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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

On December 28, 2020, the Governor signed a new law delaying most evictions until May 1, 2021 and pausing eviction proceedings for two months.

The law applies to tenants and occupants who:

Are behind in rent or whose leases or month-to-month tenancies have expired. Evictions can proceed against a tenant if the landlord can prove that the tenant is “persistently and unreasonably engaging in behavior that substantially infringes on the use and enjoyment of other tenants or occupants or causes a substantial safety hazard to others.”

Vacating and moving would pose a significant health risk because a member of the household have an increased risk of severe illness or death from Covid due to being over 65 or having a disability or medical condition.

Are experiencing one of these types of financial hardship that makes it impossible to pay the full rent or to move to other housing:

  • Significant loss of income during the pandemic
  • Increase in expenses due to being an essential worker or related to health impacts, including caring for another person
  • Caregiver responsibilities interfering with employment
  • Moving expenses and difficulty finding other housing

If your landlord started a court case against you before December 28, and the court entered a judgment, you can send to your landlord and the court a hardship declaration if you can swear that you are experiencing a hardship. There is a form available on the court’s website here: https://www.nycourts.gov/covid-eefpa.shtml

If your landlord started a court case against you before December 28 and the court had not entered a judgment, the court will send you a hardship declaration that you can send to your landlord and to the court if you can swear that you are experiencing a hardship.

If your landlord had not started a court case against you before December 28, the landlord cannot start a case without first sending you a rent demand or notice to vacate with the hardship declaration attached. If you return the hardship declaration, the landlord cannot start a court case until May 1, 2021. If you do not, the landlord can serve you with court papers with the hardship declaration attached and the court will give you time to submit the hardship declaration if you can swear that you are experiencing hardship.

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.

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

 

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