Sunday, March 12, 2017


IDNYC partner New York City FC celebrates international fans by hosting first rollout of IDNYC mobile command center

   Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Commissioner Nisha Agarwal and Commissioner Steven Banks today unveiled IDNYC on the Go!, a mobile enrollment center bringing IDNYC and its extensive array of benefits directly to New Yorkers. To reduce obstacles to government issued identification, IDNYC on the Go! is an ADA-accessible enrollment facility that will serve New Yorkers where they live and work. The command center debuted today at New York City FC’s home opener at Yankee Stadium, where the team and IDNYC partner celebrated the diversity of their fans and surpassing 1 million fans at Yankee Stadium.  

“IDNYC was created to bring New Yorkers of all stripes closer to their city, and to bring the city closer to New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today we are rolling out our new mobile enrollment center at New York City Football Club’s first home game, dedicated to celebrating their fans and families that make New York City the most diverse and culturally rich city in the world. We know that demand remains high for IDNYC, and this new mobile enrollment site will help us sign up more New Yorkers, and will even double as an emergency recovery vehicle.”

IDNYC opened the Mobile Command Center outside Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees and New York City FC, for the first time Sunday. New York City FC is a key partner to the IDNYC program, offering discounted tickets to all of their home games for IDNYC cardholders. At their first home game of the season, New York City FC is taking the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of their fan base by flying the flags of the 20 largest immigrant communities in NYC. As part of their efforts to welcome their fans and their partnership with the City, they are hosting the IDNYC Mobile Command Center at Yankee Stadium from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

As IDNYC partners, New York City FC makes family-friendly entertainment even more accessible to New Yorkers. New York City FC collaborated on a video promoting IDNYC as a card for all New Yorkers.

This mobile command center will operate year-round, staffed by IDNYC staff, and has the capacity to process between 40 and 60 applications per operating day. It will also be utilized by the Department of Social Services as an emergency recovery vehicle. It is equipped with a generator and electrical power systems that are self-sufficient and will be fully operational in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Further, the vehicle is configured and connected with DSS computers and corresponding networks, which allows for it to be repurposed to provide other essential DSS services, including: 
·        Serve as a crisis management outpost with internet and phone access, and as a conference area with seating
·        Transmit, receive and communicate information to other city agencies and programs pertaining to larger emergency and evacuation plans
·        Transport and distribute emergency supplies, medicine and food
·        Direct traffic due to visibility and lighting system 

Sign up New Yorkers for essential services, including:
·        Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and emergency food services 
·        Medicaid support and benefits
·        Cash assistance for TANF and WeCare recipients, as well as individuals who qualify under other guidelines

IDNYC has a wide array of benefit partners. All City residents age 14 and above are eligible to get a municipal ID card, and enrollment is free for anyone who applies in 2017. All IDNYC applicants must have documentation that proves identity and residency in New York City. The City will protect the confidentiality of all IDNYC card applications and will not ask applicants about their immigration status. For more information on eligibility criteria, benefits, enrollment centers across the five boroughs and more, applicants can visit or call 311.

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