Online, Immediate, and Local Resources

Below you will find a list of online resources for accessing help with emergency housing, food, counseling, legal issues and more.

If you would like to speak with a counselor or obtain more referrals, please contact us here.

NYC Well

1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Text WELL to 65173
Provides free mental health support, peer support, crisis counseling and referrals via phone, text or chat 24/7/365 in more than 200 languages.

The 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

Free Daily Mindfulness Meditation sent to CUNY students, faculty and staff.

NYC Emergency Food Hotline

(866) 888-8777 (English and Spanish)
Assists with referrals for emergency food, food stamps, Medicaid, child care, homeless services, and more.


Anonymous self-assessment as well as articles and information pertaining to various mental health issues.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

(800) 662-4357 (English & Spanish)
Provides referrals to individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.

Department of Homeless Services Hotline

(800) 994-6494 (English & Spanish)
Information on shelters & 24 hr drop in centers (which provide food, shower, medical services). Referrals for psychiatric/mental health care, and alcohol & drug treatment centers and more based on needs of the individual.

Safe Horizon Hotlines

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
  • Crime Victims Hotline: (866) 689-HELP (4357)
  • Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000
  • TDD phone number for all hotlines: (866) 604-5350
Provides shelter, counseling services, safety planning, court/legal assistance and support groups.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
Provides crisis intervention, information and referrals for victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.

Day One

(800) 214-4150
Assists teens (up to age 24) with free legal services, advocacy and counseling who are experiencing abuse in their relationships or homes.

Legal Aid Society of NY

(212) 577-3300
Offers free legal advice and representation in criminal and civil areas (family & health law, homeless rights, housing issues, immigration status and public assistance).

LGBT National Health Center

(888) 843-4564
Hours: Monday through Friday from 4pm to midnight. Saturday from noon to 5pm.
Offers free and confidential services to callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more!

Boys Town National Hotline (available to both men & women)

(800) 448-3000
Crisis hotline. Assists with issues related to depression, suicide, family issues, relationships and more.


1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)
Text HOPENY (467369)
Provides information and referrals in NYS for people experiencing substance abuse and problem gambling.

The Trevor Project

(866) 488-7386
Text 'START" to 678-678
Provides crisis intervention and support for students identifying as LGBTQ.

National Parent Helpline

1-855-4A-PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
Available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST
Offers emotional support and parenting resources.

For all NYC Resources related to Covid-19 Concerns

These resources can offer support for food, employment, health insurance, housing and more.