COVID-19 Information & Resources

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Coronavirus Information and Resources


The impact of the coronavirus has touched us all, disrupting our lives, changing our work patterns, and driving us to take a closer look at how we collectively respond to crisis. NYLPI has created this resource page to easily connect our client communities and partners with valuable information related to COVID-19. 


NYLPI focuses on health and disability justice and access to healthcare, responding to the emerging needs of clients and communities, including many who will be disproportionately impacted by the virus – because they can’t work from home, don’t have access to quality healthcare, already have higher rates and risk of respiratory disease due to environmental harm, are afraid to get treated because of their immigration status and fear of retaliation, or are individuals with disabilities who have serious underlying health conditions, are immunocompromised, or are seniors. All of these groups require targeted advocacy during the COVID-19 crisis. 

We will continue to support the efforts of our partners while we step up and advocate for our client communities. NYLPI will continue to advocate for the rights and safety of front-line workers, including those in the sanitation, healthcare, education, and transit sectors, who are vital to our City’s health and wellbeing.  

Our Pro Bono Clearinghouse is committed to connecting nonprofit organizations and our community partners impacted by the virus to resources available around the city. If you are a nonprofit or a service provider, you can find more resources on effective remote work practices, grant opportunities, and more here on our coronavirus nonprofit resource page


If you are a nonprofit organization seeking help, please click here.

If you are an individual or family needing assistance, please click here.



New York State Information and Updates 

New York City Information and Updates on Covid-19 

United States Department of State Information on Covid-19 

CDC Protocols 

World Health Organization Covid-19 Resources 

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Information 

United Nations Coronavirus News 

GISAID Open Data on Covid-19 Pandemic 




Education Resources

Resources for People with Disabilities 

Rationing Healthcare away from People with Disabilities

If you believed that you or someone you know has been discriminated against, please contact NYLPI. We may be able to help you file a complaint and/or get needed healthcare.

Health Advisory from the New York State Department of Health

Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Hospital Operators Regarding Visitation

Home and Community Healthcare Worker Guidance

Information from NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Guidance for Home and Community Healthcare Workers

Important information on Emergency Planning, Support Services and Home-care Workers amid COVID-19, please visit the Independent Care System’s Facebook Page or Community News Website

Information on COVID-19 related legislation, HCBS Waivers, Medical rationing and more, visit The Center for Public Representation.

NYC Food Resources

For a layout of all of the city’s food efforts visit You can get information on the City’s soup kitchen, food pantries, DOE grab and go options and others. You can also sign up for home delivery if you cannot go out and get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options. 

Food for Service Animals

NYC Grants for Service Animal Food Assistance: Grants in NYC that can assist in paying for food for a service animal. 

In order to qualify you must: 

  • Reside in New York City.
  • Be determined eligible for or in receipt of SSI benefits or additional State payments.
  • Have a vision, hearing or other disability. 
  • Not have any earned income exempted for maintenance of a guide dog pursuant to Federal law or regulations.
  • Maintain a guide, hearing or service dog.

To apply call HRA’s Project for Guide Dogs Program at 929 – 221 – 6692

ASPCA Food Assistance for Pets

The ASPCA is giving free food for cats and dogs and other supplies like cat litter in the NYC area. 

Call the help line, 1-800-738-9437.

Mutual Aid NYC

A network of groups organizing to provide aid and support to New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Redirecting people and resources to those at the frontlines who are providing mutual aid, advocacy and services to the hardest-hit communities. Mutual Aid NYC Website

COVID-19 Advice from the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities 

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has launched a new webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

This new page contains information on: 

  • Food and Supplies
  • Social Services/Medicaid Benefits
  • Home Health Care Providers
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Businesses
  • Finance
  • Pets and Service Animals
  • Mental Health Resources

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has also provided guides on accessible virtual presentation tools

If you have any questions or comments on new resources that should be added please reach out to the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities directly: 

Protesting for Individuals with Disabilities

  • How to protest if you’re disabled and can’t show up at rallies: Teen Vogue

Social Services and Resources Around New York City  

Face Covering Pickup Sites

New York City will be distributing over 100,000 face coverings in parks across the city free of charge from Saturday, May 2nd – Tuesday, May 5th. Use the map below to find the closest distribution location, date, and time.

For a list of Face Covering Pickup Sites:

Healthcare and Public Charge Rule Information for Immigrants Who Are Not Citizens

Food Security Resources 

Housing Information 

Healthy Housing

Financial Resources  

  • Financial Relief Fund for Impacted Restaurant, Delivery and Service Workers: 

Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19 Resources

  • Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19—A Resource for Workers and Their Advocates
    • This 17-page document is designed to answer frequently asked questions from immigrant workers – many of whom are in front line jobs – and their advocates on a range of subjects related to COVID-19, including: 
      • Safety and Health on the Job
      • Using Collective Action to Improve Workplace Safety and Health
      • Paid and Unpaid Time Off from Work
      • Employer Actions Regarding Workers’ Health
      • Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment
      • Unemployment Insurance
      • Workers’ Compensation
      • Worksite Immigration Enforcement & Employment Eligibility Verification
      • Economic Stimulus Payments / Access to Health Care

Mental Health & Wellness Resources 


NYLPI is committed to informing our impacted and vulnerable communities about the resources available to them and warnings about potential consumer scams related to COVID-19. Scammers commonly exploit real public health concerns and use heightened public fear to prey on consumers and profit from frauds related to those health fears. For more information on how to protect yourself from scammers, please click on the links below. 

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