Coronavirus : U.S. Immigration Services working on reopening on June 4

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after … Read More

Coronavirus : Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on April 27

President Trump signed on April 24, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act which includes:   $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program with $30 billion dollars going to small financial institutions $50 billion dollars for the … Read More

Coronavirus : Get ready Black businesses, $380 billion for small businesses are in the pipeline

Photo credit: Tatomm  Lawrence King explains how black businesses could increase their chances of getting COVID-19 financial assistance   Arva Rice shares concerns about exhaustion of SBA Loans and impact on black businesses in Harlem Congressman Espaillat discusses undocumented … Read More

Coronavirus : City to give undocumented New Yorkers up to $1,000

Photo credit : JP Photography Mayor de Blasio announced on April 16, 2020, a partnership with Open Society Foundations to establish the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program. The $20 million donation will provide emergency monetary relief to … Read More

Coronavirus : What’s next for Black businesses with SBA funding exhausted and SBS loan on pause?

 Africa in Harlem spoke with the Small Business Administration District Director Beth Goldberg after SBA and the Department of Treasury announced that the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDL/Advance) was exhausted … Read More

Coronavirus : IRS launches “Get My Payment” Web App to facilitate reception of $1,200 stimulus payment

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS launched, on April 15, 2020, the “Get My Payment” web application. The FREE app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information … Read More

Coronavirus : NYC schools will remain closed until at least September 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced today that New York City public schools will remain closed until at least September 2020. “We originally said the best-case scenario would be to come back on Monday, April 20th at the … Read More

Coronavirus : Black and Brown New Yorkers account for 69% of COVID-19 deaths in New York City

The City of New York released data on April 8, 2020 confirming a trend seen around the country in Chicago, Milwaukee County and Washington DC – that Black and Brown New Yorkers are the most impacted by the virus. While … Read More

Coronavirus : NYC Department of Health now recommends wearing a face covering in public

Photo credit: Michael Jung Muslim women have been covering their faces for centuries, but for the rest of the world, it is never too late to catch up! According to the NYC Department of Health, a study published on April … Read More

Coronavirus: Tuesday Brooks, MBA discusses Federal and Local Assistance Programs for Small Businesses affected by COVID-19

Africa in Harlem invited Financial Manager Tuesday Brooks, MBA to discuss the Federal and Local Assistance Programs available for Small Businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the Coronavirus. Tuesday Brooks, MBA also gives advice on how to better manage your … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 … Read More

Coronavirus: How to get your $1,200 out of the 2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Photo credit: Andy Dean The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most … Read More

Coronavirus: How to get a free COVID-19 test in New York City

Photo credit: Michael Jung Free appointment-only COVID-19 testing is available in New York City across 10 acute-care hospitals, seven Gotham Health community-based health centers, and 4 drive-thru test sites. Testing—available by appointment only—will help keep people seeking testing out of … Read More

Coronavirus: How to keep money coming during the COVID-19 crisis

Photo Credit: Denis Vermenko You can keep money coming during the Coronavirus crisis by filing for unemployment insurance. What is Unemployment Insurance? Unemployment insurance (also known as UI) is a program that provides temporary cash benefits to employees who lose … Read More

Coronavirus: Applications for financial assistance to NYC small businesses are now open

Photo credit: Flamingo Images Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop and NYC Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett announced today that loans are available for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Small … Read More

Coronavirus: How parents can help with children’s online learning

Photo credit: seanlockephotography Remote learning for all New York City public schools’ students K-12 starts on Monday, March 23, 2020. The New York City Department of Education has created a remote learning portal to support students and teachers. The portal … Read More

Coronavirus: Beginning March 22 at 8 p.m., you must stay home unless you are an essential worker

Photo credit: PhPhoto On March 20, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. The executive order includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses … Read More

Coronavirus: Mayor de Blasio issues new guidance to New Yorkers

Photo Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office Mayor de Blasio today issued updated COVID-19 guidance to New Yorkers, pursuant to new State regulations. New Guidance for New Yorkers Effective Sunday, March 22nd, at 8:00 PM, all non-essential businesses in New York … Read More

Coronavirus: If you have been a victim of price gouging, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has your back!

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) adopted, an emergency rule prohibiting price gouging of certain personal and household goods and services after receiving hundreds of complaints over the past two weeks. The new Rule is in effect since … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Temporarily Closes Offices to the Public from March 18 to April 1

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This suspension of services will be effective … Read More

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