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Resources for CUNY Students Amidst COVID-19 Closings

On Wednesday, March 11, CUNY announced that after a 5-day transition recess period, all CUNY classes will resume in distance-learning mode and will remain so through the end of the spring semester. In the words of the CUNY Chancellor, “By transitioning to distance learning, CUNY will be upholding its responsibility as the largest urban public university in the country and meeting our goal of minimizing exposure to those on our campus communities to coronavirus transmission.” 

While all CUNY classes will be held online, the CUNY system has indicated that Colleges will remain open during the spring semester. This will include dormitories, libraries, research facilities, daycare centers, and mission-critical venues that support our students.

While the CUNY system will continue to provide essential services at campus locations, Swipe Out Hunger knows that confusion, changing circumstances, and reductions in services will be an additional strain on students already struggling with food insecurity and poverty. 

As events unfold and the CUNY system makes changes and updates, Swipe Out Hunger will continue to urge students to utilize campus services while providing as many community resources to assist them in these times of increased need. Below are some resources for current CUNY students:

Food Access:

Food Bank of New York City Food Finder
Kosher Pantry Open Source Google Map
SNAP Enrollment Centers
– NYC Emergency Food Hotline: 866.888.8777
Plentiful App/Map (free reservation system for food pantries)

Access to WIFI for Classes:

NYC/Bronx Public Library Locations
Brooklyn Public Library Locations
Queens Public Library Locations
NOTE: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARIES CURRENTLY CLOSED
NYC Hotspot Locations
CUNY Tech Overview and Instruction
– Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. Charter will open its WiFi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Emergency Aid:

– U-Haul will offer 30 days of free self-storage at its facilities to help college students who are currently housing insecure (find your nearest U-Haul location here)
Edquity.co
NYC Human Resources Administration Locations (NYC HRA is the governmental department dedicated to fighting poverty and income inequality by providing New Yorkers in need with essential benefits such as Food Assistance and Emergency Rental Assistance))
ACCESS Human Resources Administration (Cash Assistance, SNAP, Medicaid, Fair Fares)
NYC HomeBase (Housing Security)

Physical and Mental Health:

NYC Medicaid Office Locations
CUNY Counseling Health Centers
NYC Well Live Chat/Call
– New York State Coronavirus health hotline: 1.888.364.3065

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Robb@swipehunger.org.

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