NYC: Useful Coronavirus Resources

Without a doubt, New Yorkers know how to respond whenever there is a crisis. We understand each other and know when love, care, and support is needed and always find a way to band together. Over the past few weeks, New Yorkers have found ways to help one another, and we will continue to see more and more people finding ways to lend a helping hand.

Mutual Aid Groups or Networks are a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefits. Mutual Aid is not a new concept — once a vital part of small communal societies, especially during agriculture ara and has extended way beyond. In response to COVID-19 Mutual, Aids Networks have been organized around the world, and New York City is no different. Many groups are coming together across neighborhoods and boroughs, responding to the needs of those who are vulnerable.

From google sheets to social media and everything in-between relief efforts are being coordinate — the goal is the same to serve as a central network for the community and to support others. It’s not just delivering groceries or raising funds — it’s about an entire support system lending a hand wherever one is needed.

Below is a list of  Helpful Resources in addition to Mutual Aid Networks that can be used and passed along:

Citywide Information

Abolition Action Grocery Fund: Grocery deliveries — Request help here

Action PAC C-19 Help Squad: Financial support and local assistance — Request help here

Corona Couriers: Grocery deliveries in every borough except Staten Island. Call, text or email (929) 320-0660 

COVID Bailout NYC: Fundraiser to pay bail for New York City detainees.

Financial Solidarity for Formerly Incarcerated People and Their Families Mutual Aid Project — Request help here

Free CUNY Mutual Aid: Resources for CUNY community members. Request help here Volunteer here

Invisible Hands Deliver Grocery and supply deliveries for elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised New Yorkers. Request delivery here

Mutual Aid NYC: Directory of local mutual aid networks and resources.

NYC Black Folk Mutual Aid Fund: Financial support, quarantine supplies.

NYC COVID Care Network: Mental health support for essential workers and their family members. Request help here

NYC Mutual Aid for COVID-19: Running errands, distributing masks and food, legal and financial assistance.

NYC United Against Coronavirus: Directory of local mutual aid networks and resources.

Service Workers Coalition: Email for help

The End is Queer NYC Mutual Aid

Key public health information

World Health Organization (en Español)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (en Español)
Mayo Clinic
Johns Hopkins University
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Fund for Public Health NYC: Facts about COVID-19

Official resources

Notify NYC
311 info
Office of Brooklyn Borough President (en Español)
Office of the Bronx Borough President
Office of Manhattan Borough President
Office of Queens Borough President
Office of the Staten Island Borough President

Health and treatment tips

CDC: Prevention
CDC: List of symptoms
CDC: Reducing Stigma
NIH: What Are Coronaviruses? How Do They Work?
NIH: Prevention and “Alternative Treatment” Myths Busted
NIH: Findings of the latest study
NIAID: Overview, latest news
NYC DOHMH Fact Sheet
(en Español)
Mayo Clinic: Symptoms and Causes
Harvard: How coronaviruses work, how to prevent and avoid, what to do when sick

Unemployment assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Benefits
New York Unemployment Assistance: Guidance
New York Unemployment Assistance: Application

Business assistance

NYC Small Business Services: Guidance and assistance for Businesses
(en Español)
NYC SBS: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Federal Small Business Administration: Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Food & food insecurity

Food Bank NYC: Find the Help You Need
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
SNAP/Food Assistance
Soup Kitchens / Food Pantries by Borough
NYC Meal Hubs offering free meals for all New Yorkers
Invisible Hands: Safe, free deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk community members


Tenants Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611 (English and Spanish)

RTC Coalition: FAQ on the eviction moratorium

DHCR Advisory Opinion to Landlords on COVID-19

NYC DOB Map of Essential Active Construction Sites


About NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave
NYC Health + Hospitals

Other social services

Public Health Solutions: help enrolling in health care, food stamps (SNAP), and nutrition resources

My Bronx Impact
Aunt Bertha: search tool
Access HRA
CAMBA (food, eviction prevention, rape crisis line, refugee support, etc.)

COVID-19 and the Child Welfare/Foster system

Free WiFi

At home

• Comcast: offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. Visit for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for set up.
• Spectrum: households with K-12 students can get free Spectrum WiFi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.

On the go

• Comcast: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit
• AT&T is providing free access to its public WiFi hotspots. Look for “att-wifi” or “attwifi” in the list of available wireless networks from your smartphone or laptop.

Mutual aid networks (more and updated info here)


Resource for Women in abusive situations

Financial Guide for COVID-19


How to Help

New York Academy of Medicine – Supporting Your Older Neighbors (En Español)

Relief Funds

COVID-19 Response Fund

Fund for Public Health NYC: Epidemics Fund

Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund – GofundmeTweet

Domestic Workers Alliance
One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
List of Additional Funds


NYC Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteer New York

New York Cares


New York Blood Center
Disaster Philanthropy
Fidelity Charitable (Charitable Guide)

Resources for dealing with isolation

Adjusting to Isolation

Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping kids cope
Preparing for social distancing, self-quarantine, or self-isolation

Wellness (Physical and Mental)

YMCA of Greater New York at Home Fitness Classes
NYC Well

Domestic violence/interpersonal violence while social distancing

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
NYC Domestic Violence Support

Online learning tips

Brooklyn Public Library Remote Resources
New York Public Library Remote Resources
NYC Department of Education “Learn at Home”
KQED At-Home Learning Resources
Common Sense Media: Free Online Activities

Anything you can add to this list is much appreciated — kindly send via email

As Always, Sending Love — Stay Safe





Articles like this one are written to offer practical advice, provide some entertainment, foster a sense of social cohesion, and remind us that life is still beautiful during these strange and isolating times.



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