As we close out May, there is a lot to celebrate: the contributions of Asian Americans #APAHM, the self-sacrifice we make during Ramadan, the people we have lost and the victories we have made #MemorialDay #CincodeMayo, and the importance of mental health #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.
As we reflect on what we have, there is a lot that has also been lost. We know that these past couple of months have been a struggle for many of our families, and AMPHS is here to support you:
- We are giving out over $100,000 in cash assistance to nearly 200 families in need and sending care packages with resource guides to community members.
- Through a partnership with Target Margin Theatre and Union of Arab Women, our team is distributing 200+ beautiful face masks to our essential workers. Are you an essential worker who needs a mask? Request one here!
- We are delivering free groceries to families in need to 30 families per week in partnership with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid.
- Our social workers, mental health therapists, and community health workers are serving over 100 families weekly to connect them with resources, apply for benefits, and address feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation.
- We are continuing our Adult Literacy ESOL classes remotely at the Beginner to Advanced levels.
If you need help, please call us at (212) 256-9036. We will continue to highlight important, relevant updates in biweekly newsletters. For additional updates, please visit our FAQ page and our Resource Guide in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Beginning Tuesday, June 2nd, we will begin offering a biweekly Facebook Live session series, focusing on a special topic every week with special guest speakers in English, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic. Our first workshop on June 2nd focuses on Health & City Resources During COVID-19. Learn about our City’s resources for financial assistance, legal aid, healthcare, hotels, and other benefits for New Yorkers. Join us in person via Zoom to get your questions answered live, or join us via Facebook Live to ask your questions through chat!
COMPLETE THE CENSUS AND WIN A PRIZE!
The Census helps determine an accurate count of the number of people in our community and the billions of dollars our federal government allocates to us for schools, roads, and hospitals. It will never ask about your immigration status. Help ensure a better future for your family. Complete the Census by phone, mail or online (https://my2020census.gov/) and then simply fill out this form to enter. Raffle winners will be announced weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As of today, there are 199,038 positive COVID-19 cases and 16,737 deaths in NYC, and 51,481 hospitalizations.
In NYS, there are 368,284 positive COVID-19 cases and 29,535 deaths.
OVERNIGHT TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
If you are an essential worker and you’re commuting to home or work between 1 and 5 a.m., when the subways are shut down for cleaning, the Essential Connector Program can provide you information about your options. You may visit https://new.mta.info/coronavirus/overnight for additional information.
- COVID-19 Testing: NYC Health + Hospitals and several urgent care centers are offering free COVID-19 testing, both walk-in and by appointment. CityMD is also offering free, walk-in diagnostic COVID-19 testing to all New Yorkers. To find your nearest testing site for a free test, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
- Antibody Testing: NYC now has 140,000 antibody tests available for New Yorkers free of charge. To make an appointment, visit nyc.gov/antibodysurvey or call 888-279-0967. The Brooklyn location is 127 Pennsylvania Avenue and the hours of operation are Monday-Friday, noon to 8pm. Saturday & Sunday: 8am to noon.
- New Testing Sites: There are two new testing sites in South Brooklyn, one which opened at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th Street (Parking Lot)) on May 28th and another which will open on June 11th at 6315 14th Avenue through Health & Hospitals.
The deadline to enroll in health insurance is June 15th. If you need help enrolling, the Hispanic Federation has a Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance Hotline for New Yorkers. This phone enrollment assistance offers Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan and NY State Of Health Qualified Health Plans Assistances. Call 1-833-656-2626 or email email@example.com for assistance in English and Spanish.
PANDEMIC-ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)
- What is it? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of $420 in P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. Receipt of P-EBT does not affect public charge, SNAP benefits, or your family’s ability to get curbside pick-up or grab-and-go meals.
- You do not have to apply for this benefit!
- If your family receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Temporary Assistance (TA) benefits and you have school-age children (ages 5-18), you will automatically receive P-EBT food benefits for each eligible school-age child in your household. The benefits will automatically be issued to your family’s current EBT card in June.
- If you have children who receive free or reduced-price school lunch, but your family does not receive SNAP or TA benefits, you still will automatically get P-EBT food benefits for each school-age child in your household. It will be loaded to your or your eldest child’s Medicaid card, or a card will be mailed to you if you or your children do not have Medicaid. More information will be mailed to you beginning in mid-June.
- How can I use it? These temporary food benefits can be used to purchase food only at participating retailers. It will come in two payments: $193 by early June and $227 by end of June.
- For more information, visit: https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
The primaries are coming up on June 23rd and now you can cast your vote by mail. Simply request a mail-in ballot by filling out the application mailed to your home or online, indicate “Temporary Illness” as your reason for application. When you receive the ballot, be sure to mail it back by June 22nd.