COVID-19 Community Resources

SMYAL has compiled a list of community resources and services for LGBTQ youth, their caretakers, and other youth-serving professionals based in the DMV area.

 

We have also launched a Youth Care Navigation Hotline to help you navigate these resources below. Call into this centralized hotline to be directed to free food access, mental health services, sexual health and wellness resources, supplies, and other vital services during COVID-19.

 

The hotline will be open from 11 am-7 pm Monday through Friday, staffed by SMYAL staff and youth fellows. Service navigation is also available in Spanish thanks to our partners at the Latin-American Youth Center (LAYC). Youth seeking services in Spanish will receive a call back from service navigators within 24-hours of their request.

Call 202-709-5876 to get connected today!

For more information, please contact Programs@SMYAL.org.

 

We will continue to update this list as more resources become avaialble. If you know of a resource for DC, Maryland, or Virginia that is not listed here, please contact Samia.Lalani@SMYAL.org.

COVID-19 Resources for Youth, Caregivers, and Families

Curated by SMYAL

If you are a young person in the DMV area between the ages of 13-24 and need help finding food/groceries and essential supplies, applying for unemployment, finding open health clinics, accessing hormones, paying rent, etc. and want to talk to someone who can help you navigate these resources, please call SMYAL’s youth care navigation line at (202) 709-5876!

Table of Contents

Wraparound Services

Food and Supplies

Public, Health, and Legal Services

Mutual Aid

Utilities/Rent

Other Resources

Youth

Mental Health

College Students

Other Resources

Caregivers and Families

SMYAL Services

Advice from Parents and Experts

Activities and Lesson Plans

Donate to Mutual Aid and COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Volunteer for Mutual Aid and COVID-19 Relief Efforts

General Resources

Wraparound Services


Food and Supplies

  • DC residents can pick up pre-packed grocery bags on a first come, first served basis
  • A list of ALL places to receive free food in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Family-focused programming
  • Distributing care packages and family meals to hospitality and industry workers
  • 3400 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
  • FoodFinder will help you find places to get food for free if you’re on free/reduced lunch
  • Get reimbursed up to $50 for buying groceries using your SNAP/EBT card

Public, Health, and Legal Services

Health Resources

  • Planned Parenthood will be open for primary care, family planning, and sexual health services (including abortion)
  • Call 202-347-8512 for appointments
  • 1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Planned Parenthood Direct offers birth control, Plan B pills, and UTI antibiotics by mail
  • Switching to an in-person respiratory clinic starting March 23 at 1525 (1525 14th St NW) and Max Robinson (2301 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE) locations
  • Emergency dental care is available at 1525 14th St NW
  • Call the main line at (202) 745-7000 BEFORE coming in to any clinic
  • Offering gender affirming care navigation through telehealth

Domestic Violence (DV) Resources

  • If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can call:
  • DC Safe: 1-844-443-5732
  • My Sister’s Place: 202-540-1064
  • Includes information on crisis and housing services for DV survivors in the DC area
  • Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) Hotline: 877-88-JCADA
  • Safety planning for people who are quarantined with their abuser
  • Do NOT have to be Jewish to use services
  • For domestic violence survivors who need to seek protection from their abusers, currently have a protection order, or whose protection order is expiring during COVID-19
  • For DV survivors seeking legal advice:
  • A guide for DV survivors living at home with their abusers

Legal Resources

  • Resources for applying for unemployment in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Information on how DC courts are operating during COVID-19
  • Legal Advice during COVID-19
  • Any worker with an employment related matter including unpaid wages, discrimination, family and medical leave act (FMLA violations), unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, sexual harassment, barriers to employment, and sick leave violations should contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic via phone at (202) 319-1000 or email clinic@washlaw.org to schedule a telephonic intake appointment
  • Document explaining legal rights under quarantine, shelter-in-place, travel bans, etc.
  • Legal Aid COVID-19 Tenant Hotline
  • To speak with a lawyer about a housing issue related to COVID-19, call 202-851-3388

Mutual Aid

  • If you are immunosuppressed and need someone to run errands for you, provide childcare, or drop off meals:
  • If you need help with filing for unemployment, emergency food and hygiene products, housing and utility navigation assistance, insurance navigation and enrollment, transportation assistance, and/or mental health and substance abuse counseling services
  • Continuously updated spreadsheet with information on mutual aid efforts (including how to request help with errands, childcare, food, housing, etc.)
  • If you are disabled and need help with housing, food, childcare, errands, etc.
  • For restaurant workers — form to request donations distributed to you
  • For service industry workers to fill out and receive donations
  • Mutual Aid Volunteer Lists
  • Comprehensive resource page with where to find food and supplies, how to volunteer, and how to do advocacy work around COVID-19
  • Apply to receive free, cash assistance for those working in the service industry affected by COVID-19
  • Request or provide help if you are a trans/queer person whose income has been lost due to COVID-19 or who needs help with supplies, etc.

Utilities/Rent

  • Internet:
  • Comcast is offering free internet to low-income households for 60 days
  • Can support families with children engaged in virtual learning
  • Students from PK3-12th grade enrolled at DC traditional and public charter schools that receive SNAP/TANF benefits are eligible for free internet. More information here
  • No utility shut-offs during the state of emergency (includes water, electricity, and gas)
  • Pepco has bill payment assistance and flexible payment arrangements — call 202-833-7500 to find out more
  • Washington Gas is suspending service disconnections, waiving late fees on bills, and offering payment arrangements throughout the pandemic
  • DC: if you require assistance paying your bill, call 311
  • PG County: if you require assistance paying your bill, call 301-909-7000
  • Rent payments and evictions:
  • Rental assistance:
  • Must have incomes below 125% of the federal poverty level
  • Click here to see a chart of organizations that are currently doing ERAP applications
  • For tenants in affordable housing communities
  • Must apply through one of these two organizations:
  • Housing Counseling Services – (202) 667-7713
  • Latino Economic Development Center – (202) 588-5102 or (202) 540-7401
  • Emergency funding for low-income households across the US
  • Funding for low-income households to pay their heating bills
  • Fill out the application linked above through May 31
  • More information on your housing rights, rent payments, mortgages, and evictions here

Other Resources

  • Information on childcare, employment services, food assistance, financial services, and more around the DC area
  • Information on which programs and services are still running for those experiencing homelessness
  • Includes information about access to shelters, drop-in centers, child care, and public benefits
  • More information on childcare, domestic violence, education, employment, financial support, food access, etc. during COVID-19
  • More information on mutual aid, internet and tech, food, housing access, and government information during COVID-19

Youth

Mental Health

Free / Low-Cost Tele-Mental Health Therapy:

  • A Colorado-based therapist offering low-cost, sliding scale telemental health services for LGBTQ youth ($10-30 per 45-minute session)
  • Can do 3-5 sessions per youth
  • Behavioral Health Services for Homeless Youth (LAYC)
  • Offering remote mental health counseling, substance use counseling, and case management to homeless youth ages 17-24
  • Contact Monica Morales at (202) 319-2229 or bhreferrals@layc-dc.org 
  • Offering $20-30 virtual therapy sessions for LGBTQ youth
  • Call (434) 924-7034 for intake
  • Offering up to five free tele-therapy sessions for people experiencing a life-changing event related to or triggered by COVID-19
  • Apply to receive funds for six free psychotherapy sessions with your personal therapist
  • For queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) only

Hotlines and Text-Based Services:

  • A free, text-based therapy service for youth aged 13-24
  • A 24/7 peer support hotline run by and for trans people
  • Call 877-565-8860
  • Text “HOME” to 741741
  • A free, text-based crisis help service

Therapy Groups and Resources:

  • Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 12:30 PM
  • Includes tips for managing mental health during the pandemic, free therapy resources, free support groups, etc.
  • Information about where and how to access therapy, substance use treatment, inpatient services, crisis services, and more during COVID-19
  • Toolkit with coping tips, meditation exercises, and resources to relax
  • Every second and last Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Go to https://zoom.us/j/5620223708 (from laptop/phone) or call +19292056099 and enter 5620223708#, when prompted

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety:

From @blessingmanifesting

Breathing Exercises:

College Students

  • Includes response toolkits and housing/storage, mutual aid, and community care resources
  • Spreadsheet for free housing, food, transportation, etc. for GW students

Other Resources

  • National resource with multiple offerings specific to youth and university students

Caregivers and Families

SMYAL Services

  • Little SMYALs will be happening virtually on the second Wednesdays (11 AM – 12 PM) and last Saturdays (10 – 11 AM) of every month!
  • “Little SMYALs is a group for LGBTQ youth ages 6-12 that provides young people a safe(r) space to hang out, meet new people, and gain support from staff, while connecting youth and their families to community resources and services.”
  • Email rebecca.york@smyal.org for more information!

Advice from Parents and Experts

Activities and Lesson Plans

Donate to Mutual Aid and COVID-19 Relief Efforts

  • Donation fund for restaurant workers who have been laid off, had their workplaces close, and/or experienced cut hours
  • Donate to the people doing first line response for communities in Wards ⅞
  • Many Languages, One Voice
  • An organization supporting street vendors, who have had the majority of their income cut off due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Text “$” to 618-722-8880
  • Email mlovmutualaid@gmail.com for information about how to bring supplies, food, etc.
  • Donate directly to Preeti Kanodia (Venmo: @preeti1sfr) who is distributing cash to street vendors across DC
  • Donation fund for LGBTQ people of color, many of whom are self-employed, underemployed, and/or working in the service economy, all of which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19
  • Providing free groceries and supplies to individuals and families across the DMV during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Providing meals to trans students in the DMV area during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Providing emergency cash assistance to tipped and service workers, who have been severely impacted by COVID-19
  • Emergency fund for low-income workers and small businesses
  • Emergency fund for queer writers of color who have lost income due to COVID-19

Volunteer for Mutual Aid and COVID-19 Relief Efforts

General Resources

  • Includes information on prepping, community care, managing COVID-19 anxiety, etc.
  • Guide on living with multiple people during COVID-19
  • National compilation of resources
  • Tips for staying at home and taking care of your mental health
  • National and state-specific resources for undocumented folks