Please note: There is a $2 trillion dollar stimulus package working its way through congress. In addition to making direct payments to American workers, the bill also relaxes the retirement account withdrawal rules. This bill will also create the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program which will increase benefits to $600 per week for all workers, including gig workers, freelancers, and self-employed individuals, who typically don’t qualify. None of this information is included below. We will notify you by email when more information is available.

COVID-19 Programs
for Employees & Individuals

Updated March 26, 2020


US Federal Government

  • Individual Tax Deadline - Extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers who need additional time can request an additional three months which extends the deadline to October 15, 2020.  MORE INFO

  • Federal Tax Payments - Extended to July 15, 2020.  MORE INFO


New York State

  • 90-Day Mortgage Relief – A directive has been issued to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-Day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by novel coronavirus—including waiving mortgage payments, no negative reporting to credit bureaus, grace period for loan modification, no late or online fees, and postponing or suspending foreclosures. Contact your mortgage provider for more details.

  • New Paid Family Leave for COVID-19 – NYS has a financial compensation program for employees and their minor dependent children who are subject to an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine. If your place of employment is closed due to COVID-19, you may immediately apply for Unemployment Insurance. Employees who are able to work remotely do not qualify. Protections and benefits vary by the size of your employer. MORE INFO

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits – New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to coronavirus closures and quarantines. MORE INFO


New York City

  • Rent Arrears – As of March 16, 2020, New York State Courts temporarily suspended all eviction proceedings until further notice. You do not need to apply for rent arrears (back rent) to stop eviction. MORE INFO

  • Utility Shut-Offs – All utility companies have temporarily suspended gas, electric, and water shut-offs until further notice. MORE INFO

  • SNAP (Food Stamps) – Help for people with limited income to buy food. MORE INFO

  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens – Available for people who need emergency food assistance. MORE INFO

  • Senior Centers – Providing Grab-and-Go meals. MORE INFO

  • Free Meals for all NYC Children – Meals available for all NYC children, weekdays from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at locations across the city. MORE INFO

  • GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program – Food delivery program to provide food for vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. MORE INFO

Updated Wednesday, March 26, 2020
There are various federal, New York, and New York City programs available for employers, employees, and individuals. Some are active and available now, while others are currently working their way through the United States Congress and New York State Legislature. Click below for more information.
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