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COVID-19 Information and Resources

 

 

 

Last Updated: January 20, 2021

 

The TEAK Fellowship is actively tracking tools and resources in light of the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  Staff have communicated directly with students, shared resources with them remotely, and will support them in every conceivable way. 

This page will be updated regularly with community updates and resources.

 

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

 

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Vaccine Information: Official NYC sites with information about the vaccine in NYC and information on how to schedule an appointment.

Covid-19 Information:

 

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19

 

MENTAL HEALTH

 

ECONOMIC RESOURCES

  • Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents (includes information pertaining to student work study)
  • 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: This program is available to New York City businesses with fewer than 100 employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19.
  • Free Financial Counseling from NYC Financial Empowerment CentersCounselors can help you create a budget, manage bills, save for essentials, deal with student loans, and more.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance – The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF): $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners.
  • One Fair Wage – Free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers.
  • NY COVID Rent Relief Program – 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.

 

EDUCATION RESOURCES

CHILD WELFARE RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS:

Policy/Legal Resources

Clinical/Family Resources

 

FREE INTERNET ACCESS AND PHONE SERVICE

  • 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

 

FOOD RESOURCES

 

OTHER RESOURCES