With Covid cases finally starting to drop amid plenty of uncertainty, vaccination is clearly our best bet for putting this pandemic behind us. There has been overwhelming demand for vaccines here in Ulster County, and vaccine centers have opened at Kingston High School, and numerous other locations throughout the county and state. But with
the current vaccine shortage and eligibility restrictions, it has been frustratingly difficult
to make an appointment. Visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to find out if you are eligible and to see a full list of locations throughout NY state. Ulster County has created a Covid resources center at vaccinateulster.com where you can learn about locations, eligibility and supply of vaccines. Until the supply improves, just keep trying to get an appointment, and monitor your emails to
be sure it has not been cancelled before you go. To find information on local pharmacies with access to the Covid-19 vaccine visit covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/get-vaccinated or vaccinefinder.org.
Our area has done a great job providing testing centers, and there are numerous safe, uncrowded places where you can get a Covid test and expect results within 48 hours. Visit covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/get-tested for a complete list.
For help with mental health and substance use issues, visit the County Covid page at covid19.ulstercountyny.gov and click on Resources.
Other Covid Relief Resources and Info
• United Way Emergency & Homelessness Prevention Fund
This fund will help the hourly, low-wage workers in our community who have been laid off, fired, or given reduced hours as a result of COVID-19. They do not make cash payments, but pay vendors (i.e. utility company, landlord, insurance company, phone company, etc.). A $750 cap applies. Call 845-331-4199 for information.
• CDC Halt in Residential Evictions
President Biden has ordered the CDC to extend the temporary halt of residential evictions for nonpayment of rent during through the end of March, 2021.
• NYS Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures
The New York Legislature approved an eviction ban through at least May 1, 2021 for tenants who have endured a "COVID-related hardship." Tenants must show documentation explaining their situation to prevent evictions. Landlords can still evict people who don't show that documentation.
The law also stops residential foreclosure proceedings until May 1, 2021. Homeowners and landlords who own 10 or fewer residences can also file hardship declarations with their mortgage lender or a court to prevent a foreclosure.
The COVID-19 Tenant Protection Unit of the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office. To make a tenant complaint call 845-303-5503 or fill out a complaint form online at covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/covid-19-tenants-protection-unit-form/
You can call the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office for help with emergencies (eg. if someone is being evicted) at 845-340-3643.
• Project Resilience
Project Resilience will focus its efforts on supporting those most vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic including seniors, youth, and families who are living paycheck to paycheck. The program will continue to address growing food insecurity by supporting local food banks and homebound needy seniors to receive prepared meals. Meal delivery for this program will begin on December 21st and will run for at least 12 weeks. Donations are accepted through the United Way’s GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com/f/project-resilient\
For more information on Project Resilience, please visit: covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/project-resilience/
• NYS Unemployment Resources:
The updated Unemployment Benefits Application System will determine which unemployment program — Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — New Yorkers should apply for. The following link provides information on how to apply and then to apply: dol.ny.gov/
• NYS Self-Employment Resources:
If you are self-employed, you may now file for UI benefits online. See guidance on how to file a UI claim if you are self-employed at labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/self-employed-ui-guide.pdf
• Ulster County Employment Resources:
Ulster County Office of Employment & Training: ulsterworks.com/
• Food Resources
Reservoir Food Pantry
4073 Route 28 Boiceville
Hours: Food Distribution Monday afternoons 2-4pm
Olivebridge United Methodist Church
5179 Route 213
Hours: Located right inside the side entrance to the church hall (left side of building), the Food Closet is open 24 hours a day.
Family of Woodstock
16 Rock City Road
Good Neighbor Food Pantry
16 Tinker Street
Hours: Wed 2-6:45pm; Thurs 2-4:45pm
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Christ’s Lutheran Church
26 Mill Hill Road
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 4-6pm for prepared take-out meals
Ulster County Office of the Aging
Frozen Meals delivered to homebound seniors
The Table at Woodstock
Woodstock Reform Church on the Village Green
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 4pm-6pm for prepared take-out meals