Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Emergency rental assistance program (ERAP)

Applications opened June 1st. Approved households may receive:

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Both Landlords and Tenants can apply here!

Eviction Moratorium Extension

Eviction Moratorium Extended Through August 31st

The eviction protections under the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act were extended through August 31st, 2021. The bill was set to expire on May 1st, 2021, so this extension works retroactively to cover the days between then and today. 

This extension means that most tenants can protect themselves from eviction if they sign a Hardship Declaration and deliver it to their landlord, an agent of their landlord and/or their local Housing Court. PLEASE fill out a Hardship Declaration as soon as possible! This can protect you from evictions!

Application Instructions

Click here for instructions on how to apply!

Vaccination Sites in LES

Rite Aid Pharmacies
Contact (800) 748-3243 for registration information.

81 1st Avenue, Manhattan, 10003
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

408 Grand Street, Manhattan, 10002
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

85 Avenue D, Manhattan, 10009
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

7 Madison Street, Manhattan, 10038
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

Ryan Health – Nena Community Center
279 East 3rd Street, Manhattan, 10009
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

NYC Vaccine Hub – Essex Crossing
244B Broome Street, Manhattan, 10002
(877) 829-4692
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Essential Workers Prioritized

Gotham Health, Gouverneur
227 Madison Street, Manhattan, 10002
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

RendrCare: Chinatown Medical Physician 
86 Bowery, 4 Floor, Manhattan, 10013
(646) 601-6229
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

Walgreens/Duane Reade
As of this email, vaccine appointments are available via Walgreens/Duane Reade for zips 10002, 10009, 10003, 10010, and 10016. Contact (800) 925-4733 for more information.

145 4th Avenue, Manhattan, 10003
(800) 925-4733
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

1 Union Square South, Manhattan, 10003
(800) 925-4733
COVID vaccine offered: Pfizer
Site only serves those age 65 and older

125 3rd Avenue, Manhattan, 10003
(800) 925-4733
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

194 East 2nd Street, Manhattan, 10009
(800) 925-4733
COVID vaccine offered: Moderna
Site only serves those age 65 and older

100 Delancey Street, Manhattan, 10002
(800) 925-4733
COVID vaccine offered: Pfizer
Site only serves those age 65 and older

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Food Distribution Resources in LES

Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt St. New York, NY 10002
Food Distribution program operating hours:
Mo: 10:00AM – 3:00PM (if you do not have a ticket, come after 2:00PM!)
Please call 646-201-4251 to confirm latest operating hours.

Father’s Heart Ministries
543-545 East 11th Street New York, NY 10009
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Sa: 8:15AM-11AM
Please call 212-375-1765 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Vision Urbana Inc.
66 Essex Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Mo: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Register at this link for hot meal or pantry delivery. https://www2.visionurbana.org/pantry_form
Please call 646-626-9748 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Henry Street Settlement
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with getting food delivered, please call the Helpline at 347-493-2787.

NAZARETH HOUSING INC
206 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10009
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Tu: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Please call 212-777-3567 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless Inc.
602 East 9th Street New York, NY 10009
Soup Kitchen program operating hours MTWRF: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Food Pantry program operating hours MTWRF: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Please call 212-228-5254 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Educational Alliance (Project ORE) 
331 E. 12th Street New York, NY 10003
Food Pantry program operating hours:
MTWRF: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Please call 212-780-5436 to confirm latest operating hours. 

P.S. 019 Asher Levy 
185 1 AVENUE.
Food Distribution program operating hours:
MTWRF: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Halal meals available!
This site is No Accessibility

Lillian Wald Food Pantry
12 Avenue D New York, NY 10009
MoTuWeTh: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Fr: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Please call 212-260-2731 to confirm latest operating hours.  

Our Lady of Sorrows 
213 Stanton Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Tu: 10:00AM – 11:30AM and Th: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Please call 212-673-0900 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Primitive Christian Church 
207-209 East Broadway New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry programs.
Please call  212-673-7868 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Cabrini Immigrant Services 
139 Henry Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Tu: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Please call 212-791-4590 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Dewitt Reformed Church
280 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
MoTu: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Please call 212-674-3341 to confirm latest operating hours.

Hope for the Future Ministries
Tompkins Square Park
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Sa: 2:00PM – 7:00PM (third Saturdays of month)
Please call 631-752-5771 to confirm latest operating hours.

UJC of the East Side
15-17 Bialystoker Place New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
MoTuTh: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Fr: 9:00AM – 11:30AM
Please call 212-673-9328 to confirm latest operating hours. 

Bowery Mission/Christian Herald Association 
227 Bowery New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Mo: 9:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Tu: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
We: 9:00AM – 11:00AM and 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Th: 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Fr: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Sa: 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Please call 212-674-3456 to confirm latest operating hours. 

GetFoodNYC: Free Food Locations
Get a map of food resources across the city:

  • Free food pantries 
  • Grocery stores and farmer’s markets locations 
  • Grab & go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need.

P-EBT
Learn about P-EBT, $420 per child in money for groceries coming to all NYC public school families. Multiple languages available.

AccessNYC
Find out if you may be eligible for food benefits including SNAP and WIC, and learn how to apply.

Emergency Home Food Delivery
If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days. Check your eligibility and sign up.

LESReady! August Updates

THE NEXT LES READY! MEETING, WILL BE HELD AUGUST 27, 11am – 12pm

LES Ready! has a limited number of PPE (masks and gowns). Please let us know if you would like masks or gowns for your organization, clinic or event by contacting lesreadyinfo@gmail.com 

MEETINGS & RESOURCES

  1. NYC TEST AND TRACE CORPS, AUGUST 14, 2020, 11am – 12pm 

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Join NYC VOAD Unmet Needs Meeting. Ask questions and hear from Dr. Ted Long, MD, MHS, who heads the NYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps. Dr. Long is also Sr. Vice President of Ambulatory Care at New York City Health + Hospitals

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81371994039  

Meeting ID: 813 7199 4039 

  1. COASTAL STORM PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR, AUGUST 19, 2020, 1pm 
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This coastal storm season is happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. As New York City recovers from the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, we know coastal storms, like hurricanes and tropical storms, continue to be a significant hazard to the City. Join this webinar, hosted by NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness with guest speakers from the NYCEM Response Bureau, and the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, to learn best practices and resources to prepare your community for a coastal storm. Registration & Event Information: https://nycem.webex.com/nycem/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b6f4f21c1129c1ced49e978cd79646a

  1. “WE THE YOUTH, YOU THE PEOPLE, AUGUST 19, 2020, 3pm – 5pm
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DYCD will host a series of virtual town halls kicking off discussing Structural Racism. One goal is to create a safe space for young people to harness their voice, agenda and power around the uncertainties of the health pandemic, civil unrest, funding priorities, programming and policies that affect their lives. We invite everyone to hear and learn from their voices!

Register below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dycd-virtual-youth-town-hall-tickets-114444632978

  1. COVID-19 NEW YORK DATA PORTALS
  1.  MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS 

New York, the state court system has extended a moratorium through October 1 for residential tenants, allowing thousands of renters at risk of eviction momentary relief. The new directive, mandates that no existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October at the earliest and continues its suspension on proceedings. 

  1. GET FOOD NYC – FREE FOOD FOR NEW YORKERS 

Use the below link to find out about Pandemic EBT, SNAP, WIC, Cooking at home tips, food delivery service, fresh produce and more

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml

Use the below link/map to find locations that offer free food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC schools, as well as grocery stores and farmer’s markets

https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f

  1. NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCHOOLS REOPENING PLAN 

New York City Department of Education’s District School Reopening Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department. The plan is 109 pages and provides a detailed description of the current plans for re-opening. Governor Cuomo announced that schools across New York can reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Under the governor’s announcement, schools can be reopened if they are in a region where the average rate of positive tests for COVID 19 is below 5 percent.  Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have set a higher standard and announced that schools can only open if the rate of positive tests in the city is 3 percent or lower. Currently, New York City’s positivity rate is below 1 percent.   

  • School Reopening Phase 1 plans due: 8/12  
  • Program Models Due: 8/14  
  • District Review Team Decisions: 8/21 

Tropical Storm Isaias Approaching New York City Tuesday, August 4

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning, a flash flood watch and wind advisory for NYC, with sustained winds 40 to 50 mph, and gusts up to 60 mph. The heaviest rain is expected from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. New York City Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory from Tuesday morning through Tuesday night as there the potential for heavy rainfall and strong winds that may reduce visibility and create hazardous travel throughout Tuesday. 

Heavy rains and gusty winds could limit visibility and create difficult travel conditions through Tuesday nightTropical Storm Warning in effect citywide; with heavy rains and strong winds from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the strongest rains and tropical strength winds from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday 

New Yorkers should plan for difficult travel conditions and are advised to exercise caution and consider taking public transportation if they must travelThose who are able to stay home during the storm are advised to stay indoors. Heavy rains may lead to potential flooding in low-lying areas throughout the city, including lower Manhattan. If you are traveling, avoid flooded areas, turn on headlights, drive slowly, and exercise caution. Consider avoiding or delaying travel until flooding and heavy rain stop. 

      Safety Tips

  • If you live in a flood-prone area, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand to help protect your home.
  • If you have a disability or access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, or communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from family, friends, or service providers if you will need assistance.
  • When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that tree limbs, leaves, or water can cover downed wires from view. Always stay away from downed power lines because they could be live.
  • Report downed wires immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

Power Outages

  • To prepare for a possible power outage, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.
  • Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries.
  • If you lose power and have a disability, access and functional needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 911.
  • Do not use generators indoors.
  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, or health conditions. Help them to prepare if needed.

Prepare for Strong Winds

Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. To protect against the hazard of strong winds, New Yorkers should:

  • Check the area immediately surrounding your home for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs, garbage cans, yard debris, or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicle.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio furniture.
  • Secure retractable awnings.
  • Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.

Stay Informed about Tropical Storm Isaias

Monitor Notify NYC and local media, the City’s free emergency notification system, though which New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

For information on Tropical Storm Isaias’ track

Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at www.nhc.noaa.gov, or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/nyc.

More Resources

NYC Emergency Management has developed some localized coastal storm preparedness materials for the 2020 hurricane season, including the location of hurricane evacuation zones and evacuation centers by borough. Please be advised that information is subject to change. Check this website or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) for updates.

Coastal Storm Preparedness Information for Manhattan

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Updates, 7.20.20 – Extreme Heat & COVID Resources

  1. EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY
  2. CITYWIDE INSIDE CITYWIDE COOLING CENTERS
  3. LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  4. OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”
  5. FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING
  6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS
  7. NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM
  8. HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT
  9. CENSUS
  10. RESOURCES
  1. NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISE NEW YORKERS TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT
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Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. This website provides helpful tips, information, and resources to help you stay safe in the extreme heat this summer.

What is Extreme Heat?

Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Because some places are hotter than others, this depends on what’s considered average for a particular location at that time of year. Humid and muggy conditions can make it seem hotter than it really is.

What Causes Heat-Related Illness?

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include:

  • High levels of humidity
  • Obesity
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Prescription drug use
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Poor circulation
  • Sunburn
  • Alcohol use

Who is Most at Risk?

Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Summertime activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with actions that help the body cool itself to prevent heat-related illness. Use this website to learn more on how to stay safe in the heat this summer, including how to prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related illness.

  • CITYWIDE INSIDE PUBLIC COOLING CENTER FINDER

https://maps.nyc.gov/cooling-center/

  • LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  • PS 61, 610 E 12 St (B&C)
  • Grand Coalition of Seniors NSC – SENIORS ONLY, 80 Pitt St (at Rivington St)
  • M.S. 131, 100 Hester St (Eldridge & Chrystie)
  • Marta Valle High School, 145 Stanton St (Suffolk & Norfolk)
  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold, 293 East Broadway
  • P.S. 124 Yung Wing, 40 Division St (Market & Bowery)
  • OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”

https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/cool-it-nyc

  • Water Fountains
  • Spray Showers
  • Tree Cover
  • FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING

CITYWIDE

MANHATTAN

      6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS

            *Please call in advance to confirm hours/days

Father’s Heart Ministries (pantry and soup kitchen)

545 East 11th Street

212-375-1765

Saturdays 8:30AM to 11AM

The Meatloaf Kitchen (soup kitchen)

137 2nd Street

(347) 850-2230

Doing breakfast from 9am to 11am and lunch from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. (3/20)

St. Joseph House (soup kitchen)

36 East 1st Street

(212) 254-1640

Soup kitchen: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 11:00 am.

Trinity Church Lower East Side (soup kitchen and food pantry)

602 East 9th Street

(212) 228-5254

Mondays through Fridays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (soup kitchen)

Monday – Friday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Food Pantry) – Appointment Needed

Temple Soup Kitchen

33 East 12th Street

(212) 674-2340

Saturdays from 2:30 pm and 4:00pm

The Bowery Mission (soup kitchen)

227 Bowery

(212) 674-3456

Serving meals 3 times a day. To-go breakfast 9 to 10am, lunch 1 to 2pm and, dinner 6-7pm

Nazareth Housing (food pantry)

206 East 4th St. (blue door)

212-777-1010

Tuesdays at 10AM

Most Holy Redeemer Church (Food pantry)

173 E 3rd St

(212) 673-4224

Every other Wednesday 10a to 11a

Dewitt Church (food pantry)

280 Rivington St

(212) 674-3341

Mondays and Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm

Interfaith Church

325 East 5th St

(352) 213-9020

Middle Collegiate Church (Food pantry and soup kitchen)

50 E 7th Street

(212) 477-0666

Wednesdays 8am to 9:30am (pantry)

Primitive Christian Church (Food Pantry)

207-209 East Broadway

(212)673-7868

Last Thursday of the month 1:30 to 3:30PM

Hetrick Martin (Food Pantry)

2 Astor Place

(212) 674-2400

HMI’s Food distribution:  will be from 1 pm – 3 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, HMI will distribute food bags (and other essentials) to youth who stop by

  • NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

Overview & Eligibility

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.

The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.

Eligible households must meet the following criteria:

  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent.  Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.) 
  • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
  • See our FAQs below for more information.

To apply see the application section of this page below.

HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov

  • HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT

https://nlihc.org/resource/overview-housing-and-homeless-provisions-heroes-act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the HEROES Act. The $3 trillion bill proposes almost $200 billion in additional funding for housing and homelessness programs to help communities respond to the coronavirus crisis.

  • CENSUS – PLEASE FILL IT OUT!

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/census/index.page

The 2020 Census is here — and it will shape New York City’s future for years to come. Once every ten years, the United States Census takes a count of every person in the United States. The taking of the census is mandated by the United States Constitution and has occurred every 10 years since 1790. But the census is so much more than just a count. Census information is used to determine New York City’s fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure, and more — as well as the number of seats we have in Congress. Because so much is at stake, it’s critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census.In the 2010 Census, the city’s self-response rate was less than 62%, compared to the national average of 76%. We need every New Yorker to get involved to ensure that their community is counted next year.

  1. RESOURCES

LES READY!

Please let us know if your organization is in need of gloves, masks, gowns or have other needs. Contact us at lesready.covid19@gmail.com

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/about/press-releases/20200718_pr_nycem_advises-new-yorkers-to-prepare-for-extreme-heat.page

NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page