Coronavirus Resources for New York State
Local Progress New York Members and Partners,
This is a trying time for all of us, regardless of where in the state you are located. To support members with their response to the spread of COVID-19, Local Progress NY reached out to our statewide partners to find out their main priorities during the State of Emergency.
This page outlines some of the policies and actions that we can take together to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected and cared for during this time.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Chad Radock, NY Chapter Manager, for more information or for the support you need in this time.
LPNY Deep Dive Series
After our initial Coronavirus Resource Call in early April, we wanted to provide a weekly opportunity for members to take a deep dive into different topics that are pressing in this new COVID-19 world we live in. Here are the calls we are offering. At the bottom of the page, you will find a recording and resources associated with each call we conduct.
Local Rent Moratorium
While not as effective as a statewide solution, a local moratorium can create more time for repayment of back rent by tenants, providing some relief. These measures should be accompanied by community education efforts targeted toward renters and landlords.
Federal Cares Act Rent Moratorium
The Federal Cares Act included a provision that prohibits eviction from federally-backed mortgages like Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.
Redirect CDBG Funding toward Rent Relief
Tompkins County Legislators worked to re-direct $589,066 of CDBG funding toward rent relief for those unable to pay.
Local Homeless Shelter Social Distancing
Many local homeless shelters do not have space to provide individual rooms to people who are without a home. The below resolution proposes the provision of shelter by using local hotels to house the homeless population in our communities until the emergency is over and a permanent housing solution is found.
Emergency Rental Assistance Vouchers
The below resolution supports NY State Senator Brian Kavanagh’s bill (S8140) to provide assistance to renters to pay rent during the State of Emergency. Resolutions from local governments would help to put pressure on members of the legislature and show the need for such legislation. The City of Kingston and the Tompkins County passed resolutions in support of this legislation.
Housing Voucher Access Program
This is new legislation (S7628A) (HVAP) that was submitted prior to the COVID-19 crisis to provide assistance based on family income to adjust market rate rental unit pricing, making such housing affordable to those who otherwise could not afford it.
Members have been concerned about making sure community members are safe to vote. Our partners have been working with the state and local governments to ensure a safe and efficient method of voting for the June Primaries and other elections scheduled during this time.
Here are the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, as well as a website that will be tracking developments.
Resources on Early Voting: www.VoteEarlyNY.org
This site is tracking/mapping the early voting plan statewide (will include updates about vote-by-mail options as those get ironed out in the coming days).
Water Shut Off Moratorium
Many of our water systems upstate are run by or are influenced by our local governments. Members are asked to consider a local moratorium on water shut offs, and to work together to influence the Governor.
Federal Municipal Bond Opportunity
The last stimulus plan created a ultra low interest bond program with the Federal Reserve Banks (the Fed) for local and state governments. This is an evolving situation and more information is to come.
Local and state leaders across the country penned a sign-on letter urging the Federal Reserve to provide badly needed source of revenue for governments across the nation. The letter calls on federal officials and the Fed to financially support local and state governments, not just Wall Street, so localities as front line responders can respond to the very worst of this crisis.
LPNY Deep Dive Series Resources
After our initial Coronavirus Resource Call in early April, we wanted to provide a weekly opportunity for members to take a deep dive into different topics that are pressing in this new COVID-19 world we live in. Here you will find a recording and resources associated with each call we conduct.