Applications For $3.5 Billion In Aid For New York Renters Opens Today
Great news for New York residents who need rent relief due to COVID-19. Applications for $3.5 billion in aid are being accepted now to support renters and help support small businesses.
According to News 10, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $3.5 billion in pandemic relief has been set aside specifically for rental assistance and support for small businesses.
“New Yorkers and small businesses in every corner of the State were devastated by the pandemic,” Cuomo said in a written statement. “This critical funding will help ensure New Yorkers who are experiencing financial hardship through no fault of their own will not be thrown onto the streets, while also providing stability for small businesses so they can help play a role in New York’s economic resurgence.”
Applications for the $2.7 billion in rental assistance will open today, June 1, 2021. This opens up to eligible New Yorkers behind on their rent and under pandemic-induced financial hardship. The program will prioritize vulnerable populations for its first 30 days. After July 1, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out.
You can read more on the program here, and how to apply.
Cuomo: New York State Can’t Legally Mandate Vaccine For Students
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all New York State schools will reopen for full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in September, based on the current COVID trajectory.
According to the Hudson Valley Post, Cuomo is now saying that as of now students won't be mandated to get a COVID vaccine because New York can’t legally require vaccines when it's only been approved for emergency use.
"By law, you can't mandate vaccines if it's emergency use," Cuomo said on Monday.
Things could change by the start of the upcoming school year if the FDA gives full approval to the vaccine. Cuomo didn't announce what he plans to do if the FDA gives full approval. You can read more here.
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