New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. Click HERE to read more and apply.
Excluded Workers Fund Applications Open New York State’s Excluded Workers Fund, which is intended to provide much-needed relief to workers cut off from government unemployment benefits and stimulus checks during the pandemic, is now open. Any workers — including undocumented immigrants — who weren’t eligible for unemployment benefits, can apply. Find more information and apply here.
NYC Accelerator NYC Accelerator is a city-backed program to help control costs, meet local law compliance, boost building performance, increase energy savings, and reduce carbon emissions across NYC buildings. This program is here to provide free technical guidance to help the market transform how our buildings operate and are built. The NYC Accelerator team identifies building upgrade projects to help meet emissions limits established under the Climate
Mobilization Act. The NYC Accelerator also provides no-cost building operator trainings and supports green workforce development. For more info, click HERE.
Drop-off composting is returning to Prospect Heights! Community members may now deliver their compost to the corner of Park Place and Carlton Avenue every Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm. For more information on composting, click here!
Hurricane Relief Information
Flooding caused by Hurricane Ida cost homeowners in our area millions of dollars in storm-related damage. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has put together information in one place for those affected. Click HERE for New York State services and help. Click HERE for information from FEMA about disaster recovery.
Affected individuals and businesses can now file a claim with the Comptroller’s Office for water damage or loss HERE.
Sign up for Bystander Intervention Training The Commission on Gender Equity and Hollaback are co-hosting “Stand Up Against Street Harassment” training. Check out their training calendar here.
– The Commission on Human Rights is also hosting bystander intervention trainings to address hate crimes affecting multiple communities. These trainings are offered in multiple languages. See the full calendar here.
– Can’t make one of the trainings? Download the “Stay Safe from Hate: How to Protect Yourself in Threatening Situations” booklet from the Asian American Federation. This booklet is available in five Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese) and includes verbal de-escalation strategies, bystander techniques, non-violent communication strategies, and physical defense techniques. Download here for free.
Electric Bicycles and More — Know the Laws! Not everything is an E-bike — know the laws, including how fast you’re allowed to go and where you’re allowed to ride. Click HERE for a handy graphic!
Illegal Dumping Reward Program It is illegal to dispose of home and/or business garbage in a public trash bin — this includes our Big Bellies and corner bins in our district. If waste is coming from a vehicle, fines for the owner of the vehicle range from $1,500 to $20,000. In instances where the owner and the operator are different, the maximum fine can go up to $40,000. DSNY has a reward program where individuals who report on illegal dumping can earn up to 50% of the amount collected as a reward. Click HERE to read more. Individuals disposing of home and/ or business garbage in public trash bins can also be fined if the waste is NOT coming from a vehicle (this is called “improper disposal,” and is also illegal).