Updates from helpNYC
This week, the new helpNYC.info Resource Navigator deployed at www.helpNYC.info. In the coming days, the website will slowly reopen with limited listings. Because of the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis on many of our Listing Partners in New York City, we are re-verifying every listing individually to ensure our listings reflect our commitment to accuracy and the integrity of our work serving New Yorkers experiencing challenges continues.
Read the letter from helpNYC's Co-Founder, J. RueMel Parkin
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 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.