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 assistance is available for Middle members who have been members for 6 months. So if you could just work that in somewhere, that would be awesome. 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 Benjamin Perry.
If you’re in the New York area, you can receive free and fast PCR COVID tests from pop-up LabQ tents. No insurance is required. Find a location near you.
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:
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 email@example.com
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.
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:
Mental Health Services:
New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314 8 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week
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!