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COVID-19 Financial Resources & Other Support



Interest Free Loans:

In New York City, the Hebrew Free Loan Society announced that it is offering a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan, of $2,000-$5,000 interest-free, for individuals with financial challenges caused by the outbreak. “For many working people in New York City and the surrounding area, several weeks without pay can quickly lead to a financial crisis,” the agency stated. For information about the loans, click here.


 Tenants Resources and Evictions:

– The City remains focused on preventing the displacement of New Yorkers facing sudden financial hardship due to COVID-19. With State Courts now closed for business, tenants do not have to worry about attending in-person appointments or appearances related to evictions at this time. The temporary moratorium on evictions in New York City will continue indefinitely, suspending the issuance of new eviction warrants.


– Individuals seeking emergency Cash Assistance to cover rent or utility arrears can visit any one of HRA’s Job Centers to apply for these benefits also known as "one shot deals". Additionally, individuals with an active Cash Assistance case can also visit to apply for a one shot deal online. Eligibility will be determined based on factors including available income and resources. Call 311 to find your local Job Center.


• Your service will not be shut off for non-payment.
• Waiving new late-payment fees.
• Suspending no-access fees if we can’t read your meter.
• No fees for making payments with credit cards or debit cards.
• Suspending fees for refusing smart meter installations
• Most customers can arrange for payment extensions and agreements online through My Account.


  Water Service:

– DEP has suspended water service shut-offs and shutdowns for:
- Failure to comply with Cross Connection
- Orders to Cease and desist due to non-compliance
Note: Routine shutdowns due to emergencies, construction and repair will continue as normal.





NAMI (National Alliance Against Mental Illness):

- Helpline: NAMI's Helpline continues to be available as a source of information and support. As always, you can call them from 10 am to 6 pm – or email them anytime. Reach us at 212-684-3264 or If you reach their voicemail, please leave a message – they will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Support groups: NAMI is offering most of their weekday support groups via telephone or video. You can read more here about their phone-based services that are available for you.






Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

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