COVID-19 & HEALTHCARE
- For updated information about COVID-19 transmission rates and guidance from NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- Anyone 5 and older can get a free COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children 5 – 17 years old can get the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, three weeks apart.
- Children who are 5 – 15 years old must go to the vaccination site with a parent, guardian, or another adult caregiver chosen by the parent or guardian.
- Workers get additional leave under CITY law to get their kids vaccinated. Workers get 4 additional hours of sick leave for EACH child; and EACH vaccine injection.
- Vaccine booster shots are now available for New Yorkers ages 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.
- UPDATE May 17, 2022: You can now receive a THIRD round of at-home COVID-19 tests mailed to you for free from the federal government.
- Find a testing site near you. You may have to pay for testing depending on the site.
- Tests are free and no appointment is needed at NYC Health and Hospitals testing sites.
- At-home testing is available for all immunocompromised residents and anyone 65 and older. Call 929-298-9400 to schedule an appointment.
- You can also call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) for information about testing, medical advice, quarantining, mental health support, and more.
- You can enroll in public health insurance at any time.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can get mental health help regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
- NYC Well is a confidential 24/7 helpline staffed by trained counselors. You can get counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
- If you earned $72,000 or less in 2021, you can get free help to file your taxes from NYC Free Tax Prep.
- When you file your 2021 tax return, you might be eligible for a number of tax credits that can increase your refund or reduce the taxes that you owe:
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – For people who paid for child care or dependent care while they were working or looking for work
- You may be eligible for weekly payments if you lose your job.
- The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program gives assistance to eligible small businesses and other organizations that experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- You can get money from FEMA to pay 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.
- 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.
- 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
- You do not have to make monthly payments and interest will not accrue on your payments.
- If you have a private loan and were impacted by COVID-19, contact your student loan servicer to request relief.
- Learn more from about Federal and Private Student Loan Debt from NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP).
- 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
- 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.
- You may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for family.
- Your job and health insurance benefits are protected when you’re on leave.
- Browse free job and adult education programs and learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply for programs.
- 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.
- Grow or learn new skills in data science, business, and technology.
- Request a free account through the NYS Department of Labor.
- 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.
- Find the nearest food pantry or soup kitchen.
- 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 Providers app (not government operated).
- 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.
- Visit a NeON Nutrition Kitchen to get free, nutritious groceries! There is a Nutrition Kitchen in each borough.
- CityHarvest’s Mobile Markets provide fresh produce in the 5 boroughs.
- Residents of certain zip codes and housing developments are eligible for free produce.
- Applying provides protections against eviction.
- ERAP has limited funds. You are not prevented from also applying to other programs like Cash Assistance or One Shot Deal emergency assistance from NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA). If you applied for ERAP earlier, include proof of your ERAP application with your HRA application for rental assistance.
- If you are at risk of eviction, you may be eligible for free legal assistance. Call 311 and ask for “Tenant Helpline.”
- Learn more about how Emergency Rental Assistance Program works on ACCESS NYC.
- All renters can receive help regardless of immigration status. Learn more about your rights and resources to protect yourself against eviction from the NYC Tenant Resource Portal.
Note: Applications previously closed November 14, 2021. If you applied during the last round, there is no need to apply again. You can check the status of your application at the ERAP portal.
- UPDATE: Applications are no longer accepted. You can sign up for a waiting list.
- Homeowners may be eligible for up to $50,000 if they lost income or had increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To qualify, you must:
- Own a home, co-op, or condo in New York State
- Live in the home
- Be in forbearance or late with payments including: mortgage, maintenance charges or HOA fees, property taxes, bills
- 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
- Find an affordable rental unit near you and apply to its lottery.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- You might be eligible for a discount on internet service. Apply to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) today.
- Lifeline is a federal program that offers a $9.25 monthly discount on phone or internet service to qualified low-income customers.
- One Degree is a non-governmental website where you can search for educational opportunities in NYC.
- ActionNYC can screen you for free to see if you qualify for any immigration benefit.
- You can also get free legal help from an experienced legal representative for immigration-related cases.
- Services are offered in your language.
- You are eligible if you’re an immigrant living in New York City, regardless of your documented status.
- Call the ActionNYC hotline at 800-354-0365.
- 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
- A list of city resources for food, social services, and more.
- Get help managing your SSI or SSDI benefits, tackle SSA overpayments, and transition to work.
- EmpoweredNYC sessions will be conducted over the phone.
- Request a wheelchair accessible yellow and green taxi from anywhere in the five boroughs.
- 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
- You can also call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 646-437-8080 to request help.
- One Degree is a non-profit that shares info about local education and employment programs for youth and adults.
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.