The Backpack Project NYC website
Dropoff 1: 1396 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11216 (Nicholas Brooklyn Store)
Dropoff 2: 4112 41 Street, Long Island NY 11104 *dropoff box located in the lobby
The Backpack Project is providing each student with the necessary school supplies to have a successful school year. For more information about events and how to get school supplies for your child, call 347-227-1709.
If you need a device for your child for the fall, use the Device Request form. This information will be shared with your school so they can work with you to ensure your child has a device for blended or remote learning this Fall. If you need to contact your child’s school, use Find A School, and click on the General Information section of the school details.
If you need a device for your child for the fall, use the DOE’s Device Request form. This information will be shared with your school so they can work with you to ensure your child has a device for blended or remote learning this Fall. If you need to contact your child’s school, use Find A School, and click on the General Information section of the school details.
Fill out the form. There is no deadline to fill out this request form.
Who Can Request an iPad
Any child, from 3K to grade 12, who attends an NYC public school, DOE Pre-K, or 3K program (NYCEEC/FCC) and who needs a device is eligible to receive a device for remote learning.
Charter school students who are eligible for devices:
3K-12 students with individualized education programs (IEPs)
3K-12 students who are living in a shelter, foster care, or are living doubled up who need a device
Private School Students who are eligible for devices:
K-12 students who were recommended for non-public school placement by the DOE and placed at a state-approved non-public school by the Central Based Support Team
K-12 students who attend a private or religious school and also receive special education services from the DOE, typically through an Individualized Education Services Program (IESP), who need a device for such services
Preschool students who receive special education services from the DOE, including students in NY State-Approved 4410 providers and students receiving related services or Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services.
Workforce1 Career Centers by the Small Business Services Office
Register to attend a recruitment event, connect to training opportunities, or participate in interview preparation workshops and services. Services are no-cost and do not require in-person visits.
Please contact a Workforce1 Career Center to complete the registration process:
-Submit official proof of your identification
-Attend an Introduction to Services session
-Meet with one of our staff members to review your work experience, available jobs, and next steps.
Also, find job postings by the city scrolling down this page.
Family Crisis Center at New York Foundling
Locations in each borough
Parenting Support Helpline 1(888) 435-7553
The New York Foundling main phone number (212) 633-9300
If you are facing a crisis impacting your family such as loss of housing, parental health issues, domestic violence, or other situation the Maria Crisis Lucadamo Nursery can provide short-term child care and holistic for you and your child while you are addressing these crises.
Call the Family Crisis Center and Nursery at 1(888) 435-7553 for help and emergency child care.
The New York Foundling that amanges the Nursery Care Center also has a wide array of programs and resources to help families together. Check them out here.
Homebase will help you develop a personalized plan to overcome an immediate housing crisis and achieve housing stability. You may be eligible for Homebase services if you:
-Are at imminent risk of entering the New York City shelter system
-Want to remain stably housed in your community
Find your nearest Homebase office via this map. Call the office before visiting to schedule a set time that is convenient for you. Learn more with these FAQs.
More information on this Housing resources handout.
Information in Spanish in this Spanish Housing resources handout.
NYC Connect offers a list of affordable housing opportunities to the public. Create an account and apply to the listed developments. Remember to keep applying when new developments get posted to increase your chances to be favored in the NYC Connect Housing lottery.
Find more information at the COVID-19 City Wide Information Portal.
You can find daily updates of information about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC here.
Encuentra más información en el Portal de Información de COVID-19 de Toda la Ciudad de Nueva York.
También puedes encontrar noticias diarias acerca del numero de personas que fueron positivas para COVID-19 en Nueva York aquí.
Message from the NYC Department of Health: Folks who do not have a health provider and need care for COVID-19 symptoms can call 844-NYC-4NYC or 844-692-4692. For more information visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-providers.page
Mensaje del Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad de Nueva York: Personas que no tengan un proveedor de salud y necesiten recibir atención médica pueden llamar al 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692). Para más información visite https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-providers.page
Environmental Health experts have put together some recommendations for keeping your family healthy at home, along with links to other accurate information and useful resources at https://nyscheck.org/covid.
Learn how to keep your home safe and healthy with Dr. Nicholas Newman from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Español: Aprende cómo mantener tu casa segura y saludable con Dr. Nicholas Newman del Hospital de Niños en Cincinnati.
Search EPA’s list of products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 here.
Español: Busca la lista de productos aprobados por la EPA para eliminar SARS-CoV-2, el virus que ocasiona COVID-19 aquí.
NYC Food Delivery Assistance During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you.
How much food can you get and when?
-The maximum number of people we will deliver to each household is 2.
-Each delivery will contain 9 meals per person, but no household will receive more than 18 meals per delivery
-All orders will be delivered within four days of the order date.
How you can sign up?
-Create an account here. Read and answer the question about your food request.
-Confirm your sign up by email and proceed to answer qualifying questions.
-Enter your contact information, select your food order, and enter the delivery address.
An estimated first and last delivery date will be given.
Updated August 19, 2020.
Text “NYCFOOD” to 877-877 | Envía el texto “COMIDA” al 877-877
Find a Community Pick Up Site
Sites for free Grab & Go meals are changing starting Monday, and hours will be 3-5pm starting on Tuesday, September 27. Check the website for the most updated information.
-Meals are not available to the general public at any other time
-No registration or ID required
-Multiple meals can be picked up at once
NYC Student Take-Out Meals Starts 9/29/2020
–Free Breakfast and Lunch meals are available for all NYC Students
–Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm
–No registration, ID, or documentation required
–No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
–Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
Find a take-out location here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in NYC’s in public schools and private schools are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits. The total benefit amount is $420 for each eligible child.
This payment represents the value of school meals for the period of time from March when the schools closed until the end of the school year on June 26th. Payments will be issued for each eligible school-aged child between the ages of 5 to 18 living in the household. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is issuing these payments.
Click here for more information.
For a list of vetted pantries, click on your borough.
Informational handouts have been updated with current open pantries during COVID-19.
New York Common Pantry has many programs to lower hunger and food insecurity. Choice Pantry provides fresh food pantry packages. Hot Meals serves breakfast and dinner. Nourish provides food to seniors aged 60 and older. Help 365 helps pantry visitors with information and application to housing and benefit programs.
For more information click on this handout.
(Spanish)For more information click on this handout.
WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a short-term food assistance program that provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, and health care referrals to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5. U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
To see if you qualify for WIC benefits fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site.
Find a guide on how to apply for WIC below.
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
To find a list with approved foods and products you have access to with WIC visit WIC Strong.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps families, the elderly, and the disabled afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP provides a debit card that you can use at many groceries and farmers markets.
Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP
To find out about the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov.
To help connect community members in need with food resources during this challenging time, the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has created and is continuously updating the Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guides for each NYC neighborhood.
Each resource guide (by borough and district) includes information related to food access within the community, such as meals for students and seniors during this time, delivery services for people with disabilities, and resources for immigrants.
Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. Use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line.
Download the Android app in Google Play or text “FOOD” to PANTRY (726-879) from any phone.
Find a Pantry
Search by location, amenities, or service times.
From three minutes to three months in advance, for all your preferred pantries.
Get Food Faster
Show up when it’s your turn and avoid waiting in line.
NY STATE EVICTION MORATORIUM:
On August 12, the courts issued a new order extending the universal eviction moratorium until at January 1, 2020. The moratorium applies to residential tenants in all types of housing. Through this extension, landlords will not be able to evict tenants due to a lack of payment until 01/01/2021. The moratorium also applies to all pre-existing orders.
For eviction prevention information visit the Tenant’s Right Eviction Prevention Website. If you are struggling to pay rent, contact the HRA’s Infoline at 718-557-1399 and ask for the One-Shot Deal emergency assistance program. You may qualify for the benefit.
For Q&A about eviction procedures, check this document by the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition.
Rent Relief Program
Call 311 to get help
If you lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic between April 1 and July 31, and you have a rental burden or expect to have a rental burden, consider applying to the COVID Rent Relief Program (RRP). The application period has been extended to August 6 – call 311 for more information.
Calculate your eligibility here.
You can apply if you live in rent-regulated and market-rate homes. You do not need a lease. This program is not providing assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.
–Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. Find your county’s area median income.
–Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent. Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.
–Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
–Households with at least one household member with U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status are qualified to receive the subsidy.
–Tenants currently receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for housing costs or who reside in public housing are not eligible for RRP assistance.
For more information about eligibility visit https://access.nyc.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
The unemployment benefit available is for workers that have lost their jobs at no fault of their own and are ready, willing, and actively looking for work. File a New Unemployment Insurance and claim your benefits at the Department of Labor website.
Updated on August 2, 2020.
A person can be labeled as a “public charge” if they use some government benefits and plan to apply for a green card. This can affect your immigration status. Not all government programs affect your immigration status so please click here to see what programs are part of the new “public charge” rule. The rule went into full application on February 24, 2020. Note that the application for green cards that not adhere to the rule will be rejected.
Please remember, not all government programs are part of the “public charge” rule.
La nueva ley de “public charge” o “carga pública” aplica a las personas que usan algunos beneficios o programas del gobierno y que desean aplicar a residencia americana. Esto puede afectar el proceso de inmigración.
Acceda la guía de carga pública aquí y diríjase a la segunda página para saber cuales programas y beneficios están bajo la regla de “carga pública”.
Single Stop is a safe space that will support you and your family’s needs. There are free programs to help you buy fresh groceries, help you with your taxes, and help you care for your children.
Use the Single Stop online benefit screener to find out what benefit programs you are eligible for.
Energy Assistance by NYC the Human Resources Administration Office
HEAP Infoline 800-692-0557
Heat Line 212-331-3150
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating or cooling their homes. HEAP runs different benefit programs that will pay for: fuel, your utility source, equipment, and/or repairs depending on your needs. As a household, you could either apply for regular or emergency HEAP benefits.
The eligibility criteria vary by program. Find about your eligibility in the Energy Assistance website.
Note: The application period for the regular and emergency HEAP benefit is extended through August 31, 2020 or until the funds allocated to these components are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
–Regular HEAP benefit: a one-time supplement to your annual energy costs. The base amount of money given depends on your living situation. Find more information here.
–Emergency HEAP benefit: Emergency benefits are available if your heat has been turned off or is in danger of being turned off.
–Cooling assistance: The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800. The program operates from May to August. Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every five years.
–Utility Assistance Program (UAP) (once the link opens scroll down): UAP assists families or individuals who are elderly, blind, disabled, mentally impaired or those residing in a neglected or hazardous environment who require financial assistance for their energy bills. Contact the Heat Line if you are having trouble paying your utilities bill calling to 212-331-3150. Here are some other situations that may make you eligible for cash assistance.
To find more information about your eligibility visit the Energy Assistance website and apply.
Updated on July 29, 2020
Compass NYC Website
Discover DYCD Website with the “afterschool programs” filter
Afterschool programs for middle schoolers
DYCD Youth Connect at 646-343-6800 (teens/adolescentes)
Also call or visit the after school program staff at your child’s school for more information about their afterschool programming.
Afterschool programs take place right after classes, in the evenings, weekends, summer vacations, or holidays.
These programs help children do better in school, have better health, lower risky behaviors, and are a safe environment for children of working parents.
Afterschool Programs handout.
Spanish Afterschool Programs handout.
To find more after-school programs, visit the Comprehensive After School System for NYC (COMPASS NYC).
Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline at 844-863-9314 is staffed 8 am-10 pm, 7 days a week. The phone line is staffed with specially trained volunteer professionals who are there to listen, support, and refer if needed.
If you’re experiencing grief due to COVID-19 get support through these reminders.You can also help others going through grief following these helpful tips.
*DISCLAIMER: The Office of Mental Health’s (“OMH”) Emotional Support Line (“Line”) is not licensed or unlicensed mental health care or treatment of any type regardless of what is discussed or who provides support. It is for emotional support purposes only. The use of the Line does not create any confidential provider-therapist relationship of any type. The Line not a substitute for professional health care.
Domestic Violence Hotline by Safe Horizon
You have the right to a safe relationship. If you would like to talk to someone please call the Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-621-4673. Help is available 24 hours a day.
If you are in immediate danger please call 911.
Resources for survivors with children, LGBTQ+ survivors, persons living with disabilities, seniors, youth, and the community at large. For these and many more resources click HERE
Información sobre recursos para sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica durante COVID-19. Oprima AQUI para la lista completa.
Más recursos para sobrevivientes con niños, LGBTQ+, personas con discapacidades, personas mayores de 60 años, joóvenes, la comunidad y mucho más oprima AQUI.
During these challenging times, resources may be of the most need for families. Text COVID to 692-692 for updates in NYC.
Access here this comprehensive live document with resources that cover food needs to legal help. As we learn more, we will be updating the list on a daily basis. If you have any questions, please contact us email@example.com
“My Hero is You” is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver or teacher.
“My Hero is You” is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG)
“My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver or teacher.