COVID-19 Relief Program Tracker

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COVID-19 Relief Program Tracker

A quote from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli: "My office is committed to full transparency in government spending. New York is seeing an historic level of federal funding right now and our job is to follow the money and ensure funds are used wisely and administrated efficiently." End of quote.

The Office of the State Comptroller has created this dashboard to track certain federal relief funds received during the pandemic and eight programs that offer targeted assistance to New Yorkers most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The tracker explains when each funding stream or program was authorized, how it is designed and how much has been received and spent to date. The tracker will be updated monthly and will be expanded over time as more information becomes available. We hope the information presented here can be used to help New Yorkers understand how federal aid is used and to inform future conversations about budget investments.

Select a relief program to view its funding and spending, or download this month’s data for all programs.

Data through October 31, 2021

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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief
Program Highlight

$14.0 billion in general aid for elementary and secondary education.

  • Funds received to date: $1.025 billion
  • Funds spent to date: $1.067 billion
Authorizing Legislation
  • $1.0 billion, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • $4.0 billion, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
  • $9.0 billion, American Rescue Plan
Description

This funding administered by the State Education Department will support pandemic preparedness and response efforts, including maintaining operations and continuity of services, staff training and educational technology, and addressing learning loss related to the pandemic. Of $14.0 billion in anticipated resources, $3.2 billion is expected to be spent in SFY 2021-22, and the balance will be spent in subsequent years through SFY 2024-25.

See Technical Notes 

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State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
Program Highlight

$13.5 billion for State and Local Fiscal Stabilization ($12.7 billion for State purposes; $774 million for local purposes).

  • Funds received to date: $13.1 billion
  • Funds spent to date: $387.1 million
  • Transfers to General Fund: $0
Authorizing Legislation

American Rescue Plan

Description

This program is administered by the Division of the Budget. New York State has received $12.7 billion in general relief aid that is available for a wide range of eligible State purposes. The SFY 2021-22 Enacted Budget financial plan assumes that these funds will be used over the next four years: $4.5 billion in SFY 2021-22; $2.35 billion in SFY 2022-23; $2.25 billion in SFY 2023-24; and $3.645 billion in SFY 2024-25. Use of federal funds as revenue replacement would be reflected as a transfer to the General Fund. No such transfers have been made to date.

In addition, New York State received $387 million in “pass through” funding to eligible “non-entitlement” local governments, with an additional $387 million for these local governments expected at a later date. These local governments typically serve a population under 50,000 and were ineligible to receive direct payments due to federal program restrictions. These values do not reflect $9.94 billion in funding to New York City and other “entitlement” communities that represent larger populations and will receive direct federal funding.

See Technical Notes

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Coronavirus Relief Fund
Program Highlight

$5.1 billion for State costs related to COVID-19 response.

  • Funds received to date: $5.1 billion
  • Funds spent to date: $3.9 billion
Authorizing Legislation

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Description

This funding administered by the Division of the Budget is available for certain health and public safety payroll costs and other costs related to the pandemic, thus reducing or avoiding unplanned State costs. Of the $3.9 billion disbursed since April 2020, the majority has been used for State agency operating costs. In addition, the CRF was also used to pay interest costs on short-term notes issued for cash flow relief in SFY 2020-21. The Division of the Budget anticipates the remaining funds will be disbursed in the current fiscal year.

See Technical Notes

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Child Care Services
Program Highlight

$2.5 billion for child-care services, subsidies and provider stabilization grants.

  • Funds received to date: $486.2 million
  • Funds spent to date: $505.6 million
Authorizing Legislation
  • $163.6 million, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • $468.8 million, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRSRA) Act
  • $1.826 billion, American Rescue Plan
Description

This funding administered by the Office of Children and Family Services is intended to expand access to child care, lower costs to families, and provide stability for providers. $1.26 billion is available for child care provider financial stabilization grants, with remaining funding to subsidize family costs, secure cleaning and personal protective equipment and other costs. The Division of the Budget anticipates that funds will be spent over five State fiscal years, including $163.6 million in SFY 2020-21; $1.35 billion in SFY 2021-22; and $950 million from SFY 2022-23 to SFY 2024-25.

See Technical Notes

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Emergency Rental Assistance
Program Highlight

$2.85 billion in federal ($2.6 billion) and State ($250 million) funding for rental assistance.

  • Funds received to date: $2.4 billion
  • Funds spent to date: $1.0 billion
Authorizing Legislation

Federal funds: $2.6 billion

  • $1.3 billion, Consolidated Appropriations Act
  • $1.3 billion, American Rescue Plan

State funds: $250 million

  • Chapters 53 and 418, New York State Laws of 2021
Description

This program administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is intended to provide economic relief to low- and moderate-income tenants and help landlords obtain rents due. A total of $2.85 billion of federal and State aid is expected to be made available for emergency rental assistance over the next four years. Federal funds are expected to total $2.6 billion, with $168 million being paid directly to seven locally administered programs (Hempstead, Islip, Monroe County, Rochester, Onondaga County, Oyster Bay, and Yonkers). $2.4 billion will be received and administered directly by the State. The State will supplement the federal aid with $250 million of State funding.

See Technical Notes

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Excluded Workers Fund
Program Highlight

$2.1 billion in State funding for income support for workers ineligible for other assistance programs.

  • State funds available: $2.1 billion (no federal funds will be used for this program) 
  • Funds spent to date: $2.0 billion
Authorizing Legislation

Chapter 53, New York State Laws of 2021

Description

Unlike many of the other relief programs, the Excluded Workers Fund is funded by State General Fund resources; the program is administered by the Department of Labor. It will provide benefits of either $15,600 or $3,200 less taxes to individuals that lived in the State before March 27, 2020 and continue to live in the State, are not eligible for unemployment insurance or other COVID-19 income relief programs and earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months before April 19, 2021.

See Technical Notes

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Homeowner Assistance Fund
Program Highlight

$539.5 million to mitigate financial hardships faced by homeowners in the pandemic.

  • Funds received to date: $53.9 million
  • Funds spent to date: $50.0 million
Authorizing Legislation

American Rescue Plan

Description

This program is intended to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship. The program is administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal. A program plan has been submitted to the United States Department of the Treasury for approval. Upon approval, federal funds will be advanced to the State for program disbursements. Funds received to date reflect a federal advance equal to 10 percent of the State award authorized to be made before State plan approval. 

See Technical Notes

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Small Business Recovery
Program Highlight

$1.6 billion in federal ($600 million) and State ($1 billion) funding for small businesses, restaurants and arts and cultural organizations economic recovery.

  • Federal funds received to date: $0
  • Federal funds spent to date: $0
  • State funds available: $865 million
  • State funds spent to date: $415.3 million
Authorizing Legislation

Federal funds: $600 million

  • American Rescue Plan

State funds: $865 million (and $135 million in tax incentives)

  • Chapters 53 and 59, New York State Laws of 2021
Description

State entities will administer $1.6 billion of support for small business recovery, including:

  • $600 million of federal funds administered by Empire State Development for the small business credit incentive program to increase access to credit for small businesses impacted by the pandemic;
  • $800 million of State funds for grants for small businesses;
  • $25 million administered by the Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets for the Restaurant Resiliency grant program;
  • $40 million administered by the Council on the Arts for the Arts and Cultural Organization Recovery Grant program; and
  • $135 million of Pandemic Recovery and Restart program tax credits are also available. Because the tax credits must be applied for and can be claimed over multiple tax years, status information for the $135 million Pandemic Recovery and Restart tax credits is excluded from this reporting.

See Technical Notes

  


Technical Notes

Funds Expected to Be Received
Anticipated funding (federal and/or State) available for New York State or for “pass through” to other recipients, such as childcare providers, landlords, or local governments. These estimates are from sources including the Division of the Budget, legislative appropriations, federal and State agencies, and Federal Funds Information for States. Funds paid directly by the federal government to beneficiaries are not included.

Funds Received
Federal aid received by the State of New York, either for direct program administration or pass through to other recipients. In some cases, the State has already received all the funding for which it is eligible; in other cases, the State will be reimbursed by the federal government for spending made under a certain program. Funds paid directly by the federal government to beneficiaries are not included.

Funds Spent
Payments made by the State, either to direct beneficiaries or as a pass through to other recipients. Such payments may be backed with federal or State funds. Disbursements do not include disbursements made by entities other than the State, such as local governments or school districts, that receive federal funding directly. Executive Branch agencies may report different “spending” values that reflect stages of program management that occur prior to final payment, such as request for proposal amounts, awards or contract encumbrances. Disbursements may exceed estimated program receipts due to timing differences between State payments and federal reimbursement. Funds paid directly by the federal government to beneficiaries are not included.

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