Dear Friends:


What does it mean to be a New Yorker?

To some, it means having irrationally strong opinions about who makes the best pizza. To others, it means knowing the precise location on subway platforms to wait for your train, so you arrive at just the right spot. 

To me, being a New Yorker is mostly about our spirit of togetherness when times are tough. Yes, New Yorkers have tough exteriors, but when it comes down to it, we will do anything for one another.

That is what we're seeing right now during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Whether it's the healthcare heroes going into hospitals every day, or the essential workers putting themselves at risk to keep the city running, or the volunteers ensuring that homebound seniors get food and medicine, New Yorkers are stepping up in a big way.


This is why I know we will be okay as a City. It is not going to be easy. It may be the toughest challenge we've seen yet. But I know that with your help, we'll make it out even better than before.


Below is my weekly list of resources and information that I hope you will find helpful. Please let us know of other resources that we should include in future newsletters.


I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. 


In service,
Corey Johnson
New York City Council

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“New York State on PAUSE” Extended

Governor Cuomo has extended the ‘NYS on PAUSE’ executive order until May 15.

What You Need to Know

NY State has created a ’What You Need to Know’ website listing all essential updates from Governor Cuomo and the State of New York. Please continue to check back as this page is updated regularly.

Stay Informed

  • For updates from NYC in English, text ’COVID’ to 692-692.
  • For updates from NYC in Spanish, text ‘COVIDESP’ to 692-692.
  • For updates from NYS, text ‘NEW YORK’ to 81336 or click here to sign up.

City Council Updates


On April 22, the City Council held its first virtual 
Stated Meeting. During the Stated Meeting, we introduced a COVID-19 Relief Package that aims to protect tenants, help small businesses survive, and more. Included in the bills are new protections from harassment for all renters, including the City’s small businesses, and extended time for COVID-impacted tenants to repay rent and pay back debts. Additionally, the package includes a NYC Essential Workers Bill of Rights. Over the course of the next week and a half, the City Council will be holding hearings on all of the bills included in the package. 


Masks/Face Coverings

On April 15, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order mandating all New Yorkers to wear a mask (or face covering) in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

If you are in need of more information on face coverings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a website dedicated to cloth face covers, specifically: how to wear a cloth face covering, how to care for a your cloth face covering and tutorials on making a face covering out of everyday items.

Domestic Violence

When home isn’t safe, domestic violence survivors can find services 24/7 at, 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or call 911 for emergencies.

Non-Essential Events Cancelled

Mayor de Blasio announced the cancellation of all non-essential events in NYC, including parades, concerts and carnivals for the month of June.

NYC 311

NYC 311 is currently experiencing high call volumes. Use or the 311 mobile application during normal business hours. As an alternative, New Yorkers can call 311 after 7 PM or during the weekend.

Nursing Homes

NY State will begin to fine nursing homes and adult care facilities if they fail to notify  individuals if a family member tests positive for COVID-19 or dies due to the virus. Notifications must take place within 24 hours.

Marriage Licenses in NY State

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely, including allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference, a practice that is banned under current law. Click here to learn more.

Seeking Medical Care

If New Yorkers have questions on finding medical care, they may call 311. Please do not call 911 unless you are experiencing a true emergency.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Health: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is allocating PPE for the following organizations: hospitals, nursing homes, EMS providers, dialysis centers, OPWDD-certified facilities, and Visiting Nurse Service providers. If your organization does not fall into one of these facility types, the request will be denied.

For non-profit organizations, the Human Services Council is collecting the demand for PPE in the social services sector. We would encourage you to fill out the survey.

Resources for Faith-Based Leaders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a resource page for faith-based leaders. You can find information on how to prepare and respond to the COVID crisis.

Absentee Voting

For individuals without computer/printer access, you can obtain an Absentee Ballot Application by visiting one of the Board of Election offices or calling (866) VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) and they will send you a postage-paid application form in the mail.

Tax Deadline Changed

As a reminder, the deadline to file and pay federal income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. Click here for more information from the IRS, including a free file option available online.

Con Edison Scam Warning

Con Edison has created a guide with five tips to avoid scams. As a reminder, Con Edison will not be shutting off anyone’s power for failure to pay during this pandemic. For more information from Con Edison and for information regarding the financial help they are offering, please click here.

NYS Attorney General Resource Page

The Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, has created a resource page where individuals can find guidance on Coronavirus and warnings about consumer scams. On this page, you can find information on resources, rights, potential scams, consumer protection tips, suspension of debt collection, and more.

Report Discrimination

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment, or witness an incident due to race, national origin, or other identities, please call 311 or file a complaint online with the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

New Yorkers may also call the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force if they have been involved in a hate crime by calling (888) 392-3644 or text ‘HATE’ to 81336.

Additionally, New Yorkers may contact the NYS Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at or by calling (800) 771-7755.

Report Price Gouging

New Yorkers are being encouraged to report price gouging if a store has increased the price of specific items. Call 311 and say ‘Overcharge’ or file a complaint online. The NYS Attorney General also has a complaint form available online.




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SAGE has launched SAGEConnect, a program that matches LGBT elders with volunteer community members and allies. The one-to-one contact offered through SAGEConnect will help combat LGBT elders' exacerbated loneliness and disconnection during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, and ensure that elders are linked to resources if they need help. Those interested in participating can sign up on SAGE’s website here.


DOROT, through their University Without Walls program, is offering a free way for individuals to stay connected with others from their homes, just by picking up their phones. Program and discussion topics include arts, news, literature, wellness, and more. Every call is facilitated by engaging experts. To register for these calls, please email or call (877) 819-9147.


LiveON NY, an organization connecting elderly New Yorkers to resources and services in New York City, is open and ready to assist in completing applications for benefits such as SNAP, SCRIE, Medicaid, the Medicare Savings Program, property tax exemptions, and more. LiveON NY will help you complete the application, submit it on your behalf, and support you through the process. To see if you're eligible or if you have any questions, please call (212) 398-5045 or email

Special Shopping Hours

Many stores in New York City have designated special shopping hours where older adults and those who are most vulnerable can shop before the general public. Spectrum News NY1 has created a list of those stores and their hours. You can find more information here.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has created a COVID-19 and Cancer Resource Page where individuals can find information regarding FAQs, cancer, and what you should ask your healthcare provider. You can also live chat with a representative from the American Cancer Society here. There is a 24-hour helpline you can contact at (800) 227-2345.




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COVID-19 Hotel Program

NYC’s COVID-19 hotel program provides select individuals and groups a place to stay to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more about eligibility. To make a reservation through this program, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the program by emailing

For the Frontlines

For the Frontlines is an organization for health care professionals and essential workers. They are offering free crisis counseling during this pandemic. Text ‘FRONTLINE’ to ‘741741’ for support in dealing with anxiety, stress, fear, isolation, or other difficult emotions you are experiencing during COVID-19.

Mental Health Care for Frontline COVID-19 Workers

The NYC COVID Worker Care Network is a self-organizing mutual aid network of more than 2000 mental health workers, spiritual care providers, circle-keepers, and community builders supporting frontline COVID workers during this evolving crisis. Any person working to support the fight against COVID-19 in New York is eligible to receive support - sign-up through our website by clicking here. Follow the network on Facebook for updates, or reach out to with any questions. If you are an employee of an H+H facility, talk to your administrator about mental health resources offered by H+H.

MetroCard Donations

Local samaritans have organized ‘MetroCard Swap for NYC’s Essential Workers.’ Click here for more information. Once a MetroCard becomes available, the administrator will email you a donor’s contact information. If you are interested in donating a MetroCard, you may also fill out the above form and indicate you are donating a MetroCard.




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New York City Bar Association

Through the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) and the Legal Referral Service, the New York City Bar Association is offering New Yorkers assistance with legal services during this pandemic. They have:

  • Expanded the CBJC Legal Hotline to assist with COVID-19 related issues. This hotline can help New Yorkers with a range of civil legal issues including relief programs, mortgage and student loan relief, housing and employment law, and more. Staff speak both English and Spanish and they are utilizing an interpreting service to ensure they can accept calls in any language. For more information, you can visit their website or call (212) 626-7383
  • The New York Bar Association is offering a COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic. They are offering no-cost, limited-scope remote consultations to small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. This clinic can help answer questions regarding the Federal Government’s COVID-19 stimulus packages and other state and local programs. For more information, please click here.
  • They are providing free life-planning legal assistance for New York City Front-Line Health Care Workers. Front-line Health Care Workers can receive legal assistance in preparing life-planning documents such as wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and more. For more information, please click here.

Legal Services NYC

Legal Services NYC continues to operate with nearly 600 advocates continuing to fight for New Yorkers across the city on issues ranging from housing, immigration, unemployment insurance, access to public benefits, and small business sustainability. Their Access Line is still open and operating. People can call (917) 661-4500 for help.

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help New York City residents impacted by COVID-19 get answers to their legal questions on issues including unemployment benefits, employee rights, housing, public benefits, consumer debt, advance planning, stimulus payments, and special education issues. You can call 929-356-9582 from 10am-1pm Monday-Fridays to leave a message. Please leave your name, best call back number, and a description of the issue. NYLAG will follow-up within two business days. More information is available here.

Oasis Latino LGBTS Wellness Center

Oasis Latino LGBTS Wellness Center’s staff are operating remotely during COVID-19. Clients can chat with staff on their website or via Facebook.

Pride Center of Staten Island

SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island is continuing to provide services remotely in the wake of COVID-19. Counseling groups are running on schedule. Youth and senior programming remain the same and HIV testing signups are now available online. Click here to learn more.

National Center for Transgender Equity

The National Center for Transgender Equity has created a COVID-19 guide for transgender individuals. This guide contains important resources, help creating a plan of action, and ways to donate to emergency funds for LGBTQ individuals. Resources has a help center dedicated to COVID-19 resources that has more information on unemployment insurance, healthcare, food and nutrition, and more. Click here for more information.


PenFed has a listing of emergency resources that service members and veterans can access during this difficult time. Click here for more information.

Mutual Aid NYC

Mutual Aid NYC has created a resource where individuals can search existing resources within their community. You can also submit a request online and Mutual Aid NYC will connect you to people within your neighborhood who can provide assistance. They have also created a map where individuals can view services offered in their neighborhoods.

Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon is a national organization that provides support to those who are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, rape, and sexual abuse. They have created a COVID-19 Resource Page where individuals can find information about resources in their community.

Additionally, individuals can call Safe Horizon’s 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) and their 24/7 Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-212-227-3000.

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families is New York City’s leading provider of domestic and gender violence services. In immediate response to the safety risks survivors face in abusive situations, they have released Safety Plan guides in six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, and German. Furthermore, a detailed guide on filing for an order of protection during COVID-19 can be found here. Click here for more information and resources from Sanctuary for Families. Individuals can also call the Sanctuary for Families legal hotline at (212) 349-6009 (ext. 246) Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

NYC Survivor Resources

NYC Survivor Resources is providing up-to-date information about resources for those who are being harmed or feel unsafe in the NYC area. NYC Survivor Resources offers counseling, legal support, and additional sources of assistance by county. If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911. If you need immediate support over the phone, call the domestic violence hotline by calling 1-(800)-621-HOPE (4673).

Community Service Society Resources

Community Service Society has health counselors and financial coaches who can help navigate you through these uncertain times.

You may contact them for assistance with any of the following issues:

  • For help enrolling in health insurance, contact CSS Navigator Network at (888) 614-5401 or Note: New York has a special enrollment period until May 15.
  • For help understanding and using your existing health insurance, contact Community Health Advocates at (888) 614-5401 or
  • For assistance with long-term care or behavioral health services through a managed care plan, contact ICAN at (888) 614-8000 or
  • For money management and financial tips, contact the Financial Coaching Corps at
  • For help correcting rap sheets, contact the Next Door Project at (212) 614-5441 or

NY State Homes and Community Renewal

New York State Homes and Community Renewal has helpful COVID-19 links and FAQ’s for Homeowners/Mortgages, Housing Workforce/Industry, Landlords, Moving, Public Housing, Realtors, Tenants, Tenant Harassment, and Utilities, click here.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Resources

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation has an Emergency Services Resource Guide that covers Healthcare, Mental Health, Food Access, Housing, Child Care, Debt Collection, Employment, Small Business Assistance, Immigration, Discrimination/Harassment, Digital Resources and more, click here.

Fifth Avenue Committee Resources

Fifth Avenue Committee has important COVID-19 information and a Resource Guide that focuses on housing, unemployment Insurance, utilities, food, health, children and educational services, financial help for individuals and small businesses, volunteering, donations, mutual aid, undocumented people, legal assistance, multilingual resources and more.




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Free Meals Through the Department of Education

As a reminder, free meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs from 7:30 AM-1:30 PM, with children and families picking up meals from 7:30 AM-11:30 AM, and adults from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. No one will be turned away, and adults and children can pick up three meals at one time.

In regards to dietary needs, halal and vegetarian options are available at all meal hubs. Beginning Thursday, April 23, ten sites will begin offering exclusively kosher certified options. The locations of those ten sites can be found here.




Nutrition Kitchen

The NYC Department of Probation and Neighborhood Opportunity Network, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative, have opened five kitchens, one in each borough, to distribute free food to New Yorkers in need. Click here for more information.

Food Resources from CVH

Community Voices Heard (CVH) has developed a COVID 19 Resource Map that has a listing of Food Pantries covering Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island that is updated periodically and available as a spreadsheet. Click here for more information.

Invisible Hands

Invisible Hands is helping connect volunteers and individuals in need during this crisis. You can request a volunteer to help deliver groceries and supplies here.

COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, NYC is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need. Through, New Yorkers can access information about food assistance programs and resources.

Eater NY

As restaurants have shut down, many companies that supply goods to the city’s top restaurants are now selling their goods directly to customers. Eater NY, an online blog, has a running list of restaurants offering groceries.

Community Food Advocates

Community Food Advocates is providing COVID-19 updates related to school food and New York City Food Access, click here.




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Coping with Stress During COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a flyer on coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.Click here for more information.

Harm Reduction Coalition

The Harm Reduction Coalition has created a Guidance for People Who Use Drugs. Individuals can find resources about how they can prevent the spread of COVID-19, what to do if they get sick, and information about Harm Reduction Providers during this crisis. Additionally, information is available in multiple languages.

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network has created a directory where individuals can be connected to Queer, Trans, and People of Color Mental Health Therapists all across the country. The Featured Practitioners within New York City can be found here.

Trevor Project

As a reminder, the Trevor Project has a toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Trained counselors are available 24/7. To reach their hotline, please call 1-866-488-7386.

NYC Well

Through NYC Well, our city offers free, confidential mental health support. It is available 24/7 to provide a range of mental health and substance misuse support and can be reached by calling 1-888-NYC-Well (692-9355), texting ‘WELL’ to 65173, or on the web at Interpretation services are offered for 200+ languages. NYC Well services are provided through ThriveNYC.

New York State Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line

The state’s emotional support line is staffed by volunteers who can provide free and confidential counseling. The Emotional Support helpline can be reached at 1-844-863-9314. Click here for more information from their website.




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DOE Updates

Remote Learning Survey

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is administering a survey on remote learning. Parents or guardians may take this survey to provide feedback on their experience with remote learning. This survey is available in multiple languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu) and is anonymous for all respondents. The deadline to complete the survey is May 1.

Click here for more information and FAQs. You can find the survey for the borough your child goes to school in below: 

iPad Distribution and Support to Students

Thus far, the DOE has been able to distribute more than 117,000 iPads to students in need, with more to go. If families are still in need of a device, they may fill out a remote learning device request form here.

NOTE: All Parent Coordinators and FLCs have access to the list that tracks iPad delivery for students, so please refer to them and follow-up with your families on the list.

Supporting Families with iPads for Remote Learning

The DOE’s IT department has recorded two webinars for families seeking assistance with iPads or Google Classroom.

Additionally, there will be an open Q&A session on Thursday, April 30 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for parents with additional questions. Kindly RSVP here.

Note: The DOE is asking that participants have viewed the recorded webinars.

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center continues to remain open Monday-Saturday. All young people (ages 10-22) can access free comprehensive health services. For more information, please visit their website or call (212) 423-3000.

Federal Student Loan Relief

The U.S. Department of Education - Office of Federal Student Aid has placed all federal student loan borrowers into administrative forbearance. This suspension of payments until September 30, 2020, will allow you to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. For more information, click here.

Community Service Society

Community Service Society (CSS) is continuing to provide remote services to New Yorkers. The Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP) is continuing to provide updates and guidance on managing student loans during COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Advocates for Children of New York

Advocates for Children of New York has created a COVID-19 resources page where they are posting educational updates and information for parents and guardians. Additionally, their education helpline is open and continuing to assist families during this crisis. You can speak with an educational specialist every Monday-Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM at (866) 427-6033.

Community Food Advocates Survey

Community Food Advocates (CFA) and the Lunch 4 Learning (L4L) coalition would like to hear from students and families to understand the immediate impact of school closures on food access for students. Click here to take the survey.

GrowNYC Distance Learning Resources

GrowNYC’s education programs are providing activities and lessons that can be accessed by students and adults from home. Click here for more information.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids has free games, videos, and activities for children.

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids is offering children ages two to seven a free, fun educational program.


PowerMyLearning has created an online learning platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. This website is free to students all year long and is a great resource to help families strengthen their student’s learning at home. By creating an account, families get access to thousands of free interactive activities across a range of subject areas.


WNET is streaming educational programming for children of all ages. Programs can be viewed through cable television providers and via online streaming. Click here to view the expanded platform with home learning resources.

Salvadori Center Free Project-Based STEAM Lessons

In an effort to help teachers serve students, the Salvadori Center has developed a series of free project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons. Their mission is to teach math, science, and the arts to show students how STEAM is relevant to their lives. Lessons are offered to students from grades K-12.

The Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute has created a Grief Guide for parents with tips and information about what to say, look out for, and how to help your children. Topics are broken down into a range of ages and experiences.




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NYC Housing Preservation & Development Resources

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) has resources available for tenants during COVID-19. Click here for more information for tenants, including filing a complaint, evictions and cash assistance.

NYCHA COVID-19 Resources

NYCHA has created a COVID-19 resource page. Residents can find information on NYCHA development and service updates, guidance on rent hardships, how NYCHA is helping their most vulnerable residents, and ways to keep communities clean and safe. All information on their website is available in multiple languages.

Additionally, through this resource page, NYCHA Section 8 participants can find information relating to rent hardship guidance and general guidance for Section 8 participants. This information is also available in a variety of languages.

Mobilization for Justice Tenants Rights During COVID-19

As a reminder, the Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) fact sheet on tenants’ rights is still available. MFJ’s housing hotline is also available to address concerns.

Telephone intake: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • For Tenants in Manhattan and Brooklyn: (212) 417-3888
  • For Tenants in the Bronx: (212) 417-3889

For additional services from Mobilization for Justice, click here.

MET Council on Housing

As a reminder, the MET Council on Housing has a free tenants’ rights hotline for any tenant living in New York City. Click here for more information and FAQs.

Telephone intake: (212) 979-0611

  • Monday: 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Please note that the MET Council on Housing is staffed by volunteer members and does not provide any legal advice.




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NYS Department of Labor Updates




The NYS Department of Labor will contact New Yorkers who have already filed partial claims under the old unemployment insurance system. Since DOL staff are working from home, their call may show up as private or restricted. If you receive a private or restricted call, you can verify that the individual is a staff member from the DOL by asking them to verify their identity and provide the date you filed your application and what type of claim you filed.

Unemployment Insurance

New Yorkers on unemployment insurance will receive an additional $600 a week until 7/31/2020. These payments began on 4/5/2020. For more information, please refer to the Department of Labor’s website.

SNAP Benefits

The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has issued an emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit. If your household is not currently receiving the maximum benefit under the emergency supplemental SNAP benefit, your benefits will be increased to the maximum amount for your household size. OTDA will issue the emergency supplemental benefits to all SNAP households who are NOT already receiving the maximum benefit during the months of March 2020 and April 2020. For more information, please click here.

Pandemic Unemployment Insurance

The NYS Department of Labor launched a new application process for those applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Individuals applying for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance no longer need to apply for Unemployment Insurance first. You can find more information here. You can also use the updated unemployment benefits application system located here to determine if you should apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Insurance. The Department of Labor has also created a Pandemic Unemployment Insurance fact sheet, which can be found here.


As a reminder, all active cases within New York City will be extended. No Medicaid case within New York City will be closed for failure to renew or provide documentation. If your case is closed for failure to renew or provide documentation and you had Medicaid coverage on or after March 18, 2020, your case will be reopened and all coverage will be restored. Renewals of Medicaid will be extended for 12 months. Click here for more information.

Additionally, former SSI recipients and any discontinued Temporary Assistance or Medicaid cases that require a separate Medicaid eligibility determination will have their Medicaid coverage extended with no renewal or redeterminations required.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the following individuals are eligible to submit a Medicaid application via fax to (917) 639-0732

  • New York City residents over the age of 65.
  • Those living with a disability or blindness.
  • Those in receipt of Medicare and are not a parent or caretaker relative of minor children.
  • Young adults under the age of 26 who were formerly in foster care.

Applicants who are not included in the categories above can submit an application through the New York State of Health here or by calling (855) 355-5777.




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311 is Hiring

On April 17, Mayor de Blasio announced that 311 is hiring more staff to help meet the demands of the COVID-19 crisis. To find information about this and other job opportunities with the City, please click here.

H+H Employment Opportunities

NYC Health and Hospitals is hiring workers to help transport patients, clerical staff and cleaning staff. No medical background is required and hiring will be expanded to thousands soon. Click here to apply.

TLC Driver Meal Delivery

The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), in partnership with the City of New York, has created the GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program to provide food for food-insecure New Yorkers or those who have been impacted by COVID-19.

TLC-licensed drivers are being asked to participate and deliver food to New Yorkers who must stay home. Drivers will receive $15 per hour, plus reimbursement for mileage and tolls. Click here to review eligibility and sign up. For more information, click here to visit TLC’s website.

National Endowment for the Arts Resources

The National Endowment for the Arts has compiled resources for artists and arts organizations. Click here for more information.

Freelancers Union Resources

The Freelancers Union has a website dedicated to COVID-19 resources for freelance workers. Click here for more information.

Authors League Fund

The Authors League Fund is supplying loans to professional authors, journalists, and poets who are experiencing a medical or health related problem or a temporary loss of income. Dramatists may also apply for the loans based on medical emergencies. For more information and to apply, please click here.




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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)

NYLPI has created a list of resources and information for people with disabilities. They provide information relating to food, service animals, and home health care workers.

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has created a COVID-19 resource guide. Individuals can find information on topics ranging from community habilitation, interim care planning, and general FAQs.


VISIONS provides services for the blind and visually impaired. Their dedicated staff is hard at work providing necessary services to their youth and adult participants during the pandemic.

  • Youth Services staff are conducting remote Pre-Vocational Training to participants referred by the NYS Commission for the Blind.

  • Workforce Department staff are working remotely with job seekers and work readiness participants referred by the NYS Commission for the Blind.

  • Assistive Technology Trainers are offering remote Technology help for college students and public school students with visual impairments referred by the NYS Commission for the Blind.

  • Social workers are providing remote counseling for participants referred by the NYS Commission for the Blind.

  • Caregiver Support Program is offering virtual and phone group support, including help with procuring emergency items for older adults living with an unpaid caregiver (family, friend, neighbor).

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) has compiled a list of resources for individuals with disabilities. You can find detailed information on topics ranging from housing, transportation, education, and social services. You can also contact MOPD by (voice) phone at 212-788-2830 or by (video) phone at 646-396-5830. Additionally, you can fill out MOPD’s Feedback Form to receive answers to any questions or concerns you may have.

DOE Chancellor Richard A. Carranza wrote a letter to parents of students with disabilities. The letter includes key facts about remote instruction, Click here for the full letter.

Hospital Guidelines

As a reminder, patients who are admitted to the hospital and for whom a support person has been deemed essential to their care, are permitted to have one support person in the emergency room during hospitalization. Patients who are hospitalized for a prolonged period of time may designate two support people; however, only one may be present in the room at a time. You can find more information here.




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Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Emergency Relief Program

On April 16, Mayor de Blasio announced a COVID-19 immigrant emergency relief program in partnership with Open Society Foundations. This $20 million fund will reach 20,000 immigrant workers and their families, offering direct relief. Click here to read the full press release. 


NYC Health + Hospitals will provide medical care regardless of your immigration status and your ability to pay. If you need help finding a doctor or seeking medical care, call 311.

  • Seeking or using healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. The Public Charge rule does NOT consider use of COVID-19 related health care services, even if the services are Medicaid-funded.

NYC Commission on Human Rights

The NYC Commission on Human Rights has launched a COVID-19 response unit, in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19-related incidents. Click here to read more about NYC’s response to these complaints. Click here to learn more about your rights.

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) Resources

New Yorkers seeking up-to-date information can find comprehensive information from NYIC here. This website covers a wide range of information, such as education, health, social services, civic engagement and more. Resources are available in multiple languages, as well. 

Additionally, NYIC has launched their NY United Fund, which will provide grants to member organizations struggling to meet challenges posed by COVID-19, while distributing funds directly to low-income immigrant New Yorkers. Click here to pledge a donation.

NY State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) Resources

NYSYLC has compiled a document with resources for New Yorkers. This document includes links for funds, housing, DACA recipients, education, mental health and more. Note: Resources are limited and based on availability.

Additional Services:

  • New York Immigrant Family Unity Project: The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) is continuing to serve detained immigrant New Yorkers during COVID-19. If you need emergency legal support for an individual in detention, please call (347) 778-1266 for the Bronx Defenders, (718) 254-0700 for Brooklyn Defender Services, or (844) 955-3425 for the Legal Aid Society.
  • ActionNYC: Free legal screenings and assistance is available to New Yorkers. To make an appointment, call (800) 354-0365, Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. You may also call 311 and say ‘ActionNYC.’

CUNY Citizenship Now!: Assistance with applications is available to New Yorkers. For general questions, call (646) 664-9400, text (929) 334-3784 or email




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NYC Department of Finance

The NYC Department of Finance (DOF) continues to provide information for property owners during the COVID-19 crisis. You can click here for more information on current service changes and how to pay your taxes, tickets or apply for benefits online.

NYC Property Tax Virtual Discussion

The Association for a Better New York (ABNY) is hosting a virtual ABNY Talks session on May 6 regarding the City’s property tax with Ana Champeny, Director of City Studies at Citizens Budget Commission (CBC). Click here to RSVP.

Energy Assistance

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) program is continuing to help low-income homeowners pay for utility and heating bills. Click here to apply to this program.

Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) Program

As a reminder, the Property Tax and Interest Deferral Program, or PT AID, allows eligible homeowners to defer their property tax payments or pay only a small percentage of their income. To learn more or to download an application, please click here. You can call 311 if you would like a PT AID application mailed to you.




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Resources for Small Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, you may want to review the Small Business Coronavirus Guide from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information.

Greenwich Village Chamber of Commerce (GVCC)

The GVCCC is a membership based non-profit organization serving small and large businesses in Greenwich Village, Chelsea, SoHo, Union Square, NoHo, Flatiron, and the East Village. During the COVID-19 crisis, the chamber is working to make sure the community is up to date with the latest information. Click here, for a list of member businesses "open" in the area.

Central Astoria Local Development Corporation

Central Astoria Local Development Corporation has updated information in its news section with a listing of restaurants that are open in Astoria, COVID-19 grants, relief for affected workers, FAQs on face covering and information for businesses needing help, click here.

Flatbush Development Corporation Resources

Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) has COVID-19 Directory for Flatbush and Ditmas Park in a spreadsheet that is updated periodically on the status of businesses of the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association, Newkirk Plaza Merchants Association. Additionally, businesses along Coney Island Avenue, Foster Avenue, Ditmas Park and local support groups are mentioned. Click here for more information.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Resources

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has information for small businesses during COVID-19, click here.

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation Resources

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation has industrial employer updates and resources that small businesses can refer to. Click here to learn more.

Empire State Development

Empire State Development has created an FAQ page for businesses. Questions cover general guidance related to COVID-19, information for businesses regarding state regulations. If you have a question, but could not find an answer on the FAQ page, you can submit a question to Empire State Development here. Additional information regarding Empire State Development’s response to COVID-19, please click here.

Boro Park Jewish Community Council

Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) is offering guidance and assistance with social service needs and opportunities to small businesses. Guidance counselor experts are available by calling (718) 972-6600 (ext. 4615/4610) and (ext. 4611 for seniors). Click here for more information on programs and services. 



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Nonprofit Finance Fund

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is offering a list of tools and resources to nonprofits in the wake of COVID-19. NFF’s budgeting tools allow nonprofits to assess their cash flow projection and scenario planning tool. Additionally, there are resources and webinars on various topics for nonprofits. Click here for more information. 

Network for Good

Network for Good has resources available to nonprofit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Network for Good has articles, guidance on the CARE act, and webinars on fundraising and guides. Click here for more information.

The New York Community Trust

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, through the New York Community Trust, is still accepting applications for grants and loans to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Resources

Brooklyn Community Foundation is still accepting donations for their Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. Click here for more information on grants from the fund.

Brooklyn Community Foundation has also compiled resources for CBOs addressing the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits. This page will be updated regularly and provides free or low-cost resources for nonprofits.




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MTA Updates on “Essential Service Plan”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is continuing to implement their “Essential Service Plan” for health care professionals and essential workers. If you are not traveling for work to an essential business, or urgent personal business (such as a medical appointment) the MTA is asking that you refrain from taking the subway or bus. If you require mass transit, click here to check current service status before your trip. Note: Real-time data may not be accurate due to limited capacity. 

In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order, New Yorkers are now required to wear masks or face coverings when they are out in public, including when they are on public transportation. In response to this executive order, the MTA launched the 'Keep Them Covered' campaign. If you witness overcrowded subway lines or subway cars, call 311.

#SoundTheHorn Campaign

On April 16, the MTA launched a ‘Sound the Horn’ campaign, in partnership with Amtrak, NJ Transit, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYC Ferry and other regional bus and ferry operators to honor transportation workers. This campaign also served as a tribute to the #HeroesMovingHeroes campaign. Click here to read the full press release.


As a reminder, if you have not yet activated your Unlimited-Ride MetroCard, you can hold on to the card and start using it anytime until the expiration date listed on the back. Unfortunately, once you start using your Unlimited-Ride MetroCard, it cannot be paused.

Any money you have on your Pay-Per-Ride full fare MetroCard will remain on the card until the expiration date on the back of the card. If you have money left on the card once it expires, you can transfer any money left on a card for up to a year after the expiration date. Transfer of balances can be completed at a booth, a MetroCard Vending Machine, or by mailing it in to a MetroCard Customer Claims. No cash refund will be made for any value left of the card.




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NYC Parks Status

As a reminder, parks continue to remain open. NYC Parks is continuing to ask New Yorkers to take extra precaution when visiting their local park to remain safe and healthy. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others and avoid congregating in groups.

Programming Cancellations

In accordance with NYS and NYC directives, all public gatherings in parks are cancelled through June 30, 2020. At this time, NYC Parks is not accepting or reviewing event applications (i.e., special events, field or court permits) until further notice.

Parks@Home: Virtual Earth Week Celebrations

NYC Parks is hosting virtual events to celebrate Earth Week. Click here to enjoy live tours, workshops and nature-themed activities for all. Live broadcasts will be provided via Facebook and Twitter (@nycparks).

Additionally, individuals interested in gardening workshops and webinars can learn more about virtual events being offered by GreenThumb by clicking here.




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CDC Guidance for Home Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a guideline for individuals to prepare their homes in case a family member falls ill with COVID-19. You can also find additional information on how to care for those who might be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Office of Emergency Management

NYC’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has created a platform for New Yorker’s to stay informed during this pandemic. Please continue to check back as this website is updated.

Share Your Space

OEM is still accepting community spaces to support the City's emergency operations or be used for community outreach events. Click here for their survey, which assists the efforts of NYC Emergency Management in preparing and coordinating emergency responses on the community level.

American Red Cross: Prepare, Respond, Recover Webinars

The American Red Cross is continuing to hold webinars on emergency preparedness and readiness WebEx presentations. The presentation will touch on COVID-19 safety and preparedness. It will also give a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them. The training also provides information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family and community member, what to do when disaster strikes and what actions you can take afterwards to aid in your recovery. Each training session lasts 45-90 minutes.

Register for the following session: Thursday, April 23.




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City Agencies

Please find a complete list of all city agency service updates here. New updates include information from the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), NYC Health + Hospitals (H + H), and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).

DSNY Updates

Curbside Composting Temporarily Suspended Beginning May 4

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced the suspension of the curbside composting program, beginning May 4, 2020. During the suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2021. Residents with brown bins should store their bins in a safe location for the duration of the suspension.

Electronics Collection Discontinued

DSNY also announced the indefinite suspension of appointments for curbside electronics collection, which had been halted due to the COVID-19 crisis. Residents looking to get rid of e-waste will be able to find other opportunities as conditions allow at

Normal Curbside Collection

There are no changes to the Department’s other curbside collection programs, including trash and mandatory recycling. Residents should follow their normal schedule and place their material at the curb after 4:00 PM but before midnight the evening before their collection day.

Plastic Bag Ban

Enforcement of New York’s plastic bag ban has been delayed as NY State continues to deal with COVID-19. On April 16, a state Supreme Court order directed the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the ban after June 15, 2020. Click here to read more about this delay.

NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)

DOB has created a COVID-19 response page where individuals can find more information on what is considered essential vs. non-essential construction during this pandemic and an update on the current changes to their services.




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Check the status of your Economic Impact Payment

Individuals can check the status of their Economic Impact Payment here. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number, date of birth, and address.

Information regarding your Economic Impact Payment

New York State Attorney General Letitia James issued a press release that states your Economic Impact Payment will be off limits to debt collectors, banks, and creditors.


If you do not normally file a tax return, you may still be eligible to receive the Economic Impact Payment. You can check to see if you are eligible by entering your information into the new non-filers tool on the IRS website.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Those individuals who receive SSI will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. Individuals should expect that payment by early May. SSI recipients who have qualifying children under the age of 17, should go to the IRS’ Non-Filers website immediately and enter their information into the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info” section. By providing your information, you will ensure that you receive the additional $500 per dependent child payment. If you do not fill out this information, there will be a delay in receiving your $500 per qualifying child.




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The 2020 census is still live! If you’ve filled out your census form, encourage your friends and neighbors to fill out their forms on social media and use the hashtag #GetCountedNYC. It takes less than 10 minutes!

Remember, millions of federal dollars for schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges are at stake. Click here if you are interested in volunteering and participating in a ‘Get out the Count’ session from home!

Click here to stay up-to-date with a map of self-response rates by state.




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NYS Bar Association

NY State is partnering with the NYS court system to provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals with issues resulting or related to COVID-19. Click here if you are interested in volunteering.

Met Council on Jewish Poverty

The Met Council on Jewish Poverty has created a COVID-19 Emergency Crisis Fund for seniors, Holocaust Survivors, and New York’s neediest. If you would like to help, please click here.

United Way

United Way of New York City created the COVID-19 Community Fund to dedicate resources to support New Yorkers during this public health crisis. This fund will provide needed resources to United Way’s partner agencies and community based organizations.

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen (WCK) a leading organization in the fight against food hunger during COVID-19, is recruiting volunteers for their #ChefsForAmerica response effort. Click here if you would like to sign up. WCK will reach out if help is needed in your area.

The Campaign Against Hunger

The Campaign Against Hunger’s response program to COVID-19 is accepting donations to feed New Yorkers during this difficult time. Click here to learn more.

Legal Services NYC

Legal Service NYC has set up a Client Emergency Relief Fund to help the more than 115,000 New Yorkers they serve every year. Due to the current crisis, many of the individuals and families they serve are unable to afford and lack access to basic necessities such as groceries, hygiene products, and medication. The money raised through this fund will help provide these basic necessities to Legal Services clients.

CUNY - Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund

CUNY has created the Chancellor's Emergency Relief Fund to help students experiencing hardship due to COVID. CUNY will be providing students who are in need with $500 emergency grants and all money donated, no matter the amount, will go directly to the students.

SUNY - #SUNYTogether

The Chancellor of SUNY has created the #SUNYTogether fund to help assist students during this crisis.

Note: Many colleges and universities have set up funds to help enrolled students during this difficult time. If you are interested in donating to one of these funds, we encourage you to look on the school’s official website to see how you can help.

NYC Service

NYC Service can get you connected to organizations to help volunteer during this crisis. Additionally, they have guidance for how to safely volunteer on their website.

Food Bank for New York City

The Food Bank for New York City is accepting donations to help support their efforts during this crisis. $1 helps to provide five meals to those in need. You can donate to the Food Bank’s effort here.

City Harvest

City Harvest is committed to rescuing and delivering food for the 2.5 million New Yorkers who were depending on us before the COVID-19 crisis, and the thousands more who need us now, as the devastating economic impact of this pandemic becomes a reality. Click here to support their efforts.

Survey for Individuals Exposed to COVID-19

New York City is still collecting information regarding individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, those who have tested positive, and those who have been quarantined. This information will be used to better understand COVID-19 and help New York City provide better and more information regarding this pandemic. If you are interested in completing the survey or learning more, please click here.

Donate PPE

The City of New York is collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gowns and masks. If you are able to donate, please click here.

Blood Drives

The Red Cross is still holding blood drives throughout the city. You can find more information here.

Support Frontline Healthcare Workers with a Donation

NYC Health + Hospitals is seeking monetary donations to help health care workers pay for food, hotels, and tax rides. If you would like to donate, click here.

Join the Fight Against COVID-19 - Convalescent Plasma Donation

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have been symptom free for 14 days, you can donate convalescent plasma which has antibodies against the virus. You can fill out the application here. Please note, the New York Blood Center is no longer accepting walk-in customers; instead, you must make an appointment. Use their website's location-search-and-scheduling tool here.




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Broadway Direct

Broadway Direct is offering a stay at home guide where individuals can find Broadway themed activities they can complete in their house. Many of these activities do not require a computer or TV screen and are fun for the entire family.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem is offering free YouTube Live dance classes every Wednesday-Friday from 6:30 PM-7:15 PM.

Video Series from Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico has created a new Instagram video series, titled #BUnidos, each weekday. Videos are produced by dancers, teachers, and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise and inspiration. Click here for more information.

Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi Shares FREE Online Community Classes

For almost 24 years, Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi have been sharing yoga, tai chi, breathing, meditation at over 100 centers across the United States. They are offering free online Yoga classes. To sign up for these classes, click here and fill in the form with your name and email address. They will send an email with the class schedule and zoom links to access free online classes from now until April 30.


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is offering free online activities. Topics range from art classes to exhibits.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is offering a ‘Learn and Explore from Home’ experience in the wake of COVID-19. There is a look at the museum’s exhibits, 71,000 item collection, lesson plans for parents and oral histories available for free.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum is offering online resources while their physical location remains closed. Click here for hours of video and audio content, art projects for kids and artport, the Whitney Museum’s portal to art and online gallery space.

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York has launched #CovidStoriesNYC, an open call in documenting stories and experiences through the lens of New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis. MCNY is asking individuals to submit their posts via Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC and tag @museumofcityny. Click here for more information.

Additionally, the museum is accepting photos of objects that can tell the story of COVID-19 in New York to future generals. If you are interested, please email a photo to

Queens Memory

Queens Memory, an ongoing program supported by Queens Public Library and Queens College, is documenting the experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to document the struggles and resiliency of the World’s Borough.

Click here to learn more about contributing your experiences to Queens Memory.

Queens Botanical Garden @ Home

Queens Botanical Garden is providing online resources and educational programs while New Yorkers are staying home to contain the spread of COVID-19. Garden staff are sharing knowledge through footage, story time and crafts, tutorials and DIY projects. Click here to access a full list of programs, videos and resources.

New York Yankees Kids Activities

The New York Yankees has compiled activities for kids including word find, spot the difference, trivia, coloring pages, and a newsletter. Click here for a list of Yankees-themed activities (updated weekly).

Fun at Home City Program

Mayor de Blasio and the City of New York have created a virtual platform to engage students at their home during this pandemic. This platform contains virtual activities and tips on how to cope with stress during this pandemic. For more information and to register, please click here. You can also text “FUN” to 97743.

Bike New York's Virtual Friday Morning Happy Hour

Bike New York  is offering a social gathering at their inaugural city-wide Friday Morning Virtual Happy Hour. With your favorite morning beverage on hand, reconnect with neighbors and friends, and meet new friends in your neighborhood and across the city.

You can register for this event here. If you have any questions, you can email




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With each passing week, we continue to see the resilience of New Yorkers during these difficult times. Beyond our heroic essential workers, New Yorkers have stepped up to care for their neighbors and assist in any possible way. We must never forget that we are #OneNewYork.

Here are a few highlights from this past week as reported online and in the news:






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