Mutual Aid NYC Relaunching Newsletter!
Hi Everyone! We are relaunching and revamping the MANYC newsletter!
December 22nd, 2021
This is going to be a newsletter MANYC (Mutual Aid NYC) will send out regularly that gives you news on NYC’s recovery, ways you can get involved, local events, and resources. We wanna make this as informative, interesting, and helpful as possible so we would love feedback.
Call to action →Please fill out this form with any critiques, comments, suggestions or questions!
In this Newsletter:
A (very) quick recap of MANYC’s last year
City council passes extension of the statute of limitations for gender-related violence and proposes creating a reparations research board
Homelessness in NYC has reached record highs and thoughtful reform is needed
Get potential incentives for energy efficiency upgrades through NYSERDA
What has MANYC been up to?
It’s almost been two years since the pandemic began and since Mutual Aid NYC was formed. Though some of the city has recovered, many communities hit the hardest by the pandemic are still struggling. We are still active and will keep working to build support systems for people in the New York area during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. So far, we have:
Begun Home is a Human Right, an online conversation series amplifying New Yorkers’ voices who are without a home or at risk of losing one
Launched the resource library 2.0
Created a Map of Mutual Aid Groups
Assisted via the MANYC hotline with new hours and more languages
Please visit our website to learn more about what MANYC has done and what we plan to do.
What’s new with the City Council?
Passed bill to extend the statute of limitations to two years for the gender-motivated violence act
Proposal to prohibit employers from posting job listings without minimum and maximum salary information
Proposal to require movie theatres to provide movie screenings with open captioning
Resolution proposal to establish a commission to study and develop reparation proposals to address the financial impacts of slavery and discrimination
Spotlight: Housing and Homelessness in NYC
In August 2021, there were 47,916 homeless people sleeping in the NYC municipal shelter system each night, more than doubling since 2000. For context, NYC’s population has only grown around 6% from 2000-2021.
This figure also does not include those in domestic violence shelters, on the streets, or living with friends/relatives, meaning it is likely a significant underestimate of the true homeless population.
Call to action → Want to learn more about the solution from the experts, those that are homeless? Visit and donate to Human.nyc, an organization which places those impacted by street homelessness at the front of policy reform.
The primary causes of homelessness, especially for families, is the lack of affordable housing. Immediate triggers include overcrowded housing, domestic violence, job loss, and unsafe housing conditions.
HumanPlan.nyc outlines a platform to end street homelessness created by and supported by homeless New Yorkers. The four pillars of which are reimagining street homeless outreach, removing law enforcement from homeless outreach, adopting a true “housing first” model in supportive housing, and ensuring access to affordable housing for unsheltered homeless New Yorkers.
On the Upside!
Gov. Hochul announced the start of construction on Dominic Hollow Apartments, an affordable and supportive housing development in Ballston.
NY Senate Bill S3593A, currently in committee, would provide internet access to all individuals in temporary housing.
Call to action → email your state senator to support this bill. Find them here
NYC allows the nation’s first supervised consumption site for illicit substances
Tiffany Cabán, a former public defender, was sworn into City Council on Dec. 1st. She has already co-sponsored 20 bills including those which ban solitary confinement, prioritize non-profit buyers for affordable housing development, and extend paid sick leave to gig workers.
Resource of the Week: Subsidized Energy Improvements through NYSERDA
NYSERDA’s family renter or owner program provides incentives to low-income households making energy efficiency improvements.
EmPower NY is for households with an annual income less than 60% of state median income and provides no-cost energy efficiency upgrades
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is for households with an annual income up to 80% of state or area median income, whichever is higher, providing discounts of up to 50% for energy efficiency improvements.
MANYC Self Promo
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Going to the I Need Help page
Searching for a local group
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Calling the hotline at: 646-437-8080