COVID-19 Resources

Updated March 26, 2020: 5:00pm EST

Avenues for Justice (AFJ) is committed to keeping our youth and communities that we serve safe, informed, and healthy, especially during the most recent developments of the COVID-19 breakout in NYC. Please use these resources as a guide to help you navigate the developing situation; we will update this document when/if there are changes, especially in the NYC Court system (see NYC Courts section of this resource guide).

Table of Contents:

  • Coronavirus information
  • Official resources
  • NYC Courts
  • Health and Treatment
  • Unemployment assistance
  • Business Assistance
  • Food insecurity
  • Housing
  • Medical
  • Volunteers
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Symptoms of Coronavirus:

What to do if you feel sick:

  • Find somewhere safe to stay – and stay there! It is best to stay inside and away from others. Stay hydrated (drink lots of water), eat healthy, rest, and wash your hands frequently. 
  • If you need help, call 311
  • If it is a medical emergency call 911

Official Resources:

NYC Courts:

Health and Treatment:

Unemployment Assistance:

Business Assistance:

Food Assistance:

Food Delivery Services:



  • Comcast: offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information click here.
  • Spectrum: Two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with Pre-K to 12 or college students who need remote education. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. We’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started. For more information click here.

Work from Home

  • If you have kids at home, here is a link for parents to help keep kids busy at home!

Tenants’ Rights


Mutual Aid Volunteers:


Mental Health:

  • Counseling Resources: Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 to be connected to a counselor. NYC Well: Call 1-888-692-9366 Text “WELL” to 65173. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255.
  • Coping with stress during outbreak