Below you will find a list of resources specific to the New York City immigrant community for aid and relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. You may also find resources more specific to your needs from the categories above.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
This organization has a link to Southern Smoke, an organization providing money to restaurant workers and owners. It also has a list of information and resources similar to this one, but directed at restaurant workers, last updated March 15.
This group, founded by ex-restaurant workers, is giving money to service workers who are sick or quarantined. The group’s aim is to give workers who have been laid off money as well for groceries and pharmacy costs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
One Fair Wage Service Workers’ Emergency Fund
One Fair Wage provides money to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped and service workers who have seen their income decline or can’t work because of quarantines or health concerns.
This is a grassroots effort by former service industry workers to connect people to each other. The goal is to provide funds or other help for those who are unemployed or underemployed due to decrease in business and/or closures.
Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE)
This group provides support to restaurant employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who also have children.
New York State Youth Leadership Council
This group is led by undocumented young people and organizes immigrant youth. They are providing money to undocumented youth and families, prioritizing single parent homes, small kids in the home, LGBTQ people, women-led homes, and people with disabilities.
Grocery Delivery and other Mutual Aid Requests in Brooklyn
A mutual aid network in Brooklyn that usually responds within 48 hours and is well organized, but can’t always cover cost of groceries.
Search for groups in your neighborhood and resources for your specific needs- resources vary by neighborhood. You can also submit a request on their online form and someone will reach out to you with local resources.
Search the map to find a soup kitchen, food pantry, or senior center near you.
Search the map for food pantries and food banks by neighborhood.
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantries
Excel spreadsheet of active food pantries by neighborhood.
Order groceries and supplies from a volunteer network. They are not currently able to provide groceries free of cost, but when resources are available they will cover a delivery of staples. Choose the ‘I cannot pay for groceries at this time’ to check if this is a current option.
Order groceries and supplies from a volunteer network. They are not currently able to provide groceries free of cost, but when resources are available they will cover a dFree grocery delivery on a case to case basis to the unemployed, LGBTQI+ POC, students, freelance, senior citizens on a limited income, and other marginalized groups.
Free Meals at 400 NYC Meal Hubs
Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city, including vegetarian and halal options- find a location here.
Information on COVID-19 in Multiple Languages
General information on COVID-19 in 90 languages.
New York Immigration Coalition Information about Emergency Medicaid and COVID-19 Testing
Everyone is eligible regardless of immigration status.
United We Dream State-by-State Directory
Directory of Health Providers for Undocumented People.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.
National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline
The Deaf Hotline has advocates available 24/7 for crisis intervention, education, information and referrals for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled callers. This hotline has online chat, video call, or email options.
Free bilingual domestic violence hotline (Spanish/English), as well as resources, temporary shelter and legal support. Their website has a ‘safe exit’ option if you share a computer with your abuser.
AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
United Way Housing Resources NYC
Eviction prevention resources in English & Spanish.
NYC Tenant’s Rights During COVID-19 Emergency
Google document updated regularly, created by lawyers at Mobilization for Justice.
Two Months of Free WiFi at Home
Comcast is offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers.
Two Months of Free WiFi for Households with Students or Teachers
Spectrum is offering free internet service for 60 days for households with K-12, college students or teachers.
Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Hotline –
LAS provides urgent legal services to reunify families and assist low-income immigrants in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, and defending against deportation. The helpline operates Monday through Friday 9-5.
Legal Aid Society’s Benefits Hotline
LAS provides assistance in getting, keeping, and using government benefits and public assistance such as SNAP (food stamps), SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other health insurances.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Information & Resources and Intake Form for individuals in need of legal assistance.
Legal Services NYC Legal Assistance Hotline
Legal Services NYC continues to operate with nearly 600 advocates continuing to fight for New Yorkers across the city on issues ranging from housing, immigration, unemployment insurance, access to public benefits, and small business sustainability. Their Access Line is still open and operating. People can call (917) 661-4500 for help.
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help New York City residents impacted by COVID-19 get answers to their legal questions on issues including unemployment benefits, employee rights, housing, public benefits, consumer debt, advance planning, stimulus payments, and special education issues. You can call 929-356-9582 from 10am-1pm Monday-Fridays to leave a message. Please leave your name, best call back number, and a description of the issue. NYLAG will follow-up within two business days.
MET Council on Housing Tenants’ Rights Hotline
The MET Council on Housing has a free tenants’ rights hotline operating Monday through Friday for any tenant living in New York City. Please note that the MET Council on Housing is staffed by volunteer members and does not provide any legal advice.
Join the NYC Democratic Socialists of America Immigrant Justice Working Group
Keep up with our latest campaigns and initiatives, as well as help on projects such as these.