COVID-19 Information & Resources

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Coronavirus Information and Resources


The impact of the coronavirus has touched us all, disrupting our lives, changing our work patterns, and driving us to take a closer look at how we collectively respond to crisis. NYLPI has created this resource page to easily connect our client communities and partners with valuable information related to COVID-19. 


NYLPI focuses on health and disability justice and access to healthcare, responding to the emerging needs of clients and communities, including many who will be disproportionately impacted by the virus – because they can’t work from home, don’t have access to quality healthcare, already have higher rates and risk of respiratory disease due to environmental harm, are afraid to get treated because of their immigration status and fear of retaliation, or are individuals with disabilities who have serious underlying health conditions, are immunocompromised, or are seniors. All of these groups require targeted advocacy during the COVID-19 crisis. 

We will continue to support the efforts of our partners while we step up and advocate for our client communities. NYLPI will continue to advocate for the rights and safety of front-line workers, including those in the sanitation, healthcare, education, and transit sectors, who are vital to our City’s health and wellbeing.  

Our Pro Bono Clearinghouse is committed to connecting nonprofit organizations and our community partners impacted by the virus to resources available around the city. If you are a nonprofit or a service provider, you can find more resources on effective remote work practices, grant opportunities, and more here on our coronavirus nonprofit resource page


If you are a nonprofit organization seeking help, please click here.

If you are an individual or family needing assistance, please click here.


New York State Information and Updates 

New York City Information and Updates on Covid-19 

United States Federal Emergency Management Agency

United States Department of State Information on Covid-19 

United States Internal Revenue Service

CDC Protocols 

World Health Organization Covid-19 Resources 

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Information 

United Nations Coronavirus News 

GISAID Open Data on Covid-19 Pandemic 





Education Resources

Resources for People with Disabilities 

If you need help accessing a COVID vaccine, test, or other resources, the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is available to help people with disabilities get vaccinated and access COVID-19 tests. The DIAL’s trained staff can help find local vaccination locations, assist with making vaccination appointments, help connect to available testing options (including help with ordering free at-home test kits), and connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination and testing. To contact DIAL, Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email

Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can reach DIAL using the 711/Video Relay Service (VRS). To use this free service, simply dial 711 and you will be connected with a communications assistant with whom you can text. For people who do not communicate through speech, sign language or VRS, email is the best option to communicate with DIAL.

  • Food for Service Animals
    • NYC Grants for Service Animal Food Assistance: Grants in NYC that can assist in paying for food for a service animal.
      • In order to qualify you must:
        • Reside in New York City.
        • Be determined eligible for or in receipt of SSI benefits or additional State payments.
        • Have a vision, hearing or other disability. 
        • Not have any earned income exempted for maintenance of a guide dog pursuant to Federal law or regulations.
        • Maintain a guide, hearing or service dog.
        • To apply call HRA’s Project for Guide Dogs Program at 929 – 221 – 6692
  • ASPCA Food Assistance for Pets
    • The ASPCA is giving free food for cats and dogs and other supplies like cat litter in the NYC area.
    • Call the help line, 1-800-738-9437.
  • Mutual Aid NYC
    • A network of groups organizing to provide aid and support to New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Redirecting people and resources to those at the frontlines who are providing mutual aid, advocacy and services to the hardest-hit communities. Mutual Aid NYC Website
  • COVID-19 Advice from the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
    • The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has launched a new webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
    • This new page contains information on:
      • Food and Supplies
      • Social Services/Medicaid Benefits
      • Home Health Care Providers
      • Transportation
      • Housing
      • Utilities
      • Education
      • Employment
      • Businesses
      • Finance
      • Pets and Service Animals
      • Mental Health Resources
  • EmpoweredNYC is offering free financial counseling. Click here to book an appointment and learn more about their financial counseling services. 
  • Protesting for Individuals with Disabilities
    • How to protest if you’re disabled and can’t show up at rallies: Teen Vogue

Social Services and Resources Around New York City  

Face Covering Pickup Sites

New York City will be distributing over 100,000 face coverings in parks across the city free of charge from Saturday, May 2nd – Tuesday, May 5th. Use the map below to find the closest distribution location, date, and time. For a list of Face Covering Pickup Sites:

Healthcare and Public Charge Rule Information for Immigrants Who Are Not Citizens

Food Security Resources 

Housing Information 

Healthy Housing

Financial Resources  

  • Excluded workers in New York State who lost income due to COVID-19 and didn’t receive Unemployment or Federal covid-related relief could be eligible to receive up to $15,600.
    • Find out if you qualify and prepare for your application here:
    • Apply here:
    • If you need assistance with the Fund, email Brayan Pagoada ([email protected]), and/or join CUFFH for the Excluded Workers Fund Launch Fair on Saturday August 14th, from 12-6PM at Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
  • Los neoyorquinos que perdieron ingresos debido a COVID-19 y no recibieron ayuda por desempleo o ayuda federal relacionada con el COVID-19 podrían ser elegibles para recibir hasta $15,600.
    • Averigüe si califica y prepárese para su solicitud aquí:
    • Aplicar aquí:
    • Si necesita ayuda con el Fondo, envíe un correo electrónico a Brayan Pagoada ([email protected]) y / o únase a nosotros para la Feria de Lanzamiento del Fondo para Trabajadores Excluidos el sábado 14 de agosto, de 12 a 6 p.m. en el Parque María Hernández en Bushwick, Brooklyn!
  • Financial Relief Fund for Impacted Restaurant, Delivery and Service Workers: 

Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19 Resources

  • Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19—A Resource for Workers and Their Advocates
    • This 17-page document is designed to answer frequently asked questions from immigrant workers – many of whom are in front line jobs – and their advocates on a range of subjects related to COVID-19, including: 
      • Safety and Health on the Job
      • Using Collective Action to Improve Workplace Safety and Health
      • Paid and Unpaid Time Off from Work
      • Employer Actions Regarding Workers’ Health
      • Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment
      • Unemployment Insurance
      • Workers’ Compensation
      • Worksite Immigration Enforcement & Employment Eligibility Verification
      • Economic Stimulus Payments / Access to Health Care

Mental Health & Wellness Resources 


NYLPI is committed to informing our impacted and vulnerable communities about the resources available to them and warnings about potential consumer scams related to COVID-19. Scammers commonly exploit real public health concerns and use heightened public fear to prey on consumers and profit from frauds related to those health fears. For more information on how to protect yourself from scammers, please click on the links below. 

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