Vulnerable Community Resources




QUEER/TRANS COMMUNITIES


The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know

Guide for LGBTQI+ folks to Mutual Aid (COVID-19)Queer and Trans API folks can sign up for NQAPIA newsletter, mindful meditation and COVID-19 support groups, and virtual community: NQAPIA sign up

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES


If you are in need of support in getting groceries, please reach out to God’s Love We Deliver NYC.

ASIAN AMERICANS, NATIVE HAWAIINS, AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) has compiled a collection of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) in-language resources on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The resource links have been submitted by national and community-based organizations that work with health & AA and NHPI communities.

PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS


NYC Health released an informational document (3/25) for how to stay safe and protect yourself if you use substances.

NYC Health+Hospitals has launched the Virtual Buprenorphine Clinic which is now accepting new patients. The clinic will serve all New York City residents seeking opioid addiction treatment for continuation or initiation of buprenorphine. Clinic hours (by phone or video conference): Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. For appointments and referrals call 212-562-2665.

NYC pharmacies participating in standing order naloxone dispensing

Bupe and methadone treatment during COVID-19

Regularly updated list of operational syringe service programs and their hours

Guidance from Harm Reduction Coalition for people who use drugs

People who find themselves using alone can call Never Use Alone to speak with someone as they use and will check-in on them 1-(800) 484-3731

SEX WORKERS


COVID-19 Harm Reduction Guide

AUTISTIC COMMUNITY


Access COVID is an accessible COVID-19 guide for everyone, designed with the Autistic community in mind. It was created by a team of medical students and health professionals from NYU, Pitt, Wash U, and the St. Louis Arc, with illustrations by Ariella Coler-Reilly and design by c.design. Tabloid sized version accessible here.

UNDOCUMENTED COMMUNITIES


Undocumented families who plan to apply for documentation in the future may still seek testing/treatment for COVID. Read more here.

On March 13, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services announced that testing, prevention, or treatment for COVID-19 will NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test. 

This means that immigrant families can seek the care they need during this difficult time.  Below is some information about the rights of immigrants’ rights in health care settings:  

You can still see a doctor without medical insurance. This includes care you receive in the emergency room, at community and migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals. If you don’t have a doctor, call a local community health center for assistance. You can find a health center here.

Hospitals and health care spaces are safe to visit. Federal guidelines prohibit immigration agents from conducting arrests or other enforcement actions at health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, health clinics, and urgent care facilities.

See NYC residents Keep Your Benefits for more information about how their use of public benefits may affect their documentation status. Informed Immigrants also provide resources and accurate information for immigrant families with questions about their benefits.

CLICK HERE to learn more about your rights when accessing health services.

If you feel your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated, you can file an immigration enforcement civil rights complaint. To learn more about filing a complaint, click here.

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES


People with diabetes using Novo Nordisk Inc. insulin who have lost their health insurance due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive insulin free of charge for 90 days. See here for the press release explaining the program and see here to determine your eligibility.

OLDER ADULTS


Matilda’s Law precautions (3/20): All Residents over the age of 70 or with immunocompromised state:
    • Stay indoors at all times. You can go outside for solitary exercise.
    • Screen visitors with a thermometer
    • Only allow visitors with masks
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from visitors



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