- The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are the best tool for protection from the virus. For information on getting the vaccine, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page.
Testing is vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
- Visit the City’s website to search for testing locations or the New York City Health + Hospitals list of testing sites, which is being updated on an ongoing basis, and please get tested.
- New York State has a search tool for finding the sites closest to you.
Housing & the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program
- The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. Visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/Emergency-Rental-Assistance/ for details and to apply.
- The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants has resources for tenants.
- Visit NYC’s portal for COVID-19 information and the NYC DOHMH’s main page for COVID-19 information.
- The number for the NYC 24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Visit New York State’s main page for COVID-19 information.
- Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
Bronx Virtual COVID-19 Memorial
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has launched a virtual memorial to Bronxites who lost their lives to COVID-19. There are two parts to the memorial: a video honoring those who were lost and a memorial page on our website. To submit the name of a Bronxite for inclusion on the memorial page, please fill out this form.
Education & Youth
- Visit the New York City Department of Education website for details on school.
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Visit the FCC website for details.
- New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign to Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources: https://mentalhealthforall.nyc.gov/
- As always New Yorkers can also reach out to Thrive NYC, which offers a number of mental health services that New Yorkers can access while staying home. You can start by calling 1-888-NYC-Well (692-9355), or texting “Well” to 65173.
- Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York State’s Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314
- NYC WELL: If you feel overwhelmed, or if you need help coping, 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 and other resources. Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), Text “WELL” to 65173, or chat at nyc.gov/nycwell.
- NYS MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE: New Yorkers in need of emotional support can call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at: headspace.com/ny
- NYS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS: The state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.
- MONTEFIORE – For many, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as are the physical health effects. This is especially true for those who currently experience mental health conditions or those who are at risk of developing them.Everyone responds differently to stressful situations, adults and children. Stress during this pandemic can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
- Anxiety & COVID-19 (English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awmQDitkN1M&t=29s
- Anxiety & COVID-19 (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_lt9apsR_M&feature=youtu.be
- Additional Resources at Montefiore: https://covid19.montefiore.org/anxiety-and-covid19
- RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
- First Aid for Feelings: a Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English, Spanish, French: http://teacher.scholastic.com/education/coronavirusworkbook/index.html
- Sesame Street: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/139328/sesame-street-calming-techniques/fbclid=IwAR2peSUsjXDVa8soMsy49FFpWSxATxEBrStlxUf2yskgqrFsuhIjFT1cX2g
- RESOURCES FOR ADOLESCENTS
- How mindfulness can help during COVID-19: Tips for calming anxiety during difficult times: https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/
- Calm.com: Free website and mobile app with guided meditation, relaxation exercises
- RESOURCES FOR ADULTS
- Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: Free workbook available in English & Spanish: https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook/. The Wellness Society website is also a great place to read about tools to help you manage coronavirus anxiety and find healthy daily distraction activities
- Union Community Health Center has put together several videos on “Managing Anxiety During COVID-19/ Manejo de la ansiedad durante el COVID-19”. These short videos are meant to provide helpful advice to everyone on managing stress, anxiety, and grief. Links below provide access to the videos.
- THRIVENYC: New Yorkers can access a range of mental health services by phone or online. Find free support here: https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
- VETERANS may face unique challenges related to mental health, and in our current public health emergency, @NYCveterans and the City are standing with those who stood for us. Find support that veterans and caregivers can access from home: https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
- “Home” may not a safe place for everyone. For immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, mental health support, and other resources, call NYC’s 24-hour hotline: 1-800-621-4673. Learn more: https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Excellent health resources for teens and kids on how to talk to and support them through the current emergency conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-to-talk-to-teens-about-the-new-coronavirus-2020031419192
- UNICEF- How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19
- The Clay Center for Young Health Minds at Mass Gen Hospital–7 ways to support kids and teens through the coronavirus pandemic: https://www.mghclaycenter.org/hot-topics/7-ways-to-support-kids-and-teens-through-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
- NYPCC- New York Psychotherapy & Counseling Center: NYPCC is a non-profit mental health organization licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health and serves the needs of adults and children. Bronx location: 579 Courtland Ave Bronx, NY 10451. Tel: 718-485-2100; 7 days/week. Social distancing is practiced and teletherapy services are also available.
- NYC – EAP (Employee Assistance Program): For services via phone, text and/or video calls, you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a phone, video or text appointment. For more information, visit our website at nyc.gov/eap or leave a message at: 212-306-7660
Individuals & Organizations
- Visit the City’s NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal for individuals, or those authorized to report on behalf of individuals, who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or are currently in quarantine. For updates on coronavirus from NYC, text COVID to 692-692.
- The City has a breakdown of resources available in each neighborhood of The Bronx and throughout the city.
- The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has a wide variety of resources available.
- The New York State Department of Health has a guide on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Help Now NYC has information on helping New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 or getting help for you or your organization related to COVID-19.
- The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s Office of Financial Empowerment is providing free financial counseling over the phone with counselors who can help New Yorkers manage their bills amidst the coronavirus crisis, understand student loans, and more. Appointments can be booked at nyc.gov/talkmoney.
- Veterans can live chat directly with VA providers from a home computer, laptop, smartphone, or iPad-iPhone during the COVID-19 crisis. The VA Nurses Helpline (800) 877-6976 is staffed with live VA clinicians ready to provide phone assessments of medical conditions.Find more information on the pages for My HealtheVet and the VA’s Telehealth pages.
- The Social Security Adminsitration has a FAQ page for questions and concerns during the COVID crisis.
- When home isn’t safe, domestic violence survivors can find services 24/7 at nyc.gov/NYCHOPE, 1-800-621-HOPE(4673) or 911 for emergencies.
- MetroPlus also has resources for those affected by domestic violence.
- Those insured by Empire BlueCross BlueShield can find information on their coronavirus page.
- COVID-19 Related Funds that seek to help immigrant families:
- Essential workers who need help with child care should visit the NYC Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium website for details on assistance.
- For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, the Red Cross has launched a virtual Family Assistance Center that will link families to crisis counselors who will provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as information and referrals to help them navigate the challenging process they might be facing as a result of their loved one’s death. All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential. Families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 can fill out an online intake form, and a Family Assistance Center volunteer will contact them:
- The City of New York’s COVID-19 Hotel Program provides free hotel stays to eligible New Yorkers who cannot isolate where they live and frontline workers in the healthcare industry who wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home. This will help New York City stop the spread of COVID-19.
- NYC DSS/HRA has information on an emergency rule increasing the limits for burial assistance.
- VIP Community Services is providing a variety of COVID-related services.
- During the COVID-19 crisis, veterans are making supportive check-in calls to other veterans through Mission: VetCheck.
- The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) created a Service Tip Sheet on best practices to observe when interacting with survivor/victims of Domestic Violence/Gender-Based Violence during the pandemic and has additional resources available.
- The NYC DOHMH has videos with tips for face coverings.
- ACCESS NYC has information on a wide variety of benefits.
- OATH has information about online hearings.
- The City has a map of essential construction sites.
- The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs has information on reporting price gouging during the pandemic.
- DCA also has student loan debt tips for the crisis.
- NYC Cupid has information about getting a marriage license online.
- The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has resources for COVID-19.
- The City has an FAQ document for residential and commercial building owners.
- NYCHA has a variety of information available:
- Montefiore has a website for all of its COVID-19 resources, including a hotline and a variety of other tools and resources.
- The New York City Department of Transportation has a listing of streets included in Open Streets, which are available daily, 8 am to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted) for pedestrians and cyclists to use the roadbed of the street while maintaining social distancing. Opening hours may vary by location due to NYPD staffing. No through traffic permitted while Open Streets are in effect.
New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.
- Families that lost a breadwinner or caregiver to COVID-19 may be eligible for assistance from Montefiore’s Family Resilience Fund.
- Visit the New York State Department of Labor’s page for up-to-date details on applying for and receiving unemployment benefits.
- Visit the New York State Department of Labor’s page for Complaints Related to COVID-19 Regulations for information on filing complaints against employers that are not in compliance with New York State’s regulations.
- The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) and the Office of the Bronx Borough President has established the Bronx Business Continuity Loan (BBCL) withthe goal of providing recovery financing to businesses of the Bronx. The Bronx Business Continuity Loan Fund was created to help sustain viable businesses through these challenging times caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Get the loan application and fact sheet.
- Small businesses should read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist.
- New York State Empire State Development has resources for small businesses.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has information on its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
- Visit the city’s page for Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus.
- Companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies and equipment should visit www.nyc.gov/covidsuppliers.
- Local manufacturers and industry sector companies looking to begin producing supplies should visit NYCEDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing page.
- Forbes is maintaining a List Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Relief Programs.
- The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) has a Bronx Business Continuity Questionnaire to gather information on helping businesses.
- Visit the New York State Department of Labor’s page about its Shared Work Program.
- Facebook has information about its small business grants program.
- New York City Small Business Services has a variety of resources:
- For up to date information on the City’s business response: http://nyc.gov/covid19biz
- To access Technical Assistance services and webinars: nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com
- For information and access to our Financing assistance program: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/financing-assistance
- For information on programs from the US Small Business Administration (e.g. PPP) or to find an authorized SBA lender near you: http://sba.gov/coronavirus
- For help interpreting your Commercial Lease: http://nyc.gov/commlease
- For help interpreting your Business Insurance Policy and legal support: https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/
- To access SBS’ Virtual Workforce1 jobs center: http://nyc.gov/covid19wf1
- New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. View the NYFLF flyer here.
- The New York City Department for the Aging has information on meals and other resources for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.
- New York Road Runners has launched NYRR Striders at Home, which offers exercises and activities for our senior community.
- The City announced a COVID-19 Heat Wave Plan to keep vulnerable New Yorkers cool and safe at home, create safer summer cooling options and prevent and respond to power outages.
- Visit the MTA’s page for service changes during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ferry schedules are available for the Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry Service.
- The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare have launched an NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline. The Pet Hotline will serve as an information, planning, referral and service coordination hub for NYC residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pet Hotline operators can be reached directly at 877-204-8821, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
- The City has an FAQ page regarding animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.