COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA Funeral Expense Reimbursement

If you paid for the funeral of a family or loved one who passed due to COVID-19 you are likely eligible for up to $9,000 of funeral expenses reimbursed. 

To be eligible you must meet the following conditions:

  • For deaths that occurred after May 16, 2020, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • For deaths that occurred from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020, any death certificate that does not attribute the cause of death to COVID-19 must be accompanied by a signed statement listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death.
    • The signed statement must be provided by the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.
    • The statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.
FEMA recommends you collect the following records:
 
  • Official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
    • If the death certificate was issued from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020 it must either attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 or be accompanied by a signed statement from the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death. This signed statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.
    • If the death certificate was issued May 17, 2020 or later, the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.

For more information, please visit the FEMA Funeral Assistance website here and apply using the information below.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

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

vegetables, fruits, food

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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