Advocacy for Homeless New Yorkers

Physicians, social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, care managers and other health professionals from hospital systems throughout NYC have observed the unfair toll the COVID-19 crisis is having on the homeless population. Within two days, over 500 signed a letter to city and state leaders expressing concerns and recommendations. We received dozens of comments from people signing the letter.

While we limited signatures on the final letter to non-student frontline health professionals working in or with hospital systems in New York City and the immediate surrounding areas, we wanted to thank the more than 130 individuals who signed and voiced their support including medical and other students, professionals from within and outside New York City, and others. We are deeply grateful for their support and solidarity.

Consortia Town Halls

The Bronx and Brooklyn Health & Housing Consortia are organizing Town Hall Q&As for frontline staff to ask experts and government representatives questions about COVID-19 and the City’s response. See below for past webinar recordings, and stay tuned for more.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: The guidance and information provided in past town halls may have changed since the time of the recording. To see the most up-to-date government guidance, see the government guidance section below.

Substance Use Treatment during COVID-19 5.12.20

Led by representatives from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC Health + Hospitals, this town hall discussed substance use treatments, risks, and resources in the context of the pandemic as well as response-related developments in methadone and buprenorphine programs in NYC.

Materials from this webinar


  • Erica Basco, MPH, Publications & Projects Strategist, Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care, & Treatment – NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Dr. Andrew Segoshi, MS4 MD Candidate, NYU Grossman School of Medicine – NYC Health + Hospitals Virtual Buprenorphine Clinic

Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic by NYC DOHMH 5.12.20

Virtual Buprenorphine Clinic by NYC H+H 5.12.20

More presentation resources and resources from town hall attendees

To see more substance use resources, see the resources for clients & patients section below.

COVID-19 Town Hall Q&A with NYC DHS and H+H 4.1.20

Representatives from NYC Department of Homeless Services and NYC Health + Hospitals answer questions for frontline homeless service and healthcare staff and discuss protocols for homeless patients related to COVID-19.

Materials from this webinar


  • Dr. Fabienne Laraque, Medical Director, NYC Department of Homeless Services
  • Meghan Smith, Executive Advisor for Policy and Operations, NYC Department of Homeless Services
  • Dr. Alessandra Calvo-Friedman, Medical Director – Social Determinants of Health, Office of Public
    Health, NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation

Government guidance has changed since the time of this recording. To see the most up-to-date guidance, see the government guidance section below.

COVID-19 Town Hall Q&A with Dr. Lee Isaacsohn 3.25.20

Dr. Lee Isaacsohn from Janian Medical Care answers COVID-19 for frontline care staff, including how COVID-19 is spread, who is at risk, how long it typically lasts, and how we can prevent it from spreading. 

Government Guidance

We have compiled relevant guidance from New York City and State agencies as well as from the federal government. These guidance documents and protocols are changing quickly, so we will update this page regularly.