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Eviction Protection in New York is Much Weaker as Moratorium End Nears. Here’s Why

New Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed to speed up the state’s rent relief program. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down the federal eviction moratorium and gutted the state moratorium, which ends Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

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Weren’t Eligible for Unemployment Benefits? Apply for the Excluded Workers Fund

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany created the historic $2.1 billion fund to assist undocumented and nontraditional workers. Here’s what you need to do to apply.

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The State Distributed $0 in Rent Relief in Program’s First Month

Tenants and landlords still have two months to apply before the state’s rent moratorium expires. Here’s what you need to know — including how to get help in tapping the $2.7 billion first-come, first-served pot of funding.

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Homeowner Help Is Coming — But Not Until After the Foreclosure Moratorium Expires

The state recently announced a plan to use more than $540 million of federal relief funds to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure due to the pandemic. But will the aid be enough — and will it reach homeowners soon enough?

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Rent Relief Applications Open in New York June 1: What Tenants and Landlords Need to Know

The $2.4 billion state program, funded by the latest federal stimulus package, aims to help owners and residents by paying off rent debt. Here’s what you’ll need to apply.

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See You at Voterfest: Our Civic Newsroom is Headed Outdoors

With public life rebounding and the June 22 citywide primary quickly approaching, we’re headed to Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens for COVID-safe gatherings.

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Tenants’ ‘Right to Counsel’ Expands Citywide. Here’s Why that’s a Big Deal

The new law means all residents whose incomes qualify can get free legal representation in Housing Court for eviction cases. Meanwhile, the eviction moratorium is set expire Aug. 31. 

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Did You Stop Receiving Your Unemployment Benefits? Here’s What the Issue Might be

Some New Yorkers who lost work at the start of the pandemic have passed the one-year mark. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your benefits are over. Here’s what you need to do.

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New York Eviction Moratorium Expected to be Extended to Aug. 31

The pandemic-spurred protections will stretch beyond the May 1 deadline, with state rent relief aid on the way. Here’s what you need to know — and do.

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How New Yorkers Cut Out of Unemployment and Stimulus Checks Can Tap $2.1B Fund

Some 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers are now eligible for help under the historic Excluded Workers Fund established in the state budget. But there are still some more hurdles to get the cash. Here’s a breakdown.

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Tenants and Landlords’ Future Hang in Balance Over State Budget. Here’s What That Means

After a year of Band-Aids, lawmakers in Albany finally have the big bucks to pass a substantial relief program as part of the state budget. Here’s what you need to know about what’s on the table for renters, landlords and homeowners.

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It’s Been One Year Since You Filed for Unemployment. Now What?

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about working in NYC during the pandemic. Sign up for our new jobs newsletter to get updates.

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What Happens When a New York City Landlord Threatens to Call ICE?

THE CITY talked to some experts and got the answer to this common reader question. We found tenants have rights, regardless of immigration status.

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The Eviction Moratorium Pause Ends Feb. 26. Here’s What You Need to Do

Housing advocates made a tool to help tenants easily fill out and submit the hardship declaration required to stave off eviction proceedings until at least May 1.

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THE CITY’s Civic Newsroom Will Use Virtual Meetings, Newsletters and Stories to Help Inform NYC Voters

We’re launching a wide-ranging effort to better understand what voters need and want to know. We’ll help you find that information and share it with New Yorkers as the city enters a crucial election season.

Food Workers Can Now Get the COVID Vaccine. Here’s How

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about working in NYC during the pandemic. Sign up for our new jobs newsletter to get updates.

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What ‘Cancel Rent’ Means to NYC Homeowners and Small Landlords

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about renting in NYC. Sign up for our tenants newsletter for the latest updates.

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Change Coming for Part-time Workers Receiving Unemployment Benefits

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about jobs in NYC. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates.

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When It Comes to Special Education, What’s Working and What Isn’t? Let’s Talk About it at the Next Open Newsroom

THE CITY and Chalkbeat New York are bringing together parents, teachers, advocates and experts to discuss finding solutions to help vulnerable New York City public school students facing a lack of legally mandated services amid the pandemic.

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New York’s New Eviction Moratorium Protections Are Not Automatic. Here’s What You Need to Do

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about renting in NYC. Sign up for our tenants’ newsletter for the latest updates.