COVID-19 Anxiety Workbook
Visit NYC.gov/GetFood for COVID-19 food assistance resources.
Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps)
NYC Department for the Aging provides home-delivered meals are available for seniors ages 60 years and older who may have disabilities, access, or functional needs.
City Harvest Mobile Markets distribute fresh produce in all five boroughs.
Emergency food delivery assistance is available to you if you:
Are unable to go out and get food for yourself, AND
Do not have someone else in your household who can get food for you, AND
Do not have a family member, friend, or neighbor who lives nearby who can get food for you, AND
Do not receive food from Meals on Wheels, God's Love We Deliver or a similar service, AND
Are not able to afford food delivery from a restaurant or grocery store.
Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving 85,000 patients throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, is seeking the following temporary staff members to work at our
temporary COVID19 Testing Site based in Jamaica, Queens, on the grounds of The First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica.
Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on New York City's workforce, the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The list below will be updated frequently. For more information on the City's response to COVID-19, please visit NYC.gov/coronavirus or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115). You can also text "COVID" to 692-692 for updates and information, or text "COVIDESP" to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.
New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Visit the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) website for more information.
As of Friday, April 10, NYS Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a new, streamlined online application system at labor.ny.gov. DOL urges New Yorkers to use the new online system, which can handle most applications from start to finish.
If you have begun but not yet completed filing a claim, DOL claims specialists will call applicants to complete their claims; applicants should stay close to their phones, expect a call from any number/blocked number, and be ready to answer calls.
If you have not yet filed a claim, labor.ny.gov will direct you to the new, streamlined system.
These instructions apply to all workers who may be eligible for unemployment benefits, including those not traditionally covered by these benefits.
When workers' claims are approved they will receive benefits backdated to their first day of unemployment.
Visit the NYS DOL What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act webpage for information on enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) available for New Yorkers.
Worker Layoffs ("WARN Notice")
The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires businesses to give early warning of closing and layoffs.
Information is available on the New York State Department of Labor website.
The NYC Workforce Development Board can help businesses understand their reporting requirements.
Businesses with questions should contact the NYC Workforce Development Board by emailing Chris Neale at email@example.com.
Alternative to Worker Layoffs
Shared Work is a program employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours.
Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information.
Workforce1 helps New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across New York City's five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. The Virtual Workforce1 Career Center system connects New Yorkers, via web or phone, to one-on-one help from professionals who can help. To get employment assistance, visit the Virtual Workforce1 Career Center online.
ACCESSNYC is a portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for over 30 economic opportunity programs and benefits. It also includes a regularly updated list of COVID-19 response resources.
Paid Sick Leave
The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection's publication, Update about Workplace Laws as NYC Seeks to Stop the Spread of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19), provides an overview of local, state and federal sick leave laws. For more information or to file a complaint about the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, visit NYC.gov/workers.
City Workplace Laws
The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection's publication, Update about Workplace Laws as NYC Seeks to Stop the Spread of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19), provides a summary of City labor laws for employers and employees workplace's deal the impact of COVID-19. There are also state and federal labor laws that govern NYC workplaces.
Office of Nightlife
The Office of Nightlife is gathering information on lost income from COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations in bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants, and other social and cultural spaces. If you are a worker, performer, contractor, or business owner in New York City nightlife, please provide details for your lost income in this survey. The survey will be used to collect data for citywide legislation on the impact of closures.
Health & Medical Assistance
Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for Medicaid
Visit the Department for the Aging website for counseling on Medicare MSP, LIS, and other Medicare low-income programs.
Stimulus payments will begin being distributed in mid-April 2020, with no action required for most people. Some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. To get learn more about stimulus checks, visit ACCESS NYC.
Additional Financial Assistance Resources
Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for cash assistance
Visit HRA Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant
Call New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) at 212-669-6100, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Emergency "life safety" financial assistance for under-resourced households with a direct impact.
Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection's NYC Financial Empowerment Centers now provide free one-on-one professional, financial counseling over the phone. Counselors can help you create a budget, manage bills, save for essentials, deal with student loans, and more. Visit NYC.gov/talkmoney to make an appointment online.
Rent Arrears, Housing & Public Assistance
If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies.
Tenants' Rights for Tenants with COVID-19 or Under Home-Quarantine
Resources are available to you if you are a tenant in New York City and are facing hardship due to COVID-19. The City is here to help you maintain stable housing. Learn more about tenants' rights for tenants with COVID-19 or under home-quarantine
New York City Housing Authority
NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction. Households that have experienced a complete income loss may qualify for the Zero Income Policy.
City of New York COVID-19 Hotel Program
The City of New York's COVID-19 Hotel Program provides select individuals and groups (e.g., healthcare workers) a place to stay to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Emotional Support & Spiritual Care
An infectious illness outbreak such as this one can be stressful to you, your loved ones, and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. To reduce your stress and to manage the situation more resiliently, try to remain positive, remind yourself of your strengths, connect with friends and loved ones and use healthy coping skills. NYC Well's website offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications (apps) that can help you cope.
If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173
Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell
NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
NYC Family Justice Center facilities are temporarily closed. Services remain available by phone, such as immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and other resources. From Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., call your nearest FJC: NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn Call 718-250-5113
In the evenings and/or on weekends:
Call NYC's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline (800-621-4673); or
Visit the NYC HOPE Resource Directory online at www.nyc.gov/NYCHOPE For help with stress and anxiety please call NYC Well (888-692-9355) or text "WELL" to 65173.
For emergencies, call 911.
Funeral & Burial Guidance
COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. All New Yorkers deserve to celebrate, honor, and memorialize their loved ones. Get funeral & burial guidance from the City of New York.
Support for those caring for someone 60 and over can visit the NYC Department for the Aging's website for caregiver support information
Visit Help Now for information on how you can help those affected by emergencies.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Many city services are available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Information on available services and resources for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed on the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) COVID-19 webpage.
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities, access and functional needs can visit MOPD's COVID-19 webpage for additional resources for the coronavirus response.
NYC Department of Veterans' Services
The New York City Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) provides essential services to the city's Veterans in areas such as housing, economic empowerment, education, benefits navigation, and health and wellness.
The Mayor's Community Affairs Unit (CAU) has developed an animal welfare webpage for those with pets.
If you are a pet owner affected by COVID-19 and need assistance, call the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.
Access to Free Internet at Home
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
To enroll, call Spectrum at 844-488-8395.
NYC Department of Education
The NYC Department of Education will assist families that may need remote learning devices. Please fill out the surveys below if you need assistance.
Visit the Remote Learning Devices page online (available in English Español 中文বাংলা Русский العربية اردو বাংলা 한국어 Français)
Phone: 718-935-5100 (press 5)
Remote Learning & Enrichment Resources
Catholic Charities Community Services
Archdiocese of New York Helpline at 1-888-744-7900 – food resources and support for seniors.
Immigrant and Refugee Services – Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-419-3700
Announcements from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
MOPD Deaf Town Hall on COVID-19
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities will be holding a virtual Deaf Town Hall on COVID-19 that will have ASL interpretation and captioning over Facebook live. The Deaf Town Hall will be happening on Thursday, April 30th at 4:00pm. A shareable link to the event will be distributed later this week.
Over the last few weeks, MOPD has been connecting masks and gloves to various disability specific groups across the five boroughs. We are continuing in our efforts to provide organizations and individuals with masks and gloves. If you are an organization that is in need of PPEs please fill out our NYC MOPD COVID-19 Feedback Form. Please note that filling out this form is not a guarantee of PPE delivery.
Other NYC Updates
NYC Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2021
The Mayor has released New York City’s Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Among other things, this include a $175M food plan. Of that, $50M will be invested in an emergency food reserve for NYC that will allow us as a city to purchase and store 18 million shelf meals.
COVID-19 Public Health Milestones
New York City is closely monitoring key public health signs to determine when certain social (physical) distancing restrictions will be lifted for people who are not at high risk for serious complications of COVID-19. Learn more about what information is being tracked here: COVID-19 Public Health Milestones
Domestic Violence Resources for People with Disabilities
Barrier Free Living
Barrier Free Living (BFL) offers comprehensive support services for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at its fully accessible BFL Freedom House domestic violence shelter, award-winning BFL Secret Garden domestic violence counseling program, and BFL Apartments that offers permanent homes with support services to survivors with disabilities and their families. BFL is based in New York City.
Hotline: 212 – 533 – 4358
Direct Shelter Line: 212 – 400 – 6470
Video Phone: 646 – 807 – 4013
Additional Resources for People with Disabilities
Get Food NYC
NYC has put together a list of Food Assistance Resources that include information on pickup locations as well as a delivery program for individuals who both cannot afford food and who are unable to leave their home.
To learn more about the options for Food Pickup and Delivery:
City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. They do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.
Call 311 or 646 – 412 - 0721
Free Meal Program in Brooklyn
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Resources from American Psychological Association
NYC Voter Info
All elections previously scheduled for March and April have been postponed to June 23, and all voters will be eligible to vote in the election by absentee ballot. The Board of Elections will mail you an application to request your ballot. Sign up to receive email and text message updates at nycvotes.nyccfb.info/vote_smart, or text VOTESMART to 917-979-6377.