COVID-19 has hit the Bronx, hard.
But there's help.
The resources below can help students, business owners, and everyone in the community
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Quick Links:
Call 833-511-0311 for more information on the program and for help setting up
Go to getemergencybroadband.org to apply for eligibility and find a local Internet provider
In the Bronx, you can also call your current provider or visit their website to sign up
What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit?
Internet Providers in the Bronx participating in EBB
Parents of school-aged children can prove eligibility by showing proof of:
Verizon (via Mobile, FIOS or 5G Home)
Why is broadband at home important?
Who is eligible?
How do I apply?
How can my organization help people sign up?
How can I advocate for digital equity in the Bronx?
Here are a few actions you can take to advance digital equity:
NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
24-Hour Coronavirus hotline
Questions related to COVID-19? Call 1-888-364-3065
In need of emotional support? Call 1-844-863-9314
Health Resources & Services Administration Health Centers
If you’re feeling sick, Health Centers can assess whether you need further testing and provide primary care at a reduced cost or free of charge.
Offers free testing and 30 day trial membership for all NYC residents with Coronavirus concerns.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in phases to groups of people at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure or severe COVID-19 illness. Phased distribution will take time, with vaccines not expected to be widely available to all New Yorkers until mid-2021.
Provides legal defense for low-income Bronx residents. Current clients can also access the Client Emergency Fund.
For emergency legal support call: 347-778-1266
To contact a staff member or reception call: 718-838-7878
NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Survivors may receive temporary housing, emergency shelter and supportive services for themselves and their family. Available 24/7 at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)
Know Your Rights
If you are facing rental hardships due to COVID-19, there's help, like Rent Hardship assistance for NYCHA residents and emergency "one-shot" assistance.
Over 30 programs available to individuals and families regardless of immigration status.
Take-Out Meals for Remote Learning
Remote learning students may pick up a free breakfast and lunch at select locations. The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals are available on school days only between 9 AM and 12 PM. You don’t need to register or show any ID or documents.
Community Food Fridges
Community Food Fridges are fridges that offer free food, to whoever wants it. Take what you need, leave what you don't. Set up and maintained by community members, many of the fridges are available 24/7.
Lemontree Food Helpline
Call or text the Lemontree Food Helpline for help finding the closest food pantry, applying for SNAP, and more. Your call will be answered by a real person who will connect you to the best resources available. They're open 10AM-6PM, every day of the week. Text FOOD to 90847, or call 888-489-7212 to get help now.
Unemployment Insurance Assistance
Temporary income available to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Additional benefits available due to COVID-19.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Provides economic support for Americans who are unemployed due to COVID-19 but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance.
NYS COVID Rent Relief Extension Program
The COVID Rent Relief Extension Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance.
Paycheck Protection Program
A forgivable loan providing a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on payroll. Nonprofits are also eligible.
(Note: SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities)
SBA Express Bridge Loans
A loan for small businesses who currently have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
United Way of New York City COVID-19 Community Fund
Provides rapid crisis relief grants to nonprofit organizations that work with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)
Provides loans for small business, nonprofits, and small landlords who did not receive SBA Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance loans.
Free WiFi Hotspots
Altice and Charter (Spectrum) have made their WiFi Hotspots free to use for all.
(Note: Most Internet Service Providers, ISPs, are offering free service or promotional pricing during the pandemic to help keep students and families online. Call your local ISP to see if you are eligible.)