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Dear Friends,

As the coronavirus crisis continues, we want you – our clients, colleagues, partners, and friends – to know that we are here for you, and are continuing to provide services.

Please read the following important updates then scroll down for Additional Relief Options (en Español):

      • All Recent Loan Approvals will be Honored: we are getting the funds to clients as soon as possible.
      • We’ve Created an Emergency Loan Fund for our Clients: our loan officers will be in touch with each client to see what needs are.
      • SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: for Federal Disaster Loans for businesses, nonprofits, homeowners, and renters click here.
      • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act: for an excellent guide from the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship click here.
      • US Chamber of Commerce Guide to Paycheck Protection Program Loans: to download click here.
      • Staff Availability: all our staff members are working from home and holding client meetings online. Please call instead of coming to our offices.
      • All Workshops Are Now Being Offered Online: watch for emails with details or check Facebook or our website.
      • To Follow Updates from NYC: click here or text COVID to 692-692
      • Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS): Frequently Asked Questions for Commercial Tenants & Immigrant-Owned Businesses in English and en Español

Working together, we will weather this crisis. We are here to support you – our clients, our stakeholders, our friends, and New York City – in every way we can.

Yanki Tshering
Executive Director


Street Vendor COVID-19 Emergency Fund


The purpose of this fund is to help street vendors sustain themselves and their families for the duration of this health and financial crisis. This fund is still in funding stage but it is important to make its awareness to those that might qualify and benefit from it. Click here for more info.

ONE FAIR WAGE Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund


This fund is for restaurant workers, delivery drivers, or Uber/Lyft drivers who has been affected by coronavirus and the economic downturn. For more information click here.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission has re-opened their online platform for drivers who are interested in earning additional income during this time.


The City is recruiting TLC-licensed drivers through DeliveryTLC to help with work related to COVID-19, such as delivering food to older adults.This work will be paid at $15/hour plus reimbursement for gas and tolls. Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The initial need for drivers will be small, but it is expected to increase as the program expands. For more information, click here.

Fondo de Emergencia COVID-19 para Vendedores Ambulantes


El propósito de este fondo es ayudar a los vendedores ambulantes a sostenerse y sostener a sus familias por la duración de esta crisis financiera y de salud. Este fondo está en una etapa de recolección de dinero, pero, es importante que aquellos que puedan beneficiar del mismo se mantengan al tanto a través de este enlace.

ONE FAIR WAGE Fondo de Emergencia para el Sostén de Trabajadores de Servicio y a Base de Propinas


Este fondo es para ayudar a trabajadores de restaurantes, conductores de entrega, o conductores bajo UBER/Lyft, que han sido afectados por el brote del coronavirus y el declive económico. Puede obtener más información a través de este enlace.

La Comisión de Taxis y Limosinas ha reabierto su plataforma en línea para conductores que estén interesados en ganar ingreso adicional durante este tiempo.


La Ciudad de New York está reclutando conductores con licencia TLC a través de Delivery TLC para trabajos relacionados al COVID-19, tales como llevar comida a adultos mayores. Este trabajo será pagado a $15 por hora más el reembolso de los gastos de gasolina y peajes. Los conductores serán seleccionados por orden de solicitud. La necesidad inicial de conductores será pequeña, pero se espera que incremente a medida que el programa se expanda. Puede obtener más información a través de este enlace.