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From the Office of Borough President Gale Brewer: This Friday (9/18), those unemployed due to the pandemic may begin receiving an additional $300/week in federal unemployment benefits-- for just three weeks-- from the NYS Dept. of Labor’s UI and PUA program (under the Lost Wages Assistance Program as established by the Trump Administration). The payments are retroactive to 8/2, 8/9 and 8/16 and will be sent in three individual weekly payments of $300. (NY State has applied for an additional three weeks of payments beyond those retroactive to 8/16, but it’s unclear if the feds will approve the application.)

There are two groups of people: those who will automatically receive the extra $900 total and those who must take action with the NYS Dept. of Labor to receive the payments. Both groups should have received an email last Friday (9/11) from the NYS Dept. of Labor about their status-- whether they must take action or if no action is needed. So, check your email!

 Don’t forget the $420 Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards, scheduled to be sent to families of public school students last month. For families who already have EBT, the amount will be added to the existing accounts; if not, they will be sent a card in the mail (look for the envelope!). If you don’t need those benefits, you can share them with food-insecure families. Find out more at

WHCR's Hero of the Day

One Medical Testing Sites

One Medical, a national digital health and primary care provider, is offering free COVID-19 testing and virtual care services for essential workers and vulnerable populations. This includes:

  • Healthcare professionals, including staff working at adult care facilities or with people with disabilities
  • Workers in other vital industries, such as government, first responders, food, and transportation
  • Frontline 1199SEIU members
  • NYC residents who are 65 and older

They offer five testing sites open from 9 AM to 6 PM by appointment only.

5th Street and Hudson Boulevard East (next to Hudson Yards)
Walk-Up Only

In the Bronx
Harlem River Lot (Lot J) at Yankee Stadium
Walk-Up Only

In Brooklyn
Medgar Evers College
Walk-Up Only

In Queens
York College
Drive-Through and Walk-Up

Staten Island
Snug Harbor
Drive-Through Only

To register Online use code NYCCARE30 You must provide your credit card information, but you will not be charged.

To register by Phone call (888) 663-6331 and leave a message with your contact information and a representative will call you back.

Antibody Testing

Antibody testing is a way of determining if a person has been infected by the coronavirus even if they hadn’t shown symptoms.

Doctors, nurses, and other employees at New York City hospitals that have handled high volumes of coronavirus patients will be the first tested in the antibody program.

Antibody testing is not open to the general public yet.

New York State Unemployment benefits

If you have lost your job and you live in New York state, you can claim unemployment insurance benefits in New York state.

The State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines.

To learn more and apply for benefits, visit

Public Assistance

Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program aka TANF.

Single individuals without children and families who have already received cash assistance for 60 months may receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program.

To apply go to and type public assistance in the search bar. 

Emergency Cash Assistance

The "One Shot Deal" emergency assistance program helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. To find out go to and type one shot deal in the search bar. 

If you already received Cash Assistance, you can apply for a Special Grant at and type access HRA in the search bar. 

Funeral Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a family member who passed away. To find out go to and type funeral financial assistance in the search bar. 

Financial Counseling

NYC Financial Empowerment Centers now provide free one-on-one professional, financial counseling over the phone. Counselors can provide financial guidance during COVID-19. To get assistance go to and type in financial counseling in the search bar. 

If you need help applying for any of these services, please call 347-395-6177 and a member of WHCR’s Emergency Broadcast Team will call you back and assist you.

Stay logged onto this website,, for the latest updates on the coronavirus, information, resources and help. You can also call  347-395-6177 and a member of WHCR’s Emergency Broadcast Team will call you back and assist you.