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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last Updated Monday, July 26th, 9:45am

This page has government and non-government resources for New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

City agency Service Updates

COVID-19 & HEALTHCARE

Get a COVID-19 vaccine


 

Locations for COVID-19 testing

  • DOE students, employees, and employees of DOE-contracted early childhood programs and the Learning Bridges Program can get priority COVID testing at some Health & Hospitals testing sites.
  • Call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) for information about testing, medical advice, quarantining, mental health support, and more.

 

Low-cost health insurance from New York State

  • You can enroll in health insurance through December 31, 2021 during the open enrollment period.
  • GetCoveredNYC is a free service that helps you enroll in health insurance.
  • Every New Yorker can get health insurance regardless of immigration status. There are counselors to help you choose a plan.

 

Get low cost or free healthcare from NYC Care

  • NYC Care is a health care program that gives you access to a doctor and medical services at little or no cost.
  • You can get health care regardless of your immigration status or ability to pay.

 

Free Mental Health Support

  • You can get mental health help regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
  • You may also contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline staffed by trained counselors. You can get counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.

 

Cooling Centers

  • Air-conditioning public facilities are open during heat waves.
  • Visit NYC.gov/beattheheat for tips to stay healthy.

BENEFITS & RIGHTS

Understanding benefits for workers affected by COVID-19

You may be eligible for certain benefits. Refer to the chart below to understand which benefits you may be able to get in your situation.

A translatable and accessible version can be viewed here.

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Download a PDF of the COVID-19 benefits chart (Spanish PDF).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Get unemployment insurance benefits if you lost your job

  • Unemployment insurance has been expanded for many workers who lost their jobs during COVID-19.

 

Federal Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payment)

  • Adults and families with work-eligible social security numbers (SSN) can receive limited payments from the IRS.
  • You don’t need a permanent address, bank account, or job to be eligible.

 

Up to $9,000 per funeral related to COVID-19

  • You can get financial help from FEMA for funeral expenses related to COVID-19.
  • The person who died did not have to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or immigrant with satisfactory immigration status.
  • You are eligible if these are true:
    • The death was in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
    • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
    • The death certificate shows that COVID-19 caused the death.
    • You are a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

 

Burial Assistance

  • New Yorkers with low income may be eligible for financial help to pay for funeral expenses.
  • Assistance includes a burial allowance up to $1,700 and burial costs up to $3,400.
  • You can apply up to 120 days from the date of the individual‘s death.
  • All applications will be reviewed regardless of immigration status.

 

Get an emergency cash grant from HRA

  • You may be eligible for an emergency cash grant to:
    • pay back rent to avoid eviction
    • pay bills to maintain or restore utility service(s)
    • pay for moving expenses, security deposit vouchers, broker’s fees, or temporary storage for furniture and personal belongings
  • Here are fact sheets with more information:
  • You can also contact HRA’s Infoline at 718-557-1399 to learn more.

 

Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers


 

Free Financial Counseling

  • If you are experiencing sudden changes to your household budget or income due to COVID-19, counselors from NYC Financial Empowerment Centers can help you:
    • Manage your money and set up a spending plan
    • Contact creditors about existing loans, including student loans
    • Draft letters to creditors to lower payments or temporarily suspend payments due to hardship

EMPLOYMENT AND JOB TRAINING

City Cleanup Corps is hiring

  • The City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC) is hiring 10,000 New Yorkers to help beautify the city.
  • Workers will wipe away graffiti, powerwash sidewalks, create community murals, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces, and work with community organizations to clean their neighborhoods.

 

Paid Safe and Sick Leave Updates

  • NYC employees have legal rights to paid and unpaid leave, including new rights provided by State and Federal laws related to COVID-19.
  • You can take unpaid and paid leave to care for yourself or family members impacted by COVID-19.

 

Find job services and resources on WorkingNYC

  • Browse free job and adult education programs and learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply for programs.

 

Learn new skills through the SUNY Online Training Center

  • Take a wide range of short and free online skill-building programs that will prepare you for a new job.
  • If you successfully complete a certificate and have a high school diploma, you’ll be eligible for automatic enrollment to any SUNY community college or SUNY Empire to continue to an associate or bachelor’s degree.

 

Access nearly 4,000 free training courses through Coursera

  • Grow or learn new skills in data science, business, and technology.
  • Request a free account through the NYS Department of Labor.

 

Apply for free training programs through NYC Small Business Services

  • Programs are available for jobs in technical, transportation, and healthcare fields.
  • To be eligible, you must be a NYC resident, be above 18 years old, be legally able to work in the US, and meet selective service requirements.

FOOD

Emergency food during COVID-19 from GetFoodNYC

  • Find your nearest food pantry or food distribution location.
  • Emergency home food delivery services are available if you cannot go out to get food.
  • You can also call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777.

 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Food Benefits

  • Children can get food benefits for school meals they would have gotten in the 2020-21 school year.
  • They can get $82 – $132 for each month their school was open with reduced in-person attendance.
  • Eligible children will automatically receive benefits.
  • Benefits are issued to P-EBT Food Benefit cards from the 2019-2020 school year.
  • If a child never got a card, they will get one through mail.

 

Food assistance at public schools

  • Any New Yorker can get free meals at NYC public schools. No registration or ID is required.
  • Families and students can go to any school building between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on weekdays to pick up free meals.
  • Members of the community can pick up multiple meals at specific schools from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on weekdays.
  • To find a location through text:

 

Reserve a spot at your local food pantry with Plentiful

  • Plentiful is an app that lets you reserve a spot in line at a participating food pantry near you. Use it to save time on your next visit.

 

Groceries from NeON Nutrition Kitchens

  • Visit a NeON Nutrition Kitchen to get free, nutritious groceries! There is a Nutrition Kitchen in each borough.

 

Get free fruits and vegetables from CityHarvest

  • CityHarvest’s Mobile Markets provides fresh produce in the 5 boroughs.

 

SNAP (food stamps)

  • You may be eligible for SNAP benefits to help pay for groceries.
  • You will receive a debit card with funds that you can use at many grocery stores including some online stores and farmer’s markets.
  • You can check your SNAP balance on your phone with the Fresh EBT app (not government operated).

HOUSING

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps renters with rental arrears (late rent), late utility bills, limited future rent, and provides protection from certain types of eviction and rent increases.

  • Assistance may cover:
    • Up to 12 months of late rent
    • Up to 3 months of future rent if your household will spend 30 percent or more of gross monthly income to pay for rent
    • Up to 12 months of late electric or gas utility bills
  • If you are found eligible, you may receive these protections related to the ERAP payment:
    • You cannot be evicted for not paying late rent covered by the ERAP payment.
    • Your landlord cannot collect late fees associated with the ERAP payment
    • Your landlord cannot increase your monthly rent for one year
    • Your landlord cannot bring certain types of eviction cases against you for one year
  • You can apply even if you have an eviction case pending against you. Applying will likely suspend an eviction case
  • Landlords have the option to decline ERAP payments. If this is the case, tenants are still encouraged to apply because an approved ERAP application may be used as a defense if you are brought to court
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement and immigration status will not be requested
  • Tenants should apply as soon as possible. While your ERAP application is pending, you will likely be protected from certain types of eviction

Ways to get help:


 

Current Eviction Protections

  • Most tenants regardless of immigration status are protected from eviction through August 31, 2021 under a State law called the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act. You may qualify for protections if:
    • you had lower income or higher expenses during the pandemic or
    • moving poses a health risk to any member of your household
  • To protect yourself, submit a hardship declaration form now:
    • whether or not your landlord has started an eviction case against you
    • whether or not a warrant of eviction has issued against you
    • whether your landlord is trying to evict you for not paying rent
  • How to submit a hardship declaration
    1. Complete a Hardship Declaration Form. You may find one in your language at nycourts.gov/eefpa
    2. Submit the form to your landlord by email, certified mail, or in person.
    3. In addition, email a copy of the form to the housing court in your borough:
  • If you need help filling out the form:
    • Call 311 and ask for “Tenant Helpline”.
    • Alternatively, evictionfreeny.org is a website that will help you fill out and send your Hardship Declaration online. The site was created by nonprofits to help renters.

 

Get help avoiding eviction with the Tenant Resource Portal


 

Get assistance if you are at risk of becoming homeless

  • Homebase can help you develop a personalized plan to overcome an immediate housing crisis and achieve housing stability. You may be eligible for Homebase services if you:
    • Are at imminent risk of entering the New York City shelter system
    • Are low-income
    • Want to remain stably housed in your community

 

Free Affordable Housing Application Assistance

  • Ready to Rent, offered by the NYC Housing Preservation & Development, helps New Yorkers prepare to apply for affordable housing.
  • Get free financial counseling and assistance with affordable housing applications.

 

Address problems with your landlord using JustFix.NYC

  • JustFix.nyc provides tools to help you fight for a safe home.
  • You may use JustFix.nyc to send a letter to request repairs from your landlord.
  • You can also start a legal case against your landlord for harassment or failure to conduct repairs.
    • Harassment includes asking about your immigration status or using your status to make decisions on whether to rent to you, raise rent, renew a lease, or kick you out.

 

Report housing search discrimination with Unlock NYC

  • Unlock NYC is a non-governmental tool that lets you learn about your rights and report landlords you believe are refusing housing vouchers to the NYC Human Rights Commission for potential intervention.

 

NYCHA Rent Hardship Program


 

Section 8

NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Section 8 voucher holders having trouble paying rent because of income loss should email DTRAI@hpd.nyc.gov.


 

Help for survivors of gender-based and domestic violence

  • Survivors of sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking, and intimate partner and family violence can get free and confidential services at NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs).
  • To get help with domestic violence, call 800-621-4673 for help from the NYC Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline. For the hearing impaired: TTY 866-604-5350.

INTERNET AND PHONE

Up to $50 discount per month for broadband internet service

  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit is now available on a first come, first served basis.
  • A one-time $100 discount for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet is also available.

 

Up to $9.25 discount per month for telephone service

  • Lifeline is a federal program that offers a $9.25 monthly discount on phone or internet service to qualified low-income customers.

 

Get free cellphone service through SafeLink

  • SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides free cell phone service each month for income-eligible customers.
  • A private company provides the service. It is not connected to any New York City agency.

 

New York Public Library WiFi Hotspots

You can connect to free wifi from a public library near you:


 

Hotspot and tablet loan program

Public libraries may have tablets and hotspots, depending on inventory, available to loan to those with a library card and who meet requirements:


 

Find a LinkNYC WiFi Hotspot

  • You can connect to free Wi-Fi through a public LinkNYC kiosk.
  • To connect, select the ‘LinkNYC Free Wi-Fi’ network from your device’s Wi-Fi settings, and register with your email.

IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

Up to $15,600 for excluded workers

  • The Excluded Workers Fund gives assistance to workers who are ineligible for unemployment insurance or stimulus payments because of immigration status or other factors.
  • You may be eligible if you lost income after February 2020 for reasons due to COVID-19.
  • Applications open August, 2021

 

“Public Charge” Is Blocked Nationwide

  • The federal government has blocked the Public Charge rule as of March 9, 2021.
  • All New Yorkers in need of medical care, food assistance, and other benefits and services should seek the help they need without fear.
  • Many health and social services—including COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and care, food assistance, tenant protection, and free legal help—are available to New Yorkers no matter your immigration status or ability to pay.

ACCESS NYC Resources For All Immigrants

  • Get information for all government benefits, resources, and services hosted on ACCESS NYC.
  • Available to immigrants and does not include immigration status as an eligibility determination.

 

Get an IDNYC card

  • You can enroll for IDNYC, a free ID card from the city, if you are age 10 or above. Having an ID card allows you to apply for NYC government services and benefits.

 

Additional Resources for Immigrant Communities

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

View COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

  • A list of city resources for food, social services, and more.

 

Get free financial counseling through EmpoweredNYC

  • Get help managing your SSI or SSDI benefits, tackle SSA overpayments, and transition to work.
  • EmpoweredNYC sessions will be conducted over the phone.

 

Citywide accessible dispatch program

  • Request a wheelchair accessible yellow and green taxi from anywhere in the five boroughs.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Get help from mutual aid groups

  • View a list of community resources and neighborhood groups from Mutual Aid NYC. Groups are not affiliated with the government.
  • Different types of help may be available depending on group resources including:
    • Supply and grocery delivery
    • Prescription assistance
    • Translation and interpretation
    • Social services assistance
    • Diapers
  • You can also call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 646-437-8080 to request help.

 

Justice-Involved New Yorkers

  • Call the ACS Office of Advocacy at 212-676-9421 for concerns related to child welfare and juvenile justice.
  • The Correctional Health Services (CHS) Point of Reentry and Transition Practices (PORT) can help with medical needs/concerns. Call 646-614-1000 or email CHSPORTline@nychhc.org for help with prescriptions for people recently released from jail.
  • Re-entry individuals are eligible for certain public benefits. For more information, see the Re-Entry Benefits FAQ from the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit or call their hotline 888-663-6880.

 

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Last Updated Monday, July 26th, 9:45am

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