Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

March 24, 2020

*** These resources listed on this page are for informational purposes only. If you are a VOLS client and have questions about any of this information, please contact your attorney.

 

If you are not a VOLS client but are interested in receiving free legal services from VOLS, please contact us at the numbers listed below:

    • Small businesses/ VOLS Microenterprise Project: (347) 521-5729
    • Seniors/ VOLS Elderly Project: (347) 521-5704
    • Older Veterans/ VOLS Veterans Initiative: (347) 521-5725
    • Immigrant Youth/ VOLS Immigration Project: (347) 521-5722
    • Unemployed Workers/ VOLS Unemployed Workers Project: 347-521-5735
    • Main VOLS Office: (212) 966-4400

 

RESOURCES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

New York State Court Operations  Information

New York State and New York City Agency & Public Benefits Information

  • WNYLC State & City Policies Relating to Legal Services Clients - Updates on the rapidly developing legislation and policy changes at Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA), Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Section 8.

Other Resources

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, EMPLOYERS, AND EMPLOYEES

RESOURCES FOR SENIORS 

RESOURCES FOR SENIOR VETERANS

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Coronavirus Page – Information about what the VA’s response to COVID-19, scheduling/rescheduling VA health appointments, contacting your health provider, seeking emergency care, and up-to-date information about accessing your local VA health facility.
  • NYC Department of Veterans Services Resource Page
  • If you are feeling sick:
    • and have internet access, you can contact the VA online: Use Video Connect or MyHealthVet to send a secure message.
    • and do not have internet access or would rather talk with someone via phone, you can call the VA’s Nurse Triage: (800)-877-6976. 
  • VA Hospital Visitation Updates:   
    • At New York VA Medical Center (23rd Street in Manhattan) and Brooklyn VA Medical Center, all visitors are being screened for symptoms. No visitors allowed between 6pm and 7am. No visitors under age 15. Number of visitors per patient restricted. 
    • St. Albans – No visitors allowed.  
  • Mental Health
    • If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or isolated, you can contact Vets4Warriors to speak with a veteran peer. You can make contact by phone, email, text, or chat online.
    • Veterans and those concerned about a Veteran can call 800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or visit https://veteranscrisisline.net
  • Veterans Benefits 
    • Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices are closed to the public as of 3/19. Veterans can visit www.va.gov or request information about a claim online at the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or via telephone at 1-800-827-1000.
    • Through April 30th, if a claimant requests an extension for filing based on the COVID-19 pandemic, VBA will grant the extension under the good cause provision provided the time would have expired on or after March 13th, 2020. VA will presume that the required action could not have been taken during the original time period and could not have been taken sooner than it was due to issues related to the pandemic. As there is no specific form to request a good cause extension, VBA will accept and grant any COVID-19 pandemic related extension request on any form or correspondence.
    • Obtain free benefits counseling and help with claims applications from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs. Their intake phone center is currently down but you can contact them via email to contact@veterans.ny.gov or inclusion@veterans.ny.gov

RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INCARCERATED AND THEIR FAMILIES