Critical Resources for New Yorkers
Check out the resources below for help and information that can get us all through this time of crisis. If you have resources to add, please get in touch.

Food

You can apply for SNAP Benefits to help supplement your food budget.

Food Bank / Pantry locator

La Jornada, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Kissena Synergy, Mel for Progress, Gutsier Living, Flushing Interfaith Council, and other community organizations are mobilizing volunteers to call and deliver food to local residents. If you need emergency food assistance, fill out this form.


Work

Gov. Cuomo has ended the seven-day waiting period before you can apply for unemployment if you have lost a W-2 job (restaurant/retail/etc.)

If you run a small business (incorporated as an LLC or other), you can apply for a no-interest loan and NYC will cover 40% of payroll costs for businesses with fewer than 5 employees.


Rent/Housing

There is a 90-day moratorium on evictions, so if you cannot pay rent you won't be kicked out. If your landlord issues a notice of eviction, call 311 to get help.


Schools

NYC Coronavirus public school updates

Spectrum is providing free internet for students.


Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Staying Safe During Covid-19

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Path to Safety


Health & Medical

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Recommendations & Guidelines

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Information Dashboard

NY State COVID-19 Information Page (State level updates)

NYC Health COVID-19 Information Page

Information for Older Adults & People with Disabilities

Information for those at higher risk

Information for Pregnant People and Children

EPA Recommended List of Disinfectants

How COVID-19 Spreads and how to “Flatten the Curve”

Safer Drug Use Guidelines from the Harm Reduction Coalition


Crisis Hotlines

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-273-8255 and through chat.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.

The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844-762-8483.

The Trans LifeLine is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue. 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860.

National Parent Helpline Monday-Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-427-2736.


Further Reading

The Guardian’s Latest At A Glance

How To Cope With Anxiety During Coronavirus COVID-19

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors

Cancel Everything by Yascha Mounk (The Atlantic)

Six Quick—But Very Important—Points About Coronavirus and Poverty in the US

How cancelled events and self-quarantines save lives in one chart (Vox)

New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance disrupt mayoral press conference “If We Work Sick, You Get Sick.”

“Every Ventilator Becomes Like Gold”

When Everyone Stays Home