In this time of COVID19, our campaign is entirely committed to checking in with neighbors to see their immediate and emergency needs are met via local mutual aid networks. Mutual aid networks can help with payment and procurement of groceries, medication and other essential needs in the event you cannot venture out due to illness. If you know of those who might benefit from this information please share.

Friends of De Jesus Mutual Aid Intake Form.

  • File this form to our campaign for assistance connecting with local mutual aid efforts in or around AD-38.

Mutual Aid, Mental Health, Business, and Other Emergency Resources

Emergency Action Items


Resources for Artists & Writers

The following are listings for emergency grants and financial support for artists, including specific funds for COVID-19 related economic hardship, and further resources.

Questions about Unemployment Benefits? 

  • Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary cash benefits to employees who have lost their jobs. If you worked in New York State within the last 18 months and lost your job, through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for UI.
  • A person’s benefit rate is based on the recent wages they received from their employer(s). The current maximum weekly benefit is $504.
  • Unemployment benefits are limited to 26 weeks with an additional 13 weeks available through the federal government’s recently created program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), once an individual’s benefits have been exhausted.
  • Under PUA those typically not eligible for unemployment, such as self-employed individuals, gig workers, and those seeking part-time employment are eligible to receive benefits
  • To apply for unemployment visit

Small Business Support 

  • Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist business owners and create new resources for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. You must apply through your bank that handles your business.

New York State Health Insurance

  • If you have lost your health insurance, the open enrollment period in the State’s health exchange has been extended— allowing New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance until May 15th. For more information, visit
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