Hurricane Sandy Resources & Services

The following resources are available to the CUNY community and include outside agencies offering support and services to students, faculty, and staff dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please refer to this website  for information and updates, particularly to access services for students.


Find Rental Housing Following Hurricane Sandy
HUD is also cutting red tape to help displaced storm victims
White House EXECUTIVE ORDER Establishing the Hurricane Sandy  Rebuilding Task Force <pdf>

airbnbFind a free place to stay through Airbnb


Click here for List of NYC Emergency Shelters

To find the nearest shelter, click here

  • Click here for Bus Service to Select Overnight Shelter Locations

Click here for NYC Day time Warming Shelters

Click here for American Red Cross-Find a Shelter

FEMA Shelter Finder- Text Message
Search for shelters via text message: text: SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply).


Lower East Side/Chinatown
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) Distributing food, water, and coordinating community volunteer efforts

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
Providing essentials to low-income residents including: towels, clothes, toiletries, non-perishable food and blankets

Staten Island
Project Hospitality- Providing essentials to shelters including: towels, clothes, toiletries, non-perishable food, blankets

Queens County Economic Development Corporation

Providing essential services and toiletries. Long-term disaster relief efforts will be focused on rebuilding small businesses
Seth Bornstein  (718) 263-0546

The Rockaways/Queens
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance- Distributing food, water, flashlights

Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation- Outreach to local residents in need of food, clothing, and door-to-door assessment of needed services
Patricia Simon (917) 345-3642

Brooklyn- Coney Island
If you need food, water, essential needs go to:

  •  W. 25th & Surf Avenue

  • 2770 W. 5th, Room 4C (Warbasse Community Room)

  • 33rd & Neptune Ave

If you or a family member needs assistance being evacuated, please email Council Member Domenic Recchia at               




Click here to find NYC locations distributing - Food, Blanket, and Water

Click here to locate food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers throughout New York City
(Food Bank of NYC)

Click here to find food program in your area (NYC Coalition against hunger)

Click here for City Harvest-Emergency Food Locator 

Click here for NYC Food Truck Locations

WIC  Participants Affected by Hurricane Sandy click here

Economic Resources

National Grid Announces Hurricane Sandy Emergency Economic and Community Redevelopment Program for Gas Customers

National Grid's Hurricane Sandy Emergency Economic and Community Redevelopment Program is designed to provide assistance to communities and customers who need it now. The three-tier program is designed to complement funding allocated to communities and businesses through federal and state/city programs, insurance or other emergency sources. (read more)

Recovery Grant Update-National Grid is funding up to $1,000 for its residential customers that sustained physical damage and lost natural gas service as a result of Sandy. (read more <pdf>)


Student Loan Relief for New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy <pdf>

Disaster Unemployment Assistance for the Self-Employed <pdf>

NY State Department of Labor - Unemployment Insurance Claimant Extended to November 17th. These individuals will need to call 1-888-209-8124 and speak to an agent to receive benefits for the prior week. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Program

Temporary Employment Opportunities

For more Information & Preliminary Registration on the New York State Department of Labor website click here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has received $27.7 million in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds. The grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
For more information click here.


Donate Annual Leave to Impacted CUNY Employees <pdf>

Donate to The CUNY Campaign

Give Blood! Find a place to donate blood

Volunteer to assist with Hurricane Sandy Recovery  effort through NYC Service
As opportunities arise we will contact you.

Volunteer and /or Donate to the Red Cross

Donate to The Salvation Army

Volunteer at the NY Food Bank


FacebookiconNYC Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources on Facebook

Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources

Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
Staten Island Hurricane Relief-Community
Assistance Portal

Good Shepherd Services

Red Hook Initiative

The Rockaways Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Bronx Hurricane Relief

If you would like to list other resources on this page, please forward them to Luis Manzo at:






New York State has established an Emergency Assistance Hotline: 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263)

Click here for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Click here for Location of NYC Disaster Assistance Service Center

Click here to get assistance from the American Red Cross- Get Assistance

Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst HURRICANE HOTLINE AT 718-943-6392

Click here for Hurricane Sandy Updates from the Office of the State Comptroller.


WorkLifeCUNY/WorkLife Program (for CUNY employees) – a voluntary, free and confidential support and counseling service; info at  CUNY/WorkLife Program website.

To log in use company code: CUNY


Click here for Location of Mobile Medical vans

Click here for CUNY's Hurricane Sandy Mental Health Resources

Click here to CUNY's Hurricane Sandy Health Resources


These community college offices provide temporary assistance with lost food, shelter, clothing, etc. for qualifying individuals (SNAP)


Bronx CC

Hostos CC

Kingsborough CC

LaGuardia CC

Queensborough CC

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) <pdf> - Provides help with purchases lost because of Hurricane Sandy. Check with your local Food Stamp Center. For forms and deadline information click here  >> <pdf>

Attention:  Current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients that reside in the following areas will automatically receive partial replacement SNAP benefits delivered via their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account:  Click here for more information. <pdf>