WE ACT’S Northern Manhattan COVID-19 Resource Guide*
*Compiled by School of Visual Arts grad students Catherine Mazzocchi and Jennifer Ulloa with help from WE ACT’s Sonal Jessel.
New York State Rent Relief Program
Beginning on July 16, 2020, New York State Homes and Community Renewal is accepting applications for its New York State COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which will provide up to $100 million in rental assistance to tenants. Learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply here.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Northern Manhattan
Below we have provided as much information as was available on the COVID-19 testing sites we’ve been able to identify in Northern Manhattan. Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability since both are subject to change.
St. Nicholas Houses/NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health – 218 West 127 Street
The site takes walk-ins, but NYCHA residents take priority. Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. 844-NYC-4NYC.
Somos Community Center – 2360 Amsterdam Avenue
Monday-Friday, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 888-364-3065.
Dyckman Clinica De Las Americas/NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health – 175 Nagle Avenue
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. 212-544-2001.
ANTIBODY TESTING ONLY
More information from NYC on antibody testing is available here.
If you have insurance and are willing to pay a copay, you can search for the nearest Northwell Health/GoHealth Urgent Care center here or the nearest CityMD center here. And New York City has a COVID-19 testing portal with the latest information on where to get testing in your community.
NYC Test and Trace Corps
The NYC Test and Trace Corps helps all New Yorkers receive FREE testing for COVID-19 as well as makes sure that anyone with the virus receives care and can safely separate to prevent the spread. The Corps has activated a special group of Contact Tracers to help provide New Yorkers with the resources they need to safely separate and stay healthy. They will not ask or check on your immigration status. You can learn more at testandtrace.nyc and find a testing site near you at nyc.gov/covidtest.
Additional COVID-19 Resources and Information
You can find the latest information and resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) via the following links:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s online portal for information, including what to do if you think you may be infected and what you can do to help others. It also offers some resources to help people cope during this crisis. as well as resources for anyone experiencing domestic or gender-based violence. To see how the City has responded by zip code, visit this series of interactive maps.
The New York State Department of Health offers a wide range of information, ranging from how you can help to tips for mental wellness, including a free hotline for support.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wide range of expert information on the COVID-19.
As does the National Institutes of Health.
And the World Health Organization offers a global perspective on the crisis.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has issued a resources and information guide to help people cope during this crisis.
Do you or someone you live with have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms but are unable to isolate in your home? You may be eligible to participate in the NYC’s COVID-19 Hotel Program and isolate in a hotel for free. Have your Community Healthcare Provider follow this link for instructions on how to apply.
Some of our members have expressed interest in learning more about receiving checks as part of the stimulus package. The Internal Revenue Service has posted a Q&A page that it appears to be updating regularly as well as a page with a broader list of information and resources.
For NYCHA residents, the New York City Housing Authority has posted links to useful information, including how to get help accessing things like food and remote learning devices.*
2U Inc.’s Social Work License Map has provided a comprehensive list of mental health resources, which you can filter by both population and issue.*
Google has also created an online portal with a wide range of information and resources.*
NYC United Against Coronavirus has put together a Google doc with links to more localized information and resources.*
And this Coronavirus Resource Kit is another Google doc with links to information and resources.*
*These resources are published and maintained by organizations outside the medical community, so use your best judgement when following advice and information you may find there. When seeking medical advice, always follow the guidance of trusted resources.
Environmental Racism & COVID-19
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released data on the number of CONVID-19 cases and deaths by race/ethnicity in New York City. The data is far from complete, but it does confirm that people of color are more like to both get the virus and not recover.
Several of our staff have been interviewed by the media on how environmental and other inequities have contributed to a higher incidence of underlying conditions in communities of color, resulting in the disproportionately higher COVID-19 mortality rates. For example, Lubna Ahmed was interviewed by the Center for Public Integrity, Climate One, the Freeman World Experiment, the Hill, International Business Times, Mother Jones, Newsy, NYCity News Service, Undark, Uptown Radio, and Vox (twice) about the role environmental inequities play in the higher COVID-19 mortality rates in communities of color. Peggy Shepard was interviewed by CBS News and quoted in the American Prospect and Grist. Sonal Jessel wrote an Op-Ed in the Gotham Gazette about the heightened health impacts of extreme heat during the pandemic – a topic which she also spoke with with Bloomberg Law, Grist, Truthtout, and the Verge about – and talked to Truthout about air pollution and COVID-19. Cecil Corbin-Mark was interviewed by Moms Clean Air Force about COVID-19’s impact on Latinx communities. Kerene Tayloe was interviewed by Grist, which was then quoted by Electrek and the Energy Mix, and shared some of our policy recommendations with Sojourners, for an article examining how the HEROES Act can support environmental justice communities. And Taylor Morton spoke with WFUV on environmental justice and how inequities have exacerbated the health impacts of the virus in our communities.
WE ACT “Virtually”
As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, WE ACT’s staff in New York City and Washington, DC are currently working from home. Unless you have been invited to a specific event or meeting with one of our staff, our offices will remain closed to the public.
You can still contact us through our individual emails, and we will continue to check our voicemails. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Please continue to check weact.org and this page for the latest news and updates, along with any potential future cancellations. If you have a question about WE ACT or one of our programs or events, or have difficulty reaching someone on staff, please contact email@example.com. Stay safe. Stay strong.