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While the pandemic continues to stabilize in New York, we have entered the final phase of reopening, phase four, on Monday, July 20th. For the time being, our office continues to be closed until further notice, but our services remain available remotely. We continue to provide our free social assistance, mental health, and adult literacy services Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are also offering cash and food assistance programs for our Sunset Park community. We encourage you to contact us at 212-256-9036 for more information. 

AMPHS Updates 

Sunset Park Food & Mask Distribution and Census Completion 

We are continuing to feed and protect our communities! Over the past two weeks, we have conducted another four food and PPE distribution events for over 600 attendees, and completed Census forms for over 200 families.

In collaboration with Senator Zellnor Myrie, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The Campaign Against Hunger and the Church of Grace to the Fujianese, we are offering another food and mask distribution pop-up next Saturday, July 25th beginning at 2 PM. Representatives from the US Census Bureau will also be there to assist you with completing your 2020 Census. This event will take place at The Church of Grace to Fujianese located at 5212 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220, available while supplies last.

COVID Chat Series

On Thursday, July 9th, 2020, AMPHS held the third workshop in its COVID Chat Series, “Coping With COVID As An Immigrant”, joined by our special guest Pablo Sadler, who is a Mental Health Medical Director at the Bureau of Mental Health at DOHMH and a Mental Health Advisor at AMPHS. He discussed the challenges immigrant communities have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to cope with such challenges. You can watch the video here or read about it here.

Combating Anti-Asian Harassment Series 

AMPHS and Chinese American Family Alliance for Mental Health are collaborating on a four-part “Combatting Anti-Asian Harassment” series in Mandarin every Thursday in July at 2:30pm, focusing on mental health and combating recent bouts of discrimination and hate crimes in the Chinese community. 

Our first session was held on Thursday, July 9, 2020, which focused on “Combating Anti-Asian Racism in the Age of COVID-19” and covered the topics including an overview of hate incidents in NY; differentiating between harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes; as well as how to and to whom to report these different incidents. See our session featured on Singtao, World Journal, and China Times. You can read about it here and watch the video here.

Check out the rest of the workshops in this series! This week’s session will focus on mental health coping strategies during COVID-19.

Congratulations, Adult Literacy Class of 2020! 

On June 27th, our ESOL classes across our Beginner, High Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels celebrated 10 months of hard work in what has been one of our most challenging school years. We reflected on our time in the classroom (in-person and on Zoom), field trips, Thanksgiving Day and Holiday celebrations, special workshops, and the support we gave each other throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we could not celebrate in person, we wrapped up the school year in song, poetry, and beautiful memories. We love our students and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and thank our incredible partners at DYCD,  Literacy Partners, Center for Family Life, Tzu Chi Foundation, and Target Margin Theater for their support this year. Stay tuned to learn more about registering for our year-long ESOL classes that will begin in October! Check out the video here.

News & Updates

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

Reopening

  • Some cultural venues, like zoos and botanical gardens, can open for outdoor activities at 33 percent of the venues’ total capacity.
  • Four city zoos and the New York Botanical Garden have announced they will open to the public by the end of the month, while the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will open to the general public in early August.
  • Professional sports can resume, but without fans, media production, pre-k to grade 12 schools and higher education are also included in phase 4.
  • Indoor dining is not allowed in NYC at this time and the reopening of gyms, malls, movie theaters and museums have also been left out of this phase until further guidance is provided.
  • Public swimming pools will be reopened with three pools open on July 24 and twelve more open on August 1
  • On July 13th, the Brooklyn Public Library will reopen seven of its branches allowing patrons to pick up books reserved in advance and return them in the lobby book bins.
    • Each branch will be open from 10am to 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 1pm to 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Masks will be required for both patrons and staff. 
    • To learn more about the Library’s reopening plan, click here.

Testing

  • As the City continues to expand antibody testing for New Yorkers, free walk-in antibody testing is now available at NYC Health + Hospitals Gotham Community Health Centers across the city. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be found here.
    • Brooklyn sites:
      • Cumberland, 100 North Portland Avenue
      • Ida G. Israel, 2925 W 19th Street
      • Jonathan Williams Houses, 333 Roebling Street
      • East New York, 2094 Pitkin Avenue
  • Through a partnership with BioReference labs, the City will also offer antibody testing on an appointment-only basis from Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 24. Tests are free for all City residents over the age of 18, and available Monday- Friday from 12:00 PM-8:00 PM or Saturday through Sunday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Appointments can be made here or by calling 1-888-279-0967. 
  • If you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing, please pick up your phone. The City’s contact tracers are now calling people that might have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to ensure that they can get a free test so that they and their loved ones can also be protected, and to slow the spread.

Community Support

  • SYEP Summer Bridge is a $51M public-private partnership that will provide constructive engagement and enrichment activities to keep 35,000 New York City youth active and productive this summer. Beginning in late July, Summer Bridge 2020 will offer approximately 60-90 hours of activities over a five-week period. The program will prioritize low-income, justice-involved, foster care, runaway and homeless, NYCHA residents and young adults from communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
  • The City will accelerate broadband deployment in all five boroughs, prioritizing public housing communities with a $157 million investment. The City expects to announce partnerships at the end of the summer 2020, with full deployment of the program occurring throughout 2020 and 2021.

As of July 16th, the COVID Rent Relief Program–a new emergency rental assistance program–will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the household is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance. For additional information, click here.