JANUARY 25, 2021


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Manhattan – Free COVID 19 Testing Sites 1-11 through 1/17
  3. COVID 19 Vaccine Eligibility Information 
  4. Eviction Protections
  5. LES Food Security Pantries/Deliveries
  6. How to  Apply for Emergency Financial Assistance for Those in The Entertainment and Performing Arts
  7. Small Business Owners: Apply to the Revamped Paycheck Protection Program                  

Upcoming Events

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

The NYC Department of Health welcomes community/faith-based organizations, city agencies, and other partners providing health education/navigation to disproportionately impacted communities to participate in one of our weekly 60-minute sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The sessions will include a presentation and Q&A aimed to:

  • Direct participants to resources/trusted reference sites for vaccine information
  • Respond to questions about when, where, and how to get vaccinated

Date: Tuesday January 26, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
WebEx Link: https://nycdohmh.webex.com/nycdohmh/j.php?MTID=m65f07a6c84d50f2c1413235095b353df
Phone: +1-646-992-2010,,1794992151## 
Meeting number (access code): 179 499 2151 
Meeting password: Hr73FVFpMd8

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm EST
WebEx Link: https://nycdohmh.webex.com/nycdohmh/j.php?MTID=m5183d6a6ed1d6721be9b6d65195871c1
Phone: +1-646-992-2010,,1793522944##
Meeting number (access code): 179 352 2944 
Meeting password: 7rTjpNH2qD3


Tuesday, January 26 at 1 PM

NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness is hosting a special briefing for community and faith-based leaders to streamline information about the City’s COVID Vaccine operations. NYC officials will provide updates and create a space for leaders of community and faith-based organizations to actively participate in questions and answers. Please register here for this special briefing.


Thursday, January 28  10 AM – 3 PM

During 2020, communities everywhere in New York City banded together to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting economic downturn. This ninth annual Symposium will provide insight from community leaders, researchers and emergency managers for strengthening your community’s emergency response. Register for 2021 Symposium: The Rise of Community during Emergencies. For accessibility requests or further assistance, email communityprep@oem.nyc.gov.



Phase 1a:Currently Eligible Groups

Health Care Workers

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory frontline, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (such as reception staff)
  • All frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations

 This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Specialty medical practices of all types
  • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
  • Physical Therapists and their staff
  • Optometrists and their staff
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
  • Home care workers
  • Hospice workers

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities

  • Nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • NYS Office of Mental Health, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports faciilties

Next Eligible Groups

Phase 1b:Starting Monday, January 11

  • People ages 75 and older
  • Teachers and education workers
  • First responders
  • Public safety workers
  • Public transit workers

Phase 1b:Likely starting February 2021

  • Other frontline essential workers (to be determined by New York State)
  • Other at-risk groups (to be determined by New York State)

Phase 1c:Likely starting March-April 2021Likely includes:

  • People ages 65 to 74
  • People with certain underlying health conditions (to be determined by New York State)
  • All other essential workers (to be determined by New York State)

Phase 2:Likely starting Summer 2021

  • All other people


Tenants in New York have a strong set of rights that protect them in interactions with landlords or managing agents. Changes to New York State rent laws, recently passed by lawmakers in Albany, make it harder for landlords to evict all tenants. In addition, the new rent laws strengthened protections for New Yorkers living in rent regulated apartments. These laws are enforced by the State’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR). DHCR is the State’s affordable housing agency, with a mission to build, preserve, and protect affordable housing and increase home ownership throughout New York State.Vi 1

For more information on specific changes to the new rent law and resources, please visit the following pages:

New Protections for All Tenants

New Protections for Rent-Regulated Tenants

New York State Homes and Community Renewal. “About HCR”. https://hcr.ny.gov/hcr-overview

Visit the NYC Tenant Resource Portal


Please contact the below LES organizations directly as times and hours are subject to change. 

Grand Street Settlement

80 Pitt St. New York, NY 10002 
Food Distribution program operation hours:
Mon: 10AM-3PM (if you do not have a ticket, come after 2PM!)
Please call 646-201-4251 to confirm latest operation hours.

Father’s Heart Ministries

543-545 East 11th Street New York, NY 10009
Food Pantry program operations hours:
Please call 212-375-1765 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Vision Urbana Inc.

66 Essex Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:

Register at this link for hot meal or pantry delivery. https://www2.visionurbana.org/pantry_form
Please call 646-626-9748 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Henry Street Settlement

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with getting food delivered, please call the Helpline at 347.493.2787.


206 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10009
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Please call 212-777-3567 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless Inc.

602 East 9th Street New York, NY 10009
Soup Kitchen: program operating hours are MON-FRI 11AM to 12NOON

Food Pantry: program operating hours are MON-FRI 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Please call 212-228-5254 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Educational Alliance (Project ORE) is located at 331 E. 12th Street New York, NY 10003
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Please call (212)780-5436 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

P.S. 019 Asher Levy is located at 185 1 AVENUE.
Operating hours:
3:00pm – 5:00pm Monday to Friday for the general public.
Halal meals available at this location.
This site is No Accessibility

Lillian Wald Food Pantry is located at 12 Avenue D New York, NY 10009
Food Pantry programs.
Please call 212-260-2731 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

UJC Of the East Side is located at 15-17 Bialystoker Place New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry programs.
Please call  to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Our Lady of Sorrows is located at 213 Stanton Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Please call 212-673-0900 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Primitive Christian Church is located at 207-209 East Broadway New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry programs.
Please call  212-673-7868 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Cabrini Immigrant Services is located at 139 Henry Street New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Please call 212-791-4590 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

Bowery Mission/Christian Herald Association is located at 227 Bowery New York, NY 10002
Food Pantry program operating hours:
Please call 212-674-3456 to confirm the latest operating hours. 

GetFoodNYC: Free Food Locations

Get a map of food resources across the city:

  • Free food pantries 
  • Grocery stores and farmer’s markets locations 
  • Grab & go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need.


Learn about P-EBT, $420 per child in money for groceries coming to all NYC public school families. Multiple languages available.


Find out if you may be eligible for food benefits including SNAP and WIC, and learn how to apply.

Emergency Home Food Delivery

If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days. Check your eligibility and sign up.

How to Apply for Emergency Financial Assistance for Those in the Entertainment and Performing Arts

The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. Learn more here: https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-help

Apply for the Revamped Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

$284 billion was just allocated for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable business loan offered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The first round of funding ran out fast, and many businesses who were not prepared ahead of time were unable to successfully apply for funding. Although guidelines and applications are not live yet, we recommend preparing now so you are ready to apply as quickly as possible.