During COVID-19, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) has been partnering with supportive housing providers across the city to extend advice on infection protection and control and isolation strategies, to think through safety protocols for symptomatic tenants and to field other heath related questions.
The Network partnered with fellow social service coalitions and supportive housing providers to advocate for nonprofit and worker-friendly changes to recent city council legislation surrounding essential workers. In a letter to Speaker Johnson and Chair Miller, the Network and partners urged City Council to consider the impact these bills would have on nonprofits, citing that the proposed legislation could hamper service delivery to New York’s highest risk populations in this challenging time.
Dear Supportive Housing Community:
We want to express our deepest thanks and admiration: to our members who are working tirelessly to keep their tenants, their staff and their organizations safe; to our government partners who are working 24/7 to provide flexibility, guidance and support to our nonprofit community, to the foundations and financial institutions who are offering financial and material support, and to the individuals and groups who, seeing a desperate need in New York are reaching out to offer assistance. We would also like to extend our sympathies to all of you who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a community, we have suffered many losses to this shockingly lethal virus in an unthinkably short period of time.
In response to increasing concerns regarding staffing shortages related to COVID-19, the background check process required of authorized OMH programs has been temporarily modified. OMH posted guidance that outlines the following:
As you probably know, all low-income individuals are eligible for a $1,200 stimulus check ($2,400 for joint returns, $500 for each qualifying child) known as Economic Impact Payments.
Any low-income individual who has filed a tax return in the past two years and cannot be claimed as a dependent will receive the monies automatically.