- If you recently lost or do not have health insurance, you can apply for health insurance on the marketplace within 60 days of losing coverage. For more information, visit New York State of Health.
- If you feel ill, please contact a local healthcare provider via virtual walk-in
- Local food banks continue to provide food to local individuals in need.
- Office for Aging Meals on Wheels continue to be delivered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Broome-Tioga BOCES is providing meals for all students during this break. See your school district website for details.
- To apply for SNAP benefits, visit New York's MyBenefits website. All New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum monthly benefit for March and April.
- For assistance in finding and applying for employment, contact Broome Tioga Workforce New York at 607-778-2136 or check their website.
- For assistance in finding available daycare, contact Family Enrichment Network's Childcare Referral Program at 607-723-8313 ext. 824 or check their website.
- 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.
- As of March 13, 2020, New York utilities have volunteered to suspend utility shut-offs for power, heat and water for all customers.
- Coping Through COVID-19 Resources
- NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: Free mental health counseling can be reached at 1-844-863-9314
- Trevor Project: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Trained counselors are available to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call 1-866-488-7386 or visit their website.
- HeadSpace: New York has partnered with HeadSpace to provide free meditations for New Yorkers during this stressful time.
- CDC Resource on Handling Anxiety
- NYS Office of Mental Health Resource on Handling Anxiety
- 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.
For resources on caring for your family during COVID-19, NYS has created a resource guide.
- 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.
- For details on continuing your child’s required educational work, please see your school district’s website.
- For additional educational resources, check out the following:
- Child Wellness
- Teen Wellness
- 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.
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.
Watch the County Executive’s Informational Session for Local Businesses below.
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.
New York Power Authority has provided an update on supporting clean energy through COVID-19.