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NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 844-863-9314

 

Email

If you have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer and the internet, email is a free, quick, and convenient way to communicate with your LSHV attorney. Learn how to set up an account here: https://www.wikihow.com/Set-Up-an-Email-Address

 

Stimulus checks

If you did not receive a stimulus check or the supplemental $500 payment for qualifying children, review this https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-takes-new-steps-to-ensure-people-with-children-receive-500-economic-impact-payments IRS website for current information.

Know Your Rights Video: What to know about stimulus payments under the CARES Act if you are an immigrant

Power Point: Stimulus Payment

 

Resources by Legal Practice Area

Benefits

Department of Labor FAQs on unemployment

For the New York State Department of Labor’s unemployment filing website, click here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

If you have an unemployment hearing that has already been scheduled, click here: https://uiappeals.ny.gov/

For DSS applications for public assistance and SNAP, click here: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/

For a guide to accessing public benefits at this time, click here: https://cssny.s3.amazonaws.com/system/files/uploads/Coronavirus_-_Impact_of_on_Public_Benefits.pdf

Know Your Rights Video: unemployment insurance benefits in COVID-19

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if you need to apply for Temporary Assistance during Covid-19

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if you have emergency needs at this time

Power Point: Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Power Point: New York State Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Power Point: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

Power Point: Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Power Point: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 

Consumer

If your wages are being garnished and/or your bank account is restrained, and this is because a private creditor (like a credit card company) has a judgment against you, and you cannot buy necessary items because of this, here are instructions consumer OSC instructions and the forms to fill out proposed order; statement in support; notice of emergency filing. Please call our intake number for assistance filling out this form.

Know Your Rights Video: Student and Medical Debts in the Time of Covid-19

Power Point: Student and Medical Debt

Power Point: Consumer and Utility Law

 

Domestic violence/orders of protection

Westchester residents can contact the Pace Women’s Justice center: PWJC services during Covid 19. All NYS residents can call the court’s corona virus hotline, 833-503-0447 to get in touch with court personnel about filing an order of protection, and the court expects to post more information on its website soon.

Know Your Rights Video: Obtaining an Order of Protection From Family Court During the COVID-19 Crisis

 

Education

Know Your Rights Video: Special Education During COVID-19

 

Elder Law

View webinars by Senior Law Day Collaborative here: https://www.seniorlawday.info/2020-webinars/

 

Housing

The CDC has issued a nationwide order preventing evictions for non-payment of rent until December 31, 2020 for tenants who meet certain criteria. You can find the order here https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/pdf/2020-19654.pdf.  There is a declaration for tenants who meet the criteria to provide to their landlords available here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf

For information about housing emergencies, click here: No New York State tenant can be evicted without a government order

For a form to file with detailed instructions if you have been illegally locked out or have emergency repairs that your landlord is refusing to do, click here: Tenant’s Pro Se Order to Show Cause and Petition to Recover Possession

For information about reporting income changes and requesting hearings for Section 8 voucher holders, public housing tenants, and tenants in RAD housing, click here: Important rights of public housing and RAD tenants and Section 8 voucher holders

To report a change to your income or household for Section 8, public housing tenants, and tenants in RAD housing, there is a form you can use here if you have not gotten instructions from your housing provider about how to report changes at this time: Notice of income change for Section 8, public housing, RAD. Note: HUD has stated that stimulus checks are NOT income that is included in a household’s rent calculation.

To request a hearing if you received a notice from Section 8, public housing, or RAD, or if your housing provider has not responded to a request you made or you disagree with their decision about a request you made, there is a form you can use here if your housing provider has not given you a form: Hearing request for Section 8, public housing, RAD. Note: most housing providers are not having hearings at this time.

If you do NOT have Section 8 or live in public housing, and you pay more than a third of your gross income for rent, you may qualify for a limited amount of rental assistance. The application is here: https://covidrentrelief.hcr.ny.gov/

Fact Sheet: HUD Tenants’ Rights – The CARES Act and NY State Law

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if you are having trouble making your mortgage payments

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if you have a pending loss mitigation application or active trial payment plan

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if you’ve been locked out of your home

Know Your Rights Video: What to know if your landlord has made your home uninhabitable

Know Your Rights Video: rent recalculation during COVID-19

Know Your Rights Training: COVID-19 and Tenants’ Rights

 

Immigration

Know Your Rights Video: What to know about stimulus payments under the CARES Act if you are an immigrant

Know Your Rights Video: Green Light Law

Know Your Rights Video: The Facts About the New Public Charge Rule

 

LGBTQ

Know Your Rights Video: Supreme Court update for LGBTQ+ people facing employment discrimination

 

Veterans

Know Your Rights Video: Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project & Tips for Veterans during COVID19

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