With further decreases of the diagnosed rate for COVID-19, Phase Two of reopening in NYC has started on Monday, June 22nd, 2020. Offices, indoor retails, outdoor dining, hair salons, real estate as well as vehicle sales, leases and rentals are permitted to reopen. Although the expansion of businesses available for service is exciting and appealing, we still have to remember the pandemic is not over. Proper hygiene, social distancing and facial coverings are still significant and required for services, such as outdoor dining.
Although we are still available 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 10AM to 6PM. Feel free to contact us at 212-256-9036 for more information.
Thanks to our collaboration with the Offices of Senator Zellnor Myrie, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Campaign Against Hunger, South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, and the US Census Bureau, AMPHS continues to coordinate the distribution of over 500 grocery boxes and masks every week, assist with the completion of the US Census for over 70 families, and deliver food to over 30 homebound families weekly who have suffered from the effects of COVID-19.
Our next event is June 27th at 5 PM at St. Michael’s Church on 43rd Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue. We will begin distributing vouchers at 3pm for food pick-up at 5 pm.
On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020, AMPHS held a Zoom workshop, “Understanding the CARES Act”, co-sponsored by the Offices of Senator Zellnor Myrie and Councilman Carlos Menchaca with special guest speakers from the IRS, Gender Equality Law Center, and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Program. We discussed the economic impact payment, pandemic unemployment and new deadlines, as well as Pandemic-EBT. More details about the session can be found here.
For updates on COVID-19 daily case counts, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page
- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of five new testing sites citywide. The locations of these five sites are as follows:
- Mariners Harbor Library (206 South Avenue, Staten Island)
- Windsor Park Library (79-50 Bell Blvd, Flushing, Queens)
- Rain Boston Road Senior Center (2424 Boston Road, Bronx, NY)
- Maria Lawton Senior Center (400 Hart Street, Brooklyn)
- Greenbelt Recreation Center (501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island)
- The City is continuing to expand its mobile testing apparatus to reach a total of 10 trucks by July, bringing the cumulative number of citywide testing sites to over 200. And by July, the City will conduct a total of up to 800 tests per day out of its 10 testing trucks.
- New Yorkers should visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find the site closest to them.
- NYC Health + Hospitals will now offer free COVID-19 antibody tests at its 11 acute care facilities for New Yorkers who have not had COVID-19 symptoms or positive COVID-19 tests within the past two weeks. Beginning June 29th, antibody testing will expand to 11 Gotham Community Health Center sites as well.
- Tests are available through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on a walk-in basis
- Patients will receive their testing results within 24 hours electronically via the public hospital system’s electronic health record system, MyChart.
- Testing is available free of charge and at no-additional cost to the patient.
- Patients with insurance will be asked for their insurance information, but will pay no copays.
- In a partnership with SOMOS, the city will also open 20 testing sites in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Sites will provide both diagnostic and antibody tests. Clinics will operate from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM, Monday through Friday, with some clinics offering weekend hours. Appointments can be made by calling 1-833-SOMOS-NY (#2 to make an appointment)
- The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has reached its goal of $1.5 million to launch the Immigrant COVID-19 Burial Assistance Program. The Immigrant COVID-19 Burial Assistance Program offers financial assistance to immigrants—regardless of legal status—who are unable to pay for the funeral expenses for relatives who died during the pandemic.
- It will provide burial assistance funds in the form of pre-approval for the cost of a planned funeral or reimbursement for services that have already been paid. Additional information including the application and instructions can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page
- Currently, tenants cannot be evicted until further notice. All pending eviction orders are suspended by court order. Additionally, until further notice, NYC Housing Court is not scheduling conferences or hearings in pending eviction cases where the tenant is not represented by a lawyer.
- Tenants who are eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits or face financial hardship due to COVID-19 may not be evicted for nonpayment of rent until at least August 20, 2020.
- Tenants who live in public housing, have a Section 8 rental voucher, or live in a building that has federally backed mortgages or funding may not be evicted for nonpayment of rent until at least July 24, 2020.
- NYC Housing Court began accepting new eviction filings since June 20, 2020. Tenants who are served with papers for an eviction case do not need to visit the courthouse to respond, although unrepresented landlords or tenants who go to the courthouse to file a case or answer will be assisted. Tenants can also call 311 and say “Tenant Helpline” to be connected with assistance.
- When evictions are allowed to resume, HRA’s Office of Civil Justice will work with City-funded legal services providers and the courts to assign attorneys to unrepresented tenants who go to court because they have received a warrant of eviction.
- Those in need can submit applications to the HRA for emergency rental assistance. Due to the pandemic, the best mode of application is online.
- During extreme heat, NYC will activate 250 new cooling elements and will add spray caps to 320 fire hydrants.
- To find your closest cooling element through NYC Parks, visit the Cool It! NYC Map
- Through the Open Streets initiative, NYC will designate certain Open Streets as “Cool Streets.” These “Cool Streets” will open up blocks with tree-based shade and hydrants as part of DEP’s Cool Hydrant and spray cap program. The first set of “Cool Streets” will be announced soon.
- The Department of Environmental Protection will create a reusable water bottle distribution program to promote reusable bottles and remind New Yorkers to stay hydrated. The City will provide 15,000 bottles to elected officials, community boards and partner organizations to distribute citywide.
- NYC has also been installing air conditioners for low-income seniors. For additional details for the cooling assistance benefits, visit: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/
- If you have any questions about business reopen, you can find the detailed guide and information here https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/reopening-guide
- The NYC Dept. of Small Business Services offers webinars about how to understand and comply with requirements and best practices to reopen small business in NYC, along with other workshops on business basics. To sign up, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nyc-department-of-small-business-services-5423713077