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Pandemic Support

Last Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 11:32am

Learn what types of benefits or assistance are available during the coronavirus outbreak.

Benefits Overview

You may be eligible for certain benefits, which are payments or other support from the government to help with the impact of COVID-19. Refer to the chart below to understand which benefits you may be able to get in your situation.
An accessible version can be viewed here.

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Download a PDF of the COVID-19 benefits images. Spanish PDF.

Understanding Your Rights

Read about your workplace rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, or learn more from the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection website.

Paid Safe and Sick Leave

NYC employees have the right to use safe and sick leave for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member. They also have the right to seek legal and social services assistance or take other safety measures. Learn more about:

File a workplace complaint

If you believe your workplace is violating a law, you can report it to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). DCA will treat all information received as confidential and will not disclose it without your permission or unless required by law.

Unemployment Insurance

If you lost your job and it was not your fault, you might be able to get unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance will give you some money, based on what you earned. To get insurance, you must be looking for a new job. Learn more about Unemployment Insurance.

Updates to Unemployment Insurance

The federal CARES act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance benefits and Pandemic Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers.

This includes payments to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits.

Learn more about recent changes from NY State Department of Labor.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP helps families pay for groceries. Sometimes called food stamps, they come on a debit card that you can use at many grocery stores and farmers markets. Learn more about the SNAP Benefits.

Cash Assistance

Your family can get cash if you are in need. The funds come on a debit card that you can use at any ATM or store where EBT cards are accepted. Learn more about Cash Assistance.

Health Insurance & Health Care

Low-cost health insurance from New York State

  • The Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended to May 15th.
  • Certain programs like Medicaid, Essential Plan, and Child Health Plus are open for enrollment year-round and do not have a deadline.
  • Learn more and apply at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, or call 855-355-5777.

Help Enrolling In Health Insurance

GetCoveredNYC helps New Yorkers enroll in health insurance with dedicated specialists who can assist you in your language.

Get connected to a GetCoveredNYC Specialist and receive free enrollment assistance

Low-cost health care from New York City for all residents
NYC Care provides low-cost or free healthcare for all New York City residents regardless of ability to pay and immigration status. Primary care, specialty, and emergency services (including hospital stays) are all available for NYC Care members. Note: This is not an insurance plan.

  • Call the 24-hour NYC Care service at 646-NYC-CARE (646-692-3373) to enroll and make an appointment.
  • For help in other languages, visit nyccare.nyc.

Stimulus Payments (Economic Impact Payments)

  • The federal government will begin to distribute payments in mid-April 2020, with no action required for most people.
  • Some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

U.S. citizens or immigrant residents who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
  • Had adjusted gross income under certain limits.

Learn more about Economic Impact Payments.

Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

  • Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in administrative forbearance, which means allow you can temporarily stop making monthly loan payments.
  • Suspension of payments will last until September 30, 2020

Learn more from the Federal Student Aid Office.

Learn More

The Unemployment Benefits FAQ provides guidance for those recently unemployed due to COVID-19.

Read a summary of CARES Act to explore various compensation or other financial support during COVID-19.

NYC Financial Empowerment Centers
If you are experiencing sudden changes to your household budget or income due to COVID-19, financial counselors 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
  • Develop a strategy to minimize debt
  • Access local, state, and federal emergency resources

Book an appointment for FREE one-on-one financial counseling with an NYC Financial Empowerment Center Counselor.

Explore additional resources and services on ACCESS NYC Programs.

Last Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 11:32am