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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 will be held virtually until further notice.

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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.

Restart NYC – Guidance for businesses under Phase Four
NYC entered Phase Four of Restart NYC on Monday, July 20th. Businesses that may start operations in Phase Four include reopening or expanded operations for outdoor arts and entertainment, media production and professional sports. Reopening dates have not yet been determined for schools, universities, indoor arts and entertainment and malls. For additional information on Phase Four reopening guidelines, click here.

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

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

NYC.gov Coronavirus Information Hub: https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-03297

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 as much as possible to stop the spread of Coronavirus. 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.

Ban on Gatherings of Over 25 People: Under Phase 3, gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted, though social distancing and mask wearing are still encouraged to stop the spread of the virus. Churches, temples, mosques and other religious buildings are allowed to operate with no more than 25% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area for services occurring indoor. For services occurring outdoors, no more than 25 people are allowed. Click here for more information.

NYC Summer Events Canceled – On July 9, Mayor de Blasio announced that all large events requiring a city permit will be canceled through September 30, so the city can prioritize the space for its Open Streets and outdoor dining social-distancing efforts.

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

Give or Get Help: Find out how you can help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 or how you or your organization receive COVID-19-related assistance at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/index.page.

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.

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 of over 25 people, businesses that are allowed to be open must follow necessary restrictions.

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

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. 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.

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.  For more information, visit http://nyc.gov/facecoverings

NYC Test + Trace Program – If you get a call from ‘NYC Test + Trace’ or a (212) number, it could be the NYC Test & Trace Corps calling with important information about your health. Please make sure to answer this call! Your response is vital to our City’s recovery. Go to http://TestandTrace.NYC to learn more.

NYC Schools Closures – All public schools, including 3-K and pre-K programs, closed on Monday, March 16 and remained closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Remote learning began on Monday, March 23rd. The last day of remote learning was Friday, June 26. Get the latest information about coronavirus in public schools. For information about schedules and programming, go to the Summer School page. 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. Submit a comment to the Mayor about public school closure policy.

Return to School 2020: Learn more about DOE’s Return to School 2020 plan. Principals will hold parent meetings in July to discuss individual school plans. The DOE will also conduct family and student information sessions.

NYC Gym Reopening Announcement – Regarding gyms reopening, Mayor de Blasio clarified on 8/19/20 that the earliest that New York City gyms will reopen is September 2nd.  When gyms are able to reopen, conditions will include:
  • Gyms must be inspected by local authorities within two weeks of opening
  • Employees and patrons may only enter the facility if they wear an acceptable face covering, provided they are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate one
  • Capacity must be limited to 33% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area, inclusive of employees and patrons

NEW YORK STATE

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

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

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

NYS Reopening Plan: All regions of New York State, including New York City, are now in Phase 4 of reopening. Click here for City & State Guidance. Visit https://forward.ny.gov/reopening-what-you-need-know for NYS guidance on public gatherings, mask & social distancing requirements, business operations, school information, summer camps, information for travelers, business owners, residents and more. Click here to read Governor Cuomo’s Phase 4 announcement.

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

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

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.

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.

NYS COVID Rental Assistance Program – On July 14, Governor Cuomo announced an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. Funding is available to tenants impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic. The program application will be available at https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP beginning Thursday, July 16. For more information, visit www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-covid-rental-assistance-program

New York State Voting Changes: New York voters have the option to sign up for absentee ballots for the November 2020 elections. For more information about absentee voting, visit www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee. If you have any questions about the upcoming election, please visit www.elections.ny.gov or contact the Brooklyn Board of Elections at 718-797‐8800.

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.

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. Click here to read the executive order.

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

NYS Travel & Hotel Update: On August 18th, Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order requiring hotels and short-term rental companies with travelers from restricted states to fill out the NYS Traveler Health form before giving access to a room. This Order goes into effect on Friday, August 21st. There will be fines issued for non-compliance.

RESOURCES & UPDATES

BENEFITS INFORMATION

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

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.

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:

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.

New York State Health Insurance: New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health. 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.

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.

Social Security – Social security payments are still being made. Visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for more info. Click here to read the July 2020 Social Security Administration newsletter featuring updates and helpful information for SSI recipients.

CONSTRUCTION

Click here for the latest rules for NYC construction sites.

Department of Buildings Covid-19 Construction regulations – Please visit www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings for the latest updates and rule changes enacted by the DOB in response to the coronavirus health crisis.

Phase 1 Reopening: Construction Activity has resumed in New York City. All construction operations must adhere to City & State public safety guidance related to Covid-19. DOB has released updated COVID-19 safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City. The sites include those beginning the work of reopening and those designated as essential during the construction ban. All permitted job sites must adhere to the new rules. The new guidance reinforces the New York State Department of Health’s interim guidance on construction activities during this ongoing public health crisis and the City’s commitment to use education and enforcement to work collectively towards a safe restart.

Note: The Department’s Reopening Guidance will apply to all construction activity in New York City during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency until the State rescinds or amends its Executive Order and related guidance.

Reporting Construction Violations: NYC Department of Buildings is accepting information regarding construction companies that are violating public safety or labor laws. Complainants may report violations 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 violations to the King County District Attorney’s Action Center at 718-250-2340.

DOB Electronic Permit Filing – As of June 8, 2020, all construction and buildings related permits must be filed electronically with the Department of Buildings. All BIS job applications must be submitted in eFiling (with some exceptions as listed here.) In addition, it will be required to electronically submit initial permits and withdrawal applications in eFiling. Sign up for an online web-based training session designed to help guide users through the new procedures. Click here for more information about the eFiling process.

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 Testing: All New Yorkers should get tested now, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk. The COVID-19 diagnostic test is safe, free, and easy. A nasal swab, oral swab or saliva sample may be used. Most results are returned in about 3-5 days. You do NOT need insurance to get a diagnostic test. Your test results are confidential. For information about how and where to get your free Covid-19 test, as well as antibody tests and Test & Trace Corps information, go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page You can also call the New York State Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for more information.

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

NYC Covid Engagement Portal: The City is collecting voluntary information about your experience with the coronavirus to better understand the impact of the virus on New York City. You are encouraged to sign up if you fit any of the following criteria:

  • Are experiencing symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath)
  • Feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or come in contact with someone who is infected
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Were, are, or will be placed under mandatory or voluntary quarantine or self-isolation

You can provide information for yourself, a child, or a family member if you are authorized to do so. The information collected will be used to follow up about your coronavirus inquiry and make sure you’re appropriately connected to the Department of Health. It will also help us get you the support and care you need if you want to voluntarily self-isolate as a precaution. If you need to update your status information, call 311 for assistance. Your personal information will not be given to third parties, and will not be used for marketing or any other commercial purpose. All information collected is encrypted for security. Click here to access the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal.

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”.

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/

New DCWP COVID-19 Hub – The NYC Department of Consumer & Worker Protection (DCWP) provides information and translated resources on scams, funeral planning tips, debt collection cease communications, student loans, free tax prep, license expiration and renewal dates, price gouging, and more. Visit the hub at NYC.gov/DCWPAlerts

Free Coronavirus Medical Assistance – For New Yorkers with symptoms or questions about COVID-19, connect to a medical provider, call 1-844-NYC-4NYC (free of charge) between 9am to 9pm.

 EDUCATION & YOUTH

Click for helpful resources and the latest updates related to New York City public schools.

School Reopening Plan – On Friday, the NYC Department of Education submitted the District School Reopening Plan to the New York State Department of Education for review. You can view a copy of the plan here. This morning Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza announced that 74 percent of students were planning to attend school in person, as per the results of a city survey, and 85 percent of teachers intend to physically teach in schools. The remaining 26 percent of students and 15 percent of teachers opted for an all-remote model. Families can find information about blended learning here. Virtual citywide information sessions for families and students will be held on August 12th and August 27th and you can register here. Families are advised to check the DOE’s Return to School website for additional updates.

NYC School Information – All public schools, including 3-K and pre-K programs, closed on Monday, March 16 and remained closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Remote learning began on Monday, March 23rd. The last day of remote learning was Friday, June 26. Get the latest information about coronavirus in public schools. For questions and information regarding NYC schools, call 311 or go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/

Return to School Family and Student Information Session: Attend to learn more about the Department of Education plans for the 2020–21 school year. Virtual events will be held on August 12th & August 27th. In order to register for multiple dates, simply return to this page after registering for an event and select an alternate date to register for the additional session. For more information and to register, go to https://learndoe.org/face/

Summer School – Summer school programs are for students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade. Individual schools administer summer school. Families are notified in June if a student will be promoted to the next grade or if summer school is recommended. For information about schedules and programming, visit the NYC DOE the Summer School page at https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-03035 or call 311.

Return to School 2020 – The 2020-21 school year will be unprecedented in many ways. The Mayor and DOE Chancellor have announced new measures including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week in the fall, but the school week model will be following a “blended learning model” meaning students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week. For the latest updates on the Fall 2020 school semester, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

Fall 2020 Remote Learning Survey – The DOE has published a link where families can select 100% remote learning in the fall if they are uncomfortable with, or unable to, return to school. Families who select this option will have the opportunity to opt back into the hybrid learning model until August 7.  After that date, families who select 100% remote instruction can only opt back into the hybrid model on a quarterly basis. For more information and to complete the survey, go to https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has been partially reinstated for Summer 2020. Applications are open for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Summer Bridge 2020! Youth (ages 14-24) should submit applications before the July 15th deadline for NYC’s free virtual summer youth program. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills, explore potential careers and earn money this summer! For more information and to apply, visit nyc.gov/syep.

Submit a Comment to the Mayor – The NYC Mayor is soliciting comments from families, parents, guardians and students about the public school closure policy. Use this link to submit your comments.

Free Digital Devices for Students – Summer school students and students who will continue remote learning in the fall are eligible for free digital devices provided by the Department of Education. For more information, call (718) 935-5100 (press 5) or go to https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Special Education Information – 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 – For information and helpful resources to support your student’s summer learning opportunities, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home

Free Meals are available every day this summer 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. In addition to basic meals, kosher, halal and pizza kits are available for families at select locations.

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.

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 are Open – Child care programs in New York City have begun to reopen as of July 13. If you are a program operator, find out what you need to know before reopening. If you are interested in applying for free or low-cost child care, first find out if you are eligible. There are several types of child care programs available in the city, so consider your family’s needs and choose carefully. When searching for a program, be sure to review a facility’s history and its performance record. You can find out about past issues at a facility by using NYC Child Care Connect or the State’s Office of Children and Family Services page. If you think a child care facility may be unsanitary, unsafe or illegal, call 311. If you think a child may be in immediate danger, call 911.  Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/child-care.page for more information.

Child Care for Essential Workers: 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. 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 also available through https;//www.workersneedchildcare.org, for parents and caregivers in NYC’s essential workforce.

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

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

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.

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/

NeON Summer Youth Program – Youth are encouraged to sign up for the NEON Summer Program which offers 2,700 young people a paid 6-8 week remote-learning summer immersion. Selected youth will received training in Employment readiness; Career exploration and mentorship; Social and civic leadership; Arts and creative expression; Virtual reality; Financial literacy and more. For more information and to enroll, go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/neon/programs/neon-summer.page

Each One Teach One Summer Youth Program – This NYC Youth program connects youth with mentors and media experts. Youth are paid to design media messages and campaigns to promote social distancing and amplify public health information. For more information and to apply, go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/each-one-teach-one

Youth Town Halls – NYC will host a series of Youth Town Halls in each borough. NYPD officers will partner with Cure Violence providers and meet with local teens to openly explore interactions between youth and police. The program will pilot in Harlem with the organization Street Corner Resources and will be expanding to all 5 boroughs in areas with high police and youth interactions. These areas currently include East New York, Brownsville, Jamaica, Far Rockaway, South Bronx and the North Shore of Staten Island. For more information, call DYCD at 1-800-246-4646.

CUNY Fall Classes: The City University of New York is preparing to keep providing most classes online for the fall semester amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus. Last week its board of trustees approved a resolution recognizing that by reducing on-site density and offering the primarily online classes “the University can better ensure the continued health, safety and welfare of its students faculty and staff.”

CUNY and SUNY Colleges:  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.

Financial Support for CUNY 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.

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:

  • Through August 15th, 2020, health insurance enrollment is open for uninsured New Yorkers as part of a statewide Special Enrollment Period. Complete the form or call 311 for free enrollment assistance. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health. 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.

Telehealth Tips – A new website aimed at guiding and supporting the use of telehealth among families and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic has officially launched. The website has been made possible thanks to “Family Pathways to Care,” a partnership between the Division of Prevention Services at ACS, the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity and the Public Policy Lab. Click here to view the site. For more information, go to https://www.familypathways.nyc/

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

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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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FREE legal services for New Yorkers facing eviction – All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, now qualify for free legal help to stay in their homes if facing eviction. Call 311 today or go to http://nyc.gov/tenantresourceportal or http://nyc.gov/portalparainquilinos.

NYS COVID Rental Assistance Program – On July 14, Governor Cuomo announced an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. Funding is available to tenants impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic. The program application will be available at https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP beginning Thursday, July 16. For more information, visit www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-covid-rental-assistance-program

Rent Help for Veterans – Have you served in the Armed Forces and fallen behind on your rent? You may qualify for assistance thanks to additional CARES funding designated to assist veterans in the community at risk of eviction. More information here.

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.

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.

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 most collection related activities including disconnections. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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In-Person DMV Services Partially Restored – As of June 1st, drivers can make reservations for limited in-person transactions at state-run DMV offices in regions that are in at least Phase 3 of reopening. Reservations will be required and will only be offered for a limited number of critical services that cannot be done online or by mail or drop box. You can still do most transactions online at https://dmv.ny.gov/.

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.

COVID-19 information for customers and businesses: Please visit dmv.ny.gov/dmv/covid-19-information-customers-and-businesses for more information on impacted services.

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.

Updating to REAL ID or Enhanced licenses – You cannot upgrade to a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License (EDL) as federal law requires that these transactions be done in person and these are not included in the services currently offered at offices. You can renew your current license or non-driver ID online now and upgrade to a REAL ID or an EDL in a DMV office when we resume those services. The federal REAL ID enforcement deadline has been extended one year until October 1, 2021. For more information, visit https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/dmv-reopening-guidance

Road tests – Reservations are available for Commercial Driver License (CDL) road tests statewide. Passenger and motorcycle road tests are available in all regions that are in at least Phase 3 of reopening. Please Note: We will honor any course completion certificates that expired while road tests were suspended. Customers whose road tests were canceled because of COVID-19 will be given priority for rescheduling. DMV staff has begun outreach to those customers. For more information, go to https://dmv.ny.gov/schedule-road-test.

PARKS & RECREATION

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NYC Parks Latest News: For the latest information on NYC Parks and Parks facilities, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus.

NYC Parks are Open! As of July 7th, New York City parks are open. We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe. Please wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups. Facilities that are open in addition to the parks include restrooms, playgrounds, skate parks, dog runs, grilling areas, bike rentals, horse stables, farmers markets,  fields and courts. People are advised to avoid participating in high-contact games [PDF], such as football and pick-up basketball.

NYC Playgrounds: Playgrounds are open. For public safety, please wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance between each child not in the same household. Playgrounds are cleaned daily, however, play equipment is not sterilized. Please stay home if you or your child feels sick, and wash your hands frequently, including before and after using play equipment. For more information about open playbrounds, go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/playgrounds

NYC Beaches: City beaches are re-open for swimming as of July 1. Please remember to only swim when lifeguards are on duty (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m). Swimming is prohibited at all other times. Please make sure to wear a face covering, except while in the water, and to keep at least six feet of social distance between households. For more information, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches

NYC Public Swimming Pools: Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 15 pools will re-open for the summer 2020 season. City pools will re-open in two phases on July 24 and on August 1. For more information about which pools will be open, go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/outdoor-pools/

Parks Facilities that remain closed include all NYC Parks Recreation Centers (*memberships will be extended to cover the length of time centers are closed,) City nature centers and historic houses, and indoor tennis centers.

Parks @ Home: 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, which features a wide variety of online park tours, fitness classes and other fun activities. Visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/parks-at-home to learn more.

NYC Gym Reopening Announcement – Regarding gyms reopening, Mayor de Blasio clarified on 8/19/20 that the earliest that New York City gyms will reopen is September 2nd.  When gyms are able to reopen, conditions will include:
  • Gyms must be inspected by local authorities within two weeks of opening
  • Employees and patrons may only enter the facility if they wear an acceptable face covering, provided they are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate one
  • Capacity must be limited to 33% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area, inclusive of employees and patrons

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.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Those who are eligible are provided coupons to redeem fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands. To participate, fill out an online application. Go to www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/about/farmers_market_nutrition_program for more information

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

Additional resource guides for those working with seniors in NYC:

 

SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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New York City is in Phase 3 – NYC entered Phase Three of Restart NYC on July 6th. Businesses that may start operations in Phase Three include personal care services such as tattoo and piercing parlors, appearance enhancement practices, massage therapy practices, spas, cosmetology salons, nail salons, tanning salons, and waxing salons. Indoor dining will no longer be available in Phase Three. For additional information on Phase Three reopening guidelines, click here.

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.

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)The deadline for businesses to apply for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan has been extended to August 8th. The PPP provides loan funds to support small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible entities impacted by COVID-19. Loans of up to $10 million will be available to cover eligible expenses including funds to pay workers, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, insurance, paid sick or medical leave, utilities and payroll. Up to 24 weeks of eligible expenses may be forgiven. More information here. 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.

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.

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/

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.

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. For more information, visit www.brooklynchamber.com.

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.

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

NYS Suspends Small Business Health Insurance Payments – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Restaurant Revitalization Program – The NYC Restaurant Revitalization Program will support unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers with $3 million from NYC Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC and One Fair Wage. The program will focus on the 27 communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and will award grants of up to $30,000 each to subsidize wages of $20 per hour for at least 6 weeks, supporting 1,000 workers. 100 restaurants will be initially selected, with preference given to those who offer free or reduced cost meals to New Yorkers affected by COVID-19. Qualified restaurants must commit to $15 minimum wage on top of tips within 5 years of returning to regular business. For more information and to apply go to https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/opportunity/pdf/news/restaurant-revitalization-program.pdf

Guidance for Reopening NYC Businesses – Visit NYC.gov/nycbusiness for information and guidelines for businesses reopening in NYC. Translations of the phase one safety plan and guidelines for construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and more are available.

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 – For Phase 3 Reopening, masks are required when riding with MTA subways, buses, ferries, Access-a-Ride and all other MTA operated transportation options. There is no subway service from 1-5 a.m. 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 using public transit.

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 or go to https://new.mta.info/coronavirus/overnight

MetroCard claims – The MTA has resumed processing MetroCard claims, following a pause in processing because of the pandemic. These claims include refunds, balance protection claims, and applications for Reduced-Fare and EasyPayXpress MetroCards. If you filed a claim while operations were paused, know that the MTA is addressing claims as quickly as we can. If you want to file a claim now, the best way to do that is online. The processing claims starting with the oldest first. See more about getting help with MetroCard problems.

MTA Bus Service – Buses are running on a weekday, school-closed schedule, with some changes in Manhattan. There is enhanced bus service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., while there is no subway service. See the latest bus service information.

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. All passengers must wear masks. 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 Suspensions & Street Cleaning Reforms – Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended from Monday, July 13 to Sunday, July 19, 2020. Once ASP resumes, residential streets will not be cleaned more than once a week on each side. If a side of a street has an ASP sign showing multiple days, street cleaning regulations will be in effect on that side of the street only on the latest day posted on the sign. There are no changes to streets that have just one day of ASP regulations on each side or commercial streets or metered areas. For information on recent changes to ASP rules on streets with more than one ASP day per side, visit: http://on.nyc.gov/ASPReform.

NYC Parking Tickets – 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.

Travel Quarantine for Visitors to New York State – All travelers entering New York who have recently traveled within a state with either: a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average; or a testing positivity rate of higher than a 10% over a seven-day rolling average,will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with the Department of Health (DOH) regulations for quarantine. Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory for more information.

International Travel – If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, we urge you to check the websites of the relevant U.S. embassies or consulates for information on restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by relevant authorities. Some European countries currently prohibit entry by tourists and other non-essential travelers. We recommend that you visit the websites of those countries’ embassies in the United States for additional information including entry/exit restrictions and permissible categories of travel. For information on the March 11, 2020 Presidential Proclamation on travel to the United States from and transiting through Europe, see our Frequently Asked Questions here. For more information, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html

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.

Deliver Food to Homebound Seniors – The Kings Bay Y is seeking volunteers for its food pantry to make deliveries to homebound seniors. The next food pantry will take place on Friday, August 14th. Deliveries will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 1:30 – 2 p.m. The Y has 150 packages that need to be delivered and need at least 15 to 20 volunteer drivers. Call Lora at (718) 648-7703, ext. 227 or email lora@kingsbayy.org if you can help with this worthy effort.

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 – New York City is experiencing a critical shortage of donated blood. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit the New York Blood Center’s online at www.nybc.org. Maimonides Medical Center is also doing blood donations by appointment. You can learn more here. 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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 @ 3 PM
COVID-19 and Mental Health: Spatial Distancing, not Social Distancing
The limiting of face-to-face contact with others has helped reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Yet the physical distancing required to keep the virus at bay may invite unwanted emotions such as loneliness, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. Join us as top experts review coping strategies and techniques to manage your mental health while maintaining your physical health. Register at this link.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 @ 4 PM
How Physicians and Victims’ Families Are Surviving the Pandemic
FRONTLINE and The New York Academy of Medicine invite you to join a virtual event featuring, “The Last Call,” a short documentary co-produced with The New Yorker during reporting for the FRONTLINE documentary The Virus: What Went Wrong. The film illustrates the personal loss of one family behind the staggering numbers of those lost to the virus. The in-depth conversation featuring physicians, including NYAM’s President Dr. Judith A. Salerno, will explore the experiences of healthcare professionals during the height of the pandemic. Register for this virtual event at https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/7615966382786/WN_JbrYlcH_SX68TQgxeacXjw

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 @ 10 AM
Guidelines for Reopening ​Phase I, II, III and IV Businesses
Get help understanding and complying with requirements and best practices to reopen Phase I, II and III businesses in New York City (Construction, Wholesale Trade, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Manufacturing and Retail limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off, Outdoor dinning, Offices, Real Estate Firms, Home and Auto Service and Maintenance Services, Hair Saloons, etc). Topics include: State requirements for reopening, Recommendations and best practices for reopening, Employee support, Compliance and enforcement, and Resources available to help your business. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guidelines-for-reopening-phase-iii-iii-and-iv-businesses-in-nyc-814-tickets-115250112188 A link to the webinar will be sent two days before and 20 minutes before the event. Please check your email and spam.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 (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 at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/9z3xxln8/?&service_id=39119

MONDAY, AUGUST 17 @ 6 PM
Guidelines for Reopening ​Phase I, II, III and IV Businesses
Get help understanding and complying with requirements and best practices to reopen Phase I, II and III businesses in New York City (Construction, Wholesale Trade, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Manufacturing and Retail limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off, Outdoor dinning, Offices, Real Estate Firms, Home and Auto Service and Maintenance Services, Hair Saloons, etc). Topics include: State requirements for reopening, Recommendations and best practices for reopening, Employee support, Compliance and enforcement, and Resources available to help your business. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guidelines-for-reopening-phase-i-ii-iii-and-iv-businesses-in-nyc-817-tickets-114110489546 A link to the webinar will be sent two days before and 20 minutes before the event. Please check your email and spam.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 @ 1 PM
Virtual Education in New York
Join City & State magazine for the 2020 Virtual Education in New York event. The free online forum focus on the new situations that arisen due to COVID 19. Join top industry executives, public sector leaders and academics to address issues including remote learning, standardized testing, public school funding and more. Sign up for free today!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 @ 2 PM
We Have Rights: When Documenting ICE Arrests
Join Brooklyn Defender Services and Witness for the live premiere of their new advocacy video “We Have Rights: When Documenting ICE Arrests.” Join a panel with advocates from BDS, Witness, and RAICES to learn how to safely, ethically, and effectively document immigration enforcement abuses and arrests. Register here.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 @ 3 PM
“We the YOUTH, You the People”

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) will be hosting a series of virtual town halls entitled “We the YOUTH, You the People.” We will kick off the event discussing Structural Racism on August 19, 2020 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. One of the goals of the town hall series is to create a safe space for young people to harness their voice and power. The uncertainty of funding, current health pandemic, and civil unrest make it even more important that youth voice and agendas inform future funding priorities, programming and policies. The proposed themes for the series include Systemic Racism, LGBTQI Rights, Education, Mass Incarceration, Environmental Justice, Immigration/DACA, Young Queens Collective, the Male Perspective and Accessibility. Register for this free youth event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dycd-virtual-youth-town-hall-tickets-114444632978

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 @ 10 AM
Brooklyn Virtual State Legislative Forum
Brooklynites are invited to attend the free Brooklyn Virtual State Legislative Forum sponsored by AARP NY. Hear state lawmakers from across Brooklyn outline their legislative and policy priorities for the remainder of the year, working through and around the pandemic, political uncertainty, and more. Specific topics include: Nursing Homes, Long Term Care, Family Caregiving, Prescription Drug Affordability, Food Access, Financial Security, and Social Isolation. Registration is free. Join the forum on August 20th to discuss these important topics with our state legislators from the borough.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 @ 12 PM
COVID-19 Conversations
A conversation centered around Black excellence, NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and what young grassroots leaders are doing in their communities at this time. Please register using this link.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 (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 at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/9z3xxln8/?&service_id=39119

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 6:30 PM
Who’s at Risk: Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Low-Income Communities
Join NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for a virtual discussion of COVID-19’s economic and health impacts on low income families residing in high-density residential buildings, and policy solutions to reduce the risk of infection. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://neighbors.columbia.edu/events/whos-risk-understanding-covid-19s-impact-low-income-communities

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 1 PM
Navigating City & State Budgets: Maximizing COVID Leverage for Real Estate Strategy
Join Nonprofit New York & Transwestern’s Nonprofit Practice Leaders to learn about real estate strategies to help your organization navigate the effects of this year’s city and state budget cuts. Key Takeaways: Update on current policies and potential bills; Current nonprofit real estate market snapshot; Opportunities to leverage current market dynamics related to COVID-19; Incorporating remote and tele-working strategies into your long-term facilities plan. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maximizing-covid-leverage-for-your-future-real-estate-strategy-tickets-114661654094

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 @ 10 AM
Laying the Ground for Tourism Recovery in NYC
No part of New York City’s economy has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic—or is facing a longer road to recovery—than the tourism sector which creates vital tax revenue for the city and helps sustain accessible jobs at hotels, restaurants, museums and theaters, airports, retailers, and in many other industries. This forum will explore how city leaders and policymakers can lay the groundwork for a long-term recovery in tourism, what can be done now to support struggling businesses and institutions in the tourism economy, whether there is an opportunity to boost local and regional tourism, and what kind of marketing and tourism promotion for New York makes most sense right now. The panel will also discuss what New York can learn from other major cities working to restart tourism during this crisis, including input and ideas from leading tourism officials in London, Montreal, and San Francisco. Registration is required. Please RSVP via this link.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 @ 9 AM
The Impact of Covid-19 on Social Services and Homelessness
Please join a virtual CityLaw Breakfast event with Steven Banks, Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services, who will discuss the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on New York City social services and homelessness. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for New York City Law, and New York Law School. Register for this free event using this link.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 @ 1 PM
Virtual Healthy New York Summit
City & State Magazine is hosting a Virtual Healthy New York Summit to bring together health care decision-makers and policy experts from all sectors to identify challenges and discuss solutions to the most critical issues in health care during and post the pandemic, with keynote remarks by New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker. Featured panelists include State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, NYC Council Member Mark Levine, and more. Sign up for free!

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