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.

Emergency Housing / Shelters

Borough Specific Food Resources


  • 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

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

Financial Assistance

Temporary Employment Opportunities

General Disaster Relief Resources

For Faculty & Staff

CUNY/WorkLife Program(for CUNY employees) – a voluntary, free and confidential support and counseling service.
To log in use company code: CUNY

Health & Mental Health Resources

Location of Mobile Medical vans

CUNY’s Hurricane Sandy Mental Health Resources

CUNY’s Hurricane Sandy Health Resources

Single Stop USA

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

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

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.

Want to Help?

NYC Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources on Facebook