During the COVID-19 health crisis, TLC and the City are taking steps to support TLC drivers, vehicle owners, and businesses. TLC licensees can take advantage of the Driver Resource Center, which provides financial counseling and legal services and other useful free City resources such as health care insurance, mental health resources and more.
Use the links below to learn more about the resources available to you.
For the latest guidance from the Department of Health and more COVID-19 resources from the City, visit nyc.gov/coronavirus.
Click here for TLC updates during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Driver Resource Center
The Driver Resource Center is a space where drivers can feel comfortable seeking financial counseling, legal services, health and mental health resources and public benefit application support free of charge. Schedule an appointment today.
New York State Unemployment Benefits
TLC-licensed drivers who may have lost earnings as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency should apply to the NYS Department of Labor for unemployment benefits.
Drivers who are classified as employees by the NYS Department of Labor are eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Apply online at labor.ny.gov/signin.
TLC-licensed drivers who are self-employed/Independent contractors are now eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits through the enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits provided by the federal CARES Act. To be considered for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, you must first apply to the State Department of Labor.
TLC-licensed drivers can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) even if they are still receiving some income from a limited number of trips or alternative work such as DeliveryTLC. Drivers should apply only once for either unemployment insurance benefits or pandemic unemployment assistance.
UI and PUA benefits are run by the NYS Department of Labor. For more information, visit the CARES Act website or read the Frequently Asked Questions About UI During the Coronavirus Emergency.
All New Yorkers can receive free meals through food pantries and meal hubs throughout the City. For more information, visit: GetFoodNYC COVID-19 Food Assistance.
Get FREE, confidential financial counseling at the Driver Resource Center.
Due to the ongoing health concerns regarding COVID-19 and the need for greater social distancing, all Financial Empowerment Centers are now offering remote financial counseling sessions via phone call. To schedule a remote financial counseling appointment click here. For more information about remote financial counseling appointments refer to the FAQ page or click here.
Financial assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19 is now available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SBA loans will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, so it is important to submit your application as soon as possible. If you have questions related to SBA programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Benefits Application
The City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) can help you with public benefits applications through AccessHRA, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Cash Assistance, and Medicaid renewal. Click here for more information.
Work Opportunities during COVID-19
The City has created the GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs.
We are asking TLC-licensed drivers to participate in this important work by assisting in delivering food to New Yorkers who must stay home.
Drivers will receive $15 per hour, plus reimbursement for mileage and tolls. Visit the TLC Driver Food Delivery page to learn more.
Small Business Services (SBS) Workforce1 program helps New Yorkers prepare for and connect to jobs in every sector across the five boroughs. Through their virtual career center system, you can be connected by web or phone to one-on-one assistance from professionals who can help you:
Health Care and Medical Insurance
NYC Care is a health care access program that guarantees low-cost and no-cost services to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance. All NYC Care services are provided through NYC Health + Hospitals. Visit www.nyccare.nyc or call 1- 646-NYC-CARE (1-646-692- 2273).
MetroPlus is the plan of choice for over half a million New Yorkers. In addition to Medicaid Managed Care, MetroPlus offers dozens of quality health plans, including Child Health Plus; several Medicare Plans; a Medicaid Special Needs Plan (SNP).
On March 13, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that seeking or using healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Learn more from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA).
Anyone who needs help during the COVID-19 crisis should seek care without fear, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay for health services.
If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.
Black Car Fund Telemedicine
Black Car drivers in New York are eligible for telemedicine, paid for by The Black Car Fund.
Drivers and their families can speak to a doctor for free in their language by phone, secure online video, or MDLIVE App for a non-emergency consultation – anytime, anywhere.
Telemedicine doctors can diagnose and treat a number of health issues, including allergies, asthma, the flu, cold, arthritis, backaches, joint pain, and much more. Prescriptions can be phoned to a pharmacy most convenient for you. While the call with the doctor is free, you will be responsible for the cost of any medications you need or for any doctor’s visits you may need for situations an MDLIVE doctor can’t solve over the phone.
To start using your benefits, you’ll need to provide some basic information, such as your name and TLC license number. Visit http://www.driversbenefits.org/benefits/drivers-telemedicine or call 1-833-814-8590 for more information.
An infectious illness outbreak can be stressful to you and your loved ones. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. To reduce your stress and to manage the situation more resiliently, try to remain positive, remind yourself of your strengths, connect with friends and loved ones and use healthy coping skills.
If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
Driver Protection Unit
The Driver Protection Unit protects the rights of all taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers. The Unit investigates complaints submitted by TLC licensees that allege that they have been subjected to illegal conduct including:
The Unit also reviews New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission rules to improve drivers’ rights and regularly provides Drivers’ Rights trainings throughout New York City. To date, the Unit has helped drivers get back more than $3.2 million.
For more information call (718) 391-5539 or e-mail email@example.com.
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