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COVID-19 Preparedness and Communications




Last Updated: March 25, 2020


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, TEAK staff have shifted to working from home and are setting up virtual classrooms so that we can continue to deliver as many of our programs and services as possible. Staff have communicated directly with students, shared resources with them remotely, and will support them in every conceivable way. 

This website will be updated regularly with community updates and resources on this evolving situation.


Below are some guidelines and resources that might be helpful for you or anyone you know:









  • Free 30-Day Self-Storage from UHaul
  • Emergency Funds for NYC Undocumented Youth and Families
  • Scholly Student Relief Fund – resource for college students to apply for $200 in assistance
  • Expensify’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Grocery Reimbursement
    • Get reimbursed for groceries bought with your SNAP (EBT) card (up to $50 per family). Click here for full instructions.
  • Freelance Artist Resource
  • Disaster Assistance Loans: These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program: This grants offers small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs (up to $27,000) for two months to help retain employees. Applicants must:
  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue
  • Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations
  • Have been in operation for at least 6 months
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments
  • NYC Small Business Continuity Fund (Application Opening Soon)





  • 60 Days of Free Broadband Service From Comcast for Low-Income Communities:
    • Sign up for 60 days of no-cost service, with the opportunity to sign up after for $9.95 per month or cancel service at no cost.
    • Support is available in Spanish and ASL as well as other languages at www.internetessentials.com.
    • People can sign up by phone at 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • 60 Days of Free Broadband Service for New K-12 and College Students From Charter:
    • Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
    • To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
    • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Xfinity is offering free Wi-Fi/Hotspot access when you download their free app. The app connects to available hotspots in your area. No requirements for this service.
  • AT&T is waiving data overage fees to all customers so that families and students can stay connected during the pandemic.
  • T-Mobile is providing unlimited data on all mobile plans for the next 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot
  • Verizon is opening their hotspots to all Americans for 60 days
  • Sprint will offer unlimited data for 60 days starting March 19