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Weekly Resource Round-Up: December 19, 2023

This Week's Resources

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‘No one slept’: Migrants at Brooklyn tent shelter recount scary night in coastal storm (Gothamist)

"It was a sleepless night for many of the hundreds of migrant families staying at the city’s massive tent facility at Floyd Bennett Field in Southeast Brooklyn, as howling winds and intense rains pounded the structures for hours — leading occupants to fear for their safety.

“No one slept from 2 a.m. onward, everyone was awake,” Anabel Lopez, 39, told Gothamist in Spanish Monday morning while dodging deep puddles and carrying a bag of groceries through the site’s parking lot.

Lopez said security guards at the tent where she’s been living — one of four at the former federal airfield — turned on the lights in the early morning hours and told residents to stay calm as the guards kept watch to make sure the tent was intact." Read more here.

Newburgh adopts Emergency Tenant Protection Act (City & State New York)

"In a unanimous vote on Monday night the City of Newburgh became the latest upstate municipality to declare a housing emergency and opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act to stabilize rents. Joining others including the City of Kingston, Newburgh’s renters will see the cost of their leases stabilized, much to the chagrin of the real estate lobby which believes that increased supply, not cost control, is the answer to the housing crisis. Buoyed by upstate demand and these adoptions of the act, Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of groups representing tenants and New Yorkers who are homeless, is primed to expand the legislation further in 2024, with the goal of making even more buildings and units eligible for rent stabilization." Read more here.

$9.6 million headed to NYC schools serving homeless students after funding formula change (Chalkbeat New York)

"New York City will send more than $9 million in additional funding to schools serving high shares of homeless students, after updating its policy for how students living in temporary housing are counted, according to the city’s Education Department.

The change comes after Comptroller Brad Lander sent a letter last month warning roughly 21,000 students were at risk of being left out of the city’s school funding formula.

The formula sends additional money to schools that serve a disproportionate share of students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who live in temporary housing. Schools saw their budgets adjusted based on how many students with disabilities and English language learners they served as of December this year. But for students living in temporary housing, the formula previously relied on data from Dec. 31, 2022." Read more here.

New York’s ‘Right to Shelter’ No Longer Exists for Thousands of Migrants (The City)

"After 42 years, New York City’s “right to shelter,” which was supposed to guarantee a bed to anyone who sought one the same day, has functionally ended. 

Mayor Eric Adams has warned for months this moment was approaching, and even went to court this past spring to try to have the city released from the consent decree it entered into decades ago.

But the end of the right to shelter for adult migrants didn’t come by way of a press release or a court order. Instead, it happened quietly. 

For months, as the number of migrants arriving in New York climbed, city workers raced to open more and more shelters in increasingly ad hoc settings to accommodate them. Now that era has come to an end, with the Adams administration letting the chips, and the people, fall where they may.

That new reality is on stark display outside an East Village “reticketing center,” where every morning for the past few weeks, hundreds of people — mostly men — have queued in the frigid pre-dawn hours in a line that snakes around the block." Read more here.

Farm Bill Extension Passed, Funding in Place Until September 2024 (modern farmer)

"President Biden has signed a funding bill that extends the 2018 Farm Bill for another year.

The funding resolution received bipartisan support, passing the House in a 336-95 call and the Senate 87-11. It allows for some breathing room for lawmakers to write a new farm bill, although farm groups and advocates urge legislators not to take too long. 

Rob Larew, president of the National Farmers Union, said in a statement that while the NFU is encouraged by the support for the extension, it will  now “urge Congress to channel that success toward getting a new farm bill done in a timely fashion. Family farmers and ranchers must have clarity about the status of farm programs to make informed planting and business decisions heading into the next growing season,” and the current extension only provides that clarity in the short term." Read more here.

NYS COVID and MonkeyPox Updates (Plus Info about the Flu, RSV, and Norovirus)

A lot of the news around mandates, vaccines and restrictions have been a little confusing so I will list some resources below that might help.

  • Interview with NYC Health Commissioner on COVID bump. Link here.

  • NYS Department of Health COVID website - It's a one stop shop with an info summary at the top. Link here.

  • NYC Department of Health Monkeypox Webpage - lots of information and resources about the virus with pictures of the rash included. Find the link here.

    • With Mpox at Risk of Flaring, Health Officials Advise, ‘Get Vaccinated’ - New York Times - Read here

  • COVID vs Flu vs RSV info - I found a good article from the Washington post that gives information about three viruses that have been spiking this winter. Read the article here.

  • The Time Magazine article on the new variant (XBB.1.5) - Link Here

  • US News and World Report article on newest variant (BA.2.86) - Link Here

  • COVID is back in NY. What to know about schools, nursing homes and more (lohud.) - link here

  • How to Keep Tabs on COVID Through Wastewater Testing in NYC (The City) - link here

Scams pretending to be immigration agencies: How to protect yourself (Documented)

"Fraudulent emails and messages have circulated social media, masquerading as communications from federal immigration agencies, that falsely promise migrants legal representation for obtaining a Green Card in exchange for a small fee. Scammers specifically target Spanish-speaking, migrant New Yorkers who are in the process of adjusting their immigration status.

Rosa Santana, the Bond Director at Envision Fund, contacted Documented regarding scam messages circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp. The emails also falsely claim that failure to respond to the correspondence could result in a “negative report in the migration system,” making individuals “prone to deportation.”

Scam messages that target migrants are nothing new, as Documented reported in the past during the Excluded Workers Fund. However, these new scams exploit the necessity of migrants as they seek asylum in the United States. Here are some of the common scams targeting migrants with immigration cases and how to avoid them." Read the rest of the guide here.

Safe Church Training

Safe Church is handled by the Diocesan Human Resources Department which can be reached at You can also call 917 414 0156.

Documented's Mental Health Resources for Immigrants in New York

"A list of organizations that provide free or low-cost mental health care services to immigrants in New York

It can be overwhelming to find mental health care services, so Documented compiled a list of organizations and groups that offer low cost options, accept Medicaid, or render free services to individuals who are seeking counseling.

Most of these locations provide services in English and Spanish. We recommend reaching out to the location for more information, as some of the prices for services given are based on the level of income. For emergencies always call 911.

You can also contact NYC Well for free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health, and substance misuse support, information, and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat. Mental health professionals there can link you to the services you need. Phone: 888-692-9355 | (Espanol): 888-692-9355"

NYC migrant crisis: Where to volunteer and what to donate (Gothamist)

"Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly urged New Yorkers to volunteer or donate to help ease the asylum-seeker crisis, but figuring out where to go to help or what items to give can be difficult.

For information on how New Yorkers can help, Gothamist spoke with the mayor's office as well as several organizers involved in daily efforts to aid migrants who have recently arrived in the city." Read more here.

Documented's Immigrant Resources and Job/Housing Discrimination Guides

"Documented has gathered all of the resources we can find to help immigrant New Yorkers. New links will be added and the following pages will be constantly updated. If you would like us to add information to this list or have questions, please reach out to us at"

"The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive anti-discrimination laws in the country, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion/creed, age, national origin, immigration or citizenship status, gender (including sexual harassment), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military service, marital status and partnership status. As a newsroom that serves immigrant communities, Documented has written a comprehensive guide for immigrants."

Hudson Link Employer Toolkit

Our friends at Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison put together an employer toolkit for hiring formerly incarcerated people. Thank you to Sean Pica, Eldredge Blalock, Elisabeth Santiago, and the rest of the team at Hudson Link for this important resource. The toolkit can be found here. If you have any questions about hiring formerly incarcerated people, please contact Elisabeth Santiago from Hudson Link's Alumni Services at

Community Food Funders Newslink

Community Food Funders has opened up their newsletter to a wider audience (so not just food funders). "Each month, CFF compiles a newsletter with news, articles, reports, and events for those in our region interested in an equitable and sustainable food system." Highlights on this month's newsletter include:

  • 2024 PLACES Cohort Application  - The Funders Network (TFN) is pleased to accept applications for the 2024 cohort of its signature leadership program, PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community Equity and Sustainability).  The PLACES Fellowship is a transformational leadership development experience designed for individuals working in philanthropy or those working within a grantmaking institution who are dedicated to supporting low-income communities and communities of colors, marginalized communities, and communities most impacted by systemic racism.  PLACES applications and additional items must be submitted no later than Jan. 5, 2024. 

  • BIPOC Campaign Leadership Fellowship 

  • Land In Black Hands Farm Equipment Grant - Land in Black Hands is a program of the Kingston Land Trust dedicated to amplifying the voices and addressing the needs of BIPOC individuals who have endured generations of land and sovereignty dispossession. The program recognizes that equitable redistribution of resources is essential to addressing environmental and social crises. Land in Black Hands aims to create a more sustainable future for all by engaging communities in land-based practices that foster environmental stewardship, promote community well-being, and enhance climate resilience. As funding remains available, awards will be made

  • Video: NAP + HRA Processing Times Plummet

  • Video: Addressing Food Insecurity in New York - Food insecurity is a growing crisis in New York, and Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas is leading the charge with a proposed SNAP Bill to provide additional monthly benefit funds to households in need. This PBS episode of New York Now also features insights from Natasha Pernicka, executive director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District and The Alliance for a Hunger-Free NY.

I will continue to include highlights from each month's newsletter on our weekly resource round-ups but if you would like to subscribe yourself, the link is here. The link to last month's newsletter is here and their archive is here.


That's all for this week -- thanks for all you do!



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