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Week of July 26, 2021
 

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Assistance to pay for late rent and utilities

  • The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) covers up to 12 months of late rent and utilities, and up to 3 months of future rent.

Up to $50 off every month for broadband internet service

  • Apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to receive the discount as soon as possible.

Upcoming payment of up to $15,600 for excluded workers

  • The Excluded Workers Fund is available for workers who aren't eligible for unemployment insurance or stimulus payments because of their immigration status or other factors. Applications will open in August 2021.

Advance payments of the Child Tax Credit

  • Eligible families will automatically receive monthly payments for parts of the Child Tax Credit.
 

The latest information

 

Assistance for late rent and utilities

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) | OTDA, NYC DSS and HRA, U.S. Treasury

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) gives assistance to renters with late rent and utility bills. It can also pay for some future rent. Assistance may cover:

  • Up to 12 months of late rent
  • Up to 3 months of future rent if your household will spend 30 percent or more of gross monthly income to pay for rent
  • Up to 12 months of late electric or gas utility bills

ERAP also protects you from certain types of eviction and rent increases.

Renters should apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served, basis. While your ERAP application is pending, you will likely be protected from certain types of eviction.

Learn how to apply
 

Up to $50 off monthly broadband internet service

Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a new temporary benefit. It gives your household a discount on internet service from participating internet companies. You can also get up to a $100 discount to buy a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Apply online to start receiving the discount as soon as possible.

Learn how to apply
 

Payment up to $15,600 for workers not eligible for unemployment insurance

Excluded Workers Fund | NYS Department of Labor

The Excluded Workers Fund is a benefit that is coming soon. It’s for workers who are not eligible for unemployment insurance or stimulus payments because of their immigration status or other factors.

Applications will open in August. You'll have two weeks to prepare your documents.

Learn more
 

Advance payments of the Child Tax Credit start this month

Child Tax Credit | IRS, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) helps families afford the everyday expenses of raising a child.

The IRS has started sending monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit in advance. Eligible families can get:

  • Up to $300 a month per child until the end of 2021, and
  • Up to $1800 per child when you file taxes in 2022.
Learn more about the Child Tax Credit
 

COVID-19 vaccines available at some schools

Some schools now offer the COVID-19 vaccine for free. Check here for the list of schools offering the vaccine.

 

Work

 

Jobs with the City Cleanup Corps

City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC)

The City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC) is hiring New Yorkers to help clean up, maintain, and beautify neighborhoods all around NYC.

See current jobs
 

Childcare

 

Vouchers to cover childcare costs

Administration for Children Services (ACS)

Child care vouchers help eligible low-income families with child care costs. They help cover the cost of child care for children 6 weeks to 13 years old. Children with disabilities up to 18 years old are also covered.

Learn more
 

Cash

 

Up to $800 to buy and install an air conditioner or fan

Cooling Assistance Benefit | Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Eligible households can get money to cover the cost of an air conditioner or fan.

Applications are being accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Learn how to apply
 

Flood insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) protects your home and belongings in the event of a flood.

Traditional homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. A federal flood insurance policy is the only way to make sure your home is covered.

Learn more
 

Cash help for when you are in need

Human Resources Administration

You can get cash assistance if you are in need. Funds will come on a debit card that can be used at stores that accept EBT cards. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or have satisfactory immigration status.

Learn how to apply
 

Money to buy food

SNAP | Human Resources Administration

You may be eligible for money to buy groceries. SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, come on a debit card that you can use at many grocery stores.

Learn how to apply
 

Update for Cash Assistance and SNAP recipients

Starting July 2021, return your Cash Assistance 6-month mailer and SNAP periodic report to HRA. Otherwise, your case will close.

 

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The Child Tax Credit

Starting July 15th, the IRS will send advance payments of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Depending on the age of your child, you could receive up to $300 a month per child until the end of 2021 and up to $1800 per child when you file in 2022.

 

You could be eligible if you have a child who meets the following criteria:

  • Will be under the age of 18 by the end of 2021
  • Has lived with you for over half the year
  • Has a Social Security Number (Only the child needs a social security number, the parent or caregiver does not.) 

 

Use the IRS' Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant to answer a series of questions to quickly determine your eligibility for the advance payments.

 

Note: Most families will automatically receive advance payments. There is no additional action needed to sign up for the advance payments if you’ve already filed a 2019 or 2020 federal tax return or used the IRS Non-filers tool in 2020 to sign up for Economic Impact Payments (commonly known as stimulus payments). If you have not taken these steps, you will need to sign up for Advance Payments to receive them.

Free Summer Meals

Continuing all summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city.

NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program
 
college-jar-label-with-money-on-tableNYCDOE has partnered with the nonprofit NYC Kids RISE on the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. This free program gives qualifying students an NYC Scholarship Account with money for qualified college and career training costs. Since 2017, NYC Kids RISE, community partners, local businesses, neighbors, and others have fundraised and deposited over $2.4 million dollars for the future college and career training costs of participating students.
 
Visit http://nyckidsrise.org to learn more about the Save for College Program. See the details in: English, Arabic, Bangla-Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu

Summer Activity Guide for Youth and Families

Summer Fun TitleThe NYC Children’s Cabinet and Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity has now launched the Summer in the City Family and Youth Guides!

 

In these guides families can find:

                • Free or low-cost short-term programs (such as camps, sports clinics, STEM, coding, etc.);
              • Free events and activities happening throughout the summer;
              • City venues that are open such as pools, beaches, gardens, museums, etc.
              • Volunteer, work experience, and other opportunities for youth
              • Other supports including COVID-19 updates, how to get free food, childcare, mental health & emotional support, and more.

https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/summer/

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Internet Service for Families

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, reduced cost broadband internet service for families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households: 

  • Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or 
  • One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available. 

Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese

If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.