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Food, housing, medical care: where to turn to New Yorkers who find themselves in a difficult situation

If you are out of work due to a pandemic or you don’t have money for some other reason to pay rent and buy food, you can turn to the city for support. List of useful resources published on the site of the city hall New York.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, many New Yorkers lost their jobs and livelihoods. Therefore, many of them cannot satisfy their basic needs - in nutrition, accommodation and medical care.

If you need support, you should know where to go. Below you will find a list of useful resources that will help solve certain problems.

Food aid

If you need food assistance for the COVID-19 pandemic, visit this site. On it you will find various resources that will help you get the support you need. In particular:

  • FoodHelp NYC your nearest office providing free food, including food distribution points, operating near your home in schools.
  • Visit ACCESS HRAto apply for the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP / food stamps).
  • New Yorkers with disabilities aged 60 and over are provided with the NYC Department for the Aging at home.
  • HungerFree NYC и Hunter College Food Policy Center publish information about available resources in the vicinity. These guides cover all areas of New York by ZIP code and are available in several languages.
  • City Harvest Mobile Markets distributes fresh produce in all five boros.

You can also use the service Emergency food delivery assistance, if a:

  • you cannot go outside and take food for yourself
  • there is nobody in your house who could bring you food
  • you don’t have a family member, friend or neighbor living nearby who could bring food for you
  • you cannot afford food delivery from a restaurant or grocery store

Health and medical care

  • The site ACCESS HRA You can apply for Medicaid assistance.
  • Visit broker Department of Social Protection for the Elderly to advise on Medicare MSP, LIS, and other low-income programs.

Financial help

Incentive payments

To receive incentive payments, in most cases no complicated actions are required. Some older people and those who usually do not file a return will need to provide a simple tax return to receive payments. To learn more about incentive payments, visit ACCESS NYC.

Additional financial assistance resources

  • Visit ACCESS HRAto apply for cash assistance.
  • Check out HRA Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)to apply for a grant for this program.
  • Call the New York Disaster Interfaith Services, NYDIS, at 212-669-6100 for advice. The service is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00. Emergency financial assistance under the Life Safety program is provided for low-income households.

Free individual financial consultation

New York University's Centers for Financial Empowerment under the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection now provide free, professional financial advice over the phone.

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