BROOKLYN COVID-19 Resource Guide

Last update: May 21, 2020

The following list of resources for Brooklyn residents is updated regularly and verified by United for Brownsville. It’s organized by category.

Physical and Mental Well-being

Physical Well-being

Telehealth – There are a variety of options to receive medical health via your phone or a video visit, many of which accept a wide range of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Testing for COVID-19

  • Call your primary care if you have one, but note that most individuals not requiring hospitalization will not be tested, per NYC Health and Hospitals guidelines. (Update: 4/14/2020)

  • COVID-19 Testing is now available at two sites in Brooklyn. You must have an APPOINTMENT to be seen. Please call 1-888-364-3065 to schedule an appointment. Testing is available at:

    • A walk-in site in at Brownsville Multi-Service (BMS) (592 Rockaway Ave in Brownsville). Testing is Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

    • A drive-in site at the SEARS Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Flatbush (its the large lot behind Kings Theater).

Face masks/coverings

Free pharmacy deliveries

  • CVS – Free delivery of medication

  • Red Stone Pharmacy – Free delivery of medicine (no website), closes at 7pm

  • Invisible Hands – Nonprofit organization that will help organize grocery and prescription delivery assistance

Motherly – Free online birthing class

United Hospital Fund

Domestic Abuse Help


SafeHorizon – If you need immediate help from an advocate please call one of our 24-hour Hotlines (se habla español), 1-800-621-4673

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence – Domestic Violence shelters are OPEN for intake. Call the City’s 24-hour DV hotline (800-621-4673; TTY: 800-810-7444).

Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence (English & español/Multi-language accessibility) – call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906 (711 for Deaf or Hard of Hearing) or text 844.997.2121.

Good Shepherd Services: Safe Homes Project – Our hotline provides crisis counseling, information, and referrals to support groups, counseling, safety planning, legal assistance referrals, criminal justice and family court advocacy, orders of protection, and shelter. 24-hour hotline: 718-499-2151

Jewish Board Family & Children’s Services – Find help by calling 1-844-663-2255

National Domestic Abuse Hotline – Call 1-800-799-7233. Chat with an advocate on their website.

Additional Hotlines in New York:

  • New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720

  • New York State Adult Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3009, press option 6

  • New York State Office for the Aging Helpline: 1-800-342-9871

Food Access & Delivery

The Greater NY Chapter of The Links Inc. – Free Food & Face Mask Distribution – Anyone in need may stop by to receive free meat and fresh produce items on THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 at The Sonja and Dr. Alvin Khan Auditorium (555 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, 11212). Distribution starts at 11:00am.

  • Please bring your own cart and mask

  • Be ready to social distance with 6ft of standing room between participants

  • No ID or proof of need required

United for Brownsville @ RACS – UB is distributing free produce and other goods weekly on Thursdays at Riverdale Avenue Community School (76 Riverdale Avenue) with partner Brighter Bites.

  • Produce and goods vary weekly and depend on donations and stressed supply chains. There will be produce every week. From week to week we are trying to supplement produce with limited supplies of hard-to-find items like face masks, diapers, disinfectants, soap, canned goods, etc.

  • We are experimenting with very limited delivery, though our resources are quite limited. Request help here.

NYC DOE – Free Grab N’ Go meals for ALL – 3 meals are now available for ALL New Yorkers, not just schoolchildren. No documentation required. (Update: 4/6/2020)

Expanded Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Benefits – All students who would have received a free or reduced-price meal at school—including undocumented students, and students whose private schools participate in the National School Lunch Program—are now eligible for additional food assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT provides families with cash on a government-issued card to purchase the same foods as are available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  In New York State, approximately 2.1 million students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive an additional $420, or $5.70 for each day school is closed. COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources – A website from that connects to a food help map, HRA benefits enrollment, and food delivery assistance.

Brownsville Community Aid Food Bag & Hot Meal Distribution – Brownsville Residents can request emergency food relief in the form of prepackaged hot meals and/or a prepackaged food bag for pickup. (Update: 4/16/2020)

  • Howard Houses: Fridays, 1:00pm until supplies last. Seniors can schedule a delivery by calling the Tenant Association at 347-425-8852.

  • Van Dyke Houses: Wednesdays, 1:00pm until supplies last. Seniors can schedule a delivery by emailing [email protected]

  • Glenmore Plaza Houses: Fridays, 3:00pm until supplies last. Please email [email protected]

Equality for Flatbush Delivering Free Groceries and COVID-19 Supplies – Any and all Brooklynites who need grocery/supply deliveries, medication pick-up/drops, tenant/rent-strike organizing support, and other forms of material aid, can please text, call, or email us at:

Plentiful – App/website with locations of food pantries all over NYC and the USA. (Update: 4/20/2020)

Foodfinder – List of food pantries all over the NYC and USA (Update: Removed 4/20/2020 because Brownsville sites are inaccurate and not functioning)

The Bergen Restaurant – Offering free meals to families- 11:30am- 1:30pm / dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm

BedStuy Food Share – Every Saturday at 3:45pm residents share grown produce

Invisible Hands – Nonprofit organization that will help organize grocery and prescription delivery assistance

NYC.Gov – Senior center meal provision

CCC + Greedi Vegan – Meals delivered to seniors

Neighbors Together Community Cafe – Providing lunch 12-2 (M-F), Dinner 4pm-6(M-TH) grab and go style

Expensify: How to be reimbursed for groceries – Expensify is matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family

Campaign Against Hunger – Food deliveries and on-site distribution (Bed Stuy); Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm; 2010 Fulton Street, 718-773-3551


NYLAG Tenants Rights: Immediate Assistance – Call 929-356-9582 for a hotline that will connect you to free help from attorneys at New York Legal Assistance Group who help tenants facing eviction and other legal issues.

NYCourts.Gov: Eviction and Housing Court Suspension – Operating plan for NYC civil court during COVID-19 health crisis

Right to Counsel: Eviction Moratorium FAQ – Answers to common questions on the eviction moratorium

Coalition for the Homeless – Homeless resources including addresses and info on domestic violence

BronxWorks – Eviction prevention resources compiled by BronxWorks

Catholic Charities – Resources compiled on finding temporary and emergency shelter

SCO Family of Services General Preventive program – List of Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS) HomeBase sites with contact info

NYC Housing Authority – NYCHA Housing Support and Resources

Legal Aid Society – Resources from Legal Aid for housing-related issues

Housing Justice for All – Eviction courts are closed and evictions are suspended in New York State

Mental Health & Wellness

NYC Well – Text, call, chat mental health support

CDC Guide for Managing Stress COVID-19 – stress and anxiety management

Chances for Children – Dyadic services provided through individualized parent/caregiver–child sessions, now with telehealth option; contact Alexis Yaport: [email protected]

Room to Grow – Offering individualized parenting education and support

NY State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 844-863-9314

Relaxation hotline: 718-920-2256 (meditation, relaxing music, breathing exercises, etc.)

Liberate – a “meditation app by and for the Black and African Diaspora”

NY Psychotherapy and Counseling Center – Offering counseling services to families; Call 718-235-3100 for a phone appointment, or email [email protected]

Virus Anxiety – Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Immigrants Rising – Virtual wellness gatherings

Psychology Today – Mental health resources and supports

New York Family – Coronavirus mental health for parents

Headspace – Relaxing meditations

Fred Rogers Institute, “Supporting Parents while they homeschool”

Sister Diaspora – Resources websites for people of color/womxn & queer folks

Minka Brooklyn – Virtual meditation and reiki

Transgender Law Center – Virtual community gathering

Social Well-being


The key to maintaining social connections while physical distancing. Crucial for accessing telemedicine, remote learning, and work from home as well.

NYC DOE Technology Request – Students without internet access, computers, or tablets should request internet-connected learning devices from the NYC DOE. (Update: 4/14/2020)

All other internet issues – Call 311 to report any issues with internet connectivity, and your information should be passed along to the Department of Information, Technology & Telecommunications, which can help you troubleshoot:

  • Slow or no service

  • Inability to get service installation in your apartment or building

  • Limits to your data that are impacting you/your family during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Billing issues, including previous debts that are preventing you from getting service now

  • Other connectivity issues

Other advice – Most cellphone and cable companies are offering the following accommodations during the coronavirus crisis. Call you company directly to discuss:

  • Increasing your data limits temporarily

  • Removing throttling (slower speeds) from your account

  • Billing issues/past due accounts

(Updated 4/20/20)

Wifi Hotspots – Optimum, Spectrum, Xfinity (all Xfinity WiFi public hotspots are currently available on the “xfinitiwifissid”)

Additional Info on Internet Access Resources – includes info on Free Wi-Fi/Internet; Unlimited Data; Safelink Wireless


Central Brooklyn Mutual Aid – Volunteers offering to run errands, purchase food, or share services

Help Now NYC – Volunteer companies mobilizing on the state level

NYC Service – Volunteer opportunities

NYC EDC – Volunteer to create or donate COVID supplies from scratch

Meal Train – Tools to help you organize your own meal assistance opportunity for others

Economic Well-being


Take Root Justice – Email [email protected] for assistance if you believe you are facing a workers’ rights issue related to the coronavirus pandemic. (Update: 4/14/2020)

NYC.Gov – Food Delivery Driver Portal – Jobs delivering food during the coronavirus crisis

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services – Job Openings at Jewish Board as of 3/30/20

Money & Finance

CARES Act (stimulus checks) via IRS – Register to receive your stimulus check if you have not paid taxes recently, track your payment, and find out more information about this plan.

HRA – HRA is referring as many clients as possible to its ACCESSHRA web portal to sign up for SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, and Fair Fares. (Update: 4/14/2020)

  • If you do not have internet access: Call 311 or the HRA infoline 718-557-1399.

  • There is also one in-person enrollment office per borough.

  • Recertifications are postponed during the crisis for existing clients.

NYS Unemployment Insurance – After an outcry over inaccessible phone lines, long waits, and processing delays, New York State released a new website for submitting unemployment claims online. (Update: 4/20/2020)

Assistance for individuals – the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The linked resources will be updated frequently

Bank, credit, and financial accounts – Many banks and lenders are offering reduced or lower fees, extending time to pay bills, and other accommodations if you have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Some are also ensuring that clients receive their full stimulus checks even if they are past due on accounts. Please contact your institution directly and talk to them about your situation. Among large institutions are:

TakeRootJustice has put together this Fact Sheet regarding The CARES Act including guidance for those with concerns related to banks, creditors and stimulus funding for individuals

Leticia James, NYS Attorney General – Application to suspend debt collection of school & medical loans

Info on Utility Arrears and Shut-offs– source: The Public Utility Law Project


NYC Business – NYC Employee Retention Grant program

NYC Small Business Services – Grants for businesses affected by COVID-19 to cover 40% of payroll

NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency – Emergency planning process checklist for small businesses

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund – Grants to small businesses through LISC

Nonprofit Emergency Grants – List of grants for 501(c)3 organizations during the crisis, including grants for women and people of color, compiled by

USBG National Charity foundation – Grants to bartenders and their families during COVID-19

COVID-19 Freelance Artist – Freelance Artist Resources

Facebook – Small business grants

Renaissance Economic Development Corporation – Small business loans

Southern Smoke – Restaurant financial assistance

Honey Book – Business Continuity Planning

Threadless – Community Action Plan, reduced fees for artists during the crisis

Accurate Information & Guidance

311 – It may seem too obvious, but call 311 to ask for help for yourself or a client navigating any essential service during the coronavirus crisis. They are positioned to assist with many evolving issues, including issues in all of the categories covered on this page. 311 may also be able to help with issues beyond city services, including consumer services, internet access, signing up for benefits, etc. (Updated: 4/21/2020)

Current Events & News

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – Get the latest news, information, and executive orders from the Governor’s office.

Bklyner Coronavirus Coverage – Local news site; all coverage is free during the crisis

New York Times, “How to prepare and protect against COVID-19” – updated regularly – all NYT coronavirus coverage is free

Washington Post – All coronavirus coverage is free

Johns Hopkins – Regularly updated map tracking coronavirus cases worldwide

The Atlantic, “You’re likely to get the coronavirus” – Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.

USA Today, “How to Safely Take Care of Someone Sick with the Coronavirus”

NY State Dept of Health: Coronavirus – How to stay safe, latest restrictions, regulations, and news

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Updates on latest NYC recommendations regarding the coronavirus

Alison, “Coronavirus” – course to learn about the coronavirus online

NYC: General Information

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Coronavirus information and updates

NYC Human Rights – If you are experiencing any kind of discrimination during COVID-19

NYC Parks – Closures and open public spaces and parks for fresh air

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – Resources and support for those with disabilities

MTA – Updated public transportation schedules and information for subways, buses, and trains

Staten Island Ferry – Reducted ferry times

Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel – Update on COVID-19

NYC Consumer and Worker Protection – Update on workplace laws

LSNYC Social Workers Resources and Responses – General resources directory for social workers

Supports for Children


NYC Department of Education Regional Enrichment Centers – Enrollment form for children of essential workers to receive childcare and in-person education at centers around NYC.

Workers Need Childcare – Connects essential workforce parents to a volunteer to help them find low-cost (or free) childcare options during the COVID-19 crisis.

Brooklyn United Arts and Marching Band – $80 per week/ $20 per day from 7am – 7pm for 4-17 year-old children, includes meals

Learning & Education

DOE Learning Devices and Remote Access – Request report learning devices, setup learning portals/platforms, or request technical support

Khan Academy

BrainPOP – Animated videos with educational activities and interactive quizzes aligned to state standards. Good for upper elementary to middle school. Free for families during COVID-19 outbreak

Scholastic: Learn at Home Curriculum – Day-by-day learning to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Future Learn: Online Courses – Explore online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts

PBS Learning Media – Free website with thousands of video clips, activities, and games, etc. from PBS stations and shows.

Sesame Street in Communities – Toolkits for parents and caregivers to help young children with literacy, social emotional skills, and family challenges including foster care, homelessness, parental addiction, etc.

Matr: Making Math Add Up – Indoor math games

MIT Scratch – Creative Computer Programming

National Geographic – Educational videos

Project Explorer – Explore the world through videos

We are teachers – Math websites

DocsTeach – Free educational site from the National Archives. Educational activities using primary sources from American History. Good for middle school-high school.

Storyline Online – Actors read online bookies to children

Ruler – COVID resources for School communities

Learn computer programming skills – Games for tomorrow’s programmers

Ted [email protected] – Animations and talk lessons on varying subjects

Advanced digital learning – Virtual museums

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Coursera – online classes arts and fashion

Home activities for families

Brooklyn Public Library – Virtual storytime and other activities

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari Live – M-F @3pm EST on Facebook Live – 20 minute explanation of a different zoo animal with Q&A

The Cut: 28 Indoor Activities for Kids – Includes physical, art activities, games, etc.

Department of Education – Early Childhood instructional resources

Pinterest: Keep your child busy at home – Images of activities that you can do at home with your children

Forbes – 101 Activities to do with your child while home during COVID- 19

Fight for the Future – Stay at home online music festival

Kids Pantry Scientist – 15 science projects you can do at home with your child

Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Staycation Kit – This booklet provides 10 ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day

Free Printable Coloring Pages – Variety of FREE printable coloring pages – Virtual Field Trips

Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project – Activities and videos for children of all ages that encourage musical learning, discovery, and play.