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    Now, more than ever, New Yorkers must stand united against fear and xenophobia, and our elected officials must stand ready to ensure every New Yorker across the state can access the essential services they need to keep their families safe and secure, regardless of legal status.

    The New York Immigration Coalition, and our members, partners and allies, call on all levels of government to immediately enact these common sense measures to ensure immigrants across the state can remain safe and healthy.

    For more information about The New York Immigration Coalition and their response to COVID-19, click here.

    California Bridge is a program of the Public Health Institute working to ensure that people with substance use disorder receive 24/7 high-quality care in every California health system by 2025.  We seek to fully integrate addiction treatment into standard medical practice — increasing access to treatment to save more lives.

    For more California Bridge Program COVID-19 resources, visit www.bridgetotreatment.org/covid-19.

    The COVID-19 coronavirus is believed to be especially dangerous to the elderly and people with chronic health conditions, and that has public housing providers worried. Resident leaders are concerned, too, about the effect of the shutdown and resulting anxiety on their communities.

    “Northview’s been in extreme poverty for a long time,” Marcus Reed, president of the tenant council in Northview Heights, said Monday. The complex is the city’s largest public housing community, and he noted that a big part of the population consists of refugees. “[T]he virus does place stress on the community because we’re already short on the things we need. This makes it even shorter.”

    Public housing communities include concentrations of some of the poorest households in the region, and many residents are also elderly, have disabilities or both.

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    While All New Yorkers Are Impacted By Covid-19, We Must Recognize & Swiftly Address the Needs Of New York’s Most Vulnerable & At Risk Communities

    The reverberations of the global human and economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt at the local level, from block to block. Historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities will be most acutely impacted and left particularly vulnerable. In New York, low-income communities of color and immigrant communities will face the brunt not only of the medical crisis that is upon us, but also the growing economic crisis in the form of evictions, mounting debt, job loss, and community disinvestment. The spread of COVID-19 has exposed the long-established gaps in our social infrastructure. These inequities are not new, but will be laid bare and felt more intensely than ever before. A crisis of this scale requires a commensurate and comprehensive response. It is the responsibility of federal, state, and local governments to act swiftly, strategically, and boldly to minimize the catastrophic economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We call on our government – at all levels – to act decisively to give everyone the ability to do their part without the risk of losing their jobs, homes, and their very lives.

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    During the COVID-19 pandemic, local and state governments are key actors in protecting the United States’ most vulnerable residents. They run jails and state prisons, which are key to “flattening the curve,” they oversee court systems, they provide homelessness services, they decide whether to enforce evictions and utility shutoffs, and more. Throughout the country, advocates are now calling on local and state authorities to change their practices: to stop evictions and to release elderly people from prison, for instance.

    THE APPEAL has created an interactive map that tracks developments of the coronavirus response in local and state governments, with a focus on what is being done — and what’s not done — to protect vulnerable populations. The Appeal: Political Report is devoted to shedding a spotlight on state and local politics.

    For more information and to view the interactive map, click here.


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