We hope you are staying safe during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Urban Indigenous Collective (UIC), in addition to the social media information we’ve shared on our platform, want to be sure that you are provided with additional resources regarding COVID-19.
Mental and physical health have been impacted during the pandemic. Connect with resources to stay happy and healthy.
Maintaining food supplies and sheltering-in-place is critical at this time. Resources are being offered to those in need.
Shelter-in-place orders have impacted the economy. Financial relief benefits are being distributed to those who qualify.
We hope you are staying safe during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Urban Indigenous Collective (UIC), in addition to the social media information we’ve shared on our platform, want to be sure that you are provided with additional resources regarding COVID-19. We strongly support the CDCs recommendations on how to protect yourself and others during this time. We encourage the practice of social distancing (staying 6 feet away from people), washing your hands (for at least 20 seconds), and using a mask to protect yourself and others (required in NYS beginning 4/17/20). Lastly, it is important to honor kinship as Indigenous people, and we recommend that you remain in touch with your network of relatives and friends by phone, email, or social media. Please remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation.
It is important to embrace our Indigenous values of respect for our Elders, who are most vulnerable during this crisis. Please check in on your elderly relatives and friends and share the resources below. Several tribal nations have taken measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as tribes in South Dakota closing their borders, and the Navajo Nation implementing shelter in place measures. UIC advocates for the respect and acknowledgement for all Tribal nations rights to self determination and the right to practice voluntary isolation and initial contact. We as a community should do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus by taking the necessary steps to protect our elders, community and future generations.
UIC has donated to the Native American Community Response Fund and encourages donations to support Native families during this time. The Native American Community Response Fund is a rapid response fund working to deploy trust-based funding to Native-led organizations serving individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lastly, we want to express gratitude for all the essential workers who are on the frontlines courageously continuing to provide services and supports!
Urban Indigenous Collective
Use this virtual symptom checker from CDC where you will be guided through a series of questions and be directed on actions to be taken: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV
Additional symptoms possible:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider and if you experience severe shortness of breath, contact 911 immediately.
NY State of Health has opened a special open enrollment period due to COVID-19 through May 15, 2020 to sign up uninsured individuals to obtain coverage during this public health crisis.
If you are low-income, enrollment into Medicaid and the Essential Plan is also available through NY State of Health year-round.
Call NY State of Health at (855) 355-5777 or schedule a phone appointment for enrollment by the following Burough:
Morrisania Health Center
1309 Fulton Avenue, Third Floor
Bushwick Health Center
335 Central Avenue, First Floor
718-571-7719, 718-571-7717, 718-571-7718
Crown Heights Health Center
1218 Prospect Place, First Floor
Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Fifth Floor
718-249-1435, 718-249-1436, 718-249-1437
Homecrest Health Center
1601 Avenue S, First Floor
718-336-2553 X129, 144, 150, 153
Riverside Health Center
160 West 100th Street, First Floor
(By appointment only)
Washington Heights Health Center
600 West 168th Street, Second Floor
212-368-5475, 212-694-2399, 212-491-5288
Chelsea Health Center
303 Ninth Avenue, First Floor
(By appointment only)
Corona Health Center
34-33 Junction Boulevard, First Floor
718-396-5122, 718-396-5123, 718-396-5125
Jamaica Health Center
90-37 Parsons Boulevard, Fourth Floor
Astoria Health Center
12-26 31st Avenue, Second Floor
Wednesday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
135 Canal Street
(By appointment only)
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314 (8:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days/week)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
How to support a loved one going through a tough time during COVID-19: mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/03/how-to-support-a-loved-one-going-through-a-tough-time-during-covid-19/
4 HASA locations are open and accepting referrals for emergency housing. Please call the main service line at 212-971-0626 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) to check availability and then contact service centers directly:
Waverly Center (12 W 14th St. New York, NY 10011, 718-219-2375)
Crotona Center (1910 Monterey Ave. 2nd Fl. Bronx, NY 10457, 718-901-0200 or 718-901-0221)
Grand Concourse Center (1790 Grand Concourse, 4th Fl. Bronx, NY 10457, 718-716-2368)
Coney Island Center #63 (3050 W. 21st St. 1st Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11224, 929-221-3867)
Housing Works: Emergency COVID shelter open. 24/7 social services, medical services (Callen Lorde Community Health Center), food, laundry, and personal needs. Call 347-473-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS has developed a webpage for economic impact payments that provide information on whether you qualify for a $1200.00 payment and provides answers to common questions, and includes information for those currently receiving public benefits and those who did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments