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We want to acknowledge the courage and strength it has taken from each and everyone of you in enduring these eventful months due to the pandemic. We are almost midway through the summer and although many places have reopened and our city may seemingly appear to be back to normal, many–if not all–of us continue to deal with the chaos that resulted from the worst of the pandemic and are continuing our efforts to prevent it from recurring. 

Although we are only available remotely for the time being, AMPHS continues to support the community through this pandemic via our free social assistance, mental health, food assistance, and adult literacy services. Please feel free to contact us Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM to 6PM 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 two food and PPE distribution events for 1200 attendees, and completed Census forms for 325 families.

In collaboration with Senator Zellnor Myrie, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Target Margin Theater, The Campaign Against Hunger, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, we are offering another food and mask distribution pop-up this Saturday, August 15th beginning at 5 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 Target Margin Theater located at 232 52nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, available while supplies last.

Census March

On August 3rd, we hit the streets with the Office of the Public Advocate, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joanne Simon, Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson, NYS Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie’ s Office, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera to march from Sunset Park and Brownsville to Grand Army Plaza to make sure our community members know just exactly how important the 2020 Census is to our community. Completing the US Census will determine the amount of money that we receive for our schools and hospitals for the next 10 years, yet Sunset Park still remains undercounted, with an average of 53% and the lowest counted Census tract at only 32%. Take 10 minutes of your time to make 10 years of change: http://www.2020cenus.gov/ 

Combating Anti-Asian Harassment Series 

AMPHS and Chinese American Family Alliance for Mental Health has collaborated 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. 

We held our second session of our Anti-Asian Harassment Series on Thursday, July 16, 2020, which focused on de-escalation strategies including up-stander/ bystander tips and self-defense strategies facilitated by the Commission on Human Rights and self-defense instructor Grey at PopGym. You watch the video here or read about the session here.

On July 23rd, we held our third session focused on the Mental health impact of COVID-19 which covered topics including how mental health problems impact our lives and how we can cope with them during COVID-19. Watch the video here or read about the session here.

News

In June 2020, NYC Center for an Urban Future released a report on the coronavirus pandemic’s detrimental influence on NYC’s immigrant communities, featuring input from interviews with our Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, Mon Yuck Yu. According to Yu, “People with medical needs unrelated to COVID-19 are having a really difficult time getting any care. This challenge is exacerbated for clients who are ineligible for Medicaid, and who rely on free clinics and the NYC Care program”, visit here to read the full article.

On August 12, 2020, The City released a report about the uptick in Sunset Park’s coronavirus cases and resident’s reluctance to get tested for the virus, also featuring input from interviews with Mon Yuck Yu. According to Yu, “A lot of people think people are just gonna look up online and find where to get tested, but that’s not the reality in a majority non-English speaking population”, to read the full article click here

COVID-19 Updates

Testing

  • Sunset Park has witnessed an increase in coronavirus cases. AMPHS has been working closely with the Health Department to arrange testing in Sunset Park, including the two-week testing site at PS 503/506 that closed yesterday, where we worked to coordinate no-wait appointments with Sunset Park residents. As a result of the uptick, he City is ramping up outreach efforts and testing in the neighborhood. Sunset Park has 3 new COVID-19 testing sites (free of charge):
    • Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220)
      • Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • As of Monday August 17th, this location will be extending its rapid point of care testing
    • Mobile Testing Unit: Corner of 44th Street and 6th Avenue
      • Wednesday — Friday (8/12-8/15)
      • Next Monday — Friday (8/17-8/21)
      • 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
    • Mobile Testing Unit: Brooklyn Herald Gospel Center (809 44th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220)
      • Saturday-Sunday (8/15-8/16): 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
  • Additional Sites:
    • AdvantageCare physicians (740 64th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220)
      • Call (866) 749 2660 for appointment
    • CityMD Urgent Care (5024 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220)
      • Monday — Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday — Sunday 9am to 4pm
      •  (718) 571-9251
    • NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn (150 55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220)
      • By appointment only, (718) 630-7185
      • Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Saturdays.
    • You can also be tested by your healthcare provider or at other sites. Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a site.

Community

  • CENSUS: The Census Bureau is ending the count for the 2020 Census, including self-response, on September 30, a month sooner than previously announced. Additionally, enumerators have begun going door-to-door to the homes of New Yorkers who have not completed the Census yet. It is especially important now to complete the Census if you have not done so already and get yourself counted by filling it out online, by calling 844-330-2020, or by paper. 
  • SCHOOL REOPENING: The Department of Education will implement blended learning, unless parents opted for their children into 100% remote learning through the NYC Students 2020-2021 Learning Survey. Under this blended model, students will rotate in groups between in-person classes two or three times a week and remote learning for the remainder of the week.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC) ended on July 31st–discontinuing the $600 weekly benefits that unemployed residents were receiving. However, New York State residents may be eligible for additional weeks of unemployment compensation since unemployment insurance was extended to 59 weeks from the original 26 weeks.
  • TRAVEL: Rhode Island was added to the list of states that qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who traveled to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed. For the full list of states, click here.
  • STIMULUS CHECK: If you were eligible for a $1200 stimulus check and you have not received it, Mobilization for Justice is offering a free clinic to help people get access to their check. For help, call 212-417-3791.
  • ELECTRICITY: Con Edison is reimbursing residents or businesses who lost power for more than 48 consecutive hours during storm Isaias to cover spoiled food, medication or perishable commercial merchandise. To file a claim, click here.