The following is a list of known resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic:
COVID-19 Revitalization Project Fund
The COVID-19 Revitalization Project, an inaugural program sponsored by the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship through a grant from the Mitsubishi Financial Group, will provide financial support in the form of gift card purchases to NYC-based, minority-owned, small businesses providing essential goods and services; these businesses experienced lost revenues due to COVID-19. The gift cards will then be provided to Baruch College students also belonging to highly impacted communities who are experiencing economic insecurities or hardships as a result of the pandemic. In order to apply for a gift card, students must be currently enrolled and meet the following criteria:
- Have matriculated and completed at least 30 credits at the College by submission of an application for assistance
- Provide a statement detailing the economic insecurity or hardship and how the support provided by this program will help
- Complete an online application and agree to an interview with the Office of the Dean of Students
NYC is starting a $170 million initiative to make sure every New Yorker gets what they need and no New Yorker goes without food. twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice
Find food pantry near you:
Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations
text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 for more information.
Learn more: schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI).
Learn More: www1.nyc.gov
Skip the Trip to Access HRA:
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations are consolidating until further notice. HRA is asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through #AccessHRA or by calling 311. twitter.com/NYCDHS
Resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. For information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more visit: www1.nyc.gov.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House SNAP Assistance
Our staff can assist with eligibility screenings, initial applications, recertifications, and other SNAP matters. We have English and Spanish-speaking staff and can use interpreter services for clients who speak other languages. In addition, we have staff members who can assist with healthcare, housing, and benefit concerns. Currently, our services are all offered over the phone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested individuals can call our intake line at 212-218-0503, option 2, and leave a message. Please feel free to reach out to Damaris Rodriguez at 212-218-0431, with any additional questions you may have. View the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House SNAP Assistance flyer.
To access SNAP online ordering, go to www1.nyc.gov.
Safe at Home
Not every home is a haven, especially for survivors of gender-based violence.
New York Family Justice Centers may be closed, but help is still available 24/7. For more info visit the NYC HOPE Resource Directory online at nyc.gov/nychope or call 311. Call NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1800-621-4673 or call 911 for emergencies.
COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents, go to on.nyc.gov.
Job-Related Resources and Unemployment
NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal
The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more or Sign up: cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us
The CARES Act
City and State officials have released information on additional unemployment resources as a result of the CARE Act that was passed on 3/27/20. There are new and additional unemployment benefits called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that is available to those who are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance including self-employed/1099 workers, part time workers, and those who were not working for an extended period of time. Impacted students can apply by phone or online. More information can be found at: labor.ny.gov and www.labor.ny.gov.
Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19? NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential. Book an appointment at nyc.gov/TalkMoney.
If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders: Contact 311 or the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov to report them. Learn more: www1.nyc.gov
Freelancers in NYC: If you’re facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint: on.nyc.gov
It’s ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you.
If you think a store excessively increased the price of items needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID-19 you can:
Health and Mental Health Resources
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
Immigrant New Yorkers: Seek care without fear. Use of health services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule and will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship. NYC.gov/PublicCharge or in more languages twitter.com/NYCImmigrants.
Confidentially self-report COVID-19 status and symptoms. Go to nyc.gov/cv19engagementportal.
Baruch College Counseling Center
To support students during this time, the Counseling Center offers free and confidential individual counseling, weekly, group counseling, and support sessions. All services are culturally-responsive and trauma-informed.
Please visit the Counseling Center’s website and click on “Make An Appointment”
Are you struggling with a new transition, feeling lonely, wanting to make new connections or having trouble in your relationships? The Counseling Center is offering two groups called Relationship to Self and Others at this time (Tuesdays or Thursday from 1-2pm over Zoom). For more information, please send an email to Dr. Lynn Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Mental Health Matters (BMHM) Support Sessions for Baruch Students
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. In light of the recent events of racial violence and injustice towards Blacks and the outcry for support, the Baruch College Counseling Center would like to invite you to join Black Mental Health Matters. These support sessions aim to foster and support the growth, networking, collaboration, success, and well-being of Black Students. If you are interested in finding a safe space to meet and talk with others who may have similar experiences as Black students, then this group is for you. The sessions will be led by two Black Psychologists, Dr. Jael Amador and Dr. Gary Dillon, who work from a social justice and multicultural framework. To participate in these support sessions, send an email to Dr. Jael Amador at Jael.Amador@baruch.cuny.edufrom your Baruch student email account and we will send you the Zoom link.
Confidentially self-report COVID-19 status and symptoms Go to nyc.gov/cv19engagementportal.
For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee). twitter.com/NYCImmigrants
Real-time COVID updates
Text ‘COVID’ to 692692 (NYC-NYC) for real-time updates from NotifyNYC
Text ‘COVIDESP’ for updates in Spanish.
Stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 and stand against stigma.
If you have been harassed or discriminated against due to race, national origin, age, or disability, contact NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.
Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language (ASL).
Share this video to remind New Yorkers to make a plan, gather supplies, and stay informed with @NotifyNYC: twitter.com/nycemergencymgt