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.
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
Get Cool Air Conditioner Program Website
This program is available to income-qualified adults aged 60 and older who receive certain benefits including but not limited to Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or live in subsidized housing.
See if you are eligible by completing an online eligibility form or by calling 3-1-1.
If you cannot access the form or have any trouble with it, you can call 3-1-1 and select the prompt for Get Cool NYC Program. A live agent will conduct the eligibility form over the phone.
After submitting the form, your information will be checked for eligibility. If you are eligible, you will get a follow-up call to enroll them in the program. Online forms that are left incomplete will not be considered. Ineligible New Yorkers will not be contacted.
If you are under 60, see the Cooling Assistance Program by the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or call 212-331-3126 and get connected with an operator.
The Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is a Center of Excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
PEHSU is dedicated to protecting children from environmental hazards, and improving awareness of children’s health issues, especially chronic, low-level exposures to air and water pollution, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, asthma triggers such as mold, pesticides, and chemicals in consumer products.
• Consultations with primary care doctors and allied health professionals on the medical management of environmentally related diseases in their patients
• Guidance and practical advice to reduce exposures to environmental toxins
• Education and outreach activities to healthcare professionals and communities
Environmental Pediatrics Clinic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The clinic provides outpatient clinical evaluations and coordinated services for children with known or suspected exposures to environmental toxins (such as lead, mercury, environmental asthma triggers).
Español: El centro ambulatorio provee evaluaciones de consulta externa y coordinación de servicios para niños con exposiciones presuntas o conocidas a toxinas ambientales (como el plomo, mercurio y desencadenantes de asma)
MAKE A REFERRAL
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1057
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029
The mission of NYS CEHC (or “NYSCHECK”) is to prevent, diagnose, and treat environmentally related conditions for families across New York State, and is the first state-based model for pediatric environmental health services in the country.
Main areas of work: clinical consultations, screening families for environmental health hazards, education and training to the healthcare community, promote programs and policies to protect children, community partnerships.
AIRnyc is a non-profit organization that helps families stay healthy, active, and out of the hospital through better self-management. Community Health Workers visit families at home to help children and adults with asthma stay healthy and out of the hospital. They speak English, Spanish, French, Susu, and Mandingo. Ask your doctor for a referral to AIRnyc. Home visits appointments are available from Mondays to Saturdays!
Spanish AIR-nyc handout.
333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029
For East Harlem families (zip codes 10029, 10035).
The free environmental health program by the LSA Family Health Services helps identify and reduce the asthma triggers in your home with a free home visit. When you agree to an appointment with a home visit, LSA will provide advocacy, education and a plan to control pests in your home (cockroaches, mice, mold, bed bugs, and others) in affiliation with other organizations for an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy. At LSA, community health workers are bilingual and can speak English and Spanish. To sign up for services contact the Asthma Program at (646) 672-5254. Remember that the Asthma Home Visit appointments are available from Monday to Friday.
LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
Spanish LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
The NYC Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) can help children and adults with asthma by identifying asthma triggers in their home and finding ways to avoid them. HNP provides free home assessments to children and adults diagnosed with persistent asthma by a health care provider. If the HNP staff find environmental asthma triggers or other home health hazards, the program will work with building owners to correct the problems.
To get a home assessment a health care provider should have referred you to HNP.
You can print out this Asthma Referral Form (PDF) and give it to your health care provider during your next visit. More information here.
Offers services for families affected by lead poisoning (including home visits) and resources for healthcare providers caring for children and pregnant women.
The Regional Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Montefiore offers to patients a combination of educational, environmental, nutritional, and medical interventions, including in-hospital chelation therapy according to the degree of lead poisoning.
When coming to the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for an appointment, please bring:
New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers
Prescriptions for Prevention
Access resources that address the most common questions we get from parents when mold is found in a home or school.
To report mold or a leak in your apartment and initiate the Mold Busters process, call the Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771 or use the MyNYCHA app.
Do not call the OCC unless you have first contacted NYCHA regarding a particular mold or leak problem and are dissatisfied with NYCHA’s performance.
The Court has appointed César de Castro as the Ombudsperson to consider complaints from Residents if NYCHA fails to comply with that order. Mr. de Castro will address NYCHA residents’ complaints about leak, mold and excess moisture repair orders. Find more information here.
New York State Smoking Quit Line provides free support to individuals who are interested in tobacco cessation: https://www.nysmokefree.com/ or call (866) NY-QUITS (866) 697-8487
Take Good Care of Your Baby Website
The Administation of Child Services of NYC put together a child safety booklet that gives parents and caregivers tips on how to avoid some of the most common and dangerous child and infant-related injuries, including window falls, drowning, shaken baby syndrome, and unintended poisonings in the home.
The booklet is available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Healthy Homes program: The NYC Department of Health provides extensive information on important home health and safety issues including carbon monoxide, hazardous products, and pest control. Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/healthy-home.page
Window Guards: For families with young children living in or visiting one’s home, the landlord is usually required to install window guards. Call 311 for more information or to lodge a complaint. To obtain information on installing window guards or a copy of the law or educational materials, call 311 or visit the website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/window-guards.page
Carbon Monoxide poisoning: Most homes and residential buildings in NYC City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the sleeping areas. If you rent, the building owner is responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors, and residents are responsible for regularly testing detectors to make sure they work and replacing the batteries.
Car seat safety: Get a free car seat safety fitting by a trained technician from the Department of Transit (DOT): https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/car-safety.
Check the NYC DOT Events Calendar for upcoming fittings, or call 212-839-4750 to arrange a free inspection at a DOT Child Car Seat Fitting Station.
Offers instant help if the parent is worried a child has been exposed to a poison: (800) 222-1222
If someone has been potentially exposed to a poison and is awake and alert, you should call the NYC Poison Control Center immediately, even if there are no symptoms of poisoning. For ingested poisons, do not try to make the person throw up. If the person is unconscious, convulsing, having seizures or having trouble breathing call 911.