Cash Assistance Program for COVID-19 Bereaved Families in Financial Distress

Households who lost a breadwinner or caregiver to COVID-19 may be eligible for emergency cash assistance, through the Montefiore Family Resilience Fund. Families must be referred by a clinician (physician, NP, PA, social worker, or psychologist.) 

Eligibility criteria include: 

  • Death from COVID-19 of a breadwinner or caretaker in the household 
  • At least one child/youth/young adult age 26 or younger resides in and is financially dependent on the household 
  • Family is experiencing financial distress (e.g. difficulty paying for housing, food, utilities, health copays, significant financial debt)
  • Family must reside in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, or Lower Hudson Valley.

This resource is for residents of New York City and New York State. 


Bereavement Help
Caregiver/Staff Resources
COVID-19 Updates
Emergency Financial Assistance

About the database

YAI’s COVID-19 Database was created to help people find services and information during the coronavirus pandemic. The services listed are provided by organizations outside of YAI. Questions about specific resources may be directed to the contacts listed.

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