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Alumni Resources: Stimulus Funding and Unemployment

With NYC’s bureaucratic pipeline operating at a slow crawl during this COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that keeping track of policies and legislation can be overwhelming. 

Whether it be direct cash assistance, or unemployment benefits, we have compiled up-to-date info to help you navigate your financial security. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please contact me at or 929-293-3549.

— Alicia Williams, BPI Alumni Outreach Associate 

CARES Act Stimulus Funding Key Facts

  • The CARES Act provides direct stimulus payments for those making $75,000 or less per year (if you make more than $75K per year, payment will decrease in proportion to how much money you make – check here)
Joint-filers/head of household
  • For joint filers earning up to $150,000 and head of household $112,000
IRS highlights
Non-filers: enter payment info here

For more, see this CARES Act Q & A 

Unemployment Benefits

  • There is is a $600-per-week across-the-board increase in unemployment benefits for all workers claiming them, guaranteed for 4 months. Details here 
  • Find out if you are eligible for unemployment insurance here
How do I apply during this pandemic?

You can submit an online application, here 

You can also, apply by phone: 1-888-209-8124

What type of information do I need to provide?
  1. Proof of recent work history (recent pay stub, W-2 form etc)
  2. Social Security number 
  3. Any document that proves you are unemployed (layoff or dismissal notice from employer, etc.)

For a user-friendly overview of new benefits for New Yorkers click here 

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