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Weekly Resource Round-up: Aug 18, 2021

This Week's Resources


As always, if you have something to share, contact SK Doyle, our Associate Director of Programs & Volunteers. These posts will be a collaboration between SK and Amalia Vavala, Associate Director of Development and Operations, and you can always reach out to her as well.


And once again, as we continue to add to the blog, you'll be able to explore resources by using the tags at the bottom of these posts!


New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Funding is currently available through ERAP for New York City households who are behind in their rent. Eligible low and moderate-income households can get up to 12 months of their back rent paid, three months of future rent, and other assistance.

Residents of New York City are eligible if they:

  • Fell behind in rent since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 AND

  • Qualified for unemployment benefits or have lost income and/or have an increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic; AND

  • Have a monthly gross (before tax) household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

This is a great resource to share with clients experiencing housing insecurity. Applications and more information can be found here, or you can find Emergency Rental Assistance by area here. If you need iPads to help clients apply onsite, please contact SK!


Food Bank for New York City Monthly SNAP Taskforce Meeting

On Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 pm the Food Bank for New York City will host their monthly SNAP Taskforce Meeting via Zoom.


The Task Force meets monthly to discuss how changes in SNAP administrative policy impact outreach, application assistance, and mediation. The work of the Task Force centers on:

  • disseminating the latest SNAP-related administrative policy,

  • analyzing mediation trends,

  • seeking out systemic barriers to SNAP participation, and

  • discussing these and other topics with partners from the Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Register for the meeting here.


"Key to NYC" COVID-19 Mask & Vaccine Mandates in New York City

Mayor DeBlasio recently put a policy into effect that requires proof of at least one vaccine dose for indoor dining, entertainment, and other indoor activities. These mandates are effective August 16, and you can read more about them here. Please stay up to date on the changing situation as you're forming plans for re-opening.


CDC Guidelines for Food Access Programs

Please see the most updated COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Food Access Programs by the CDC here.


Bulk Buy Application

Our Bulk Buy program aggregates demand to allow programs to order in-demand foods like fresh produce, proteins, and culturally relevant foods for free. To apply for this program, fill out the form here.


Sustainability Institutes: SNAP Training and COVID Community Conversations

On August 26th from 2-5 pm, we're partnering with the Food Bank of NYC to provide SNAP Benefits Training as a Sustainability Institute. This training is not city-specific, so all programs are welcome to register. You can do so on our Sustainability Institute page here.


On September 30th from 3:30 to 5 pm, we're partnering with the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to hold a Community Conversation about COVID-19 and Mental Health. Programs of all types can benefit from this discussion! You can register on our Sustainability Institute page here.


As a reminder, EC grantee programs are required to attend three (3) online or one (1) in-person and one (1) virtual workshop. The two above workshops count as 2 credits.

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That's all for this week -- thanks for all you do!

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