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We find, fund and partner with proven poverty fighting programs and organizations that are a force for good in the communities they serve. Robin Hood does not provide direct assistance or financial resources to individuals. However, here is a list of resources for various forms of assistance, sorted by region.

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If you are looking for organizations offering help in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, please click here.

EMERGENCY HOTLINES

911
Call 911 for emergency services, such as a fire, a crime, threat of suicide or a medical emergency.

LifeNet
If you are in emotional distress, please call LifeNet at 1-800-LIFENET. Visit LifeNet's Network of Care at www.800lifenet.org.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you have thoughts of suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454.


Veterans Crisis Line
If you are a veteran in need, please call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text to 838255.

Disaster Distress Helpline
If you are in distress stemming from a man-made or natural disaster, please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text "Talk With Us" to 66746.

FOOD

Feeding America
Feeding America has a network of food banks that distributes food staples to over 37 million people each year.  Find out more online or call: 800-771-2303.

SHELTER

The National Coalition for the Homeless
If you need help, you can contact the Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. Here is a link to their online Resource Guide or call: 202.462.4822.

Housing and Urban Development
Resources to find shelter or request help with your rent can be found at the Housing and Urban Development web-site. Select your state for specific information.

Salvation Army
For shelter and soup kitchens in your community, please contact the Salvation Army at 800-SAL-ARM.

DISASTER RELIEF

American Red Cross
The Red Cross provides emergency assistance to people affected by disasters, such as shelter, food and water, health and mental health services. Find your local Red Cross via the link or call: 800-733-2767.

DISASTER RECOVERY

Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Centers
FEMA established Disaster Recovery Centers for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy to handle applications and provide information online or at: 800-621-FEMA.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA will make rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable, and provide grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via Smartphone at m.fema.gov or call: 800-621-3362.

VETERANS RESOURCES

Please see our Veterans Resource List.


New York City
 

SOCIAL SERVICES HOTLINE

NYC 311
Call 311 or visit 311 Online to reach New York City's main source of social services information, including food, shelter and employment and assistance for seniors, the disabled and veterans.

SHELTER

NYC 311
Call 311 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to be directed to the intake shelter closest to you.

New York City Department of Homeless Services
New York City provides temporary emergency shelter to every man, woman and child who is eligible for services, every night. Visit NYCDHS online or call: 311 for assistance. You can also call DHS at: 212-361-8000.

FOOD

Coalition for the Homeless
A list of hot meal providers and locations around the City can be found at the Coalition for the Homeless.

Food Bank of New York City
The Food Bank of New York City can help locate soup kitchens, pantries and food assistance programs in your neighborhood. Consult the web-site for details or call 212-566-7855, ext. 4.

DISASTER RELIEF

Find Disaster Help
A web-based eligibility screening tool for relief, Find Disaster Help is designed to be used by both the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the case workers who aid them. The tool asks questions about your situation and uses those answers to provide a list of benefits you may be eligible for, along with links to online applications.


New York State Emergency Management
New York State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will assist residents of New York State online or at: 888-769-7243.

EMPLOYMENT

New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor received $27.8 million in federal national disaster emergency grant funds to hire temporary clean-up workers to recover communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Workers who lost jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply online by clicking on the link or call: 888-469-7365.

HOUSING

New York State Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund
New York State is providing funding for homeowners whose property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Go online for more information or call: 855-697-7263.

LEGAL

Legal Services New York City Hotline
Legal Services NYC legal staff can answer questions you may have about how the recovery affects your public benefits, foreclosure, employment and housing assistance. Call: 347-592-2411.

Legal Aid Society Disaster Relief Hotline
Legal Aid staff members are providing comprehensive disaster relief legal assistance at the shelters for homeless and displaced New Yorkers, at disaster centers, community-based organizations and through the Society’s Mobile Justice Unit. Call: 888-663-6880.

NYLAG Legal Relief Effort
NYLAG has placed staff at disaster relief centers and community-based organizations and hospitals in New York City. Attorneys and volunteers are on-site to provide legal advice to victims dealing with issues including FEMA claims, housing disputes, consumer matters and emergency public benefits. Call: 212-584-3365.

Make the Road
With locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, Make the Road offers free legal assistance and access to emergency services for Spanish-speaking and immigrant New Yorkers. Call: 718-727-1222.

MENTAL HEALTH

Anti-Bullying

BRAVEline
New York City public schoolchildren can call the anti-bullying BRAVEline at 212-709-3222 or text crisis counselors at 646-490-0233 from 2:30pm-9:30pm Monday through Friday.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

OASAS HOPEline
If you are struggling with substance abuse or gambling addiction in New York State, please call the OASAS HOPEline at: 877-8HOPE-NY.

TAX RELIEF

The Finance Department will issue an interest-free extension on the next property tax bill for residential properties damaged beyond repair due to the storm or in need of extensive structural repairs before they can be re-inhabited. Visit 311 NYC or call: 311.

EDUCATION

Robin Hood funds a number of charter schools throughout New York City that provide first-class education to more than 55,000 students. If you live in the City and are interested in applying to a charter school, please consult the New York Charter Schools web-site or call: 212.437.8300.
 

Long Island
 


DISASTER RELIEF

Find Disaster Help
A web-based eligibility screening tool for relief, Find Disaster Help is designed to be used by both the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the case workers who aid them. The tool asks questions about your situation and uses those answers to provide a list of benefits you may be eligible for, along with links to online applications.


New York State Emergency Management
New York State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will assist residents of Long Island online or at: 888-769-7243.

EMPLOYMENT

New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor received $27.8 million in federal national disaster emergency grant funds to hire temporary clean-up workers to recover communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Workers who lost jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply online by clicking on the link or call: 888-469-7365.

HOUSING

New York State Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund
New York State is providing funding for homeowners whose property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Go online for more information or call: 855-697-7263. 

EDUCATION

National Alliance for Charter Schools
Charter schools in your community can be found at the National Alliance for Charter Schools.

FOOD

Island Harvest
Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island.  Meals, water and comfort kits are distributed daily. Visit online for details or call: 516-294-8528.

Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN)
INN operates 19 soup kitchens around Long Island. Call: 516-486-8506.

HOUSING

The Nassau County Warm Bed Hotline
Warm Bed, Nassau’s homeless program provides shelter relief to families and individuals during cold winter months. Call: 866-927-6233.

Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN)
INN runs emergency shelters for homeless families and individuals Call: 516-486-8506.

LEGAL

Nassau County Bar Association
The Nassau County Bar Association provides free one-on-one legal consultations. Attorneys fluent in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole or other languages are available upon request. Call: 516-747-4070.

NYLAG Legal Relief Effort
NYLAG has placed staff at disaster relief centers and community-based organizations in the Five Towns region. Attorneys and volunteers are on-site to provide legal advice to victims dealing with issues including FEMA claims, housing disputes, consumer matters and emergency public benefits. Call: 212-584-3365.

Touro Law Center
The Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team at Touro Law Center will provide referrals, assistance and legal advice for residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Call: 631-761-7198.

Make the Road
With locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, Make the Road offers free legal assistance and access to emergency services for Spanish-speaking and immigrant New Yorkers. Call: 718-727-1222.


New Jersey


EMERGENCY SERVICES

New Jersey 211
NJ 211 provides information about FEMA assistance, clean-up resources and local recovery efforts. NJ 211 staff is in direct contact with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster) and state and local government officials.  Call: 211.

EMPLOYMENT

New Jersey Department of Labor
New Jersey Department of Labor received $10 million in federal National Disaster Emergency Grant funds to hire clean-up workers to recover communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply. Employment funded by this grant is temporary. Call: 609-659-9045. 

FOOD

The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
A complete list of food pantries and soup kitchens in Monmouth and Ocean counties can be found online or call 732-918-2600 for assistance.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs feeding 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Call: 908-355-3663.

New Jersey SNAP
You may be eligible to receive assistance through the SNAP Program to replace lost food. If you received food stamps before the storm and live in an area where over 50% of the population was without power, you will receive a reimbursement, allowing you to replace a portion of the food you may have lost during the power outage. Call: 800-687-9512.

HOUSING

NJ Housing Resource Center
NJHRC is an online, housing information clearinghouse to help New Jersey residents with housing-related needs. Call: 877-428-8844.

LEGAL

Legal Services of New Jersey
The organization provides assistance with civil legal services for low-income people including, housing, family, consumer, public entitlements, education, employment and health care access. Information is available online or call: 888-222-5765.

National Disaster Legal Aid
The organization provides legal assistance to those dealing with disaster recovery. Visit online or call: 888-541-1900.

 

Connecticut
 

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Connecticut 211
211 is Connecticut's free information and referral service. By dialing 211, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 211 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Visit online or call: 211.

FOOD

Connecticut Food Bank
The Connecticut Food Bank works with 600 emergency food assistance programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties. Locate a program where you live online or call: 203.469.5000.

LEGAL

Connecticut Network for Legal Aid
This collaboration of Connecticut’s legal aid programs helps people with limited income find the help they need for a variety of legal problems. More information is available online or call: 800-453-3320.