NYC Resources

NYS Homes and Community Renewal Announces Expansion of Covid Rent Relief Program (February 1, 2021)

The New York State Legislature established the COVID Rent Relief Program to help households who are experiencing a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis. This program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord.

How to Apply: Applications for COVID Rent Relief Program Available Online at https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP The deadline to submit your COVID Rent Relief Program application is February 1, 2021.

For Help Applying: Residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 1-833-499-0318 or covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov. Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline” to be connected with tenant support specialists who can help you navigate the application process.

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NYC Civic Corps (March 1, 2021) recruits and places AmeriCorps members to serve full time at select community-based organizations for 10 months. Our vision is that community-based organizations will more effectively utilize volunteers and more efficiently carry out their mission to make our city a more equitable place for all New Yorkers. Application close date: March 1, 2021. The website link to the application: www.nyc.gov/hostciviccorps


Caregiver Support Workshops

The Child Mind Institute will be hosting Caregiver Support Workshops. These workshop series are designed to provide families with proactive strategies to use to support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. They are available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers. Please see below for additional details.

Promoting Positive Behaviors for Your Child – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Structuring a Home Learning Environment; Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Managing Kids' Screen Time; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

· Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 1; Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 2; Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

· Improving Your Relationship With Your Child; Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Parent Calming Techniques; Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST


Coping During COVID-19 – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Managing Grief and Loss; Monday, January 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Managing Stress and Anxiety; Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Mindful Parenting; Monday, January 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Managing Intense Emotions; Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Will My Child be Okay?; Monday, January 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Fostering Resilience Within Your Family; Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST


Supporting Learning at Home – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Supporting Your Child in Virtual Learning; Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Building and Supporting Executive Functioning Skills; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Building a Foundation for Reading at Home; Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST


For additional resources, please visit The Child Mind Institute at: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). The four-week summer program will be held fully online to ensure safety during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Tuition will be free for all students who qualify, fostering equity by allowing students who may not have been able to participate otherwise. Students will be able to experience intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies.

NYSSSA auditions begin this month, and students in grades 8-12 throughout New York State are encouraged to apply. Audition information and application materials are available on the NYSSSA website.




COVID Rent Reliefhttps://hcr.ny.gov/RRP


NYC Schools Families: Learn About Automatically Receiving P-EBT, Money for Groceries
New York State’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a new benefit that gives $420 per child in money for groceries to all NYC public school families. No sign-up is required. All families of NYC public school children, regardless of immigration status, income, or employment, will receive this money.
· If you already have an EBT card or a Medicaid card, the money will automatically be added to your card.· If you do not have an EBT card, you will receive one in the mail. If you are concerned that the State of New York may not have your correct address, please call 833-452-0096 or email otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. · Families of non-public school students should contact the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at otda.ny.gov to learn if they are eligible.· Learn more at on.nyc.gov/p-ebt, call 833-452-0096 or email otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov. · Download this guidance in multiple languages.

NYC Residents: Act by October 15 to Get Your Economic Impact Payment
Assistance is available to help New Yorkers get their Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment) this year. The payment is up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has created an Economic Impact Payments Poster with information about the October 15, 2020 deadline. Translations of the poster/flyer are available in DCWP’s COVID-19 hub: nyc.gov/DCWPAlerts.


Free financial counseling by phone
Professional financial counselors from NYC Financial Empowerment Centers are available by phone to answer questions about eligibility, help you open a bank account and set up direct deposit for your payment, and check the status of a payment. Visit nyc.gov/TalkMoney to book an appointment.


Free Tax Preparation Online
You must take action by October 15 to receive your stimulus payment this year. This may mean filing a tax return, or registering for your payment as a “non-filer” on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website if you are not required to file a tax return because your income was too low—under $12,200 (single filer) or under $24,400 (joint filers). IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers from NYC Free Tax Prep can guide you. To use the free service, you must earn $64,000 or less (families) or $45,000 or less (single filer). Visit nyc.gov/taxprep for information about NYC Free Tax Prep providers and how to contact them.



Antibody Testing Update
The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. Five sites have been selected to perform these tests: · Bronx: Morrisania- 4006 Third Avenue· Brooklyn: East NY - 127 Pennsylvania Avenue· Manhattan: Upper Manhattan - 21 Old Broadway· Staten Island: Concord - St. John’s Villa 57 Cleveland Place· Queens: Long Island City - 34-09 Queens BoulevardYou can make an appointment through nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey. If you DO NOT have internet access, please call 888-279-0967.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing
New Yorkers will now be eligible to receive a COVID-19 test if they have:· COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation· Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms· Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptomsVisit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a community testing site near you.The City will double its testing capacity at NYC Health + Hospitals and will open 12 new testing sites by May 25. Beginning the week of May 18, 2 new COVID-19 testing sites will be open. Read the press release here. All City MD sites to have tests 7 days a week· 123 sites across all 5 boroughs· Walk-ins welcome· No cost for the uninsured· Find locations at citymd.com
Job Opportunity: NYC Health + Hospitals is Hiring Contact Tracers
NYC Health + Hospitals is quickly hiring thousands of contact tracers to conduct telephone calls with people diagnosed with COVID-19 to complete case interviews, elicit and trace contacts exposed to COVID-19, and connect people to resources to help them recover and effectively isolate, whether that is at home or in a hotel. It is crucial that these positions are filled by people who represent the communities most affected by COVID-19.· Job information can be viewed at nychealthandhospitals.org/careers.
Urgent: Blood Donations Needed
There is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New Yorkers can help others during the COVID-19 crisis by donating blood.· Make an appointment with New York Blood Center to donate your blood at nybc.org/donate-blood or call 800-933-2566
Funeral Rites and Burial Assistance
In order to ensure that those we’ve lost are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, the City signed an emergency rule to expand the number of low-income people who can receive burial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is available to everyone, regardless of immigration status, with proof of low-income status. For more information, visit the Help Now NYC website, call 929-252-7731, or email BurialServices@hra.nyc.gov for application assistance. The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has published important information for New Yorkers who have lost loved ones. · Download DCWP’s Funeral Planning During COVID-19 Tips. On May 14, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks, Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Marco Carrión, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Executive held an Community and Ethnic Media virtual roundtable on funeral rites and burial assistance.· Watch and share the discussion on social media.
Emergency Food Assistance
All New Yorkers can access the food they need by picking up grab-and-go meals at NYC Schools, by visiting a food pantry, or by signing up for food delivery assistance. · Go to nyc.go ov/getfood to sign up or to find an emergency food location near you. Visiting a food pantry, picking up a grab-and-go meal, or receiving food delivery assistance will not impact your ability to apply for a green card. If you have questions about how accessing certain public benefits may affect immigration status, call the free, confidential ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 for information and connections to legal help. The GetFood Delivery Assistance Program is seeking nonprofit providers for meal preparation with a focus on culturally sensitive meals and ethnic foods, to staff and serve as distribution sites, and to facilitate home meal delivery. · Go to nyc.gov/nonprofits for more information.
On May 11th, MOIA Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, COVID-19 Food Czar Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and Human Resources Administration First Deputy Commissioner Gary Jenkins held a Community and Ethnic Media virtual roundtable on emergency food assistance. · Watch and share the discussion on social media.
NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide
On May 12, the NYC Unity Project in the NYC Mayor’s Office, in partnership with representatives from 15 city agencies and over 200 LGBTQ+ community partners across NYC, launched the NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide: nyc.gov/lgbtqcovid.
The guide includes LGBTQ+ affirming programs and services—both city and private/non-profit resources— still available during the COVID-19 pandemic include: mental health, physical health and wellness, and sexual health services; peer and community support; food assistance; legal services; housing and shelter; and financial/funding opportunities. · Share about the resource guide on social media. New Multilingual Poster from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene· Download the Multilingual Poster: “New Yorkers: Stay Home to Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus”
New COVID-19 Resources by Neighborhood
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has created a comprehensive resource guide. The guide includes resources currently available in specific communities, listed by zip code. Some resources are available for in-person services, while others offer remote and delivery options.· Visit the DOHMH COVID-19 Community and Business webpage to view the guides available by borough, neighborhood, and by language. More translations will be available soon.

TLC Resource Center
On May 12, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) launched its Driver Resource Center: portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.govAll TLC-licensed drivers and medallion owner-drivers can access legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, driver protection services, and public benefits application support.

NYC Pet Hotline for Animals of People Affected by COVID-19
The Pet Hotline, launched by the New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare, serves as an information, planning, referral and service coordination hub for NYC residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic, can call 877-204-8821, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.· View the press release for more information.
Free Tax Support
The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15, 2020.· Eligible New Yorkers can use NYC Free Tax Prep services available at nyc.gov/taxprep.
DACA Renewal Assistance
If the Supreme Court ends DACA, it would put approximately 29,000 healthcare practitioners nationwide—who are also DACA recipients—at risk of deportation, when hospital systems need them most. · Need to renew your DACA in NYC? Call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application.· Share the resource on social media.