Message from Comptroller DiNapoli
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for New York and the economic impact to our State will likely be felt for a long time to come. My office is taking many proactive and positive steps to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and we want to help New York’s residents, government entities, nonprofits and businesses alike as they navigate these uncharted waters. We created this page of helpful resources and links to give you easy access to vital assistance and information you need at this time. Since the situation is changing rapidly with each passing day, please check back regularly as we update this information.”
- (NEW) With variations of the original virus strain on the rise, including the Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges those who are still unvaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information on the benefits of vaccinations and what new variants are spreading, please refer to the links below.
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts (NYS Department of Health) - Get regular updates on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker (NYS Department of Health) - Track the progress of the vaccine program in your region.
- Vaccination availability has expanded to include more populations.
- (NEW) Federal Unemployment and Pandemic Benefits (New York State Department of Labor) - On September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits (EB), $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and $100 Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), expired across the country, per federal law. Unemployment benefits are still available for those who qualify.
- (NEW) Excluded Workers' Fund (EWF) (New York State Department of Labor) - A $2.1 billion fund was created to support New Yorkers who could not get unemployment, pandemic, or other federal relief benefits. Applications for the EWF are now being accepted. It is the first entirely state-run and state-funded program in the country to support workers who did not qualify for government-issued economic relief.
- (NEW) Child Care Stabilization Grants (New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)) - OCFS is accepting applications for the Child Care Stabilization Grant. The goal of this grant is to provide financial relief to child care providers to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help stabilize their operations. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Visit their website for more information and to check eligibility.
Assistance for Small Businesses:
- (NEW) Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative (Empire State Development) - Find out more about our Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative programs. Find a statewide network of centers staffed by people who can walk you through how to apply.
- Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program (Empire State Development) - The $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides grant funding to small and micro businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. Grants range from $5,000-$50,000. Applications are available starting on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Paying Your Bills:
- (NEW) Governor Hochul Signs New Moratorium on COVID-related Residential and Commercial Evictions into Law (NY Governor's Office) - On September 2, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a new mortarium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for New York State, which is in effect until January 15, 2022. Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions. Additionally, the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility arrears assistance. For more information, please visit: Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) or phone 844-691-7368.
- What the new CDC eviction moratorium means for you (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) - The CDC issued a new eviction moratorium on August 3, 2021 to temporarily halt evictions in counties where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. If you are struggling to pay rent, the new pause in evictions may help you stay in your home, but you may need to take action.
- On Aug. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a final extension of the student loan payment pause until Jan. 31, 2022. The pause includes the following relief measures for eligible loans:
- suspension of loan payments;
- 0% interest rate; and
- stopped collections on defaulted loans.
For more information, visit: Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents (U.S. Department of Education).
- Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) - Applications opened on June 1, 2021 for the NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program which provides economic relief to low and moderate income households for rental arrears, temporary rental assistance, and utility arrears payments.
Income Tax Credits and Refunds:
- Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 (Internal Revenue Service) – On July 15, the IRS began paying half the total credit amount in advance monthly payments to qualified individuals. If qualified, you will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return. These changes apply to tax year 2021 only. Use their Eligibility Assistant to see if you qualify.
To check on the status of your income tax refunds, visit:
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