Cash Assistance Fund For Restaurant Workers

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

The following information is from our friends at Robin Hood and ROAR about their cash assistance program. We encourage you to share this email with former restaurant employees who lost their jobs due to COVID-19:

Robin Hood, in partnership with ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) has re-opened its cash assistance fund for restaurant and food service workers who have lost employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent indoor dining shutdowns. Cash assistance is available for qualified applicants on a first come, first serve basis, in the amount of $500 per individual, until funds are exhausted. Many generous NYers continue to support the fund - they LOVE their restaurants! - so please check back from time to time in the event you don't get through.
APPLY HEREImportant details below. 
  • Cash assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis, in the amount of $500 per individual, until funds are exhausted. 
  • Funds are intended for emergency use - rent, groceries, medical bills, child care, etc. - at the recipient's discretion.
  • Funds are intended for households in greatest need. As a result, eligibility is based on annual incomes below $49,000.
  • Please note:  Applications will not be processed on 12/22 - 1/4 for the holidays. However, you may still apply during that time.
DOCUMENTATION - We aim to make this fund as accessible as possible. 
  • Applicants will be asked to verify identity, NYC residency and employment/lost wages from an NYC restaurant or food service business. This is to verify eligibility ONLY and will be kept strictly confidential. 
  • We welcome undocumented and unbanked applicants. We accept many forms of ID (including expired passports) and proofs of employment (including letters from employers). Simply upload these documents when prompted. If you do not have a bank account, we have other ways to get relief dollars to you. 
  • Spanish and Mandarin translations, as well as application support teams, available. 
SUPPORT +  TECH ISSUES - The application is not perfect. There are humans here to help!
  • ROAR and Robin Hood are working with the Family Independence Initiative (FII) to review applicants and administer funds. 
  • If you can't get to the application, check back again soon. The portal goes down from time to time to fix technical bugs. 
  • If you get a dead link while filling out the application, you can retype the desired URL, refresh screen, and/or clear cache. 
  • If you need support while filling out your application:
    • Check out FII's FAQ. It is updated every time we get a new question. So likely the answer is there. 
    • Use the support channel on the application. 
    • Chat directly with support via the URL by clicking "help" in the lower left-hand corner of the application.
CLICK HERE to donate the cash assistance fund. 

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