Childcare, Education, Food and Housing Resources
National Grid Consumer Advocacy
To find out about various resources regarding assistance programs and services available for heating and cooling your home, click here.
COVID-19 Resource Available for Eligible 1199SEIU Employees
Under The Home Care Benefit Fund, 1199SEIU employees may be eligible to receive cash assistance and other support if they’ve lost a wage earner or caregiver in their home to COVID-19. If you are a 1199SEIU employee and have questions, please email one of the contacts on the flyer below or [email protected].
Additionally, 1199SEIU employees may be eligible to receive financial assistance up to $1,000 through New York State’s Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund. If you qualify, you may be reimbursed for child-care, transportation, lodging and other expenses that allowed you to perform your duties during the pandemic. For more information, visit the New York State website. For questions, email [email protected].
NYS Rent Relief Extension Program
Households impacted by COVID who are still in need of rental assistance should call 1-844-691-7368 or visit otda.ny.gov for more information regarding the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) forthcoming, federally-funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide rental subsidy to eligible households in New York State. Click here for more information.
Resources by geography
- For New York, click here.
- For New Jersey, click here.
- For Connecticut, click here.
- For Pennsylvania, click here.
- For Long Island, click here.
- For Westchester, click here.
Resources relevant to any location
Helping children with Anxiety
We hope you saw the recent Frontline article that featured tips on how to help a child who’s suffering from anxiety due to the pandemic. This article came about because you asked for it in the Support Calls! In case you missed the article, you can read it by clicking here.
PBS Kids for Parents and Learning at Home
Visit the PBS KIDS for parents site at https://www.pbs.org/parents/ for age-specific play activities, a list of children’s books about race and diversity, activities for family night,, and other resources to help your child learn and thrive. Sign up for the PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter, which provides “activities and tips to keep your child playing and learning even when school is closed” and you are coping with the new normal.
Educational Resources on Racism
The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests nationwide highlight the systemic injustice and intolerance faced by Black Americans and other people of color in our society. We have compiled the educational resources below to help you talk to your children about these recent events, and the subjects of race, racism, and our histories.
- NYC Dept. of Education: WeTeachNYC on Racism
- NYC Dept. of Education: WeTeachNYC on Civic Education
- Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility: Listening Circle for George Floyd
- Facing History and Ourselves: Bearing Witness the Death of George Floyd (and reckoning amidst pandemic and violence and backlash)
- Teaching Tolerance: Resources on Race and Ethnicity
- Anti-Defamation League: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism
- The New York Times The Learning Network: A Conversation About Growing Up Black