Dear New Yorker,
I am honored to return to the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, committed to serving you and the City of New York as we continue to overcome the pandemic and its challenges.
To the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community here in NYC and around the country, we stand with you against hate. You have a right to live free of hate & discrimination. Please see here for a toolkit for addressing anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and hate. We must #StopAsianHate.
I know our amazing city will come together as we rebuild, and I’m thrilled to work alongside our communities to make it happen. To our Hindu and non-Hindu neighbors celebrating the festival of colors, we wish you a Happy and colorful Holi!
Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
Education Council Elections 2021
2021 is an election year for New York City’s Education Councils. Parents across the city have an opportunity to run for a council and help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools. Learn more and RUN 2021!
When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning
- Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
- Families can also call 311.
- You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.
- Update for Families from Chancellor Meisha Porter
- COVID-19 Information and Updates.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission:
TLC’s Resource Center offers a range of free financial counseling and legal assistance for TLC Licensees, as well as connecting them with government benefits (including the federal Payroll Protection Plan loans – expiration 3/31) and health and wellness resources.
Taxi Medallion Owner-Driver Relief Fund
The city’s first-ever relief fund for financially troubled taxi medallion owner-drivers offers debt relief to taxi medallion owner-drivers whose industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $65 million Taxi Medallion Owner-Driver Relief Fund includes:
- 0% interest loans of up to $20,000 to use as a down payment to assist in restructuring medallion debt.
- Up to $9,000 in no-interest loans to make as many as six monthly loan payments of $1,500.
TLC Licensees in need of these services can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/taxi to make an appointment.
NYC Health Post-COVID Clinics:
Post-COVID care clinics bring together multidisciplinary teams (including pulmonology, cardiology, rehabilitation, neurology and mental health) to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. Click here to find out more information.
New York State of Health
Open Enrollment Period Extended through May 1, 2021, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister.
Become an Emergency Food Provider –
NYC Health + Hospitals:
As part of the largest municipal health care system in the world, NYC Health + Hospitals’ public hospitals and neighborhood health centers offer a wide variety of excellent mental health services to foster recovery from mental illness of all kinds. We help patients rediscover their strengths and abilities, as well as overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Click to learn more.
Call 1-888-NYC-WELL If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, counselors are available to listen to and support you 24/7. Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at nyc.gov/nycwell. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation, call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Hours: Available 24 hours.
Languages: English, Spanish.
Domestic Violence Support:
NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP):
NYC workplace laws are still in effect. There have been new amendments to the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law that will take effect in 2 Phases. Click here to learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities.
Returning to Work During COVID-19
Important Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers. Click here for more information.
Learn more about important guidelines and resources available to workers under Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the reopening: www.nyc.gov/workers
COVID-19 Scams and Safety Tips
Important Information that describes common COVID-19-related scams and tips to stay safe (click here for more information).
NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants:
Tenants can still prevent eviction through May 1, 2021 by submitting a Hardship Declaration form to their landlord and the court. Tenants are welcome to submit their Hardship Declarations any time up until May 1, 2021 to receive protection through that date.
To learn more, please visit http://nycourts.gov/covid-eefpa.shtml and MOPT’s website. Tenants with questions about the Hardship Declaration or who need help filling out the form should contact our language accessible Tenant Helpline by calling 311 and saying, “Tenant Helpline.”
City Agency Service Update:
NYC COVID-19 Resources:
NYC COVID-19 City-wide information portal
Find the resources across NYC City agencies for New Yorkers, Businesses, and Non-Profits.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
To find a testing site near you, enter your address below, or text “COVID TEST” to 855-48.
COVID-19 Vaccine DOHMH has created a Vaccine web page to keep New Yorkers up to date.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups in NYC. Learn which groups are currently eligible for the vaccine, and which may be eligible next.
The vaccines are safe and will help protect us and others from COVID-19. Put simply, they will save lives. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine facts here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Data
Through the City’s Vaccine Command Center, we will closely monitor how many vaccine doses have been:
The data reflects the most recent information collected about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC. It is updated daily.
General Information on COVID-19
There is increasing transmission of COVID-19 in New York City and widespread transmission across the United States and in many other countries. Read about: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page
New COVID-19 Variant
What we know – Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
What we do not know – Scientists are working to learn more about these variants, and more studies are needed to understand:
What it means- Public health officials are studying these variants quickly to learn more to control their spread. They want to understand whether the variants:
Test and Trace Corps
COVID-19 Community Conversations:
Economic Impact Payments
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, eligible individuals and families will receive a second round of Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payments) by direct deposit or mail. The second payments are up to $600 for single filers and $1,200 for married couples filing jointly plus an additional $600 for each dependent child under age 17. No action is required by most eligible recipients. You can check your stimulus payment status via IRS at irs.gov/eip
If you did not receive a first or second stimulus payment and think you may be eligible, or did not receive the full payment amount, you may be eligible to obtain a stimulus payment by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 federal tax return. You can learn about NYC Free Tax Prep services to file your taxes and receive a stimulus payment(s) for free.
Worried about or want to report fraudulent vaccine appoints and scams? Remember:
- You will never be asked to put a deposit down or provide credit card information to make a vaccination appointment in NYC
- Any incidence of vaccine fraud or abuse should be reported to the NYS Attorney General by filing a complaint via: https://ag.ny.gov/complaint-forms
- A hotline is also available to report vaccine abuse and fraud. New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov