Community Resources

At Bluestockings, every time you shop with us, you are helping to maintain not only a feminist bookstore, but a safer space in Manhattan that functions as a resource center for the local community and beyond.

We get asked so many questions about so many issues, with varying degrees of need and urgency. The most comprehensive resource we have found for many of these questions is Connections: A Guide for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, edited and published for free to the public by the New York Public Library.

You can download Connections here.

In this publication, you can find a robust list of resources on the following topics:

The New York Public Library’s Resources
Organizations for Formerly Incarcerated People
Education, including ESOL resources and continuing education
Housing
Financial Assistance
Physical & Mental Health
Addiction
Legal Services
Immigrant Services
Veterans
People with Disabilities
Resources for Women
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer People
Youth and Family Resources
Cultural Resources
Consumer Affairs & Transportation
Searching for a Job

Here is a brief list of local resources :

General

Health

  • NYC Queer Mental Health Initiative (QMHI) Resource List
  • Q Clinic is a free primary health clinic run by Columbia medical students. We provide affirming, trauma-informed care to all, and our services are tailored to fit the needs of the LGBTQI+ population of NYC. We are open for walk-in appointments every Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm; you do not need to bring any insurance, ID, proof of citizenship, or payment method. For more information, visit our website at www.qclinic.org, or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/qclinicnyc. If you have any questions, text/call us at 347-565-5042 or e-mail us at qclinic@columbia.edu.
  • Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
  • GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.
  • NextDistro is an online and mail-based harm reduction platform designed to reduce opioid overdose death, prevent injection-related disease transmission, and improve the lives of people who use drugs.

Survivor Resources

  • Love is Respect, advocacy group for prevention and ending abusive relationships. If you fear your internet usage is monitored, they can be reached at 886-331-9474.
  • Anti-Violence Project, empowers LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence
  • CVTC is a non-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime. CVTC can help in a crisis. Our state-certified volunteer rape crisis and domestic violence advocates are available to help survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence who visit our three emergency departments during overnight hours and on weekends, and our specially trained sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFEs) are available 24 hours a day. (212) 523-4728

Housing and Food

Education

  • NYSED Application for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) services are for individuals with disabilities that interfere with getting or keeping a job or who have difficulty advancing at their job. VR services may only be provided if your goal is employment.
  • edX, free university courses from schools such as Harvard and MIT
  • University Settlement , programs for folks of all ages, including housing, education, and support for the aging.

Sex Worker Safety & Support

  • Hacking//Hustling is a collective of sex workers and allies working at the intersection of technology and social justice formed in response to SESTA-FOSTA (The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act).
  • Lysistrata Mutual Care Collective & Emergency Fund is an online based, community run sex worker mutual care collective. As people in the industry, we understand how exploitation plays into our field, like any other job, because sex work is WORK! 
  • Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center engages in legal and social services, advocacy, education, media, and organizing to build a movement to protect the human rights of sex workers.

Bluestockings also has a resource guide that was put together last year that includes a list of Radical Spaces in the area as well as book recommendations. Sections that cover resources that are also covered in Connections have been removed, as Connections is more up to date. You can find that pdf here (last updated 08.28.16).