This page lists some resources available to New Arrivals in New York City.

New arrivals single man.

Below is a list of resources organized by category. For details about a service, including how to access the service, please contact the relevant agency or consult the calendar of Events and Support.


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  • GoGetta
    • Find free food, clothing, shelter, and other services in NYC

Directory map of free clothing, as well as other services across the five boroughs

  • A map of free resources for new arrivals here

Crisis Services


  • Afrikana
    • Provides assistance with various issues including accessing public benefits, enrollment in medical insurance and/or Medicaid, and advising eligibility for work authorization.

English Language Classes

  • Institute for Immigrant Concerns
    • Provides English language courses regardless of immigration status and free in-person classes for granted refugees and political asylees
    • Have instructors who speak French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Albanian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese


  • WeSpeakNYC
    • Directory of English language classes in all five boroughs


  • A map of free resources for new arrivals here


  • Bridge to LEAD
    • A free program for immigrant women who are beginner English learners, currently facilitated with the use of both English and Spanish.

Drop in/Warming Center

  • EARTHCHXRCH (corner of 3RD & Avenue C, Monday –Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • A map of free resources for new arrivals here




  • City Harvest Food Map
    • Directory map of food pantries, soup kitchens, mobile markets, and community partner distribution points
  • A map of free resources for new arrivals here

Legal Services

Legal Aid Society

    • Currently ONLY for the issues detailed below; no immigration cases at this time
    • Contact the Homeless Rights Helpline (212-298-3160 Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) if you have been
      • denied shelter,
      • have a disability and not receiving a reasonable accommodation,
      • an immigrant who has been mischaracterized as New Arrivals,
      • experiencing issues with CityFHEPS
    • Contact Access to Benefits Helpline (888-663-6880 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) for the following issues:
      • Benefits and public assistance
      • Employment matters
      • Family Law matters (check here for the appropriate place to call)


Immigration Law

Mail services