Updated August 10, 2020
If you feel sick and think you might have COVID-19, you can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge, 9 am to 9 pm. If you are concerned you may be experiencing a medical emergency, contact your provider immediately or call 911.
• NYC Dept. of Education letter about the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C (formerly called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome or PMIS):
• COVID-19 Health Guidance from NYC Department of Health:
• Free healthcare for teens and families at Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center:
• NY State free health clinics:
• Housing Works’ Youth and Prevention Services connects New York City’s youth with compassionate healthcare in a judgment-free environment:
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emergency and Crisis Services:
1-888-NYC-WELL (press 2 for English)
1-888-692-9355 (press 3 for Español)
1-888-692-9355 (press 5 for 中文)
711 (TTY for hearing impaired)
• NYC Well – Talk. Text. Chat 24/7
• Thrive NYC’s New Guide to Mental Health Services
This online guide has a wealth of information on mental health resources, as well as services tailored to the needs of aging New Yorkers, veterans, students and young people, and people harmed by violence, crime or abuse. All services are free to New Yorkers, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
• NYS Office of Mental Health:
Official Health Guidance and Information
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• New York State Comptroller’s Office:
• New York State Dept. of Health:
• World Health Organization:
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Patient privacy under HIPAA:
Food / Housing / Benefits
• Grab and Go Food distribution, free food for all New Yorkers across the city. Learn more and find locations here:
Or, text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877
• Food Resource Guides by Neighborhood (from Hunter College Food Policy Center):
• Call 311 to find your local food pantry (no income guideline for emergency food) or ask about Get Food NYC, which delivers meals
• FoodHelp Locator by zip code
• Find nutrition support or a food pantry near you: Food Bank NYC is giving out free meals, groceries and SNAP support all over the city:
https://www.foodbanknyc.org/covid-19/ or https://www.foodpantries.org/
• Volunteers across the city are delivering groceries, medication and other necessities to elderly and otherwise at-risk residents. Get a delivery or sign up to volunteer:
• SNAP online ordering – New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online:
• Get Food NYC has a map feature to find food distribution locations
Rent and Housing
• Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, finances, school, work and more on ACCESS NYC.
• If you’re facing housing issues related to the coronavirus crisis, get free advice over the phone: 212-979-0611 and see this link:
• You can access housing court for illegal lockouts, housing code violations and repair orders:
Housing Court Answers Hotline: 212-962-4795
• Homeless Drop-In Centers: Homeless people who are living on the streets can go to a drop-in center to receive services such as hot meals and clothing, counseling, and medical care. Call 311.
Phone and Internet Access
• Most internet providers are providing free internet access for 60 days to support families social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. See a guide to free internet in English and Spanish:
• NYC public school students can get free internet access from Spectrum while schools are closed.
Call 844-488-8398 to sign up.
• Free Wifi at Link
• Accomodations for Con-Ed customers:
Employment / Unemployment
• Unemployment information from the New York State Department of Labor:
• Job search tips for high school students:
• For college grads:
• Americorps Vista – do good while you take a gap year. After completion you have an advantage for federal jobs.
College and Training Resources
• College Commitment Checklist:
• CUNY’s Twitter page is a great page for real-time updates:
• CUNY virtual campus tours:
• COVID-19 college resources by state (including AP & SAT updates):
Remote Training Opportunities
• Learn COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University. The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly.
• The HOPE Program: Offering virtual information sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00PM. Interested candidates can join the information sessions by clicking onto this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7188389842?pwd=V0lmWFRRL0R6Tm56QTdRUHNoMWI3QT09#success (Meeting ID: 511 680 500).
Alternative Pathways to College – the following programs are still accepting applications or are having virtual info sessions:
• NYPD Cadet Corps:
• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Carpentry:
• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Low Voltage Cabling:
• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Production Assistant:
• NPower (IT/Computers):
• Year Up: IT/Network Support, Business, Banking/Sales, Financial Operations (anti-money laundering)
• PerScholas (Technology):
• Public Allies (Leadership):
• STRIVE International
Offers programs in health and office administration and the maintenance trades (carpentry, plumbing, and electrical). Contact email@example.com for virtual session dates.
Legal and LGBTQ Resources
Legal and Immigration Resources
• Info from The Legal Aid Society:
• Resources for our undocumented community, compiled by the Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation:
• See the DOE’s landing page:
• New York Public Library – Free online tutoring for families, teens, and children:
• Take a deep breath! Animated breathing exercise:
• Headspace is offering free sleep, meditation, and movement exercises:
• Virtual Calming Room offers a range of wonderful calming exercises and ideas:
• DYCD at Home has dance, music, art, filmmaking, and more. Check out the opportunities on their website, sign up for the activities that interest you, and text (347) 349-4361 to get updates directly to your phone:
• Intrepid museum – Free classes for K-12:
• Google Arts & Culture’s collection offering online tours and exhibits of 2500 museums:
• 12 museums offering free tours:
• Met opera free nightly streams:
• NLE NYCapsule! NLE NYCapsule is city-wide, youth-led, virtual space for NYC youth to work together on documenting their responses to COVID-19 through engaging art projects and discussion.This FREE weekly program will meet on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm via Zoom and is geared towards NYC youth ages 14-19.
• The New York Philharmonic
“NY Phil Plays On,” a new free digital portal streaming 150 hours of free performances online.
Virtual DJ sets every night live from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Disco beats, tutorials and deep-listening sessions:
• The New York Public Library is offering a variety of resources, including more than 30,000 free titles available to download on their app SimplyE. You need to be a New York City resident with a library card which you can apply for on SimplyE.
• Timeout NYC – At home entertainment:
• NYC Parks@Home:
• Yoga with Adriene:
For Younger Children
• Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other offers a broad variety of free resources.
• WideOpenSchool.org, a free one-stop-shop site for education resources for K-12 students, teachers and parents. The site is updated daily with suggested schedules for several age ranges and new activities and materials vetted by Common Sense, a nonprofit known for rating education and entertainment content.
• The Children’s Museum of the Arts is offering a free online series for children of all ages:
• Taste Buds
Free online cooking classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00PM using basic pantry supplies you likely have in the house. The classes are for adults and kids to cook together.