COVID-19 Community Support for Residents

Organizations Assisting Residents

Geneva Salvation Army – Food Pantry

Center for Concern – Food Pantry

YMCA – Virtual YMCA

City of Geneva Task Force

Organizations Seeking Donations for Residents

Geneva Salvation Army – Food Pantry

Center for Concern – Food Pantry

Resources for Individuals

Mental Health Resources:

  • Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255;
  • Community resources to help with housing, food and other assistance, dial 211;
  • New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906;
  • Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency: 315-462-9466 or visit their website;
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255);
  • Crisis Text Line: a free 24/7 confidential text service for those in crisis. Text “Got5” to 741-741;
  • Betterhelp.com and Talkspace.com online therapy;
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has compiled a selection of information on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19.

Unemployment Benefits

  • After the President’s emergency declaration, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced new guidance stating that workers temporarily quarantined or unable to work due to the coronavirus can be eligible for unemployment benefits. States now have more flexibility, and can pay benefits when workers are quarantined, or when they leave their jobs due to a risk of exposure or to care for a family member.
  • H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which passed the House on March 14 and should pass the Senate this week, also appropriated $1 billion for emergency transfers to states to process and pay unemployment benefits.
    • States would receive half of their allocation within 60 days of the bill’s enactment if they certify that they meet certain requirements, such as ensuring that workers can apply for benefits online or by phone.
    • States would receive the remaining funds if their unemployment claims increased by at least 10% over the same quarter in the previous year. They would have to waive certain eligibility rules for claimants and charges for employers affected by Covid-19.
  • H.R. 6201 also waives the state matching requirement and provides full federal funding for the Extended Benefits (EB) program for the rest of 2020. To qualify, states would need to experience a 10% spike in unemployment claims over the past year and qualify for a full emergency funding transfer under the measure.
    • Background: Eligible laid-off workers can receive regular unemployment benefits for as long as 26 weeks in most statesAfter exhausting those benefits, individuals in states with rising unemployment can qualify for an additional 13 weeks of benefits — or 20 weeks in some states — through the Extended Benefits (EB) program.
  • NY State DOL Unemployment Benefits Application: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/how_to_file_claim.shtm

Internal Revenue Service/Department of Treasury

  • On March 17, the Treasury Department announced a 90 day deferral for tax payments, up to $1 million for individuals, with no interest and no penalties.
  • On March 17, the IRS also alerted its employees that effective immediately, the IRS will stop some enforcement actions, including certain levies and collection notices, until further notice.
  • Covid-19 dedicated IRS webpage: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Nutrition Assistance
  • On March 14, the House passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation this week. The bill includes:
    • $500 million in emergency funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
    • $400 million for the Commodity Assistance Program for the emergency food assistance program (TEFAP), $100 million of which could be used for costs related to the distribution of goods.
  • SNAP Benefits for Kids: If a school is closed for at least five consecutive days because of a coronavirus-related public health emergency, states could adjust their SNAP to provide additional aid to households with children eligible for free or reduced price school meals.
  • SNAP Work Requirements: The bill would waive federal work requirements for SNAP eligibility. The waiver would begin the first full month after the bill is enacted and terminate at the end of the first full month after a federal coronavirus-related emergency declaration is lifted.
    • State-imposed work requirements would not be changed, but a person’s participation in SNAP during the emergency could not be counted for determining compliance with work requirements.
  • Other SNAP Benefits: States that make their own emergency or disaster declarations related to Covid-19 could request emergency allotments of food aid to support increased participation in SNAP and address temporary food needs.
  • Meal Program Waivers: The bill allows USDA to waive statutory requirements for several food programs to ensure that meals can be provided during the emergency and to implement safety measures related to preventing the spread of Covid-19. It would allow nationwide waivers of eligible National School Lunch ProgramSchool Breakfast ProgramChild and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program requirements.
    • The department could waive nutritional content requirements and rules to provide meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program in group settings.
    • Waivers related to Covid-19 that increase the cost to the federal government for school meals would be allowed.
  • WIC Waivers: The measure would allow states to request waivers for the requirement that The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) recipients certify their eligibility in person and for deferring biometric and bloodwork requirements. USDA could also modify or waive WIC administrative requirements that a state can’t meet due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Geneva residents and community organizations are putting plans together to help community members most vulnerable to the mental, physical and financial impacts of COVID-19. Please contact Erica Collins at 315-789-6104 or ecollins@geneva.ny.us to share efforts you are creating.