NYC Update May 18th- Section 8 Lottery!



  • SECTION 8: New York City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Lottery will open on May 17 (9AM)- 28th (11:59PM)! This is a lottery to get on the waitlist. Section 8 Vouchers have not opened a waitlist in 10+ years, and it will only be opened for 2 weeks. Only 15k households will be selected. More information here.
    • Сделайте шаг. Открыта запись в список ожидания на получение жилищного ваучера по Восьмой программе (Section 8). с 10 по 24 мая 2021 года. Жилищные ваучеры по Восьмой программе предоставляют субсидию, которая помогает арендаторам с низким доходом снимать безопасное, достойное жилье.
    • 立即 行动. 8(Section 8)补助 券 等待 名单 开放 申请 时间. 2021517日 至528日. 第8节 补助 券 为 低收入 租房 者 提供 补贴 , 帮助 他们 获得 安全 整洁 的 住房。
    • No se quede atrás. La lista de espera para cupones de la Sección 8 estará abierta. del 17 al 28 de mayo de 2021. Los cupones de la Sección 8 ayudan a los inquilinos de bajos ingresos a acceder a una vivienda segura y decente.
  • Masks: New York State to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated Individuals.
  • Vaccines: Adolescents ages 12 through 15 years can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Public School ParentsChancellor Porter’s Family Forums: Chancellor Porter wants to hear your questions and feedback. In light of unprecedented investments from local, state and federal government, these forums will serve as an opportunity for the Department of Education (DOE) to hear directly from school communities on the types of resources and support they need as DOE moves towards a full reopening in September.
  • Civil Service Exams: All CTACs are open for civil service testing except for the Bronx location. Appointments are required for entry to the centers and can be made using the Online Application System (OASys). Face coverings are required upon entry. More info.

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Upcoming Events

  • Business Owners: SBS-PTAC: Preparing for Government Outreach Events: May 19th
  • Business Owners:  M/WBE Certification Webinar: May 19th
  • Business Owners: WEBINAR: Resources to Successfully Reopen Your Business: May 19th
  • Business Owners: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (Save Our Stages) Webinar May 19th
  • Musicians: NYMMEP 2021: Immersive Audio: May 19th
  • Teens: BkM Art Hang Out: May 19th
  • Parents: Beyond Access Series: Parenting with School when Suicide is the Concern. May 19th
  • Property Management Program for Small Landlords (1-4 unit property) Wednesday, May 19 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm Register
  • Parents: Special Education Family Forum: May 20th
  • Parents/ Kids: Cooking Matters for Kids: Virtual Workshop: May 20th and May 21st
  • Homeowners: Senator Roxanne J. Persaud and Assembly-Member Jaime Williams Homeowners Event with Dept. of Finance. May 20, 2021 6:00 p.m. Join by WebEx
    • Join by Telephone: 1-408-418-9388
    • Access/Event Code: 173 456 3951   Password: Homeowners
  • Tenants’ Rights During COVID-19 Thursday, May 20 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm Register
  • Business Owners: SBS-PTAC: Understanding Project Labor Agreements: May 20th
  • Business Owners: WEBINAR | Small Business Partnerships: May 20th
  • Teens: Saturday Sketching (Ages 13–18): May 22nd
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Celebrate at Urban Park Ranger-led tours and family-friendly events with our partners and friends. Events can be found here. May 23- 30th.
  • Parents: Beyond Access Series: “You Are Experts Too!” Parent Q&A (EF Session 5): May 25th
  • Parents: American Sign Language Storytime With Rhys: May 25th
  • First-Time Home Buyer Orientation: Grants & More! Tuesday, May 25 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm- Register
  • Mortgage Update: Foreclosure, Forbearance & the Moratorium Tuesday, May 25 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm Register
  • Business Owners: SBS-PTAC: Selling to Government – Marketing to Government: May 25th
  • Property Taxes: NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform to Relaunch Public Hearings on Its Ten Preliminary Recommendations. Virtual hearings for Brooklyn on May 27. More information here.
  • Mask Force: One day every month hundreds of volunteers put on bright yellow t-shirts (and masks!) and work together to distribute free masks where our customers need them most: on subways and buses. Join this month’s Mask Force on May 27.
  • Business Owners: NYC Department of Small Business Services: Customized Training Q&A: June 6th
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  • Emergency Broadband Benefit: The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Applications are opened now. More information here.
  • Department of Finance Deadlines:
  • COVID Restriction Updates:
    • Indoor Social Gathering Limit Increases to 250 on May 19 in New York
    • Outdoor Residential Gathering Limit is Removed and Indoor Residential Gathering Limit Increases to 50 on May 19 in New York
    • Large-Scale Indoor Venue Capacity Increases to 30% and Large-Scale Outdoor Venue Capacity Increases to 33% on May 19 in New York and New Jersey, Proof of Vaccination or Recent Negative Test Still Required in New York
    • Curfew for all catered events lifted May 31
    • The midnight curfew will be removed for indoor areas beginning May 31
  • Restaurant Owners: Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Information about the program like how to apply and what documents are required can be found here.  Applications are now opened. See How to apply for more detail. Need free help applying? More information here.
  • Parents: The 3K application is now opened. The deadline to apply for 3K is May 28.  During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. More info here.
  • Small Businesses: Current Round of PPP is open for all businesses. More information on the changes and how to apply can be found here. Deadline for all applications is May 31st.
  • Parents: 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. Applications are opened now. The program starts on July 6th. More information can be found here.
  • Cooling Assistance: Applications for cooling assistance are accepted at local departments of social services starting Monday, May 3 and extending through August 30, or until funding runs out. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. New York City residents may also download an application and obtain program information at More information here.
  • Artists/ Entertainers:  Open Culture is a new permit type available from the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office allowing for ticketed performances. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, will have the opportunity to secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs. Open Culture Applications Program closes on Oct. 31st.
  • Heartshare Neighborhood Heating Fund opened. More information, including eligibility and where to apply can be found here. (First come, first served)
  • Funeral Assistance: FEMA is accepting applications for Funeral Assistance. There is currently no deadline. More information including phone numbers, required documents and more, click here.
  • Venue Operators: The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is accepting applications now. If you need any assistance with the application process or have questions about the program, please visit Curtains Up NYC. In addition to webinars, you can get one-on-one counseling for this program. More details here. No current deadline.
  • Businesses: DOT Announce New Application for 2021 Expansion of Open Streets. Interested businesses and community partners can learn more and apply now hereNo deadline.
  • Affordable Internet: A new program requires internet service providers to offer high-speed internet plans to low-income households at $15 per month. Read more hereNo deadline.


  • COVID-19 Safe in the City Grant: Starting in the summer of 2017, the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence (OPGV) began inviting applications from New Yorkers for small grants – ranging from $500 to $1000 –to incentivize and encourage resident leaders and organizations to promote peace in communities across the city. More information hereRolling Basis. 
  • MWBE Businesses: HPD Issues Second Request for Proposals for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Developers to Create Affordable Housing in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. More information here. Deadline August 12th.


  • Applications for the NYC Service Fellowship Program are now opened.
  • Civil Service Exams for May
  • Businesses: AHRC NYC offers a free initiative to help businesses find dependable employees with IDD (Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities) through their Transitional Employment Program. See flyer here for more information and the benefits of this program.
  • City Jobs: Including City Cleanup Corps, Vaccines for All, union jobs and more. More information here.
  • Civil Service Exams in May.
  • Brooklyn College Students: NetCost Market is hiring, and will help pay your tuition faster! More information here.

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