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COVID Vaccination Information

COVID Vaccine Leaflet

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Support: 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692)

NY State Vaccine Appointment Support: 833-697-4829

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Support: 1-855-568-0545

Connecticut Vaccine Appointment Support: 877-918-2224

Paid Leave For COVID-19 Vaccinations

New Jersey COVID Vaccination Information

Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment (New York)

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for NY Healthcare Workers

NYC Vaccine Incentives

CDC Vaccination Information

American Rescue Plan - COVID-19 Vaccine Access

UFCW Local 2013 Health & Welfare Fund, Special Coverage in Response to the Coronavirus

Warehouse Safety and Health Checklist: COVID-19

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

NYS Homes and Community Renewal Announces Expansion of Covid Rent Relief Program

What it is

City of New York Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The New York State Legislature established the COVID Rent Relief Program to help households who are experiencing a loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis. This program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. Households can apply for up to four months of rental assistance. The program will not cover the entire rent but will provide funding to cover a portion of the rent for low-income New Yorkers who have experienced income loss.

Who Qualifies

To qualify for this one-time subsidy, renters impacted by the pandemic must meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be a renter and have a primary residence in New York State;
  • Must have lost income during the period from April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020;
  • Before March 7, 2020, household income must have been at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size; (Applicants can find their county’s area median income, based on household size on the HCR website) and
  • Households must have been “rent burdened” (a tenant’s total contractual rent must be greater than 30% of their household’s before-tax income) during the months for which they are applying for assistance between April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

Eligibility requirements for the COVID Rent Relief Program have changed. Households no longer need to have been considered “rent burdened” prior to the pandemic in order to qualify. “Rent burden” is defined as paying more than 30% of monthly gross (pre-tax) income toward rent.

You are not eligible for the program if you:

  • Live in public housing (NYCHA)
  • Receive a Section 8 voucher

If you live in public housing or receive a Section 8 voucher and your total household income has decreased, you should contact NYCHA or your voucher administrator to request an Interim Recertification.

Subsidy Calculation

Eligible households can receive a one-time rent subsidy that covers the difference between their “rent burden” on March 1, 2020 and their “rent burden” for the months they are applying for assistance. For applicants who were not considered rent burdened on March 1, 2020, the subsidy will be calculated to bring them to the 30 percent rent burden threshold. Households may apply for 1-4 months of assistance during the period from April to July. This one-time subsidy is paid directly to the resident’s landlord.

Rent burden is the amount of monthly contractual rent that exceeds 30% of gross household income (total pay before taxes).

Example: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a household’s total monthly income was $3,000 and their monthly rent was $700. The household was paying 23% of their monthly income toward rent. This household was not rent-burdened prior to COVID. However, due to COVID, their work hours were reduced and their monthly income decreased to $1,400 during the coverage period while their rent remained the same at $700. This household was paying 50% ($700/$1,400) of their monthly income toward rent during the coverage period.

This household would be eligible for a subsidy that covers the increase in their rent burden in excess of 30%. Under this program, the maximum rent burden threshold based on their reduced income during the coverage period would be calculated as $1,400(income) x 30% = $420 (maximum rent payment). $700 (total rent) – $420 (maximum rent payment) = $280 (subsidy from this program). The $280 in subsidy from the program would reduce this household’s rent burden to 30% for each month they apply for assistance for up to four months.

How to Apply

Applications for COVID Rent Relief Program Available Online at The deadline to submit your COVID Rent Relief Program application is February 1, 2021.

Previous Applicants Do Not Have to Reapply to Receive Consideration.

For Help Applying

Residents who need help or have questions about their application can contact HCR’s COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center for assistance at 833-499-0318 or Call Center representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

You can also call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline” to be connected with tenant support specialists who can help you navigate the application process.

For More Information

We expect this program to be codified in an Executive Order from the Governor, thus the information is subject to change. Please visit for more information.

Apply for ERAP here

Applications Now Being Accepted for Empire Pandemic Grant Fund for First Responders and Essential Workers

Pandemic Unemployment Insurance

If you qualify for PUA [Pandemic Unemployment Insurance], you may be eligible to receive:

• Up to 79 weeks of PUA benefits.
• An additional $600/week for weeks ending 4/5/2020 to 7/26/2020.
• An additional $300/week for weeks ending 1/3/2021 to 9/5/2021.”

NY State COVID-19 Family Medical Leave Act

In NY, people can take family medical leave if they are taking care of a sick family member. You can take up to 12 paid weeks leave and receive 67% of your average weekly wages.

Paid Family Medical Leave Act
Wage Calculator

COVID Hotline Information

• NY COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Support: 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692)
• 24/7 emotional support services for NY Health care workers: text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741
• COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline for any New Yorker: 1-844-863-9314
• NY COVID-19 Information Hotline: 1-888-364-3064
• NJ General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1
• NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Support: 1-855-568-0545

CDC, NY, NJ Guidelines

NY: File a COVID19 Complaint

NJ: File a COVID19 Complaint

File Complaint with New Jersey Attorney General
or call: 609-984-5828.


Dear Local 2013 Member,

We know everyone is nervous and filled with more questions than answers regarding the Coronavirus and the impact it is having in our everyday lives, both at work and at home.

We are writing to all Employers that we have Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA’s) with to let them know we need to maintain open lines of communication as the impacts to various business unfold. We are also advising them that in the industries that require PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like gloves; face masks; etc., we expect them to have enough inventories to assure that each member requiring this PPE, has it readily available to them.

Further, we are advising them to be understanding of members/workers issues as they relate to child care and the impact school closings may have on people’s ability to report to work or related impact on issues like absenteeism; across the board strict rules of discipline may need to be dealt with in a more understanding tone.

We have also reminded them that our CBA’S are still in effect and need to be adhered to; while we understand the impact that the virus may have on certain industries and businesses, they also need to remember we are here to protect member’s rights.

As things continue to unfold, there may be a need to do things differently, and that is why real time communications are vital. There is an ongoing dialogue with government officials (Local, State, and Federal) to look at what legislative relief can be provided to lessen the economic and financial impact to workers.

As developments occur (almost hourly and daily), we will be looking to keep communications to you the members as current as possible; to that end, you should make sure that we have the most up to date contact information for each member.


This includes phone numbers, email addresses; physical dwelling address. Also, be sure to stay in touch with your Union representatives to get updated information. We know some imparted businesses have already had to implement reduced schedules and in some cases even lay-offs.

In Solidarity,
Louis Mark Carotenuto – President
UFCW Local 2013
View as PDF


Union Statements To Employers Regarding COVID-19 Protections For Workers

Testimony of Louis Mark Carotenuto

To Healthcare Employers Regarding PPE

To All Employers

What Actions Are We Taking?

Notice To Employers

Notice To Healthcare Employers