Get help applying to the NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Low- and middle-income New Yorkers who have struggled to make rent or utility payments during the pandemic can apply to New York State’s $2 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Those who are approved for the program could receive relief for up to 12 months of rental arrears dating from March 13, 2020– and even missed payments for gas or electric utilities (some may be eligible for three future monthly Read more

B.P. Brewer in the News:
September 11–17

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Weekly update 9/16

Friends, It’s Thursday, September 16, 2021. Welcome to my weekly update. Where we are. New York City’s COVID positivity rate is now 2.96%, down from 3.31% last week. Those interested in diving more deeply into COVID statistics can check the NYC Dept. of Health website or thecity.nyc’s COVID tracker. If you’re not yet vaccinated, find a vaccine site here. The Washington Post reported yesterday (9/15) another grim milestone… Read more

Now hiring: NYC organizations and small businesses

I’ve recently heard about dozens of job openings and opportunities: Read more

Post-Hurricane Ida recovery resources

I’ve compiled a list of resources to help Manhattanites recover from Hurricane Ida:
  • Manhattan Human Service Center (IS 88, 215 W. 114th St.). open for in-person assistance daily from 8 am – 8 pm – State and City agencies and nonprofits provide help with storm-related paperwork, food assistance referrals, and mental health services
  • Homeowner resources from the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development
  • File a water damage or loss
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B.P. Brewer in the News:
August 28 – September 3

View of Upper West Side buildings Friday, September 3 Thursday, September 2Read more

Weekly update (9/2)

Friends, It’s Thursday, September 2, 2021. Welcome to my weekly update. Last night’s storm really gave us a wallop, with record one-hour rainfall in Central Park. The Governor and Mayor have both issued a state of emergency. Transit service is delayed and in some areas suspended, and the MTA’s subway and bus Twitter accounts are posting service updates. Call 311 to report suspected gas leaks and downed power lines, and… Read more

B.P. Brewer in the News:
August 21–27

View of Upper West Side buildings Wednesday, August 25 Tuesday, August 24 Monday, August 23
  • amNY by Mark Hallum, 
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