Below you will find important updates and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City of New York.
Temporary Hotel Rooms for COVID-19 Patients and Family:
NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) is making hotel rooms available for New Yorkers who may need to self-isolate because they have COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, but their homes do not allow for them to stay six feet away from others, or they live with someone who is vulnerable. View more information here.
- Hotel rooms are also available for New Yorkers without COVID-19, but who live with someone who has COVID-19 and are unable to effectively self-isolate.
- Call 1-844-892-4892between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to speak with a clinician who can refer you to get a hotel room for up to 14 days, free of charge. This service is FREE and will not affect health insurance or other benefits currently received.
Telemedicine for Vulnerable New Yorkers:
New York City has set up a free Phone-A-Clinician and Tele-Visits to ensure the hardest hit communities have more options when it comes to health care.
Call 844-NYC-4NYC for COVID-19 related medical concerns.
Nonprofit Providers Needed for GetFood Delivery Assistance Program:
GetFoodNYC is dramatically growing in capacity and with a goal to deliver one million meals a day, the City is looking to partner with nonprofits to help manage distribution sites, prepare and package meals (particularly culturally-sensitive meals). There is a strong need for support in areas including Washington Heights, Howard Beach, South Ozone Park, Gravesend/Sheepshead Bay, Morris Park, North Shore Staten Island, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Eastchester, and Sunset Park.
The City is currently seeking information about what capacity nonprofit providers would have to participate in the program through potential emergency contracts. View the Request for Interest (RFI) here.
There will be an informational conference call for nonprofits to receive an overview and ask questions. This call will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 3:00PM. Email NYCFood@dsny.nyc.govto register for the call. Visit nyc.gov/nonprofits for more information.
One Week of Free Groceries
One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative.
NYC Civic Impact Fund: Applications Due Monday, May 11th:
NYC Service is providing one-time funding of up to $10,000 to support 20 nonprofits for efforts in engaging volunteers to deliver essential services, particularly meals and food, to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Share this message in multiple languages on Twitter.
- View all eligibility and funding details onlineat NYC Civic Impact Funding. Applications are due May 11 by 5pm.
- NYC Service will notify organizations by May 18, and organizations will have until the end of June2020 to use funding. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic and Gender Based Violence Taskforce and Hotline:
New York City will augment its approach to prevent Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19 crisis.
A 24/7 Domestic and Gender Based Violence Hotline is available: 1-800-621-4673
COVID-19 Community Testing:
The City of New York is working to expand testing for COVID-19 rapidly throughout the five boroughs. Community testing sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals use self-collection of swabs to minimize contact between patients and health care workers. Self-swab testing for COVID-19 is safer, simpler and faster. Free and convenient walk-in testing is now available. No appointment is necessary. Check the below website regularly for more locations as sites continue to be opened:
- Last week, Commissioner Mostofi, Department of Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, and NYC Health and Hospitals Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Wallach discussed COVID-19 testing updates. Watch and download the full playback recording(Password: vJj9ydiu).
- A list of community testing sites can be viewed here.
New COVID-19 Flyer from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Small Business Webinars for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19:
NYC Small Business Services is hosting webinars on resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 focused on financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other private organizations; tax, debt, and utilities relief; marketing and employee support; and regulatory changes.
- Spanish: Monday, May 11 at 5PM
- Arabic: Tuesday, May 12 at 5PM
- Chinese: Thursday, May 14 at 10AM
- View the full list of webinars.
Facebook Small Business Grant:
As small businesses across NYC struggle in the midst of the pandemic, Facebook has invested $6.5 million to help local small business weather this storm.
New York City Bar Association: Legal Resources for New Yorkers:
New Yorkers looking for legal advice and guidance on a wide range of issues can access a series of resources and legal services through the New York City Bar Association, and the work of its City Bar Justice Center CBJC and Legal Referral Service, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Visit the New York City Bar Association’s COVID-19 Legal Services Resources pagefor more information.
Absentee Voting Information:
Election Day is June 23 for State & Federal Primaries. Early Voting Period is June 13 to June 21. You can vote even if you cannot get to the polling place on Election Day. All registered, eligible voters may apply to vote by Absentee ballot.
- You can apply to vote by absentee ballot for the election online, by phone, mail, or fax. View more details at vote.nyc/page/absentee-votingor call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).
- Voters affected by COVID-19, including the risk of contracting the virus, should check the box “Temporary Illness” as the reason for requesting an Absentee Ballot.