Community Resources

Community resources and local partnerships supports high-quality academic and enrichment opportunities by broadening the experiences that may be typically offered to students and by expanding access to local expertise.

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Please continue to maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. We can access a range of services by phone, text, and online here in New York City and beyond. If you or someone you care about needs support, we encourage you to reach out to the programs below.

Inwood Academy Support

First and foremost our school is here to support the families of Inwood Academy.

If you have questions or need support, these are Inwood Academy’s Main Office numbers during this time: Middle School 646-665-5570; High School is 212-304-0103. Contact Tatiana Mahoney, Director of Family and Community Engagement, by text at 646-906-4111 if you would like to join the IAL WhatsApp group, or to meet her on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon.

Tatiana has provided you with the following online, phone, and text support and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Facts

New York City Department of Health – Updates in English and Spanish

New York State Department of Health’s online resources and a COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065

Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC FAQs in English and Spanish

IRS – Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments (English and Spanish)

IRS – Coronavirus Tax Relief (English and Spanish)

NY State Information on Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccines are now available for free to anyone 5 and older.

  • Children 5 – 17 years old can get the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, three weeks apart.
  • Children who are 5 – 15 years old must go to the vaccination site with a parent, guardian, or another adult caregiver chosen by the parent or guardian
  • Vaccine booster shots are now available for New Yorkers ages 16 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.  No one will be denied a booster shot in New York, as long as they are 16 or older and received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Food Resources

Any New Yorker can pick up free meals from the NYC DOE:
Learn About NYCs Free Meals
Find a Location – grab and go free meals – food pantries displayed on an interactive map, translated in different languages – food pantries and soup kitchens by borough in a Google document

Food Bank NYC – Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem

Grab N’ Go Meals at IAL

Plentiful App to get food at a local pantry without lines

Other Food Access Sites:
Street Smarts NYC (Manhattan)

Hunger Free NYC (All 5 Boroughs)

Feeding America (All 5 Boroughs)

Feeding Our Neighbors (Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island)

Home Cooling Assistance 

The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800.  Air conditioners are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check on the link to see find more information regarding deadline.

Internet Service

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the below companies are offering free services. Be sure to check their terms and conditions and cancel their service after the trial period ends.

Shop for internet providers in Inwood here.

Mental Health Services

ThriveNYC – Mental health services by phone or online

Text COVID to 692-692 for regularly updated information via text message.

Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

Call 888-NYC-WELL

INCLUDEnyc – Support for young people with any disabilities

English – Call 212-677-4660 or Text 646-693-3175

Llame 212-677-4668 & Texto 646-693-3157 & What’sApp 212-858-0795

New York State – The Office of Mental Health offers crisis hotline in English and Spanish at 800-273-8255 for the hotline in English and Spanish

NYC Consumer Affairs Resources

Sample letter to stop debt collectors communication

NYC Department of Social Services

If you need information about SNAP, Pandemic EBT Benefits, rental assistance and/or any other resources you need during this time please visit the web page below.

I Need Help – HRA

NYC Emergency Management Resources

From Unemployment, Food, Rent Arrears, to Emotional Support assistance, the NYC Department of Emergency Management provides phone numbers and online resources for a wide range of critical resources.

COVID-19 Services & Resources

Office of the New York Attorney General Guidance (OAG) Resources

Guidance on resources and warnings about consumer scams

PA’LANTE Rent Relief Application

Complete here

Resources for Immigrant Communities 

Download Resource Guide (English)

Download Resource Guide (Español)

School Meal Benefits

Apply for free and reduced meals here. This allows our school to get supplementary funds to help our students succeed academically, and it ensures you get benefits from the government while the school buildings are closed.

Utility Bill Support

Con Edison – Help for customers affected by coronavirus

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