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NYC has begun Phase 1 of reopening as of Monday, June 8th, 2020. As many as 400,000 workers have returned back to work specifically in construction jobs, manufacturing sites and retail stores. This provides a sense of hope for our city as we are a step closer to normalcy, however, it is still very important to remember that we must follow preventative measures such as proper hygiene, social distancing and use of face coverings. 

Although still operating remotely for the time being, AMPHS continues to provide our free social assistance, mental health, cash and food assistance, and adult literacy services Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM- 6PM. Feel free to contact us as 212-256-9036 for more information.

Do you need help coping with a loss in the family? Are you facing increasing stress from COVID-19? Speak with a therapist for help

On Monday, June 8th, AMPHS collaborated with the Women’s Empowerment Coalition of NYC, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam, and Socceroof to distribute 200 boxes of fresh groceries and deliver an additional 50 boxes to homebound individuals, while assisting community members to complete the 2020 Census.

Join us for our next food distribution and Census completion event on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 at 3:00 PM at St. Michael’s Church, in partnership with Senator Zellnor Myrie, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and Campaign Against Hunger. Through a collaboration with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, we also continue to deliver fresh groceries to 30+ homebound families every Saturday.

Did you miss our Health & City Resources Zoom session with special guests from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Metroplus on June 2nd and 3rd? Catch up with us here

We invite you to join our next Zoom workshop on June 16th, 2020, which will focus on Understanding the CARE Act, specifically the economic impact payments, food assistance, and more!

COVID-19 Updates:

For updates on COVID-19 daily case counts, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page

Education:

  • Dial-a-Teacher offers homework help for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Teachers provide assistance with English and Math while school is in session, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit tutor.dialateacher.org, fill out the form, and you will receive a call from a teacher.
  • Governor Cuomo has allowed schools to provide services to special education students in person, but it is unclear if NYC will provide in-person services.
  • Outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies will be allowed, beginning June 26th. They will allow up to 150 people.
  • Summer day camps will reopen on June 26th.

Testing:

  • If you get a phone call with “NYC Test + Trace” as the Caller ID, please pick up! NYC has nearly 2,500 contact tracers who are now reaching out to people who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19. If you have tested positive for COVID-19,  you will be called within 24 hours by a Tracer. The call will last 30-45 minutes to ask about your symptoms, your recent close contacts and how to reach them, your Tracer will give you instructions on how to safely separate for up to 14 days. If you can safely separate at home, you’ll get a same-day call from a Resource Navigator offering services including meals and medication. If you cannot safely separate at home, you’ll receive a same-day call providing you with a free hotel room, and instructions on how to separate there.
  • A spike of COVID-19 cases is expected as protesters confront the epidemic of racist police violence. If you plan to participate in further protests, please stay as safe as possible, wear a mask, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow/sleeve.
  • There are over 240 testing sites in New York City. To find the nearest one to you visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov. NYS is also prioritizing 15 testing sites across the city for individuals who have participated in recent protests.

Services:

  • The MTA continues cleaning and disinfecting trains and buses on a daily basis. The subway will continue to close from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. each day. A face covering is required to ride.
  • The state has allowed dentists’ offices to reopen as of June 1st for non-emergency procedures, provided they put in place social distancing measures.
  • If you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, you can request debt collection agencies to stop contacting you about your existing debt. For more information visit the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs website.
  • Empire State Development has created the New York Forward Loan Fund which offers support to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees and nonprofits. For additional details, visit www.esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans-info.
    • Businesses that have received a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans program for COVID-19 this year are not eligible to apply.
    • Applications will be received on a rolling basis as more regions and industries are given permission to reopen. Small businesses and organizations can prepare a pre-application in advance that allows them to quickly file an application once they can reopen