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The deadline to register for a stimulus payment is soon. Get help paying for utilities or housing expenses. Get trained for a new career. All this and more in this week's newsletter.

Register for your stimulus payment by November 21, 2020

You have until November 21, 2020 at 3pm EST to register for your stimulus payment (also known as the Economic Impact Payment) if you did not:

  • file taxes in 2019
  • get a stimulus payment
  • register for a stimulus payment already

To register for your stimulus payment, use the IRS's Non-Filers Tool by clicking the button below.

Note: If you are a student who cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns and are not required to file a tax return, you may be eligible for a stimulus payment. Recent college graduates from 2019 and 2020 may not have received a stimulus payment because they were claimed as a dependent by their parents or someone else. These graduates may be eligible for a stimulus payment when they file their 2020 tax return in early 2021.

Register using the Non-Filers Tool


Get help paying for heat and utility expenses

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

You may be eligible for help paying for home energy needs like fuel, utilities, equipment and/or repairs. The City pays the costs either directly to the company (heating benefit and/or utility benefit) or to the household (utility benefit only). The deadline for applications is March 15, 2021.

Learn more about HEAP

One-shot deal emergency cash grants

Human Resources Administration

You may be eligible for a one-shot deal emergency cash grant from the HRA to:

  • pay back rent to avoid eviction.
  • pay a utility bill to maintain or restore utility service(s).
  • pay for moving expenses, security deposits, broker's fees, or temporary storage for furniture and personal belongings.

Learn more about one-shot deals in your language: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu.

You can also contact HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399 for more information. If you want a physical cash grant request form, ask an HRA worker at your local HRA center.



Get legal help if you're facing eviction

Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants

You can receive free legal assistance if you are a residential tenant facing an eviction case, and particularly if you have received a warrant of eviction or motion to enforce a warrant. Call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline” for free advice and legal counsel.

Learn more from the Tenant Resource Portal

Were you denied for the COVID Rent Relief Program?

The COVID Rent Relief Program provides eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that is sent directly to the household’s landlord.

If your application was denied, you can file an appeal by completing an Appeals Form in your language. You have within 7 business days from the date of your denial to file an appeal. For help, call 311 and ask for the "Tenant Helpline".

Complete the Appeals Form


Get help with food near you


You and your family can get free food from NYC schools and food pantries.

GetFoodNYC has more information on the city’s food resources. Click the button below to see a map of food pantries, soup kitchens, schools serving Grab & Go meals, and more.

Food Locations Map

Money to buy food

Human Resources Administration

Get help paying for groceries with SNAP food stamps. They come on a debit card that you can use at many grocery stores and farmers markets.

Learn about SNAP


Access online training through Coursera

NYS Department of Labor

Coursera, an online training provider, is offering access to nearly 4,000 free training courses covering data science, business, technology, and more. Request a free Coursera account through the NYS Department of Labor, and start learning today!

Request a Coursera account

Get trained for jobs in healthcare, construction, and more

Department of Small Business Services

You can learn about new careers that are in demand, including skill requirements and salary expectations on Career Discovery NYC. Sign up for no-cost online trainings for careers that interest you.

Discover a new career

Get tested for COVID-19

As cases rise, it's important to get tested for COVID. You can get free testing at NYC Health + Hospitals locations across the five boroughs. Just walk-in; no appointment is needed.

You can also get antibody testing at 11 hospitals and select Gotham Health centers. Test results are available in 3- 5 days.

Find a testing location

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