Like all of you, we are working to respond to the C-19 pandemic with as much urgency and utility as possible in order to minimize the negative health and economic consequences for our members, our sector, and for all New Yorkers.

To that end, we have created this NYCETC COVID-19 Updates and Resources website that we will regularly update. It covers the following topics: Government Executive Orders and Proposals; Advocacy; Resources and Tools; Financial Support; Events and Webinars; Surveys; Ways You Can Support; and Health Resources.

Note: Wherever possible, we list the date when a resource was added to help you keep track of updating information.


Announcements

Frontline Communities Hit Hardest by COVID-19

Our friends at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) have been updating their COVID-19 Impact in NYC map, which overlays the number and rate of developing C-19 cases in each neighborhood with data on overcrowding, rent-burdened households, service workers, and people of color. Using this data, ANHD analysis shows the socio-economic impact of C-19 and the need for rent relief, hazard pay, and increased worker protections, especially in neighborhoods where a number of challenging factors come together.

COVID-19 Urgent Service Provider (CUSP) Insight Tool
Free insight tool built on the EQUIP platform designed to specifically evaluate the capacity of nonprofit service providers to meet the needs of the local communities they serve. CUSP helps donors identify the communities that have the greatest need as well as the non-profits that can make the most substantial impact during COVID-19.  For more information, watch recording of the webinar to see how CUSP works and visit website.


Surveys


(Virtual) Events

WPTI & Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Series – Workforce Resources During COVID-19: Making Connections in a Changed Economy
Part I: Adapting to a “New Normal” During COVID-19  /  May 7  / RSVP
Part II: Best Practices in the Virtual Recruitment Market   /  May 14  / RSVP
Part III: The Employer Perspective and Virtual Recruitment Process   /  May 21  / RSVP

Center for Learning in Practice: What We Are Learning, What We Are Doing
Wednesday, May 6  /  10 am  /  RSVP & Info

Future of Philanthropy: Online Networking + Panel
Wednesday, May 6  /  6 – 7:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Financial Leadership: Making Good Decisions in Unprecedented Times 
Thursday, May 7  /  3 pm  /  Info & RSVP

BCT COVID-19 Urgent Service Provider (CUSP) Support Tool Webinar 5/7/20
Thursday, May 7  /  3 – 4 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Brookings: Reopening the coronavirus-closed economy — Principles and tradeoffs
Tuesday, May 12  /  2 – 3:30 PM  /  Info & RSVP

HSC & Spacesmith: How to Plan a Return-to-Office Strategy – Tactics to Consider
Wednesday, May 20  /  10 – 11 am  /  Info & RSVP

Ongoing Support Meetings

Human Services Council 
1. COVID-19 Update Calls for Providers
Wednesday (4/15), and Friday (4/17) at 8 AM
Dial in: 425-436-6324 / Pin: 515229#
Submit your questions ahead of time to info@humanservicescouncil.org

2. Executive Director Roundtables
Mondays 4:30 – 5:30 pm /  Info and RSVP

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce – Weekly Small Business Updates
Every Tuesday  /  2 – 3:30 pm  /  Info and RSVP


Advocacy

HSC Launches Fight for the Frontlines Fridays: A new advocacy initiative designed to engage the sector in weekly policy demands of our government officials. Launching Friday, May 8 with a call-in day to New York City Council Members, asking them for clear guidance on discretionary funding for FY20 and to preserve funding for critical services next year. 

Open Letter Sign On for Staff & Organizations: Human Services Workers are Essential Worker: Given the City’s budget cuts, staff layoffs and furloughs, COVID-19 related sickness and deaths, the lack of PPE, and more, the letter aims to demonstrate how human services workers as essential workers are facing many of the same issues that other essential workers like health care and delivery workers are facing.

NYCCAL Sign On Letter: Adult Literacy Funding: Sign on by this Friday, May 8 by contacting Ariel Savransky (UJA Federation) at savranskya@ujafedny.org

#SaveOurSummerNYC Platform Sign-On: This platform addresses concerns with the Summer Youth Employment Program, which is proposed to be fully cut this year by the de Blasio administration, as well as the cuts to other summer programming such as Beacons, COMPASS, Cornerstones, and SONYC.

Federal Comment Period Open for SBA Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program: open until May 15


Council Discretionary Funding Advocacy: 
Email your Council members with a call to protect City Council Discretionary Funding

NYS Advocacy – Support A10226/S8211, COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Bill: Call on NY legislators to require business interruption insurance cover COVID-19 losses for nonprofits and small businesses. Read A10226/S8211 here

Workforce

Human Services


Member Resources for Jobseekers / COVID Jobs

  • Contact Tracing: Both the City and State are hiring employees and supervisors for contact tracing reaching out to the contacts of those diagnosed with COVID-19 to track the spread. Learn more here for the City (three types of contract tracer jobs along with many non-tracing jobs listed), and here for the State (contact tracers, team supervisors, and community support specialists).
  • COVID-19 Staffing Portal: NYC community-based behavioral health providers are having increasing challenges maintaining essential staffing in a variety of services for New Yorkers with behavioral health needs and developmental/ intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the New York City DOHMH launched the NYC COVID Congregate Care Staffing Portal to expedite access to needed relief staff for providers and to track trends and potential issues related to staffing. The portal is now open to any licensed NYC provider. Email to register:  staffingsolutions@coalitionny.org
  • Upwardly Global is now offering free, self-paced job-search and skill-building digital tools to help navigate the job search process for all jobseekers – regardless of immigration status, and uincluding American-born citizens from vulnerable communities. Learn more and sign up here. UpGlo is hosting a partner convening and live demo of these free resources on Friday, May 15 (RSVP) and May 22 (RSVP).
  • The Financial Clinic has launched the Marketplace – an expansion of its online financial coaching platform Change Machine. The Marketplace is a recommendation engine that equips practitioners to confidently connect their customers with trustworthy fintech products and services. The first product suite – Marketplace Relief – is intended to mitigate financial insecurity amidst the unfolding economic recession triggered by COVID-19.
  • WeWork for Good initiative: no cost workspaces to governments and nonprofits (including those who are existing members) playing an active role in supporting the public health response and the economic resiliency of impacted communities due to COVID-19. Applications accepted until May 31. 

Government Guidance & Resources

See “Financial Supports” section for information on the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act & the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

City and State Launch Recovery Efforts

Federal

    NYS

    NYC

    A. City Guidance for Nonprofits and Contract Holders

    B. Agency and Individual Resources

    • NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal
      • website is intended for individuals, or those authorized to report on behalf of individuals, who have recently met any of the following criteria – Experienced symptoms of COVID-19; Tested positive for COVID-19; Have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19; Currently in quarantine – to provide them with information about COVID-19 and give them the ability to update the City on their status
    • NYC COVID-19 Services & Resources site
      • Central resource site by City of New York
    • City Agency Service Updates: Agency Suspensions and Reductions (updated regularly)
    • Guidance for Human Service Providers: Business Continuity During COVID-19
      • Updated regularly and is central website for updates to funded )
    • NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Virtual Service Center (launched last week)
    • COVID19.NYC – A group of technologists in New York City has launched this website offering public health information to New Yorkers during the novel coronavirus crisis, aimed at centralizing and aggregating info from a range of medical authorities
    • NYC Department of Small Business Services opened applications for the NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund (March 27)
    • ACCESS NYC
      • a portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for over 30 economic opportunity programs and benefits, with COVID-19 updates
    • GetCoveredNYC: Health Insurance Enrollment Services
    • For workers with reduced hours or unemployment
      • Cash Assistance: If a worker’s schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and they are unable to pay their rent, they can apply for Cash Assistance Special grants
      • Virtual Workforce1: Find employment and training opportunities
    • Regional Enrichment Centers: DOE plans to open 93 REC sites across all five boroughs, with the first sites opening starting the week of March 23 for the children of essential workers. Beginning March 27, the city’s Enrichment Centers will now also serve grocery and pharmacy workers
    • Food Access
      • Meal Hubs:  Starting Monday, March 23, three meals a day will be served to all New York City students at 439 hub sites citywide
      • SNAP: Apply online or by smart phone with the ACCESS HRA app. After you submit your application, complete your eligibility interview by calling SNAP at 718-762-7669, anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
      • Food Help NYC: You can get food today from New York City’s food pantries, which provide groceries you can cook at home, and community kitchens, which provide hot meals. Food pantries and community kitchens are located throughout the five boroughs. If you need food immediately, find locations near you here.
      • HungerFree NYC publishes Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance, which cover all neighborhoods in NYC by zip code and are available in multiple languages

    C. Announcements & Executive Orders


    COVID Jobs

    • Contact Tracing: Both the City and State are hiring employees and supervisors for contact tracing reaching out to the contacts of those diagnosed with COVID-19 to track the spread. Learn more here for the City (three types of contract tracer jobs along with many non-tracing jobs listed), and here for the State (contact tracers, team supervisors, and community support specialists).
    • Virtual Workforce1 Centers are open
    • The SIEU Employment Center Portal: Employers are seeking Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Dietary Workers, Environmental Service Workers, Home Care Workers, and others to fill important roles.
    • NYC Health and Hospitals needs workers to help transport patients, clerical staff and cleaning staff.
    • NYC Food Delivery Driver: The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. TLC drivers will be paid $53 per route, rather than hourly —  $40 base pay + $13 for expenses.

    Client Support

    • The Unemployed Workers Project has relaunched in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Through the initiative, trained English and Spanish speaking attorneys will provide free advice to New Yorkers who find themselves unemployed due to COVID-19 and would like to learn more about unemployment and other government benefits for unemployed workers. Contact the hotline at 347-521-5720 or complete an interest form

    Remote Learning Tools

    Grow with Google OnAirvirtual workshops

    NYCETC March 31 Member Roundtable: Transition to Remote Training
    Video Available

    Learning Management Systems: SchoologyCanvasEdmodo and Socrative (for testing)

    General Assembly

    Google & Grow with Google

    LinkedIn

    Justworks
    Remote Life Resources: Your Guide to the New Normal

    Center for Learning in Practice
    Moving My Program/Course/Workshop Online course

    AT&T
    Business Continuity Resource Page

    Google & Grow with Google

      Quizlet

      Zoom


      Financial Supports

      Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

      • SBA’s PPP:  The Federal SBA continues to issue new guidance and other information on the PPP program.
      • Fed’s Main Street Lending Program: The Federal Reserve announced more details on the Main Street Lending Program for small and mid-size businesses, which is due to launch “soon.” Businesses with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in annual revenue are now eligible for one of the three lending options (determined by loan size, minimum is $500,000) from this program. The four-year loans will carry a rate of LIBOR + 3%

      Government Supports

      Philanthropy

      Relief Funds and Private Supports


      Survey & Information Requests


      Resource Pages


      Ways You Can Support


      Food Supports

      COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources