RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Housing

As of Monday March 16, eviction proceedings and pending orders will be suspended statewide until further notice. Housing court functions such as landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.

 

As of Thursday March 19, New York has implemented a 90-day foreclosure moratorium and mortgage relief period for owners who can demonstrate they are not able to make timely payments due to the impact of the virus.

 

HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH YOUR HOUSING?

 

Tenants Rights Hotline by Met Council - 212-979-0611 (ingles y espanol) or more info

 

NYC Tenants' Rights During COVID-19 Emergency - Resource created by some lawyers at Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) NYC - Link

 

Report attempted evictions - Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.

 

Support for eviction prevention: Bronx Works, Catholic Charities (helps regardless of denomination), Coalition for the Homeless

 

Utilities

As of Friday March 13, New York utilities have volunteered to suspend utility shut-offs for power, heat and water for all customers.

 

Free WiFi at home:

Comcast - offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/ for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for set up.

 

Spectrum - households with K-12 students can get free Spectrum Wifi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.

 

Wifi via smartphone:

Metro PCS, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days. Contact your cellphone provider for more information.

 

MetroPCS will allow you to add a free 10GB of mobile hotspot per month by adding an add on service available in the MyMetro app, MyAccount or by calling Care at 611.

 

T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile are providing customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days coming soon.

 

Groceries & meals funds and delivery services

Groceries and meal funds to request from

 

Black Folks COVID-19 Fund for funds and supplies from BYP 100, DecrimNY, BAJI - donate viaPayPalrequest form

 

Club A Kitchen nonperishables and supplies - donate, distribution every Saturday at intersection of Myrtle and Broadway

 

Greenmarket - List of alternative sales channels for farmers - NYC’s Greenmarket lists how their vendors can do no contact pickups at farmer’s market or delivery to your home, etc to support local farmers - directory - instagram

 

Grocery and supply delivery; delivery is free by Invisible Hands Delivery - Website, Tweet

 

Grocery delivery service (free) by Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry - Info

 

Local Meals For Brooklyn Hospital Center Staff - Raising funds for local restaurants to supply meals to Brooklyn Hospital staff - GoFundMe

 

Food and Food Insecurity

Free food options

 

Soup Kitchens and Food Pantry Services by Borough

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11sRdUqjlWg7gqZBNVq87Y7Hnfrf4s3fBnbANoxeWUSI/edit?usp=gmail

 

 

Free Meals at 400 NYC Meal Hubs - find a free meal location - Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city, including vegetarian and halal options - contact NotifyNYC@oem.nyc.gov with questions or concerns

 

Food Bank NYC - Find the help that you need

 

Food Help NYC - Map

 

Soup Kitchen and Food Pantries - search by borough

 

Club A Kitchen - free nonperishables every Saturday at the intersection of Myrtle & Broadway in Brooklyn

 

NYC public school students may pick up free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 7:30am-1:30pm outside the main entrance to every school building. Students may go to their regular school or the one closest to them.

 

To find out whether you qualify for SNAP (food stamps) - Info

 

Free Baby Formula - WIC members can have baby formula delivered FREE to all New York City boroughs. Dial 718-405-9111

 

Free Veggies for Restaurant Workers - Local Roots CSA is giving away free vegetables to restaurant workers that are without work and money right now: info@localroots.nyc

 

Restaurant Workers Relief Program -- see posts for info on how laid off restaurant workers can pick up free dinners at Olmsted in Prospect Heights or Gertie – UPDATE: Olmsted is now giving away free meals and supplies to anyone in need (don’t have to be a restaurant worker), 4-7pm, 7 days per week (see Instagram post

 

Crown Heights, BK - Free lunch and dinner pickup at The Bergen @ 1299 Bergen St

11:30am - 1:30pm daily lunch, 4:30pm - 6:30pm for dinner. See March 23 FB post and The Bergen’s FB page for menu info and updates. To donate and support this program, venmo @thebergenbk to donate or Cash app: $BU2018.

 

Jackson Heights New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) - offering groceries and cooked meals daily outside 71-29 Roosevelt Avenue - Website

 

Long Island City Relief COVID-19 Response Group - Food collection and distribution, weekday grab and go meal distribution daily between 12:00pm - 2:00 pm (link for participating restaurants), and resource and volunteer mobilization (link)

Through nyc.gov/getfood new Yorkers can access information about food assistance programs and resources. 

Food Support - http://uptowngrandcentral.org/guide 

 

Evelyn's Kitchen - ayala@evelynskitchen.com – For families & seniors

Human Service Consortium of 

East Harlem

COVID-19 Resource Guide

 

Updated: April 30, 2020

 

Food Resource Guide

Meal Distribution Hubs (3 Meals/Day) (Grab-and-Go)

● Sites will be serving grab-and-go meal service for adults and children and no adult will be turned away. 

● No registration or identification required.

● Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites. Kosher meals are also available at select locations.

● Meal hubs will operate from 7:30am-11:30am for children & families and 11:30 am- 1:30pm for adults.

o Central Park East High School 1573 Madison Avenue

o James Weldon Johnson 176 East 115 Street

o P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera 219 East 109 Street

o P.S. 108 Assemblyman Angelo Del 

Toro Educational Complex 1615 Madison Avenue

o P.S. 38 Roberto Clemente 232 East 103 Street

o Tag Young Scholars 240 East 109 Street

o The Lexington Academy 131 East 104 Street

o P.S. 112 Jose Celso Barbosa 535 East 119 Street

o River East Elementary 2351 First Avenue

o P.S. 096 Joseph Lanzetta 216 East 120 Street

 

Get Food NYC https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409

meals for Seniors (60-years-old and above)

● Seniors WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED WITH A SENIOR CENTER will receive a 5-meal package once per week and will be notified of their delivery via phone call.

● Seniors (homebound or not) can email agingconnect@aging.nyc.gov or call Aging Connect at 212-244-6469 or 311 to set up directly delivered meals.

 

Home Delivered Meal Providers for Seniors

Charles Walburg Home Delivered Meals: 163 West 125th Street (212) -222-2552

● Mon-Fri. 9am-5pm

● Seniors must call Isabella Upper Manhattan Partnership to sign up for meal delivery (212-342-9735).

Citymeals Emergency Meals & Friendly Visiting: 355 Lexington Ave (212) -687-1234

 

Citymeals Weekend Meals: 355 Lexington Avenue (212) -687-1234

● Call (212) 348-4344 ext. 144 to sign up for meal delivery.

 

Meals for Families & Seniors

● La Fonda Restaurant & World Central Kitchen 169 East 106th Street

● Free Meals every day between 11:00am and 2:00pm

“Grab and Go” Meal Service Program is running Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 am - 3 pm, at Salem United Methodist Church (SUMC) on West 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, organized in partnership with Assemblymember Inez Dickens, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and ReThink Food NYC. The program, which has hired unemployed food service personnel from closed Harlem restaurants, will run until June 7th, and longer if needed.

Employment

1199ers are the on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Our healthcare system is struggling to maintain staffing levels. Do you have family or friends who are able work in dietary, EVS, transport, or as a home care worker or nursing assistant?  Please refer them to the 1199 Funds employment center where they can apply to work during this pandemic. Together we can continue to make a difference for New York.
https://www.1199seiubenefits.org/employment-center/.

Contact Tracing Workforce: The City is hiring 1,000 contact tracers to work with DOHMH. Hiring will be done through the Fund for Public Health. If you know someone that's interested in this role, go to FPHnyc.org for more information, or email covid-19jobs@fphync.org.

NYCHA will be hiring part-time 30 temporary workers and 6 team captains to facilitate the delivery of 

food and other supplies to targeted households.

 

Reporting to the Property Manager/CEP staff the Team Captain for Food and Supplies Delivery responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

1. Sign in and out on attendance sheet provided

2. Supervise assigned Food and Supplies Delivery Assistants

3. Conduct daily meetings at the start of the day’s activities

4. Receive, sign and accept bulk deliveries 

5. Supervise the distribution of regular deliveries on the grounds and in buildings

6. Ensure food/supplies to the apartment of vulnerable residents are delivered in a timely manner

7. Monitor information received from Food Delivery Assistants and ensure all deliveries are made

8. Report all findings to PM/CEP Staff

9. Follow directives from PM/CEP Staff

10. Prepare statistics of each day’s activity 

11. Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Required Documents

Two forms of identification (originals only) to verify your identity and eligibility to work in the United 

States.

Examples of acceptable documents include, but are not limited to:

• Driver license

• U.S. Passport

• Social Security card

• U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)

• Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security

• Original or certified copy of birth certificate

Note: All candidates must pass a background check.

Please submit a resume to: Yolanda.Johnson-Peterkin@nycha.nyc.gov

OpportunityNYCHA

Education

Remote Learning Device Request Form From DOE:

Public schools will continue academic instruction through remote learning. Call DOE at 718-935-5100 and choose option "5" from the menu for help in obtaining a device with internet connection. Or, go to https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices and fill out the request form.

Resource Guides

Compilation of Resources & Guides - Office of NYC Comptroller - Resource Guide 

http://comptroller.nyc.gov/services/for-the-public/covid-resources/overview/ 

 

FindHelp.org https://findhelp.org/search_results/10029

Unemployment Benefits 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

Quick Reference guide: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.pdf 

 

 

Workers can apply for unemployment benefits at the following site: labor.ny.gov/signin (for step-by-step online filing instructions go to:

https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/Unemployment-Filing-Instructions.pdf

 

Workers with no internet access can also apply via phone, though wait times may be long: 888-209-8124. 

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) 

● NYS Department of Labor is waiving the 7-day waiting period to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits for people who are out of work or quarantined because of the coronavirus. The federal CARES Act also authorized the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides payments to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. 

Visit https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/ or Call 888-209-8124

● A NEW system for filing for unemployment is now in place! If you filed a claim under the old system and were told to call back, you no longer need to do so. The DOL will call you directly to complete your UI benefits filing. ANYONE calling from the DOL will verify their identity by providing the date an applicant filed a UI application and the type of claim filed – information only DOL reps have access to. They may ask you for personal information in order to verify your identity and complete your application. Eligible NYers who have exhausted their benefits can now receive up to 13 ADDITIONAL weeks of UI benefits, which is great news! 

NYS Benefits

New Paid Leave for COVID-19

● https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19 

● https://www.abetterbalance.org/resources/fact-sheet-new-york-states-paid-sick-leave-legislation/ 

Social Security Benefits

Social Security

● Effective March 17, 2020 all Social Security offices will be closed to the public.

● Online services remain available at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices 

o Benefits including retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits may be applied for online.

o Other services available online are: application status updates, benefit verification letters, replacing Social Security cards.

● Those unable to use the online services may call Social Security’s National Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

● Stimulus checks will have no effect on either SSI or SSDI.

● Members of the East Harlem community needing SSA services can call our general inquiry line at: 877 445-0836, from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 4pm.

● Callers with Social Security issues can be referred to Legal Aid’s Access to Benefits (A2B) Hotline at 1-(888) 663-6880.

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