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General Government Support for Individuals

1. Unemployment Assistance, NYS Department of Employment: Much of the funding for individuals will be processed through the unemployment system. Make sure you are registered for unemployment. Under the CARES Act, unemployment will be extended to self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, and free lancers. The length of benefits will be extended, and the amount of weekly payments significantly increased. Due to very heavy traffic on the site, the State has set up a schedule based on last name initial. 

2.  Resources for Self Employed:  A good resource for the self-employed is You do not have to join to access their resources. Also take their survey.

Programs for Unemployed Workers:

  • CARES ACT: Temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will provide payments to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (i.e.; self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history) who are unable to work as a direct result of the Pandemic. The unemployment maximum will be increased to $600 per week for each eligible unemployment recipient. 
  • Direct Payments: Individuals earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) will receive a $1,200 direct payment plus $500 for each child. 
  • Foreclosure Moratorium on any federally-backed mortgage. Also temporary moratorium on eviction filings for 120 days for all dwellings currently occupied (renters and mortgage holders).  
  • Emergency Paid sick leave for up to 12 weeks. Funded through various employer lax credits. 
  • The eligibility for the loan programs described above have been expanded to include micro businesses and self employed individuals.