COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Inside LES Ready!: COVID-19 Update #11

  1. EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY
  2. CITYWIDE INSIDE CITYWIDE COOLING CENTERS
  3. LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  4. OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”
  5. FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING
  6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS
  7. NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM
  8. HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT
  9. CENSUS
  10. RESOURCES
  1. NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISE NEW YORKERS TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT
Extreme heat infographic

Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. This website provides helpful tips, information, and resources to help you stay safe in the extreme heat this summer.

What is Extreme Heat?

Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Because some places are hotter than others, this depends on what’s considered average for a particular location at that time of year. Humid and muggy conditions can make it seem hotter than it really is.

What Causes Heat-Related Illness?

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include:

  • High levels of humidity
  • Obesity
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Prescription drug use
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Poor circulation
  • Sunburn
  • Alcohol use

Who is Most at Risk?

Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Summertime activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with actions that help the body cool itself to prevent heat-related illness. Use this website to learn more on how to stay safe in the heat this summer, including how to prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related illness.

  • CITYWIDE INSIDE PUBLIC COOLING CENTER FINDER

https://maps.nyc.gov/cooling-center/

  • LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  • PS 61, 610 E 12 St (B&C)
  • Grand Coalition of Seniors NSC – SENIORS ONLY, 80 Pitt St (at Rivington St)
  • M.S. 131, 100 Hester St (Eldridge & Chrystie)
  • Marta Valle High School, 145 Stanton St (Suffolk & Norfolk)
  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold, 293 East Broadway
  • P.S. 124 Yung Wing, 40 Division St (Market & Bowery)
  • OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”

https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/cool-it-nyc

  • Water Fountains
  • Spray Showers
  • Tree Cover
  • FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING

CITYWIDE

MANHATTAN

      6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS

            *Please call in advance to confirm hours/days

Father’s Heart Ministries (pantry and soup kitchen)

545 East 11th Street

212-375-1765

Saturdays 8:30AM to 11AM

The Meatloaf Kitchen (soup kitchen)

137 2nd Street

(347) 850-2230

Doing breakfast from 9am to 11am and lunch from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. (3/20)

St. Joseph House (soup kitchen)

36 East 1st Street

(212) 254-1640

Soup kitchen: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 11:00 am.

Trinity Church Lower East Side (soup kitchen and food pantry)

602 East 9th Street

(212) 228-5254

Mondays through Fridays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (soup kitchen)

Monday – Friday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Food Pantry) – Appointment Needed

Temple Soup Kitchen

33 East 12th Street

(212) 674-2340

Saturdays from 2:30 pm and 4:00pm

The Bowery Mission (soup kitchen)

227 Bowery

(212) 674-3456

Serving meals 3 times a day. To-go breakfast 9 to 10am, lunch 1 to 2pm and, dinner 6-7pm

Nazareth Housing (food pantry)

206 East 4th St. (blue door)

212-777-1010

Tuesdays at 10AM

Most Holy Redeemer Church (Food pantry)

173 E 3rd St

(212) 673-4224

Every other Wednesday 10a to 11a

Dewitt Church (food pantry)

280 Rivington St

(212) 674-3341

Mondays and Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm

Interfaith Church

325 East 5th St

(352) 213-9020

Middle Collegiate Church (Food pantry and soup kitchen)

50 E 7th Street

(212) 477-0666

Wednesdays 8am to 9:30am (pantry)

Primitive Christian Church (Food Pantry)

207-209 East Broadway

(212)673-7868

Last Thursday of the month 1:30 to 3:30PM

Hetrick Martin (Food Pantry)

2 Astor Place

(212) 674-2400

HMI’s Food distribution:  will be from 1 pm – 3 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, HMI will distribute food bags (and other essentials) to youth who stop by

  • NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

Overview & Eligibility

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.

The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.

Eligible households must meet the following criteria:

  • 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. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
  • 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.
  • See our FAQs below for more information.

To apply see the application section of this page below.

HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov

  • HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT

https://nlihc.org/resource/overview-housing-and-homeless-provisions-heroes-act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the HEROES Act. The $3 trillion bill proposes almost $200 billion in additional funding for housing and homelessness programs to help communities respond to the coronavirus crisis.

  • CENSUS – PLEASE FILL IT OUT!

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/census/index.page

The 2020 Census is here — and it will shape New York City’s future for years to come. Once every ten years, the United States Census takes a count of every person in the United States. The taking of the census is mandated by the United States Constitution and has occurred every 10 years since 1790. But the census is so much more than just a count. Census information is used to determine New York City’s fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure, and more — as well as the number of seats we have in Congress. Because so much is at stake, it’s critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census.In the 2010 Census, the city’s self-response rate was less than 62%, compared to the national average of 76%. We need every New Yorker to get involved to ensure that their community is counted next year.

  1. RESOURCES

LES READY!

Please let us know if your organization is in need of gloves, masks, gowns or have other needs. Contact us at lesready.covid19@gmail.com

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/about/press-releases/20200718_pr_nycem_advises-new-yorkers-to-prepare-for-extreme-heat.page

NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

Interested in volunteering? Contact lesready.covid19@gmail.com.

To report cases of COVID-19: Call 311
NYS Dept. of Health’s toll-free COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-364-3065
To report racism related to COVID-19: Call 311 and ask for Human Rights.

NYC Text Alerts
English: Text COVID to 692-692
Español: Texto con COVIDESP al 692-692

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation. We urge you to refer to the following resources for ongoing, frequently updated information:

RESOURCES:

Food Resources

  • Free to-go meals are available to all New Yorkers Monday – Friday at 400+ Meal Hubs across the City. Hubs are open from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM for children and families, and from 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM for adults. Click here to find a location near you.
  • To find out if you qualify for free meal deliveries, visit the GetFood program here, or dial 311 and say “Get Food”.
  • For information on food pantries, soup kitchens, and for-profit locations such bodegas and grocery stores, as well as other social services in the neighborhood, visit the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Lower East Side / Chinatown resource page.

Senior Citizen Resources

  • Telephone social gatherings are offered every Tuesday at 4 PM and Friday at 12 PM by the NORC at Phipps Plaza. Join by calling (929) 205-6099 and use code 893 452 0253#. Spanish speakers are available.
  • Grocery stores offering special hours for senior citizens and those who are immunocompromised include Union Market (9-10 AM); Key Food (6:30 – 7:30 AM); Westside Market (6-8 AM); Whole Foods (7-8 AM); Morton Williams (7-8 AM); and D’Agostino (7-8 AM).

Chronic Illness & Health Insurance

  • Community Service Society’s Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program (MCCAP) can offer assistance applying for health insurance, accessing low-cost care, applying for hospital financial assistance, resolving medical billing issues, and appealing coverage denials. Call their helpline at (888) 614-5400, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM.
  • Global Healthy Living Foundation: Free COVID-19 Patient Support Program for chronic illness patients and their families.

Jobs Training & Employment

  • Visit the Lower East Side Employment Network here, or reach out to info@lesemploy.org.
  • Henry Street Settlement Workforce Development Center: Click here or reach out to Director of Employment Services Lisa Tomanelli at ltomanelli@henrystreet.org
  • Still Hiring: Find employers still hiring during the pandemic.

Misc. Resources:

  • COVID-19 Pet Hotline. Emergency resources, support, and information about caring for pets during the pandemic. Call (877) 204-8821 from 8 AM to 8 PM for assistance.
  • American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center. Crisis counseling for those dealing with grief over the death of a loved one. Fill out an intake form in English here, or in Spanish here.
  • NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
  • To receive a Mental Health Wellness Support Call from The Samaritans of New York, dial (212) 673-3661 and leave a message; they will return your call the following day at your specified time.

Other local resources include:

For non-profits and human services providers:

NYC Health + Hospitals Testing Sites in Manhattan:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
New York, New York 10016
212-562-5555
Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
Dyckman-Clinica de Las Americas
175 Nagle Avenue
New York, New York 10034
212-544-2001
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur
227 Madison Street
New York, New York 10002
212-238-7897
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10037
212-939-1000
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Highbridge Pool
2301 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10033
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
1901 First Avenue
New York, New York 10029
212-423-6262
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham
264 West 118th Street
New York, New York 10026
212-932-6500
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saint Nicholas Houses
281 West 127th Street
New York, New York 10035
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For a complete list of NYC H+H testing sites, click here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, about COVID-19, click here.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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