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Covid-19 Relief Efforts

Last updated: 05/18/2020



Food Pantries Food Bank for NYC Must show valid I.D. Telephone: 212-566-7855 Refer to Food Bank website to find nearest food bank location and respective service hours More detailed information can be found here
New York City Mobile Markets CityHarvest No outlined requirements Telephone: 646-412-0600 For dates and more information, please refer to CityHarvest website More detailed information can be found here
Free Meals for Hospitality Workers TimeOut Restaurants offering free or severely discounted meals to those affected by Covid-19 N/A Refer to article for restaurant locations and details More detailed information can be found here


NYC Rent Freeze Program New York City Applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Be a tenant listed on the lease or rent orders
-Receive Federal Disability Assistance or at least 62 years old
-Annual income below or equal to $50,000
-Reside in rent-regulated apartment
-Rental expense must make up over a third of monthly income
Call 311 hotline Use this tool
to calculate rent expense as % of income
More detailed information can be found here
COVID-19 State of Emergency – Rent Hardship New York City Housing Authority Rent reduction subject to:
-Gross income loss of at least 5%
-Current rent makes up over 30% of net household income
-Income reduction has lasted for at least two months
Telephone: 718-707-7771 Households experiencing complete loss of income may qualify for NYCHA’s Zero Income Policy

See flyer in next column

More detailed information can be found here
New York State Eviction Protection New York State All residential and commercial evictions in New York State halted; effective now through June 20th N/A Subject to extension More detailed information can be found here
Mortgage Relief New York State State-regulated financial institutions to waive mortgage payments for 60 days, effective now Telephone: 855-HOME-456 Letter from New York State addressing mortgage relief here More detailed information can be found here


Access NYC – Cash Assistance New York City Eligibility based on:
-Social benefits received

Refer to eligibility tool here

Call 311 for Cash Assistance Program help Pre-loaded debit card for families in need of financial assistnce as a a result of the COVID-19 crisis More detailed information can be found here
Debt Suspension New York State Non-student and medical debt owed to New York State Telephone: 1-800-771-7755
Non-medical and student debt referred to the Office of the Attorney General for litigation may apply for debt suspension More detailed information can be found here
Enhanced Unemployment Insurance Benefits New York State Additional unemployment benefits to workers who have worked enough hours/earned enough wages to apply

Eligibility in New York State dependent on employer contributions

Telephone: 1-888-209-8124 New York State residents who have recently become unemployed will receive up to an additionall $600 per week as part of the CARES Act More detailed information can be found here


Waived Family Fees for Child Care Assistance New York City Suspension of all fees for New York City famiies receiving child care assistance Call 311 for questions or concerns Waived fees in effect now through 05/14/2020 with periodic approvals to follow More detailed information can be found here
Workers Need Childcare New York City Portal connecting essential workers in New York City with free or low-cost childcare options Email: hello@workers
Includes community-based centers, mutual aid networks, among other options More detailed information can be found here
Diaper Assistance The HopeLine Parents of children under two years old receiving WIC and/or SNAP benefits Telephone: 718-402-1212 By appointment only. First come, first serve More detailed information can be found here


COVID-19 Hotel Program New York City Health care employees or volunteers at risk of contracting COVID-19

Also includes patients advised to recover in isolation by a NYC Health Dept. Professional

Must demonstrate inability to minimize exposure while staying at home

Email: Temporary housing program attempting to minimize risk of contracting/spreading COVID-19

Complete list of eligibility requirements outlined on website

More detailed information can be found here
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline New York City Mental Health Professionals Open to anyone facing emtional health issues due to Covid-19 crisis Hotline: 1(844)863-9314 The Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency

The Helpline is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling

More detailed information can be found here
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Practicing artists experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 Email: emergencyfunds@
One-time $5,000 grants for artists meeting all eligbility requirements outlined as part of program

Apply by June 15th, 2020

More detailed information can be found here
Free Student Loan Advising to Impacted Workers Summer Student Debt Advisors Student loan solutions available to individuals affected by Covid-19 Email: Learning guides and student loan solutions available free of charge to impacted workerrs More detailed information can be found here

Compilation created by the Queens Economic Development Corporation.
QEDC is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create and retain jobs
through programming that grows our neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development.
Learn more at

Email address:
Telephone 718-263-0546


The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen. Selected videos are available to view in our video library.
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out applications and all other client services can be done remotely. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable, wear your mask and wash your hands.


Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.