COVID-19 Essential Services

Below is a list of essential resources relating to COVID-19 that students, faculty, and staff may find helpful.


Food Bank NYC
Operates food pantries and soup kitchens, and directs you to SNAP enrollment sites. Visit website for most up to date information:

Meals for public school students
The week of March 15th there will be grab-and-go meals for students at every New York City Public School. The meals will be available at the schools’ start time. Visit for most up to date information.


Financial Resources

New York State Department of Labor
The DOL lists who is covered under the Pandemic Unemployment Act.

Information from the DOL about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Provides online emergency support to students during COVID-19. Offers referrals available in your community related to health, food, housing, transportation, and childcare.

NYC Human Resources Administration
Apply for Medicaid, cash assistance, SNAP, and childcare assistance at these HRA sites that also assist individuals in securing jobs.

New York State Unemployment Insurance

Information from the New York State Department of Labor on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Find help with food, money, housing, work and more by visiting this website to find out which services you’re eligible for.
211 is United’s Way national phone number for callers to speak with a Community Resource Specialist and get linkages to a variety of essential resources (including food, housing, childcare, healthcare, and other needs related to COVID-19 challenges). Visit the website for additional information and details about how to connect with services in your area.


Intimate Partner Violence Support

Safe Horizon
Provides support for survivors of intimate partner violence through a 24-hour hotline 800-621-HOPE (4673), and comprehensive family justice centers in each borough.  Please call 911 for emergencies.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Text LOVEIS to 22522


Parent/Family Resources

National Association of School Psychologists guidance on talking to children about COVID-19 (in multiple languages)

Guardian article on families emotionally preparing for quarantine

Internet providers providing free Wifi during COVID-19 response

NYC Children
Resources are available to provide support to overwhelmed parents. Call 311 and ask for parenting support.  Also additional information and phone numbers for The Administration for Children and Family Services can be found at this website.


Emergency Housing

List of shelters for women, men, and families by city and state


Legal Resources

Law Enforcement Bureau of the NYC Commission on Human Rights
If you are being harassed due to your race, nationality, and/or other identity (or perceived identity) you can file a discrimination complaint with the Law Enforcement Bureau of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Call 311 or (718) 722-3131. The office is located at 22 Reade Street in lower Manhattan.

OVS can provide a range of concrete and supportive services after a crime has occurred.
Please reach out if you are someone you know has been relocated and/or is being held against their will.