NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Newsletter


Dear New Yorker,

The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end. Throughout the month CAU has helped plan multiple Iftar-related events working alongside the Muslim community to feed the less fortunate. We would like to wish an Eid Mubarak to our fellow Muslim New Yorkers.

CAU continues to renew our support 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.

In partnership,

Roberto Pérez,

Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit


Key Updates:

NYC School Survey: Your School. Your Child. Your Voice.

Every year, all parents, teachers, students in grades 6-12 and select school support staff take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.

Take the 2020-21 NYC School Survey NOW!

Vaccination Poll for Older Students

Have a child age 16+ ? Share your vaccination preferences, fill out the survey here.

Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate. Registration For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the Discover DYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

MAKE YOUR MOVE, New York City Section 8 Voucher Waitlist Opens May 17 – May 28

Section 8 Vouchers provide a subsidy to help low-income renters afford safe, decent housing. Applicants must apply while the waitlist is open. HCR will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Those selected for the waitlist will be offered a voucher as one becomes available, and will be subject to additional eligibility screening. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Applying does not guarantee a voucher.

In case you missed it: 

We thank all the committed community members and NYPD for participating in our #StopAsianHate outreach event in #ForestHills today. We are working hard to educate the public about their rights and protections in light of COVID-19 related stigma and hate crimes.

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) May 11, 2021

We thank all the committed community members and NYPD for participating in our #StopAsianHate outreach event in #ForestHills today. We are working hard to educate the public about their rights and protections in light of COVID-19 related stigma and hate crimes.

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) May 11, 2021

Proud to support @westharlemgroup providing quality food to residents of Fred Samuels Houses and the #harlem community. Families were able to choose from lobster tails to crab legs and more to take home to ensure a special Mother’s Day.

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) May 7, 2021

Congratulations to the NYPD Academy Class of 2021. Yesterday and today the City welcomes 900 of New York’s finest to the greatest police department in the world. Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect.

— NYC Mayor’s CAU (@mayorsCAU) May 7, 2021

Dates to follow:

NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform

Upcoming Public Hearings: Thursday, May 27: Brooklyn Borough Zoom Hearing

To testify or submit testimony, you must sign up no later than 24-hours before the hearing begins.

Zoom hearings will be broadcast in the New York City Council’s virtual hearing rooms.  A link to the hearings will be published on this website.


Hate Has No Home Here

The Met Council along with social services organizations reflective of the City’s diversity will come together in service to our communities and affirm our solidarity in the face of hatred and hunger. Together, we will conduct a series of food distributions in each of our communities. Through these distributions we will raise awareness of hatred and the crisis of hunger in our community. See the dates for the upcoming distributions below.

  1. Harlem Boys and Girls Club, Sunday May 16, 12 pm at 521 W 145th St New York, NY 10031;
  2. CCBQ, Wednesday May 19, 9:30 am at 330 73rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Safe in the City Grant: Creating Safe Neighborhoods in NYC

Help increase the peace in NYC this summer! Our “Safe in the City” Grant offers funding for community based actions and activities that will make neighborhoods safe—apply for before June 30! Go here for more information:

SERVICES FAIR at St. Nicholas Houses 

Learn about community services available through you on Friday May 14, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm at St. Nick Plaza, West 128th Street.


Additional Resources:

NYC COVID-19  City-wide information portal

Find the resources across NYC City agencies for New Yorkers, Businesses, and Non-Profits.

Click to access: 

Pet Owner Eviction Project

Animal Haven’s Pet Owner Eviction Project, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare and NYC Emergency Management’s Animal Planning Task Force, is seeking to connect vulnerable tenants at risk of losing their pets while facing a potential eviction with free and low-cost resources. 

COVID-19 Pet Hotline: 877-204-8821


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 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.


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