Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Por: Resources Compiled by LawHelpNY
As the current health situation changes, resources are being written everyday to help you with the issues you are facing. We are making ongoing updates to this page.
Getting legal help
Many legal aid organizations are ready to help you over the phone, online or chat.
Look for remote legal services in our Find a Lawyer search
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the courts still open? What if I need to file something? +
The NY State Court System is only open for essential and critical needs of the public.
- To reduce the spread of the virus, cases are slowly being moved to a virtual format.
- All eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders are suspended statewide until further notice.
If you have specific questions about a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call: the Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 833-503-0447
Find the most recent updates about courts in New York State at NYcourts.gov
If you need information about obtaining an emergency order of protection in NYC, call 646-386-5299 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more on family court filings and what to do in an emergency here.
If you are in danger and need immediate assistance, call 911.
Find more information about courts in New York State in this helpful resource from Legal Aid Society including:
What are my options if I'm out of work due to COVID-19? +
If you have lost your job, you may be able to claim unemployment insurance benefits.
New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
- Get more information about Unemployment from NY Department of Labor
If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. Find out what day to apply here.
The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020.
The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers. Here’s what you need to know.
You may also be protected by paid sick leave laws.
Paid sick leave laws vary by employer and county. Here are some resources that may apply to you:
- Information on New York City's Paid Sick Leave from NYC.gov
- Information on Westchester County's Earned Sick Leave law.
What can I do if I can't pay my bills? +
If you are having trouble paying bills or mortgage payments, you can read this helpful resource from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about protecting yourself financially.
What about student loans?
If you are having trouble paying your student loan bills, read about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CARES act suspends principal and interest payments on federal student loans thorugh September 30, 2020.
How do I manage my money?
New York Legal Assistance Group has put together some helpful tips on financial planning during a crisis.
The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project has put together a list of useful consumer and homeowner information.
I think I have been targeted by a scammer.
Scammers look for opportunities to take advantage of the vulnerable, especially during times of emergencies or natural disasters.
What can I do as a freelancer or small business owner? +
If you're a small business owner in NYC, your business may qualify for financial help from the City.
There are a number of programs, grants and loans to help you now. Read more on NYC.gov
I am afraid that I may lose my housing because I can't afford my payments. +
If you have received an eviction notice recently or a Section 8 termination, you can find answers to questions you may have here.
All eviction proceedings and any ongoing eviction orders are suspended statewide until further notice.