Wellbeing Resources

We will update this page continually with local resources in your community. Please reach out to info@obtjobs.org with any questions or specific needs.

For questions about employment:
Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will immediately waive the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance for New Yorkers who have been laid off due to the virus.
To access unemployment assistance: go to https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

If you are in need of food:
Food Banks in New York City: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/
If you cannot follow the link to find a local food pantry or soup kitchen, you can call Food Bank of NY at 212-566-7855.

If you need internet:
Spectrum is offering free internet for households with children and youth ages 5-18 years old. Read more here or call 1-844-488-8395.

If you have issues or questions about your utilities:
Read this article on how utility, phone and internet companies are giving consumers a break during the pandemic.
Moratorium on Utilities Termination: Governor Cuomo has asked the New York State Department of Public Service to direct utilities providers not to terminate service for any person who has not paid their bill as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have questions about a housing court case and/or eviction proceeding:
There is currently a statewide temporary suspension of all eviction cases, orders, and eviction warrants.
A marshal cannot evict you at this time and if they attempt to, please report to the Bureau of City Marshals at 212-825-5953.
All pending eviction cases are temporarily suspended and will be rescheduled, so do not go to housing court.
If you have issues with apartment repairs or heat and hot water, you should call 311 to report the condition. You may start a case in housing court for emergency repairs.
With questions or if you need assistance, you can call:
Legal Aid Society: 212-577-3300
Legal Services NYC: 917-661-4500

For general resources in NYC by category (Cash Assistance, Benefits, Courts, Employment and more):

To receive text message updates from NYC government on COVID-19:
Text COVID to 692-692