Dear District 35,
How have you been? It’s been a while since my last email and there is so much happening in our district. I’m here to quickly share a few noteworthy programs and events taking place this month.
I hope you and your families have been well. Although the city is reopening, please continue to remain safe and cool while enjoying your time with families and friends.
Housing & Rental Resources
Low and moderate-income families at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability can apply to the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) for relief.
Households approved for ERAP may receive:
  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
Find the nearest community-based organizations here for help applying for ERAP. Or contact them at or (718) 487-2300 for assistance with your application or if you need help obtaining other one-shot deals.
Join Brooklyn A for a Tenants’ Rights & The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Virtual Town HallTODAY Thursday, June 10 at 6:00 pm
  • Rent relief is here! The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for families and individuals to pay rent. It has also made many choose between paying for rent and other essential needs.
  • Attorneys will present on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), tenants’ rights, housing court updates, and the extended eviction moratorium and its impact on both tenants and landlords.
  • To attend, register here.
#TeamCumbo has created a list of resources for renters and homeowners throughout the District who are facing economic insecurity as a result of COVID-19.
To access the list,
visit D35 Living.
Vaccine Updates
  • To locate NYC COVID-19 Vaccine sites, visit here.
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum is hosting a vaccination site in partnership with the City of New York. The Pfizer vaccine is available at no charge, to ages 12 and up, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until June 30th. No appointment is needed. A complimentary family visit to the Museum will be available to those vaccinated at their site.
  • Please call (877) 829-4692 if you require more information regarding the vaccination process. As always, please contact me for information about Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is now available for New Yorkers ages 12 years and older! ⁣
  • In-home vaccinations expanding to NYers ages 75 years & older & those all ages with disabilities: or 877-829-4692.
Jobs & Internships
Tutors Needed for I’Raise Girls & Boys International Corp
Do you like empowering kids? I’RAISE Girls & Boys International needs tutors to work with children of all grade levels in math, science, social studies, and ELA. Speaking Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or Yoruba is preferred, but not required. Sign up here.
COVID-19 Updates
Are you 12-19 years old living in NYC? I’RAISE Girls & Boys International is seeking teens to participate in a survey to determine the impact of COVID-19 on teens’ mental health.
Please visit to sign up for the survey.
Financial Assistance for Burial Services
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
FEMA is accepting applications. If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation.
Click here for more information.
Events I’m Looking Forward To
LOCATION: Saint Gregory’s RCC, 991 St.John’s Place at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue.
DATE: Saturday, June 19th
TIME: 9am-12pm
MUSIC: by The Dwayne Cook Broadnax Group featuring Patsy Grant & Stephany Bates
Community Input Meeting to reimagine
Lafayette Gardens Playground!
The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 24th, at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
 *Registration is required to attend. Register at
This event can be accessed by computer, mobile device, or call into the number provided after registration.
For more information, and or accessibility information please contact or call (917) 272-8453.
Fitness in the Park!
Please join us on Friday, June 25th from 6-7 pm as we host a joint fitness event with Amida Care in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Bring some water, your fitness gear, and a dose of energy, as you’ll receive a total body workout from fitness instructor Nakisha Ross of Alwayz Fit 4 Lyfe.
Interested in attending? RSVP Required.
Call 1.800.556.0689 or email at
to reserve your spot.