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Updates from helpNYC

Economic Impact Payments for Homeless New Yorkers

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 7:00aUpdated: October 9, 2020

Many Homeless New Yorkers have found it challenging to file for their Economic Impact Payments and the service providers that help have limited resources and access to knowledge on how to receive a EIP for their Clients. With the help of several NYC Agencies and Organizations helpNYC has issued a guidance document for those who haven't received their EIP yet.

Click here to access the Guidance Document.

Since 2016, helpNYC has been providing verified, accurate information on low-barrier resources that are available to New Yorkers in need. We have kept up our standards to ensure New Yorkers get the services they need with little or no barriers to access.

As of December 7, 2020, helpNYC has suspended normal program operations of the helpNYC.info Resource Navigation Program. During this temporary program suspension we will be restructuring our programs, and building our organization to ensure we provide person center services and to maintain our service delivery standards.

Click here to read the letter from Josh.

Da Homeless Hero's Trauma on Top of Trauma

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 9:00p

Since the start of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic in New York City my thoughts have been with homeless. I was once street and shelter homeless myself, and I know the challenges homeless New Yorkers struggle with on a normal day, let alone during a public health emergency. New Yorkers who are on the streets and those in the New York City Department of Homeless Services Shelter System living day to day during the Pandemic has been dangerous, stressful, and for most traumatizing.

At a rally in Carl Schurz Park, Da Homeless Hero spoke to the protesters and called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to do the right thing. Below you will find his remarks that spurred the Mayor to change his mind and consider the Men of The Lucerne in future decisions.

Click here to see Da Homeless Hero's Speech.

The helpNYC Board of Directors unanimously shows support for the efforts of the UWS Open Hearts Initiative and the UWS Strong Campaign to save the lives of their homeless neighbors through compassionate, empathetic, and fact based solutions. Early this week we sent Mayor de Blasio our own support to elevate this amazing group of New Yorkers, and to remind Mayor de Blasio that the homeless are New Yorkers as well. Read our letter to Mayor de Blasio.