Welcome to our Community Resources guide!
Below is a comprehensive list of community resources, ranging from Food Distribution Networks to Rent Strikes, throughout Western Queens.
Mutual Aid Networks
- Covid Care Network: Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Woodside
- Queens Mutual Aid Network – List of people offering to help to anyone (you can add your name, too, if you want to volunteer!) – Here is their FB Page for updates!
- LIC Support We’re a group of neighbors helping neighbors. We came together because of shared concern and care for our community, especially for those who may need additional support for any reason. From the Pulaski Bridge to Queensbridge Housing, our efforts extend across the 11101 zip code.
- Mutual Aid NYC – lots of incredible resources, including an interactive google map to find help by neighborhood!
- Free CUNY Mutual Aid
- Make the Road’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
- Cosecha’s Undocumented Worker Fund – redistributes donations directly to immigrants impacted by the current crisis.
- Laundry Workers Center Emergency Response Fund – Emergency help to Laundry Workers Center members who have lost work, are sick, or are otherwise impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
- Street Vendor COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- The Law Firm Paul, Weiss Coronavirus Relief Center: Paul, Weiss has launched an online portal to offer businesses, employees, and others hit hard by the pandemic information about federal, state, local, and non-profit relief programs. More than 600 relief programs can be accessed on this portal, which will be updated regularly to reflect changes to existing programs and to identify newly available programs. It is searchable by jurisdiction, contains explanations of eligibility requirements, provides guidance on accessing benefits, and includes direct links and contact information for the responsible agency or organization.
- Met Council on Housing Tenant Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611
Hours: Mon & Wed 1:30-8pm • Tue 5:30-8pm • Fri 1:30-5pm
- Rent Strike Toolkit: At schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home, parents can access a list of free online resources organized by content and grade level that can be accessed at home.
- The Connected Chef: is a great, free food service for folks who have been economically impacted in Western Queens. You can help by donating, or requesting a package of food!
- Free Meals – NYC Schools: The city is now providing free meals for anyone who needs them, free of charge and without needing ID or any documentation.
- Emergency food delivery: for those in danger who cannot leave the house or afford meal delivery service. COVID-19 meal delivery.
- Grab and Go Expanding for All New Yorkers: In this time of historic high unemployment, more New Yorkers are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. To this end, grab-and-go meals are now available for all New Yorkers. No one is turned away, and participants are able to pick up three meals. We appreciate all of you who shared this information with your constituents. The hours are:
- 7:30 am – 11:30 am for families and children. 11:30am – 1:30pm for adults
- To find a location, text “NYC FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or visit NYC Free Meals.
- SNAP: SNAP Benefits & COVID-19
- Hour Children Food Pantry: is a wonderful place run by Sister Tesa Fitzgerald that serves western Queens residents. You can find information about them here.
- Bread of Life Food Pantry: the Center of Hope International is an important resource for those in need in and around Queensbridge.
- Artist Relief: is a coalition of national funders responding to the COVID-19 crisis by giving grants of $5,000 to individual artists. The fund is over $10 million dollars and is continuing to grow to support the emergent need for artists
- The Carnegie Corporation and Bloomberg Philanthropies have created the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund which provides a pool of $75 million to help small and mid-size arts organizations with interest-free loans. Organizations must be NYC-based, have an annual operating budget of under $20 million, be a 501C3 in good legal standing, and have a track record for robust service to the people of New York.
- Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund applications for April support to Freelance Dance Workers will open Friday, April 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. and close on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Freelance dance workers interested in applying for April support can find a blank copy of the application on the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund Freelance Dance Worker page to help in preparing application materials in advance of the application opening.
- The Nonprofit Finance Fund is issuing loans to nonprofits in New York that are in need of financial assistance.
- COVID-19 and Freelance Artists: Here is an aggregated list of resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
- Freelancers Union has created a survey for freelancers to gauge how COVID-19 is impacting their work and their lives. While the survey is national, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will be working with the Freelancers Union to review responses from New York City and communicate feedback to City Hall, as well as state and federal government, to inform policy recommendations.
- Freelancers Union is also establishing the Freelancers Relief Fund to support freelancers impacted by the pandemic. The fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food/food supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance for income loss. Applications are now open.
- The Actors Fund serves all professionals—and not just actors—in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and dance through programs. Their largest funder is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. They have also compiled a list of COVID-19 resources and emergency grants.
- The National Endowment for the Arts put together a compendium filled with good and clear information for resources to help artists. The list connects you to 53 different programs that may help offer resources for artists. You can find the list here. https://www.arts.gov/covid-19-resources-for-artists-and-arts-organizations.
- The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, print-makers and sculptors.
- Artily World launched the Artist Relief Project supporting artist with $200 grants.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts emergency grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts between $500 – $2500. Find more information here: Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
- The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs also has compiled good and helpful information for a wide variety of people in the arts and cultural sector. Please find information at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Health/ Governmental Assistance
- New Face Covering Guidance: As new studies indicate that pre-symptomatic people may be infectious, everyone should wear a face mask when outside and near others to prevent the spread of COVID. However, we ask people to not use N95 or surgical masks, and save them for medical and other frontline people who need them. Instead, we encourage people to use a scarf or bandana or a piece of clothing, or make their own — and to continue to adhere to maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from other people. For more information, you can visit Face Covering Guidance.
- Mental Health Resources: This is a stressful time for New Yorkers. Resources are available for New Yorkers by contacting 1-888-NYC-WELL or Texting “WELL” to 65173. For more information visit: NYC Well Mental Health Resources.
- Help for Seniors: If you are feeling isolated and want to chat with friendly volunteers, tap into the Friendly Visiting Program by calling 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469).
- Domestic Abuse & Violence: If you are concerned about this (or are experiencing it yourself) NYC HOPE has a lot of resources for you. Their hotline, available 24/7, is 1-800-621-4673.
- People with disabilities: reach out on Twitter to @NYCDisabilities, 311 or visit Resources for disable New Yorkers or connect via video phone at 646-396-5830.
- Social Security Administration: For more information on Social Security and Disability benefits please contact 1800-772-1213
Currently, there are several options for free internet access as follows:
- Altice USA: free internet service for all students for 60 days. Call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
- Comcast: free internet essentials package for 60 days. Visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
- Spectrum: free internet access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
- Charter: free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
- AT&T: open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
- Verizon: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint: following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile: following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and soon will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.