In these unprecedented times and given the unfortunate circumstances, we have gathered following resource links and documents to assist individuals with relief and businesses with guidance.
We will continue to update this information.
There are many different types of assistance available to you and your families through IAJF and its partners and from the government.
For information on Unemployment Benefits please see below.
- The federal CARES Act that was just passed provides economic impact payments of $1,200 for most adults and an additional payment of $500 for every qualifying child age 16 or under. Single adults with Social Security numbers who have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will receive the full amount. Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less will receive a total of $2,400.
The vast majority of people do NOT need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the payment to those who are eligible. Please note that these payments are based on previous tax filings. For more information please click here.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling
- Tikvah Program - IAJF has partnered with Commonpoint Queens to provide needs assessment, services, and support. The Tikvah Program social worker can help to assess your needs and connect you to the right assistance, including:
- Financial assistance and planning
- Job training and placement
- Food pantry
- Assistance with government benefits
Farsi-speaking staff is available as well. All services through Tikvah are free and confidential.
- Having difficulty paying your utilities? National Grid has stopped overdue bill collection and service turn-off activities through the end of April 2020. So even if you do not pay your National Grid bill your service will not be turned off for at least one year. For more information you can go to: https://www.nationalgridus.com/COVID-19#conditionspause
- Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended - Both New York State and Federal U.S. income tax filing deadlines have been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Please refer to the special IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus for updated information.
- Interest Free Loans - The Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents of New York City's five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. More information can be found here: hfls.org/loan0programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan
- Struggling with burial costs? The Hebrew Free Burial Association in partnership with UJA is dedicated to ensuring dignified burial regardless of financial means. Click here for more information.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan - An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Starting April 10th independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for these loans. Once the application process opens, we encourage you to move quickly, as there is a funding cap under the legislation and loan applications will be processed as received. Please note that there are eligibility, use, and loan forgiveness requirements. Click here for more information and click here for the application.
- The NY State Department of Motor Vehicles has extended until further notice the deadlines for all Licenses, Non-Driver ID's, and Registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later. Inspections due in March 2020 are extended until further notice. Traffic Violations Bureaus are adjourned through April 20th.
There are a number of loans and relief programs in place to help businesses struggling with the impact of COVID-19. These include:
For more information on SBA relief, click here.
- State or Municipality funded bridge loans
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Express Bridge Loan - Allows small businesses with an existing relationship with an SBA Lender and an urgent need for cash to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. Click here for more info.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) Loan - To apply, click here.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan - An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Please note that small businesses and sole proprietorships can submit applications for this program starting Friday, April 3, 2020. Starting April 10th independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. Once the application process opens, we encourage you to move quickly, as there is a funding cap under the legislation and loan applications will be processed as received. Please note that there are eligibility, use, and loan forgiveness requirements. Click here for more information and click here for the application.
- NYC Employee Retention Grant Program - helps businesses with up to 4 employees access up to $27,000 to retain their workforce. Certain restrictions apply. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 3rd at 5PM. Click here for more information.
A reminder: Please be cautious. There are many people looking to take advantage of this situation. Please check with your accountant or someone that you trust before you proceed.
If you have lost your job you can file for Unemployment Insurance benefits online or over the phone. For information and instructions on how to apply, please click here.
For more resources and help with other Corona-related issues, call our office at 516-466-8947 or check out these resources online: