New Resource:

 

The federal government has created temporary financial assistance programs to help individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic. Many state governments – like New York – have implemented their own programs. To provide an overview of some of the available options, Agudath Israel has consulted with a team of professionals to provide this guidance document. To that end we have set up a dedicated email address for any inquiries you may have. Please email covidfinances@agudah.org and we will do our best to answer you or refer you to one of our experts.

 

Remember: No decision should be made without consulting your tax and financial advisor. Agudath Israel is NOT a law or accounting firm, and any information provided is for informational purposes only. Decisions should be case-specific, and the regulatory landscape is changing quickly.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs):

 

EIDLs are low-interest SBA loans of up to $2 million that are being made available to small businesses that are suffering substantial economic injury due to COVID-19. The SBA is processing loan applications for small businesses and nonprofits. The application can be found here.

 

NYS Unemployment

 

New York State is now allowing residents effected by the coronavirus to apply for extended unemployment benefits via the state. This includes previously ineligible applicants, including the self-employed and independent contractors. They are also waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. To learn more or to apply click here.

 

New York City Launches Coronavirus Health Portal

 

New York City has announced the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal, an online form for New Yorkers to self-report information about whether they’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, have had a confirmed positive test or have been otherwise affected by the virus. The engagement portal is geared toward users who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for the virus, come into contact with somebody who may have had it or who are otherwise currently in quarantine.

 

Share Your Space

 

The Share Your Space Survey identifies spaces in your community that could potentially support the City’s emergency operations or be used for community outreach events. This survey assists the efforts of NYC Emergency Management in preparing and coordinating emergencies on the community level. If you have a space you would like to share please click here.

 

Looking for Plasma Donors

 

Columbia University is looking for volunteers who have recovered from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to Donate Convalescent Plasma to help treat others. For more information click here.

 

Alternate Side Parking

 

New York City Alternate side of the street parking has been suspended for another 2 weeks until April 14th.

 

DMV News

 

All licenses, non-driver ID’s, and registrations with an expiration date of March 2020 or later are extended. Auto inspections due in March 2020 are extended until further notice.

 

Klal Yisroel Helping Klal Yisroel

 

Agudath Israel has launched the Klal Yisroel Helping Klal Yisroel campaign – many, many of you have already donated, and we appreciate it. We wish that would be enough, but the unfortunate reality is that your donations are still needed. Please donate generously here.

 

If you have any questions or would like any further information please feel free to email ysilber@agudah.org and we will do our best to respond.