COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

With COVID-19 impacting every part of our lives, I want to make sure that every constituent has easy access to up-to-date and accurate information. That’s why my team and I created this website to ensure that you have the resources you need to stay safe and healthy. In the meantime, I am continuing to work hard to ensure the health and wellbeing of all NY-12 residents.

USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES

Where can I get tested for COVID-19? If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, there are several locations throughout the 12th district offering COVID-19 testing. Locations offering drive-through testing are indicated with an asterix. Reference the links below to learn how you can get a test. 

Where can I give plasma donations/get antibody testing? The NY Blood Center is asking for plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients who have had a positive test and been symptom-free for 14 days. Additionally, if you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to receive an antibody test. Reference the below list of medical centers offering these services to make an appointment, or contact your physician. 

New Yorkers without health insurance can take advantage of an extended open enrollment period, and sign up for health care before June 15th. Enroll here.

The COVID-19 crisis can greatly impact citizens’ mental health. If you are seeking assistance in this area, know that there are a number of resources related to mental health available to you. [Visit Website]

Domestic Violence Resources:

National Suicide Hotline:

  • https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/, or call:
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255​
    • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-800-628-9454
    • Options for Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
    • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, or text 838255
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, or text "TalkWithUs" to 6674

NAMI Helpline:

  • nami.org, or call 1-800-950-NAMI (info@nami.org)

Veterans' Resources:

  • If you are a veteran who thinks you may have COVID-19, please call your VA medical facility, or MyVA311 (1-844-698-3211, option #3)

New York primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, President, Queens Borough President, State Senate and State Assembly will be conducted on June 23. Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, every voter will be able to vote from home to avoid potentially coming into contact with the virus. Every eligible voter will automatically be sent an absentee ballot application with a postage paid return option. Alternatively, voters can apply directly online or download the application.

Here is the step by step process for filling out the application:

  • In Section 1, check the box for “temporary illness or physical disability”
  • In Section 2, check the box for “primary election only”
  • For Sections 3, 4 and 5, fill out the form according to your personal information
  • For Section 6, check the box for “Mail ballot to me at (mailing address)” if you do not wish to pick up your ballot at the Board of Elections
  • Sign and date

If you wish to complete the application in a language other than English, apply directly online and click "translate" in the upper right hand corner and select the appropriate language. You can also download the application in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or by writing a letter to the Board of Elections containing your name, date of birth, registered address, address where the ballot should be sent, and the reason for the request. All requests must be received by the Board of Elections before June 16, 2020.

All absentee ballots must be requested by June 16 and completed and postmarked by June 22, 2020. Should you prefer to vote in person, polls will be open on June 23 and early voting will occur between June 13 and June 21.

Rental Tenants

While all rental tenants still legally owe their rent payments, New York State halted evictions statewide due to the coronavirus, including eviction orders that were issued but not carried out prior to the coronavirus crisis, until at least August 20, 2020 (information current as of 5/28/2020).

For more information, visit the HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheets page.

Housing Court Answers Hotline: 212-962-4795 open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

Met Council on Housing Tenant Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611 (English and Spanish) Hours: Monday 1:30-8pm, Tuesday 5:30-8pm, Wednesday 1:30-8pm, Friday 1:30-8pm.

NYCHA tenants

  • COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for NYCHA Community
    • For more information on the NYCHA community cleaning schedule, rent hardship and more, visit the website.
    • NYCHA development tenants who have lost significant portions of their income may be eligible for a reduction in their rent. If you qualify, you should request an income recertification through the NYCHA Self-Service Portal or through their local management office.
    • NYCHA has taken steps to alleviate financial hardships public housing residents may face due to COVID-19 [Visit Website]
    • Individual stimulus checks issued by the federal government are not counted towards annual income for tenants receiving Section 8 housing or living in NYCHA units

Homeowner Resources

Mortgages: Lenders that are regulated by the state are encouraged to defer their mortgage payments for 90 days. Any deferred payments will be added to the end of a mortgage term. Homeowners should contact their lenders to confirm specific bank policies.

Credit Scores and Fees: An executive order from Governor Cuomo directs banks regulated by the state to defer reporting late payments to credit agencies, postpone foreclosures, waive any late payment fees and offer homeowners extended time to complete loan modifications.

Landlords 

Landlords are still required to provide a minimum of 30-days notice of rent increases above 5 percent for tenancies of less than a year, and up to 90 days for tenancies of two years or more.

Landlords cannot harass or discriminate against any tenants due to any fears regarding COVID-19.

Through 311, NYC is launching a new hotline letting tenants know their rights and ways to obtain rent relief.

Constituents seeking assistance with unemployment insurance and small business guidance and loan services can find links below regarding more information on each of these issues. 

Home Delivered Meals

Residents who are unable to purchase their own food, do not have family members, friends, or neighbors who can purchase food for them, or cannot afford delivery from a restaurant or grocery store may qualify for meal delivery services from GetFoodNYC. To qualify, residents must not already be receiving food from Meals on Wheels, God's Love We Deliver, or a similar food delivery service.

Residents who register for GetFoodNYC food boxes will receive 3 days worth of food in each delivery, amounting to 9 meals per person. No more than 18 meals for a maximum of 2 people in a single household may be delivered. There are a limited number of kosher meals available in limited quantities, however other dietary requests cannot be met at this time. [Visit Website]

Emergency Access to Food

For residents who require immediate access to food, visit your local food pantry to get groceries or visit a community kitchen for a cooked meal. Here you can find the closest resources to you. [Visit Website]

Given the many families and children who rely on the city's public schools as a source for meals, The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. No one will be turned. For more information: [Visit Website]

Food and Assistance Guides for your Neighborhood

Reference this interactive map to find resources, such as soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers or SNAP enrollment sites close to you. [Visit Website]

Reference these digital guides, filtered by borough, to help you find food assistance programs in your neighborhood. [Visit Website]

Reference this page for updates related to DYCD-funded programs and services. This also includes a list of food pantries at the bottom of the page. [Visit Website]

Supermarket Shopping Hours for Seniors

Below is a list of Supermarkets with locations in NY-12 that are offering special shopping hours for seniors. The links will direct you to a page where you can find the closest location to you. Please reference the individual supermarket websites to learn the exact hours being offered, though most are between 8am and 10am daily. 

Between remote working and online learning, access to Wi-Fi can be vital during this time. Below is a list of U.S. service providers offering free Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days. 

For students completing the rest of their school work remotely, there are a number of resources available for them to finish the year strong. Below is a list of resources from the New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, and NYC Department of Education. 

With parents working remotely and children out of schools and camps, many parents are seeking safe child care options for their children. For more information and resources: [Visit Website

Children of restaurant, food, takeout and delivery workers, and residential/commercial building staff may enroll in Regional Enrichment Centers.