HEALTH & WELLNESS
Testing sites in your ZIP code (including mobile testing sites) can be found here.
If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, use NYC Health’s Vaccine Finder to search for a location near you. You can also check out New York City’s FAQ on the vaccine for you and your family. Download a list of vaccination sites near you.
Social And Emotional Learning Resources
For Immediate Help
- NYS Hotline: Free Emotional Support, Consultation, Referral to Provider: (844) 863-9314
- NYC Well Mobile Crisis call 1-888-NYC-WELL or TEXT WELL to 65173 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free, confidential service for free information, help and emotional support.
Ongoing individual and family therapy
Resources specializing in providing support services to Black Americans
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
- Jewish Board Loss & Bereavement Programs for Children and Teens
- Jewish Board General Bereavement Programs
(or call 212-632.4692)
Child Emotional Wellness Resources for Parents
- Talking to Children about Racism and Violence (WBUR)
- Family Workshops (Roots ConnectED)
- Child Mind Institute – Parent Resources
- Talking to Kids About Race
Life After Covid
FOOD & NUTRITION
KIPP Food Pantry
KIPP NYC provides additional assistance to families via a weekly food pantry operating out of several KIPP schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights. KIPP NYC will make all information about food services, including access to meals for students who are learning remotely and information about KIPP’s food pantry, available via KIPP NYC’s website and in our direct family communications.
The pantry program will be continuing through the week of August 9, 2021.
Food Pantry Days & Locations
RSVP at kippnyc.org/pantry
- KIPP NYC College Prep High School (201 E. 144th St.) 11am
- KIPP Infinity/STAR Elementary (625 W. 133rd St.) 10am
- KIPP AMP (1224 Park Pl.) 2pm
- KIPP Washington Heights Middle School (21 Jumel Pl.) 11am
Additional Meal Resources
P-EBT Food Benefit
All KIPP NYC families will automatically receive the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefit from New York State. The amount you receive per child depends on the amount of time they were in person during the 2020-21 school year. The maximum amount is $1,320 per student. Please ensure that you have provided your school with your current New York State mailing address in order to receive the benefit. If you have questions please call the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline at (833) 452-0096 or visit P-EBT Information Form to submit a question in writing.
DOE Grab and Go Food Sites
The New York City Department of Education provides free breakfast and lunch to all NYC students. All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. DOE food sites will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm at locations across the city. Please use the DOEs Free Meal Location Tool to find a site near you.
Emergency Food Supplies
- Food Bank for New York City – Find a food bank near you
- NYC Human Resources Administration Food Assistance Program
- The HopeLine for Free Diapers and Formula
- St. Charles Borromeo Food Pantry, 221 West 141st Street. Please call first to see if they are open 212-281-2100
No-cost/Childcare Subsidy Options
- The Office of Children and Family Services, Child Care Subsidy: The Office of Children and Family Services is committed to providing assistance with child care costs to eligible families through the Child Care Subsidy Program. Child care subsidies can help parents/caretakers pay for some or all of the cost of child care services. In general, families are eligible for financial assistance if they meet the state’s low-income guidelines, and need child care to work, look for work, or attend employment training. Information on Assistance with Childcare Costs at The Office of Children and Family Services
Paid Childcare Options
- Care.Com (https://www.care.com/) is a national clearinghouse for private and center-based childcare. They clearly state their vetting criteria and have an easy to navigate system.
- The Office of Children and Family Services. The OCFS Search Engine is easy to navigate and allows a search by zip code.
Funding available to cover past-due rent
- In early June, New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) updated the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) information on its website [nyc.gov]. This updated information can help guide your team through the necessary eligibility requirements and documentation required to help clients apply for rental relief funding.
- New York State also maintains a hotline [844-NY1-RENT (844-691-7368)] and provides information on the OTDA website[nysrenthelp.otda.ny.gov].
- In New York City, The Legal Aid Society recently launched a special housing hotline to connect undocumented and mixed-status tenants with resources and funding available through programs including ERAP and FASTEN (Funds & Services for Tenants Experiencing Need): 212-298-3490.
Child Tax Credit
- The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) has updated its ACCESS NYC tool [access.nyc.gov] to help families determine eligibility for the 2021 Child Tax Credit.
- Starting July 15, 2021, payments will automatically be made monthly from the IRS if families have filed taxes for tax year 2020 or tax year 2019. If families did not file, they can:
- File their 2020 tax return for free with NYC Free Tax Prep [nyc.gov] if they earned $68,000 or less, or
- [If they aren’t required to file a tax return] Use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool [irs.gov] to provide info to the IRS for advance cash payments.
Excluded Workers Fund
- We are awaiting further guidance from the State about the recently-passed “Excluded Workers Fund, [access.nyc.gov]” which will provide payment to workers with low income who suffered income loss due to COVID-19 who were not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Economic Impact Payments (EIP) due to immigration status or other factors.
- The Legal Aid Society maintains an Access to Benefits hotline (888-663-6880) and website [legalaidnyc.org] that includes information on:
- Cash assistance
- Rental relief (housing assistance)
- Nutritional assistance (SNAP, WIC, P-SNAP)
- Unemployment insurance (P-UI)
- Health insurance / Medicaid
- The City’s Department of Social Services / Human Resources Administration provides regular updates on its website.