We know that many people in our community are experiencing a loss of income due to closures of schools, child care centers and businesses. Here are a few resources that might help:
New York Unemployment Benefits
For people out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines, the 7-day waiting period to apply for benefits is waived.
Click here to file a claim.
If you are unclear on how to follow the steps, here are instructions:
Be proactive lenders and creditors
If you're not able to pay your bills on time, contact your lenders and servicers to let them know about your situation. Being behind on your payments can have a lasting impact on your credit. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other financial regulators have encouraged financial institutions to work with their customers to meet their community needs.
Credit card companies and lenders may be able to offer you a number of options to help you. This could include waiving certain fees like ATM, overpayments, and late fees, as well as allowing you to delay, adjust, or skip some payments.
When contacting your lenders, be prepared to explain:
Be Aware of Scammers
- Your situation
- How much you can afford to pay
- When you're likely to be able to restart regular payments
- In the case of mortgages, be prepared to discuss your income, expenses and assets
Scammers are at work! This is the perfect time to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, especially during times of emergencies or natural disasters. Be cautious of emails, texts, or social media posts that may be selling fake products or information about emerging coronavirus cases.
Food Distribution Locations
Feeding Westchester has various food distribution sites throughout the county.
Please contact your local municipality for additional locations in your area.
FAQ for Businesses
Empire State Development (ESD) has created a page of resources and frequently asked questions to offer information to businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus.
FAQ for Businesses