DCWP eNewsletter: March 2021

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DCWP Issues Safety Tips During National Consumer Protection Week
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, DCWP issued safety tips to protect New Yorkers’ identity and money during COVID-19—including tips on vaccine scams, price gouging, tax preparers, government imposters, and identity theft. For a full list of COVID-19 scams in multiple languages, visit nyc.gov/DCWPAlerts.


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DCWP Explores New Shared Equity Models of Community Wealth Building and Ownership
DCWP joined NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to issue a Shared Equity Request for Information (RFI) to explore new models of shared equity housing and economic development. The City is looking for models that enable low to moderate income households and households of color to build wealth through collective ownership of neighborhood assets—such as homes, businesses, land, and others—while keeping these assets affordable for their communities in the long-term. This request comes after DCWP’s recent report, Municipal Policies for Community Wealth Building, which studies how regions across the world have promoted community wealth building and identifies five principles that are fundamental to establishing and growing broad-based ownership models.



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DCWP Reminds New Yorkers About Tax Deadline Extension
The IRS deadline to file 2020 tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. If your family earned $68,000 or less or you’re a single filer who earned $48,000 or less, use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free and keep your whole refund. You can use Assisted Self-Prep to complete your own tax return safely from home using a secure digital system and an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer will be available by phone or email to answer any questions. Learn more about NYC Free Tax Prep at nyc.gov/TaxPrep.



DCWP Reminds New Yorkers to Use Their Paid Leave When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
All private and public sector employees in New York City can take up to 4 hours of paid leave for each vaccine dose that they are receiving. New Yorkers can schedule their vaccine appointment at Vax4NYC.nyc.gov or can call 877-VAX-4NYC to schedule by phone. To find a vaccine site near you, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. For all other information about the vaccine, including eligible groups and tips when getting the vaccine, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.  

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