HEAP is a Federally-funded plan that assists low-income homeowners and tenants in paying for utility and heating bills.
In NYC, the Heating Aid application period has been extended until April 20, 2020.
To apply in NYS (not including NYC):
New York State is now allowing residents eligible under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program to apply via the state. This includes previously ineligible applicants, including the self-employed and independent contractors.
To see if you’re eligible for Pandemic Unemployment click below https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.pdf
New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines.
New York State has instituted a filing method based on your last name.
New York State employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working decreased hours.
The Federal government has stated that the following individuals are now eligible for Unemployment.
(1) An employer temporarily halts operations due to COVID-19, restricting employees from coming to work; (2) An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and (3) An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. Also, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
This is a directive to the States only. The Federal government does not offer Unemployment Insurance. Instead, you must file through your state.
The New York State Tax Department has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has ensured that all students have three free meals available daily. This is for all NYC children, regardless if they are enrolled in the Public School System or not. Many private schools are also providing this service, so reach out to your school for more information.
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