COVID-19 Resources

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the safety of our staff and clients, we have closed our physical office and we have transitioned to working remotely.

If you are a client of The Bronx Defenders and would like to reach your attorney or advocate, please email info@bronxdefenders.org or call 718-838-7878.

Food Resources

For NYC’s city-wide Food Resource page, click HERE.

COVID Testing

Free walk-in testing is now available in your community – no appointment necessary.  Find your local testing location HERE.

Protective Masks

New York City is distributing face coverings in parks across the city free of charge. Find your nearest distribution location HERE.

If you are a current Bronx Defenders client and need a protective mask for yourself or other household members, please fill out this form.


The MTA is now operating under the Essential Service Plan. Find latest updates and current service status HERE.

Housing Resources

If you are a current Bronx Defenders client and are facing eviction, please contact your attorney or advocate at the Bronx Defenders.

For Families

For Who Hours Shelter Name & Location
Families with children younger than 21, pregnant women 24 hours/day PATH
151 E 151st St, Bronx NY 10451
(718) 503-6400
Adult families without children 24 hours/day AFIC
400-430 East 30th Street New York NY 10016
(212) 481-4704


For Adults

For Who Hours Shelter Name & Location
Single men 24 hours/day Bellevue: 30th Street Intake Center
400-430 East 30th Street
New York NY 10016

(212) 481-0771
Single women 24 hours/day Franklin Women’s Shelter
1122 Franklin Ave,
The Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 842-9797
Single women 24 hours/day HELP: Brooklyn Women’s Shelter
116 Williams Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 483-7700
Men & Women, overnight only 24 hours/day Drop-in Center: Living Room
800 Barretto St,
Bronx NY 10474
(718) 893-3606
Men & Women, overnight only 24 hours/day Drop-in Center: Main Chance
120 E 32nd St
New York NY 10016
(212) 883-0680


For Youth

For Who Hours Shelter Name & Location
14-24-year-olds 24 hours/day Drop-in Center: Sheltering Arms/Safe Space Jamaica
89-74 162nd Street, 3rd Floor, Jamaica NY 11432
(718) 526-2400
Everyone under 21 years old 24 hours/day Drop-in Center: Covenant House
550 10th Avenue,
New York, NY 10018

(212) 613-0300
Youth, overnight only 8pm-8am Drop-in Center: Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
333 E. 149th St,
Bronx NY 10451

(718) 993-5495
Youth, emergencies only M, Tu, Th-Sun: 12pm-4pm Drop-in Center: Safe Horizon
209 W 125th St, New York NY 10027
(212) 695-2220



 Employment, Stimulus Checks, and Other Resources

If you are a current Bronx Defenders client and have questions or concerns about unemployment benefits, pandemic benefits, other public benefits, or stimulus checks, please contact your attorney or advocate at the Bronx Defenders.

Education Resources

DOE Devices

Every child enrolled in a New York City school is entitled to a learning device – one per child, not one per family. If a child in the household does not have a device, you can fill out a short form HERE.  DOE devices already come with internet – you will not need a WiFi connection.

Regional Enrichment Centers

Regional Enrichment Centers are places where the children of front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city. Staffed by DOE employees and community-based partners, the centers provide children with three daily hot meals, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art, music, and physical education, and social and emotional support. For more information, click HERE.

Technology Resources

Wi-Fi Access 

Several providers are offering free public access to their WiFi hotspots. Maps are linked below:

Payment Extensions and Services for Students

Providers are offering payment extensions to existing customers along with offers for households with students. Please contact directly to qualify:

  • Optimum – 718-860-3513
  • Spectrum – 833-267-6094
  • Verizon Fios – 855-696-2276

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

  • NYCWELL – Call 1-888-692-9355 or text WELL to 65173 for free, confidential mental health support
  • Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUS” 66746
  • Support with COVID-19 anxiety
  • In The Rooms  – free online addiction recovery community
  • SMART Recovery – free online support groups, forums, and meetings via Zoom
  • Mindful Schools – free mindfulness classes for kids
  • Ten Percent Happier – A “Coronavirus Sanity Guide” with free meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks