COVID-19 Resource Page

Deacon’s and Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage Grants

At Middle, we recognize that, particularly in this moment, it is insufficient to only address our members’ spiritual needs—we must meet material needs as well. We know that we cannot meet all the dire need in our community, but we are committed to doing something and doing it well. That’s why, as part of our 2020-2021 budget, we dedicated $100,000 to Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage direct grants to help keep people in their homes. And it’s why we’ve created a Deacon’s fund to provide smaller grants to people in need of financial assistance. This is the work the Lord demands—for us to stand in the breach government has created until just governance can fix it.

To request a Deacon’s or Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgage grant, email Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft.

General Resources

If you think you may be sick, click here!

Click here to find a full list of New York testing locations.

General Resources:

Click Here to Apply for Rent Relief!

Click Here to Apply for a Small Business Grant!

CDC COVID-19 General Information Page

New York Times’ Ongoing COVID-19 Coverage

New York City COVID-19 Updates and Information

Harvard Medical School COVID-19 Resource Center

NYC United Against COVID-19 Resource List

How Non-Profits Can Utilize New Federal COVID-19 Laws

FAQ About NYC Curfews

Project Hope
NY Project Hope is a free and anonymous program to help New Yorkers during COVID. Project Hope offers emotional counseling and connects people to services like housing, food banks, and so much more. To learn more, visit https://nyprojecthope.org.

Resources for Renters:

NY Rent Relief

Tips for Talking to your Landlord

List of Eviction Protections

State and Local Rent Assistance Programs

State-by-State Tenants’ Rights

Anti-Asian Bigotry Articles & Resources:

Unfortunately, the President and others’ rhetoric has contributed to a rise of anti-Asian bigotry and violence. As an anti-racist community, Middle is committed to standing with our Asian siblings against this hate.

If you have experienced a hate crime or biased-based incident, call 1-800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov

New York Times Documentation of Anti-Asian Attacks

History of Anti-Asian Bigotry in the Bay Area

Discrimination Against Asian Grocery Stores in NYC

Hotline to Report Anti-Asian Violence

And be a good neighbor! Check out this report on NYC’s Chinatown Block Watch for inspiration.

For Anyone Suffering from Hunger:

Here is a list of local food pantries for every borough, and the rest of New York State.

Manhattan
Brooklyn
Queens
Bronx
Staten Island
All of New York State

Also, anyone in New York can now receive three pre-packaged meals a day, no questions asked. Those in need can find a site to pick up food by texting “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877, or use the site locator here: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx

Resources for Disabled and/or Elderly People:

How to sign up for Emergency Food Meal Delivery

General COVID-19 NYC Disability Resources

Medicare Guide to Mental Health for Seniors During COVID-19

Counseling Services:

Mental Health Services:
New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314 8 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week

Domestic Violence:
For any victims and survivors who need support, we the Domestic Violence hotline is here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

COVID-19 Justice Resources

Click here to read ways that you can be involved advocating for justice in this moment.

And, for more information about how to be a leader during this crisis, visit MiddleProject.org!