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  • Access to Healthcare
  • Access to Food
  • Access to Employment
    • For assistance in finding and applying for employment, contact Broome Tioga Workforce New York at 607-778-2136 or check their website.
  • Access to Daycare
    • For assistance in finding available daycare, contact Family Enrichment Network's Childcare Referral Program at 607-723-8313 ext. 824 or check their website.
  • Housing Information
    • As of March 19, 2020, New York has implemented a 90-day foreclosure moratorium and mortgage relief period for owners who can demonstrate they are not able to make timely payments due to the impact of the virus. On June 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed the Mortgage Relief Bill, extending forbearance on mortgages for 180 days. Contact your mortgage holder for more information.
    • As of March 16, 2020, eviction proceedings and pending orders will be suspended statewide until further notice. Housing court functions, such as: landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.
    • On June 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency Rent Relief Bill, providing $100 million for rental vouchers. The deadline for application is July 30, 2020. For information on how to apply, visit New York Homes and Community Renewal's COVID Rent Relief Program website.
    • The New York Forward Loan Fund is available for small landlords who could not access other loans. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis on the New York Homes and Community Renewal website.
    • If you are a tenant and need legal assistance with an eviction, contact Legal Services of Central New York at 607-231-5988.
    • If you are looking for landlord-tenant mediation assistance, contact ACCORD at 607-724-5153.
  • Utilities Information
    • As of March 13, 2020, New York utilities have volunteered to suspend utility shut-offs for power, heat and water for all customers.
  • Mental Health Resources​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Access to Fitness
    • Broome County Parks remain open for outdoor activity.
    • Spirit Song Yoga is now offering classes online via Zoom. Regular group classes are $10 with payment accepted through PayPal. For information on how to access the classes and a schedule of offerings, please visit the website.
    • Revive – Mind, Body, Spirit is a yoga studio offering yoga and meditation via Facebook Live. These classes will of offered to the public for free, though donations to support the business are welcome. A schedule of classes and instructions to access them can be found on Facebook.

Students and Families

For resources on caring for your family during COVID-19, NYS has created a resource guide.

  • WiFi
    • Free WiFi for Households with K-12 Students: Spectrum is offering free WiFi to households with K-12 students for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.
    • Verizon is offering free learning tools and premium channels to customers.
  • Academics
  • Entertainment
    • Binghamton’s Ross Park Zoo is now sharing educational videos at rpzTV. Videos, and other educational resources, can be found on their Facebook page, with additional educational resources available on the website.
    • The Roberson Museum invites you to enjoy free online versions of some of their popular planetarium programs.  Accompanying education and resource guides are listed for those that are available.
    • Remember April? See what Broome County’s most famous giraffe is up to via the live cams at Animal Adventure Park.
    • KAPOW Art Studio is posting a Daily Art Prompt, focusing on projects that can be completed with supplies that you have at home and modified for any age or skill level. Prompts can be found on the studio Facebook page.
    • Uncorked Creations is offering At-Home Art Kids. Participants can select an available project, pick-up a kit curbside at the studio, and use a provided link to follow along as an instructor guides them through the project. Available projects and costs vary, with information available on the Facebook page.

Seniors

Broome County Office for Aging has been updating a list of resources here.

Seniors in need of any services, including senior center take-out meal reservations, please call Broome County Office for Aging at 607-778-2411.


Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering two loan programs as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to small businesses throughout New York State. For more details and the loan applications, visit Empire State Development's website.

For information on essential businesses per the Governor's NY on Pause order, visit Empire State Development's website or check out their FAQ.

New York Power Authority has provided an update on supporting clean energy through COVID-19.

The Agency has created a list of other resources for local businesses here.


Employees

If you have questions about sick days or paid time off, contact the Attorney General's Labor Bureau at 212-416-8700.

For unemployment benefits, which have been expanded by Congress, visit the New York State Department of Labor.


Reporting COVID-19 Safety Violations

To report a business for violating a state order, call the New York State hotline at 1-833-789-0470.

To report social distancing violations, call the Broome County Sheriff's non-emergency number at 607-778-1911.

To report a complaint against a nursing home, call the New York State Department of Health hotline at 1-888-201-4563.

While Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order that individuals must wear masks in public when unable to socially distance, there is not an enforcement or reporting mechanism. Please wear a mask and encourage others to wear theirs.