Rep. Espaillat Encourages Eligible Constituents To Apply For And Hurricane Ida Recovery ResourcesCOVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat encourages all eligible constituents of New York’s 13 congressional district to apply for federal and state resources available.

The resources are available to help assist families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or Hurricane Ida recovery:

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“As 2021 draws to an end and we continue along this path of recovery from COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida, it remains critical that constituents know that emergency funding is available from federal, state and local programs and to apply prior to forthcoming deadlines,” said Rep. Espaillat. “I encourage all who are eligible to apply and to not delay in taking advantage of the hard-won critical FEMA, SBA and state resources established to help get our families and our communities back on track.”

To find out more about additional benefits available to assist New Yorkers, visit the Access NYC webpage at https://access.nyc.gov/ and the New York City Human Resource Administration webpage at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/i-need-help.page.

The following resources are available for applications submitted prior to each deadline:

COVID-19 Internet Accessibility:

If your household needs help to pay for internet services due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a temporary $50 monthly Emergency Broadband Benefit provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Find out if your household qualifies and learn how to apply online as soon as possible before funding runs out at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Program webpage at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Hurricane Ida Relief for Undocumented District Residents Living in the Bronx:

If you are an undocumented person impacted by Hurricane Ida, you may qualify for funds from the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA). To find out if your household qualifies and to apply before the November 26, 2021, deadline call the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) hotline at 1-800-566-7636, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or visit Catholic Charities Community Services at 402 East 152nd Street, Bronx, NY 10455.

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COVID-19 Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance for Small Businesses:

If you own or operate a small business that effected by COVID-19 then it may qualify for a variety of relief options available from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Find out more about the available programs, if your small business qualifies and how to apply online before the June 6, 2022, deadline at the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 relief options webpage.

Hurricane Ida Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance for Small Businesses:

If you own or operate a business or nonprofit organization that was impacted by Hurricane Ida then it may qualify for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help repair or replace disaster-damaged property or to meet any financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. Find out if your business or organization qualifies and apply online before the June 6, 2022, deadline at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance program webpage.

Hurricane Ida Small Business Administration (SBA) Home Disaster Loans for Bronx Homeowners:

If you own or rent a home in the Bronx and had to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles because of Hurricane Ida then you may qualify for a Small Business Administration low-interest Home Disaster loan. Find out if your house qualifies and apply online before the June 6, 2022, deadline at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance program webpage at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/.

Hurricane Ida Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance for District Residents in the Bronx:

If you live in the Bronx and your home suffered damages or flooding because of Hurricane Ida then you may qualify for federal disaster assistance to pay for necessary expenses and serious needs. The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA is Monday, Dec. 6. This is also the deadline to apply for a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance.  To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Helpline operators are available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.

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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):

If you are part of low or moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic then you may qualify for significant economic relief to by providing owed rent, temporary rental assistance, and help to pay owed utilities. Find out if your household qualifies for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and apply online at the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) webpage at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/. You can contact the program by telephone at 1-844-NY1-RENT (1-844-691-7368) or TTY 1-833-843-8829, Monday-Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you need help applying to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) find neighborhood resources at https://nysrenthelp.otda.ny.gov/en/.

COVID-19 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Funeral Assistance:

If you need help paying for the burial expenses of a family member or loved one who has passed away due to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020, you may be eligible to receive assistance through the FEMA program. Find out more online at the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program webpage or apply by telephone at 1-844-684-6333 or TTY: 1-800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no deadline to apply for assistance.

Internet Accessibility:

If you need help paying for internet access and a member of your household participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and receives free or reduced-cost lunch or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or receives Supplemental Security Income, then you may be eligible for low-cost broadband ($15–$20/month). To find out if your household qualifies, visit online at the Spectrum Internet Assist program webpage at https://www.spectrum.net/support/forms/spectrum_internet_assist.

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