Before we get started, a few things you should know which will hopefully ease any anxiety you or your neighbors/friends/family may have. Please follow us on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for the most up to date information. Oh, and we love you! We’ll get through this together!
First, Good Things to Know
New York state officials have issued a temporary ban on all eviction proceedings and eviction orders. Some of the city’s biggest multi-family landlords pledged on Friday to voluntarily halt evictions for the next 90 days. Even if you can’t pay your rent for the next few weeks/possibly months from losing your job – you won’t be evicted. The courts won’t even be open.
- Con Edison suspended service shutoffs to its entire service area of New York City and Westchester County. Reach out to your landlord to ask for an extension for the next few months.
- Reach out to your landlord to ask for an extension for the next few months.
- Federal Student Loan interest has been waived for the time being (meaning you will still have to pay your bills but the interest has been delayed for the next two months)
- The deadline for filing (and paying) taxes has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
- The New York State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services have announced a special open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers. Visit the site to apply (more details below).
- Low-income families without the internet can have access to FREE service for 60 days for K-12 or college students via Charter Communications AT&T and Verizon.
- All public schools will have FREE “grab and go” meals for children from 7:30AM – 1:30PM, every weekday, regardless if that child attends the school or not.
- Beginning Thursday, March 19th, all Stop & Shop locations will open early between 6:00am-7:30am only to customers 60 and older.
- The Trump Administration and Congress are looking to assemble a massive stimulus package that could potentially pay $2000 per adult and $1000 per child until the crisis ends. Could help be on the way?
Help NYC Hospitals and Medical Professionals on the Front Line.
Several NYC hospitals are running out of masks and PPE (personal protective equipment) as soon as next week. We have to do our part in supporting the thousands of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals in NY. In Italy, 1 in 10 deaths were medical professionals after running out of protective gear. We need to help our medical staff as much as possible.
- Donate to A Million Masks (Gofundme) to fund N95 masks to hospitals in NYC
- If you have extra supplies (unopened masks, gloves, eyewear etc) you can find a place to donate via PPELINK, MAIL to Pyer Moss at 247 w 27th st, 7th floor, NY, NY 10001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate a dropoff.
- Businesses interested in selling PPE to New York state can contact the governor’s office directly through its website.
- Governor Cuomo is also asking if any production facilities can begin making masks and PPE, NYS will fund.
- If you work for an ER/ICU and are need of masks – fill out this form (A Million Masks), email email@example.com or fill out this form (PPELink).
- Volunteer to reach out to labs and other organizations to donate masks via PPELINK
Looking to do something hands-on within your community?
Volunteer to pick up groceries, get medicine, and do other tasks for elderly and high-risk neighbors via Invisiblehandsdeliver.com , through NYC UNITED AGAINST CORONA VIRUS or simply asking your neighbors.
Donate or volunteer to food shelters
Do you want to donate $$$ to the cause?
Support Restaurants /small businesses by ordering takeout and delivery if they are open. You can also purchase a gift card from them to use at a future time, if they do not have a gift card option, you can set up a gift card option for them via HelpMainStreet for free. 100% of proceeds go to the business owners.
Just do this…Foster a Pet!!!
Animal Care Centers of NYC is looking for 118 volunteers to foster their pets during this time!! There are so many adorable animals that need a home right now – consider fostering since it’s lonely out there. Apply by visiting the site HERE
Here are a few funds & resources for Freelancers/Restaurant Workers etc.
*RESOURCE* Covid-19 and Freelance Resource Center – This is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
*DONATE* Restaurant Workers Community Foundation – The RCWF Board of Directors has approved directing funds raised during this crisis to be allocated in the following ways:
- 50% FOR DIRECT RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL RESTAURANT WORKERS
- 25% FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING RESTAURANT WORKERS IN CRISIS
- 25% FOR ZERO-INTEREST LOANS FOR RESTAURANTS TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING
*DONATE OR APPLY * USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – This fund is for bartenders or any bar staff affected by strenuous circumstances, anyone in the 50 states can apply and you do NOT need to be a member to apply for funds. Share this with any of your bar friends!
*APPLY* The Nighlife Department of NYC – The of Nightlife is gathering information on lost income from COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations in bars, live music venues, nightclubs, lounges, restaurants, and other social and cultural spaces. If you are a worker, performer, contractor, or business owner in New York City nightlife, please provide details for your canceled shifts, gigs, events, and other lost business income, revenue, or work opportunities so that we can share details with city-wide policy makers about the impacts of these closures.
*APPLY* NYC HRA ASSISTANCE – Apply for an ACCESS HRA account where you can qualify for food stamps, health insurance, MTA fare reduction, and possibly emergency cash
For those filing for unemployment, the site is BACKED UP right now. Expect that it will take hours. Those with last names starting with the letters A through F can file on Mondays. Tuesdays are for letters G through N, and Wednesdays for the rest of the alphabet. On Thursdays and Fridays, anyone can apply. The one week waiting period has been waived.
The New York State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services have announced a special open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers. Visit the site to apply.
- Between March 16th and April 15th, 2020, you can register and receive insurance coverage beginning April 1st, 2020.
- ALL New Yorkers (including undocumented residents) can get FREE testing for the Coronavirus if they are exhibiting severe symptoms. Testing is only available for extreme cases (difficulty breathing, high fever, chest pains).
Before going out, most hospitals have their own telehealth department where you can see a doctor for a virtual appointment. Co-payments for telehealth visits will be waived for all insurances. You will have to check with your insurance if it is waived automatically or reimbursed.
- MOUNTSINAI.ORG ($25)
- NY PRESBYTERIAN ($49)
- NYU LANGONE VIRTUAL URGENT CARE ($126)
- SAMIAID ($59)
Most insurances including Medicaid now covers a 90-day supply for most prescription medications and will allow early refills due to quarantine or outbreak. Check with your health insurance company.
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