Dear Council Members and Community:
Please find an updated and slimmed down resource guide below. We want to encourage you to continue to stay safe as NYC experiences spikes of COVID-19.
For People with HIV (in NYC and Tri-County) experiencing financial strain – if you qualify for Ryan White Part A services (income of 500% or less of the federal poverty level) you can access Emergency Financial Assistance. Talk to your case manager or call/email:
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(Last update: 10/1/2020)
Election Info 2020
2020 General Election Day: Tues., Nov. 3, 2020
2020 General Election Early Voting Period in New York State: Sat., Oct. 24, 2020 –Sun., Nov. 1, 2020
REGISTER TO VOTE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!
Register IN PERSON: Register at your county Board of Elections (BOE) or state-authorized voter registration centers.* Applications must be received by Oct. 9, 2020.
Register BY MAIL: Mail or personally deliver to your county BOE a completed voter registration form.** Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 9, 2020 and received by Oct. 14, 2020.
To check your voter status, visit https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
* For a list of state-authorized voter registration centers, see: https://www.elections.ny.gov/NVRA.html
** To download a voter registration form, visit https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html To request a form by mail, visit https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE.
Vote EARLY: Vote early from Oct. 24, 2020 to Nov. 1, 2020, at your pre-assigned early voting site listed at https://vote.nyc/page/early-voting-information
VoteBY MAIL: Apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 27, 2020, at https://nycabsentee.com/or by contacting your county Board of Election (BOE) in person or by email, phone, fax, or mail; you have until Nov. 2, 2020 to apply in person. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or delivered in person to your county BOE or polling sites by Nov. 3, 2020. For more information, check out https://vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting
If you are affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus, check the “temporary illness or physical disability” box on the application. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include “a risk of contracting or spreading a disease” such as COVID-19.
Vote IN PERSON: Vote in person on Nov. 3, 2020, 6am-9pm EST, at your local polling site. To find your polling site, visit https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/.
Become a Poll Worker! N.Y.S. Board of Elections, Become a Poll Worker (last accessed Sept. 29, 2020), available at https://www.elections.ny.gov/BecomePollworker.html;
Volunteer! Common Cause New York, Sign Up to Be an Election Protection Volunteer (last accessed Sept. 29, 2020), available at https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-up-to-be-an-election-protection-volunteer
NYC COVID-19 Info
Guidance on Re-Opening
There continues to be an urgent need for blood in New York City. To make an appointment to donate, visit New York Blood Center at https://nybc.org/ or call 800-933-2566
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closes at 12:30 p.m. the last Friday of every month. May close early other days once capacity is reached.
Mental Health Support
New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic/Interpersonal Violence resources, including confidential text, phone, and online services staffed 24/7
Additional resource for survivors during COVID-19
Food Help NYC
Get Food NYC
ACCESS NYC: Apply for benefits including food, health insurance, unemployment insurance and more
Internet & Cellular Access
Free or low cost desktop and laptop computers with unlimited 4G Wireless WiFi service for $15 month for anyone earning 200% below the federal poverty level and enrolled in a government program. Follow the link for more information https://www.pcsforpeople.org
- Comcast is offering discounted internet service to low-income families, with free service for 60 days, for new customers who apply and are approved by December 31, 2020. Visit Comcast or call 1-855-846-8376 (English); 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
- AT&T offers a discounted service for income-limited households or those who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or Head Start. Visit Access from AT&T for more information.
- Spectrum offers a discounted internet plan for qualified households who are also in receipt of assistance through the National School Lunch Program or Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65 and older only). Visit Spectrum Internet Assist to learn more.
Income-based free cell phone and airtime: SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers. A private company provides the service. It is not connected to any New York City agency. Follow this link for more information about the program.
Cell Phone Providers: Numerous cell phone companies have signed the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” and are agreeing to stop service termination and waive late fees for families experiencing financial hardship. You can contact your carrier for more information.
Assurance Wireless( you need an active Medicaid #) powered by Virgin Mobile
Tenants Rights Hotline by Met Council – 212-979-0611 (ingles y espanol)
Support for Eviction Prevention, Shelters & Additional Resources:
Coalition for the Homeless
Emergency Housing: If you need emergency shelter, contact your County’s Department of Social Services. Click here for a full list.
Emergency Housing and Services for Domestic Abuse: Call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.
Mortgage Counseling: Click here for s full list of organizations that provide mortgage counseling.
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Additional Resource Pages
Resources for Aging New Yorkers: Food Assistance, Health and Safety, Finances and Consumer Protection, Benefits Enrollment, Additional Support for Aging New Yorkers
LGBTQ Youth. NYC Unity Project’s LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Online Guide, a mobile-accessible website with over 100 listings of LGBTQ+ affirming City and private/nonprofit programs and services – including mental health, physical health and wellness, sexual health, peer and community support, food assistance, legal services, housing and shelter, and financial/funding opportunities – currently available in-person and virtually
New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs resources for immigrant communities during COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services during the COVID-19 crisis, call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov
Student loan debt tips during COVID-19
Information and services for veterans compiled by the New York City Department for Veterans’ Services
COVID (and more!) Resource List from Benefits Plus
NYC.GOV Resource List – many of the links included above in one place
CITY LIMITS Resource Page – mutual aid orgs, non-profit links and more