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Pandemic Relief Programs

Last Updated Tuesday, September 21st, 3:55pm

You can get help with cash during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Your family can get half of the fully refundable credit–worth up to $3,600 per child–as monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a refund in 2022. Children under 18 must have a Social Security Number to qualify. 

If you didn’t file taxes, you may still be eligible. Visit GetCTC.org to file a simplified tax return and receive your Child Tax Credit.

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Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus checks)

The Federal government sent out 3 stimulus payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you haven’t received them, you may be able to get the first two payments by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit. To do this, file a 2020 tax return even if you didn’t have to file taxes. Free tax prep is available at nyc.gov/taxprep

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Excluded Workers Fund (EWF)

One time cash payments are available to workers who were ineligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) because of factors like their immigration status. You may be eligible for a payment from the Excluded Workers Fund If:

  • you lost income between February 23, 2020 – April 1, 2021, and 
  • you earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months before April 2021.

Depending on the documents you provide, you can get a Tier 1 payment of $15,600 or a Tier 2 payment of $3,200. Payments are given on a first come, first served basis, so apply soon at dol.ny.gov/EWF

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Tenants may qualify for help to pay up to 12 months of late rent and utilities. Help for up to 3 months of future rent is also available. 

If you have an eviction case against you, it will be stayed (paused) while the State reviews your ERAP application. Help is given on a first come, first served basis, so apply soon at nysrenthelp.otda.ny.gov

Enroller organizations can help you apply for ERAP. Visit nyc.gov/erap for a list of organizations near you.

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Last Updated Tuesday, September 21st, 3:55pm

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