053; Event password: Pillowcase422)

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 @ 10 AM
Assistance for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Learn about a range of assistance available for small businesses in NYC impacted by COVID-19, including: Financial assistance through the SBA and other private, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations; Tax, debt, and utilities relief; Marketing support; Regulatory changes; Employee support. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-nyc-webinar-assistance-for-nyc-small-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19-tickets-104980270816 to register.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 (Every Thurs.) @ 12 PM
Meaningful World Zoom Support Group:

This weekly Zoom group support meeting will address how to manage stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in times of global issues. Join Meaningful World, The Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention, on Thursdays at 12:00 PM to participate. You will be sent the Zoom link upon RSVPing to info@meaningfulworld.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 (Every Thurs.) @ 2 PM
COVID-19 Informational Calls for Community and Faith Leaders:

The City Commission on Human Rights, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the New York City Emergency Management Department will hold a COVID-19 informational call for community and faith leaders, every Thursday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM to provide you with the latest COVID-19 information. The dial in number is (800) 832 -0736. The room number (access code) for all the users is 5245195.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 (Every Fri.) @ 10 AM
ACCESS HRA General Overview Webinar:

NYC Human Resources Agency (HRA) will provide a three-part presentation that offers an overview of ACCESS HRA – the client facing website; the Provider Portal – the case management tool that allows organizations to view real-time case information for clients that have provided consent; and the ACCESS HRA Mobile App. This webinar is held on Fridays from 10am-12pm. You can sign up for an upcoming session by clicking HERE.

INFORMATIONAL POSTERS TO PRINT

1. Stay Healthy! Prevent the Spread of Covid-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coronavirus-stay-healthy-ad.pdf

2. Stay Strong Brooklyn poster to print & hang in your window: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/StayStrongBk_fnt.jpg

3. NYPD Social Distancing Guidelines poster: https://www.cb14brooklyn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NYPD-flyer-social-distancing.png

4. NYC Covid-19 Info Posters (available in multiple language): https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page