COVID-19: Resources


The state of New York opened a special period of enrollment in health insurance through the marketplace, until April 15, for those who do not yet have health insurance.


NY state guide on how to protect yourself and your family: English and Spanish.


COVID19 tests are free in the state of NY. Call the hotline for more information: 1-888-364-3065


The NY state government has suspended co-pay (payment of consultation for those who have insurance) in case of "telehealth" consultations (medical consultations via video or telephone). This is to encourage people to stay at home.



On March 22, the governor of the state of NY ordered that non-essential businesses implement home office measures and remain closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and other establishments considered essential will remain open.

The state of NY has suspended the 7-day wait period to apply for unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed or nearly unemployed because of the pandemic. To apply for unemployment benefits, access the hotline 1-888-209-8124. There is support in multiple languages on the phone, through Language Line.


Coronavirus Care Fund to help supplement loss of income of domestic workers that participated in NDWA activities

Text with suggestions on how to maintain health and other essential resources for nannies, house cleaners, housekeepers, and caregivers. 


NDWA guide on how employers can help domestic workers now.


Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering interest-free bridge loans to anyone affected by the coronavirus who lives within New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island. Interest-free loans of $ 2,000 to $ 5,000 are available for purposes that include (but are not limited to) lost wages due to being unable to go to work, daycare costs due to school closings, small business losses, canceled study-abroad programs and medical costs.


The IRS automatically extended the date of submitting the annual federal taxes to July 15, 2020. The IRS will not charge annual taxes until the date of July 15, 2020.



Free text message service for those who feel anxious, depressed, isolated, or in crisis, across the state of NY.

Free text message service for people living in NYC. This service offers assistance in Portuguese.

The app has meditations in Portuguese, including sessions aimed at beginners. For free meditation in English, you can use Calm.


How to talk to kids about the COVID-19 virus

Activities for children

Educational resources for children

Spectrum - Free Wifi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers) for NYC children who are studying from home. Call 1-844-488-8395 to set up.


The NGO Invisible Hands coordinates volunteers in NY and NJ to deliver essential home purchases to people at high risk of mortality and complications if they contract COVID-19, such as the elderly and people with immunity problems. Purchases are not free, but delivery is.


Dr. Aparna Chopra, a researcher in the Department of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell, will address how those who care for the elderly and their loved ones can remain safe during the coronavirus epidemic. The webinar will explain what differentiates this virus, its symptoms, mode of dissemination, incubation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The webinar will be in English and will be a Facebook and YouTube LIVE on Monday, March 23, at 1 pm.


If you are living with abuse in your home or by your intimate partner, call the New York State domestic violence hotline : 1-800-942-6906

Domestic violence service programs in New York State can be provided over the phone and remotely. There is service in multiple languages on the hotline through Language Line

If you need to speak to someone immediately, consult the online Domestic Violence Hotline chat service.


If you can't speak or make noise, send the LOVEIS text message to 22522. This program is part of the National Domestic Violence Hotline


Within NYC, the domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE) and is open 24 hours a day.

The locations of Family Justice Centers in NYC will be closed, but there will still be customer service by phone, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Call the center located in the neighborhood where you live.


Brooklyn: 718-250-5113

The Bronx: 718-508-1220

Manhattan: 212-602-2800

Queens: 718-575-4545

Staten Island: 718-697-4300


To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, New York City launched the Employee Retention Grant Program. The program offers a grant to help retain employees, for companies facing a drop in revenue and difficulties paying their employees. This program is available to companies in New York City with between one and four employees who can demonstrate a reduction of at least 25% in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible companies will receive a donation that covers up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Companies can access up to $ 27,000. More information on eligibility and registration can be found here.

Applications will be accepted until April 3, at 5pm. 

New York City will provide relief for small businesses with reduced revenue due to COVID-19. Companies with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales drop by 25% or more will be eligible for loans of up to $ 75,000 without interest to help mitigate losses in profits. Click here for more information.


List of restaurants, churches, and cafeterias offering meals for families in NY and NJ. Please call before you go as there are daily cancellations due to the pandemic


Map of meal distribution points for needy people in Manhattan. Please call before you go as there are daily cancellations due to the pandemic


For restaurant workers, there are certain emergency funds:

Restaurant Opportunities Center

One Fair Wage

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation (the program has not yet started)


USBG - Emergency bag for bartenders

Application for jobs with the NGO Rethink


The NGO Rethink is giving out $ 40,000 grants to restaurants in NYC that would like to become a food distribution center for a minimum of 45 days. Click here for more information.


The restaurant bond program seeks to sell securities to people at a reduced price to stimulate restaurant sales. To learn more, click here


Relevant information for restaurants.


As of Monday, March 16, eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders will be suspended throughout the state of NY. The most urgent functions of the housing forum, such as blockages by homeowners (for example, when they change the lock on the door or limit your access to your apartment), repair orders and serious violations of the law will remain in service.


Housing rights hotline through the NGO Met Council on Housing - 212-979-0611


On Friday, March 13, the electricity and gas company, ConEd, pledged not to cancel service for everyone in NYC City or Westchester County during the COVID-19 crisis.


Comcast - is offering the Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free of charge for 60 days for new qualified customers. Click here for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET to configure.


Spectrum - Free Wifi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers) for NYC children who are studying from home. Call 1-844-488-8395 to set up.


Free public Wi-Fi:

Comcast's WiFi hotspots - Xfinity will be available to anyone who needs them for free - including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity's WiFi access points, visit

AT&T - AT&T also provides free access to its public Wi-Fi access points. Look for "att-wifi" or "attwifi" in the list of wireless networks available on your smartphone or laptop.


Wifi via smartphone:

Metro PCS, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are raising their unlimited data limits for mobile subscribers for at least 60 days. Contact your cellular provider for more information.

MetroPCS will allow you to add 10 GB of mobile access point per month by adding an additional service available on the MyMetro, MyAccount app, or by calling Care on 611.

T-Mobile and T-Mobile Metro are providing customers with an additional 20 GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days soon.


List of resources, including emergency grants for artists in the USA  

other resources

Grupo Mulheres do Brasil - Núcleo NY - If you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling: Click here

Kilomba Collective: Cartilha com recursos econômicos, emocionais e holísticos.

Heads up

This resource page is made available for educational purposes only.  The resources regarding the COVID-19 crisis change very frequently and you must do your research to make sure the resource is still active and accurate. 


The information provided here is never meant to be legal advice or medical advice and should never be construed as such.  Before making any decisions based on information learned here, you should consult your attorney, your doctor, your psychologist, or another professional in your area of concern. 


Garra makes no warranties regarding any products or services mentioned here, as all information is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.

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