Through a $20 million donation from Open Society Foundations to the Mayor’s Fund, the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program was able to provide direct monetary support for immigrant workers and their families who were ineligible for federal direct relief through the CARES bill or unemployment insurance. The program reached 76,000+ individuals.
The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs worked with a diverse network of community-based organizations with deep ties to immigrant communities in New York City and close relationships with community members to connect with hard-to-reach populations and to swiftly deliver the private funding from Open Society Foundations in an efficient manner to those in need. This was made possible thanks to the 34 organizations below and many other community-based organizations that have helped MOIA identify eligible community members in need.
The demand for and positive impact of the program clearly demonstrated continued need for support, with housing and food assistance being among the key needs. Having seen how great these needs were, it helped launch additional programs like FASTEN (Funds and Services for Tenants Experiencing Need) which offers eviction prevention services and financial resources, including rent relief, to help vulnerable and underserved New York City residents, regardless of immigration status, stay in their homes as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
If you have questions about how to access City services, assistance, or immigration legal help, help is available in your language. Call the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) hotline at 212-788-7654, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, or send an email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov.
Many resources are available to all New Yorkers. Your immigration status and income do not matter. Learn more about health, housing, food, and other resources for immigrant New Yorkers at nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus.