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Resources for Freelancers, Workers and Artists
MOME Nightlife Town Calls for Workers and Freelancers: Office of Nightlife held a "Town Call" for workers and freelancers ofthe nightlife community, featuring representatives from Labor Relations at the Mayor's Office, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, the US Small Business Administration the and the Freelancers Union. All Town Calls are available on the Office of Nightlife website. Additional Resources for Nightlife Community.
Help Now NYC offers assistance including a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19.
ACCESSNYC is a city-run portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for more than 30 economic programs and benefits.
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection provides updates on NYC worker laws and rights, including paid sick leave.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers offer free, secure and confidential financial counseling over the phone. You can book an appointment at http://nyc.gov/TalkMoney.
Human Resources Association provides information about essential benefits, such as Food Assistance and Emergency Rental Assistance.
GetCoveredNYC helps New Yorkers enroll in health insurance with dedicated specialists who can assist you in your language. Complete the form to receive free health insurance enrollment assistance from a specialist. You can also call 311 or text CoveredNYC (SeguroNYC en Español) to 877877. The deadline for health insurance enrollment has been extended to May 15, 2020.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs provides services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions can be answered via a hotline available at (212) 788-7654 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and by emailing AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov.
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities launched a webpage for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19 with information on food supply and delivery, social security / Medicaid benefits, home healthcare services and more.
NYC Department of Veterans Services offers the most up-to-date information from Federal, State, and City agencies is available through a list of resources to keep NYC veterans informed and prepared during the COVID-19 crisis.
The New York State website offers updates and resources concerning COVID-19 including information on paid sick leave, testing and more.
New York State Office of Mental Health offers resources and support for New Yorkers experiencing anxiety about COVID-19.
Freelancers Union has created a Freelancers Relief Fund. The fund provides financial assistance of up to $1,000 per household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food/food supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance for income loss.
Freelancers Union also offers a Member Survey to gauge how COVID-19 has affected workers. MOME will be working with Freelancers Union to review responses from New York City and communicate feedback to City, State and federal government.
The New York State Department of Labor has updated their unemployment application so New Yorkers can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance without having to apply for traditional unemployment insurance first and get denied. This change is intended to allow for more efficient processing of claims..