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Coronavirus Local Resources

Health officials still encourge everyone to stay home if possible to reduce the rate of transmission and flatten the curve so as to not inundate our health system.

 If you are experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who tested positive, dial 3-1-1 and speak to a professional who can screen you and direct you as needed.

Education

 

Health

  • If you are a retired health professional, please visit the link below. There may be need for extra help and the state is prepared to help recertify on an emergency basis: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional
  • VACCINATIONS: To schedule an appointment to get immunized against COVID-19, please visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/
  • COVID-19 HOTLINE: NYS Department of Health (DOH) maintains a Coronavirus Hotline (1-888-364-3065) where New Yorkers with questions about the coronavirus can speak with public health experts in their preferred language.

  • MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE: Again, New Yorkers can get free online mental health services related to COVID-19 by calling the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314.

  • NYS COVID-19 WEBPAGE: The NYS DOH dedicated coronavirus webpage is: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

  • Blood donations: Because many private blood drives have been cancelled, there is a need for blood. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or go to www.nybc.org

  • NY Guidance for Americans immigrants with questions about access to health services: PDF iconDOS_COVID19_NewAmericansOverview_032920.pdf

Housing

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) is suspending all termination actions while the City is under a state of emergency.  

  • Section 8 participants can report a decrease in household income by completing an Interim Recertification via the NYCHA Self-Service Portal at https://selfserve.nycha.info. Section 8 participants can also call NYCHA’s Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771 to request the Voucher Holder’s Request Interim Change form by mail. 

NYCHA has simplified its Rent Hardship Policy, making it easier to lower your rent during the pandemic. For more information on how this can help you with your rent, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/rent-hardship.page

Additionally, here is NYCHA’s FAQ page on COVID-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/covid-19-FAQ.page

Economic Support

  • Economic Impact Payments:
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):  Minority banks and CDFIs are also accepting applications.
    These include: Carver Bank, Pursuit, Community Capital New York, NDC Growth America. See additional guidance below, including guidance on upcoming tax filings.
    • Revenue Procedure 2020-51 (rp-20-51) provides a safe harbor for certain Paycheck Protection Program loan participants, whose loan forgiveness has been partially or fully denied, or who decide to forego requesting loan forgiveness, to claim a deduction for certain otherwise deductible eligible payments on (1) the taxpayer’s timely filed, including extensions, original income tax return or information return, as applicable, for the 2020 taxable year, or (2) an amended return or an administrative adjustment request (AAR) under section 6227 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for the 2020 taxable year, as applicable.  For taxpayers that decide to forego requesting loan forgiveness, the safe also allows these taxpayer to claim a deduction for the otherwise deductible eligible payments on an original income tax return or information return, as applicable, for the taxable year in which the taxpayer decides to forego requesting forgiveness.

      Revenue Ruling 2020-27 (rr-20-27) provides guidance on whether a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan participant that paid or incurred certain otherwise deductible expenses can deduct those expenses in the taxable year in which the expenses were paid or incurred if, at the end of such taxable year, the taxpayer reasonably expects to receive forgiveness of the covered loan.  The revenue ruling also provides guidance if, as of the end of the 2020 taxable year, the PPP loan participant has not applied for forgiveness, but intends to apply in the next taxable year.

         A number of fintech companies are now participating in the PPP program and do not require you to be an existing customer.
         These include: Paypal, Kabbage, Divvy, Fundera, Clubready, Fountainhead SBA

  • Small businesses are facing extreme difficulties remaining in business as a result of disruptions caused by coronavirus. See available resources and programs for impacted businesses, including:
    • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program
    • NYC Small Businesss Continuity Fund: Check in at https://www.queensny.org/
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
  • NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) compiled a list of financial resources available for businesses and nonprofits during the pandemic: https://edc.nyc/covid-19-emergency-supply-sourcing-manufacturing
     
  • The Attorney General (AG)'s suspension on debt collection for businesses and individuals is ongoing. Please use this form: https://ag.ny.gov/covid-19-debt-suspension-application. No application is needed for medical or student debt.
     
  • Federal taxes up to $10,200 in Unemployment Insurance have been waived due to the passage of the American Rescue Plan and $300 in additional unemployment payments will continue until September 6, 2021.

Other Resources

  • The IRS recently went live with a website that provides tips for taxpayers and tax pros.  You can find that site here

     
  • All Social Secuirty Administration (SSA) field offices are currently closed and as a result Americans should expect service delays. You can still reach the SSA by phone or identify your local field office here.
     
  • The SSA also published a website providing Americans with information related to their services during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find that site here.
     
  • FEMA has been activated to respond to coronavirus with funeral assitance, emergency shelter and more. See what they're doing here: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus

 

Stay Connected

Dial 3-1-1 if you believe you're exhibiting symptoms.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website: NYC.gov/coronavirus

NYC text alerts: txt "COVID" to 692692

Follow on social media: @nycHealthy, @nycemergencymgt