Supportive housing providers across New York are scrambling to serve tenants in damaged and flooded residences. Below, you’ll find information on how you can donate gasoline, bedding and other goods. Providers are currently in serious need of gasoline, given the overall shortage in New York City. You’ll also find details on how you can volunteer at a homeless shelter or receive assistance from various New York government agencies.
Supportive Housing Providers in Need of Donations
The following four providers are in urgent need for essential goods. If you have a residence you’d like to see on this page, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bailey House’s Holt House residence in Lower Manhattan has sustained serious flooding. The organization has created an emergency fund for the building, which you can donate to here.
Clinton Housing Development Company
CHDC is in need of the following items as a result of Hurricane Sandy: a generator, gasoline, flashlights and blankets. Please bring donations to 403 West 40th Street. You can learn more about exact needs by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-967-1644.
Community Access has experienced severe flooding at two residences — 109 Avenue D and Gouverneur Court — lost power at nine residences. Community Access now needs warm clothes and blankets. You can learn more here or visit Community Access’ drop-off site at 242 East 2nd Street.
Housing Works has created a temporary shelter for 24 evacuated supportive housing tenants. The organization is in need of cots and bedding for these tenants. To learn how you can donate, email Nadine Juste-Beckles at N.Juste-Beckles@housingworks.org.
Met Council needs volunteers and donations at its Abraham Residence in Brooklyn. The building houses seniors who need help cleaning their homes. Met Council also needs drivers and cars with gas to run errands and get supplies. Your car can help seniors get access to food, water and medication. Please feel free to arrive anytime before 3pm and look for Dena. If you have questions you may call Dena at 917-592-2456.
Palladia’s Chelsea Court residence needs 10 gallons of gas to run its generators. To learn how you can help, call Ricardo at 646-208-5879.
PSCH needs 1000 gallons of gas for their fleet to get residents to their medical appointments. Call Eric at 631-786-7184 to arrange a donation.
Senior Housing Resource Corporation
Buckingham House on Staten Island houses 33 seniors and is in need of food. The residence is located at 11 Port Richmond Ave. Those who can donate should contact the organization’s executive staff at 718-981-6226. Ask for Nikki Odiva.
Volunteer at a NYC Homeless Shelter
Hurricane Sandy has significantly increased the number of people at New York City’s shelters. As a result, the City is asking for volunteers to support its efforts to staff these shelters. If you are a mental health clinician and are able to volunteer to provide disaster mental health support within the City’s Evacuation Shelters, please follow these instructions.
To volunteer, you’ll first have to register with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Follow this link and click the Login button. This will take you to a registration page, where you can follow the instructions to register for an account. This process takes approximately five minutes.
Once you have completed the enrollment process with MRC, please call the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Call Center at 1-347-396-7950 to schedule your shift.
Find a Food and Water Distribution Site
The City has set up sites for food and water distribution. For a full list of sites, see here.
Receive Assistance from OTDA
If you have a residence with funding from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) that has incurred hurricane-related damages, you may be able to receive some assistance. To learn if you’re eligible, contact Scott Edwards (email or call 518-474-1051) or Brett Hebner (email or call 518-486-3433).
Receive Assistance from OMH
If you are a NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) Supported Housing provider with a residence that has incurred hurricane-related damages, you may be able to receive some assistance. Contact your local field office to connect with an OMH staff person to discuss your situation and determine if OMH can be of any help. You’ll find OMH’s field office numbers below:
New York City Field Office: (212) 330-1650
Hudson River Field Office: (845) 454-8229
Long Island Field Office: (631) 761-2508
If you are unable to reach the Field Office please call the Albany Housing staff at 518-474-5191.