Which New Yorkers will receive payments of up to $250 and how to access the money? – Telemundo New York (47)

Governor Kathy Hochul announced last Friday the distribution of $28 million in pandemic funds to help New Yorkers with struggling children cover expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pandemic Emergency Assistance fund will award $250 to families receiving public assistance with children 17 and under to help pay for housing costs, bills and other critical needs. This is a one time payment.

The funds are administered through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Payments began to be issued on Saturday, May 14.

Hochul said about 112,000 households in the state will receive the payment, which will help more than 216,000 people. Households will receive written notification from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

“This one-time payment will provide tens of thousands of families with a critical lifeline to help pay overdue bills or other household expenses that have accumulated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hochul said in a statement. communiqué.

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance began issuing the payments on May 14 via EBT cards. Families who meet the criteria will receive advance written notification, according to the news release.

Federal pandemic aid approved last year will cover the $28 million program bill at a time when COVID-19 rates continue to rise statewide amid the highest inflation in decades.

“Help is on the way for working families across New York State. When I wrote America’s Rescue Plan, I made sure to include a solid investment for the Pandemic Emergency Relief Fund to help families with struggling children make ends meet, keep food on the table, cover bills and pay other critical expenses,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Hochul also announced that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would receive maximum food stamp benefits through the end of May.

That would equate to an additional $95 per month for a family of four receiving assistance from the federal program overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, according to a news release.


The federally funded American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established a $1 billion Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund to help families who have been affected by the pandemic and are in a specific crisis. $28 million was appropriated in the fiscal year 2022 state budget to provide certain expenses to survivors of domestic violence.

These federal funds are available as part of COVID recovery programs and may cover certain short-term, non-recurring expenses related to housing and essential needs, such as rent and utilities, for either survivors of domestic violence who are pregnant or have children.

The funds will go to domestic violence service providers, which will be administered by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) in partnership with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.


Survivors of domestic violence who are pregnant or have children, and someone in their household receives public programs like TANF, SNAP, or Medicaid. The household must be below 200% of the federal poverty limit. Survivors may be United States citizens or have a citizen in their household.


If you are a New York City survivor of domestic violence who meets the criteria, please contact a Family Justice Center in your area.

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If you are outside of New York City, open here to find a provider in your region.

If you are not sure how to contact your local provider, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 800-942-6906 to talk to a defender.



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