Grace Meng, U.S. Representative for the 6th District of New York
May 19, 2020
|Dear Mr. Israel Zwick,
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. Last Friday, I returned to Washington, D.C. to vote on the fourth coronavirus relief package, the Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, to bring aid to the American people.
The Heroes Act
As we continue to cope with the impacts of this pandemic, I am especially thankful for the millions of essential workers who continue to support the American people. To our health care workers, from doctors to nurses to home care workers – thank you for keeping us alive. To our delivery workers, warehouse employees and grocery store employees – thank you for providing us with necessities. To our property service workers, janitors, and residential door staff – thank you for keeping our infrastructure running.
Sadly, the coronavirus continues to devastate our society. It has left over 90,000 people dead and over 1.5 million people with confirmed cases. It has led 36 million Americans to apply for unemployment benefits. I continue to hear from my constituents across our district about the unimaginable and heartbreaking ways this pandemic has overturned their lives. Many are worried about paying for their rent or mortgage and putting food on the table. People in Queens and people across the country need a lifeline, and I believe the Heroes Act provides one.
The Heroes Act is an unprecedented response to this unprecedented moment in history, and I was proud to vote for legislation that puts families and frontline workers first. I was particularly proud to fight for several provisions to help families, including a second round of direct cash assistance for families, expansion of broadband access, and $75 billion for coronavirus testing and contract tracing. I also helped to include a funding increase for SNAP and expansion of the program to cover hot food purchases – because no one should go hungry, not during this crisis, not ever. The Heroes Act also includes nearly $200 billion in renters and homeowners assistance, hazard pay for all frontline workers, money for New York State, and protections for our elections and the U.S. Post Office. This bill is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate. The Senate must swiftly pass the Heroes Act to ensure the American people get the relief they need.
Resources for You
Throughout this crisis, I am continuing to work with officials at the local, state, and federal level to ensure that constituents like you have access to resources you need. I have created this resource guide with information on accessing government assistance, such as housing assistance, resources for seniors, and more. You can contact me with your stories or requests for assistance by emailing me. I am continuing to update my website with important resources, such as my fact sheets for Unemployment Insurance here, the rebate here, and for small business support, here or on my website.
I also want to make sure you know of important resources from New York City and New York State. I have put together information on testing sites in our district, available here, and more information from the City can be found here. New York City is distributing face coverings in a variety of locations, for more information please see here. All New York Voters can vote absentee in the June 23rd primary due to COVID-19. Absentee ballot requests must be submitted by June 16, more information is here. Lastly, if you are in need of food assistance, more information on NYC free meals is available here.
Please know that I will continue to ensure that Queens is getting the relief it needs during this crisis. Thank you, and I hope you remain safe and healthy.
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