How are we responding to COVID-19?

Chantel Jackson is assisting Assemblyman Michael Blake and World Central Kitchen distributes 10,000 meals daily to The Bronx.

Extra Support

Governor Cuomo has declared that all non-essential employees must stay home unless for critical services such as getting groceries, medical purposes, etc.  The Governor signed an executive order called “New York State on PAUSE,” which is a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. To find Guidance on Essential Services Under this order, please click here.

Important Phone Numbers

Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220

24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Health related Information

The New York State Department of Health has a website specifically focused on Coronavirus, with the most up-to-date information, and can answer many questions for you or direct you to other locations to find the information you may be seeking.

Retired Medical/Health Professionals – We need YOU: Are you a medical professional or a retired medical professional? The state may need your help. Sign up here.

The Basics

Need help with some possible basic income coming to you? The Collective Education Fund + Humanity Forward are partnering to bring direct UBI payments to those in need.

Need Food to Eat? World Central Kitchen is providing 10,000 meals a day to The Bronx and Queens, and are expanding their work every day.

Seeking other community resources? My Bronx Impact is a poverty reduction initiative is providing resources for our community. This is the power and passion that will help us all during these uncertain times.

Need information on Paid Sick Leave? Governor Cuomo announced an agreement with the Legislature on Paid Sick Leave Bill to provide immediate assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19

Education Resources

Seeking resources to keep children safely learning? Educational materials are being provided to help you shape your day and keep your kids engaged.

Essential personnel, do you need safe care for your children? Regional Enrichment Centers will be open for you, starting March 23rd.

Home Resources

Worried about Rent or Eviction? According to Governor Cuomo, New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.

Mortgage Relief for Homeowners:

The Governor announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. The directive includes:

  • Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship;
  • No negative reporting to credit bureaus;
  • Grace period for loan modification;
  • No late payment fees or online payment fees; and
  • Postponing or suspending foreclosures. 

Finance and Banking

Taxes: You have more time to file this year – the Federal Treasury Department has announced that the Tax Deadline has been moved to July 15.

ATM and/other Bank fees questions? The Governor asked DFS to instruct state-chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers. 

Debt Relief: The Attorney General’s office is providing information regarding debt suspension, that can be found here.

Workplace Information

What does it mean to have 100% Non-Essential workforce not coming into work?

The Governor signed an executive order mandating that businesses that rely on in-office personnel decrease their in-office workforce by 100 percent.  This follows the Governor’s directive that all businesses also implement work-from-home policies. Exemptions are being made for essential services, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.

Small Business Support

New York City Department of Small Business Services has announced two specific ways to provide help to Small Businesses through grants and loans

1) Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit.

2) The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.

New York will temporarily close all barbershops, nail & hair salons, tattoo shops, & similar services effective tomorrow at 8 PM. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protect public health.

Incarcerated Family or FriendsThe Department of Corrections and Community Supervision offers information here.

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