Queens Resource Guide

COMPILED BY ESTHER SHITTU

There are a number of organizations throughout the Borough that have become indispensible in helping Latino residents get through tough times. Here is a listing of some important avenues open to those who need assistance.

DOMESTIC

Single Stop
163-18 Jamaica Ave., 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
Ph: (718) 228-0720 X222, Fax: (718) 228-0730
Single Stop offers assistance in accessing entitlements, health insurance and social services, free on site legal services, financial counseling, medical and food stamp enrollment, assistance in tax preparation, referrals to social services such as afterschool programs, child care, summer camp, unemployment/employment programs and GED/ESL. Their special services include on-site Medicaid and Food Stamp enrollment with direct linkage to the Human Resource Administration, enabling families to obtain their medical and/or food stamp benefits within a 30-day period.

Woodside on the Move, Inc.
39-42 59th St., 2nd Floor, Suites 4 & 5, Woodside, NY 11377
woodsideonthemove.org
Ph: (718) 476-8449, Fax: (718) 476-6946
Woodside on the Move, Inc. is committed to making Queens a better place to live, work and have a business. The organization is committed to affordable housing initiatives and creating economic opportunities for Woodside residents and businesses. They offer business and cultural, education, training and housing services.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment, NICELatino NICE
37-41 77th St., 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 205-8796
NICE is a nonprofit organization which ensures that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power. Their vision is to make sure all people can “live and work with dignity and justice.”

Safe Horizon
7409 37th Ave., #416, Jackson Heights, NY
(718) 899-1233
safehorizon.org/index.php
Safe Horizon strives to extend support, prevent violence and advocate justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Latino Elmcor RehabElmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.
107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona, NY 11368
Ph: (718) 651-0096, Fax: (718) 457-3932
info@elmcor.org
Elmcor strives to improve the lives of residents in the Queens community through quality recreation, education and social service programs while fostering the values of responsibility and respect. Services provided for seniors include nutrition programs and meals, exercise activities, walking clubs, brain games, book clubs, recreational and social events as well as special trips and companion services. Elmcor also offers youth programs and rehabilitation services.

Make the Road New York
92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Ph: (718) 565-8500, Fax: (718) 565-0646
MRNY is an advocate for immigrants all over the New York area. The organization works with communities that are predominantly populated by poor and working class Latinos, immigrants and African Americans. MRNY helps create safe communities, justice in the work place, expand civic rights and empower youth. Their victories include winning $15 million for exploited workers and winning Safe Housing Legislation to fix dangerous living conditions for tenants.

New York City Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Ave., Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1225
(718) 575-4500
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FJC’s mission is to lessen the struggle of victims to locate services, provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, increase coordination among service providers and to increase the safety, security and self-sufficiency of victims and their children, regardless of immigration status. FJC’s services include career counseling, childcare, law enforcement and medical services.

HEALTH CARE

Plaza Del Sol Family Health CenterLatino Plaza del Sol
37-16 108th St., Corona, NY 11368
Ph: (718) 651-4000, Fax: (718) 424-7776
Plaza Del Sol serves the Corona community with affordable primary health care. The services provided include internal medicine, pediatrics, nutrition and radiology. The center is open six days a week, with a bilingual staff.

The Puerto Rican Family Institute
145 West 15th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-6320
The PRFI is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent family disintegration and make sure that immigrants are self-sufficient. PRFI is a multi-program, family-oriented agency that provides culturally sensitive services.

Community Mediation Services
89-64 163rd St., Jamaica, NY 11432
Ph: (718) 523-6868, Fax: (718) 523-8204
CMS is an organization that strives to create an environment within families that fosters communication and understanding and helps each individual become their own advocate. CMS has 24 programs and 96 staff.

IMMIGRATION

Catholic Migration
47-01 Queens Blvd. (at 47th Street), Suite 201 (located on the 2nd floor of the building), Sunnyside, NY 11104
(347) 472-3500
Catholic Migration Services seeks to empower underserved immigrant communities, regardless of religion or ethnicity. They provide pastoral, educational, advocacy and legal services.

Immigration Advocacy Service
24-40 Steinway St., Astoria, NY 11103
immigrationadvocacy.com
Ph; (718) 956-8218, Fax: (718) 274-1615
info@iasny.org
Immigration Advocacy Services, Inc. is a nonprofit immigration center that assists with immigration procedures, obtaining information on new laws and procedures. The organization consists of immigration staff attorneys whose specialty is immigration law. They offer a free consultation without an appointment. They speak multiple languages, including Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.

Emerald Isle Immigration Center
59-26 Woodside Ave., Woodside, NY 11377
Ph: (718) 478.5502, Fax: (718) 446.3727
The center offers information on immigration matters, a citizenship program, offers educational seminars and has a free employment service available to all. They have helped many job seekers through employment referrals.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment, NICE
37-41 77th St., 2nd Floor, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 205-8796
NICE is a nonprofit organization which ensures that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power. Their vision is to make sure all people can “live and work with dignity and justice.”

Latino Voces LatinosVoces Latina
37-63C 83rd St., Suite 1B, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Ph: (718) 593-4528, Fax: (718) 255-6215
Recognizing the effect of HIV on Latinas, Voces Latinas strives to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and violence among Latina immigrants through the use of training that focuses on empowerment, education, leadership and advocacy.

New York City Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Ave., Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1225
(718) 575-4500
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FJC’s mission is “to lessen the struggle of victims to locate services, provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, increase coordination among service providers and to increase the safety, security and self-sufficiency of victims and their children, regardless of immigration status.” FJC’s services include career counseling, childcare, law enforcement and medical services.

LEGAL SERVICES

Single Stop
163-18 Jamaica Ave., 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
Ph: (718) 228-0720 X222, Fax: (718) 228-0730
Single Stop offers assistance in accessing entitlements, health insurance and social services.  Single Stop also offers free on-site legal services, financial counseling, medical and food stamp enrollment, assistance in tax preparation, referrals to social services such as afterschool programs, child care, summer camp, unemployment/employment programs and  GED/ESL. Their special services include on-site Medicaid and Food Stamp enrollment with direct linkage to the Human Resource Administration, enabling families to obtain their medical and/or food stamp benefits within a 30-day period.

Queens Legal Service
89-00 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
Ph: (347) 592-2200, Fax: (718) 526-5051
Queens Legal Services provides free legal counseling, representation and referrals in civic matters to low-income individuals and families. Their goal is to provide equality for low-income residence in Queens.

Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services for clients who cannot afford to pay for counsel. The organization has three major practices: Civil Practice, Criminal Practice and Juvenile Practice. Civil Practice represents low-income families with housing, family, health, employment and immigration issues. Criminal Practice represents individuals in criminal trials. Juvenile Practice represents children in family court matters, juvenile delinquency and cases involving children.

Civil Practice

Queens Neighborhood Office
120-46 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(718) 286-2450

Queens Housing Court
89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435
(718) 739-6272

Criminal Practice

Queens County Criminal Office
120-46 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(718) 286-2000

Rikers Island Paralegal Program
14-14 Hazen St., East Elmhurst, NY 11370
(718) 546-5556

Juvenile Practice

Queens County Juvenile Rights Office
153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 298-8900

Queens County Family Court Office
151-20 Jamaica Ave., Room A480-484, Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 883-8120

Immigration Advocacy Service
24-40 Steinway St., Astoria, NY 11103
immigrationadvocacy.com
Ph: (718) 956-8218, Fax: (718) 274-1615
info@iasny.org
Immigration Advocacy Services, Inc. is a nonprofit immigration center that assists with immigration procedures, obtaining information on new laws and procedures. The organization consists of immigration staff attorneys whose specialty is immigration law. They offer a free consultation without an appointment. They speak multiple languages, including Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.

Safe Horizon
7409 37th Ave #416, Jackson Heights, NY
(718) 899-1233
safehorizon.org
Safe Horizon strives to extend support, prevent violence and advocate justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Voces Latina
37-63C 83rd St., Suite 1B, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Ph: (718) 593-4528, Fax: (718) 255-6215
Recognizing the effect of HIV on Latinas, Voces Latinas strives to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and violence among Latina immigrants through the use of training that focuses on empowerment, education, leadership and advocacy.

New York City Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Ave., Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1225
(718) 575-4500
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FJC’s mission is “to lessen the struggle of victims to locate services, provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, increase coordination among service providers and to increase the safety, security and self-sufficiency of victims and their children, regardless of immigration status.” FJC’s services include career counseling, childcare, law enforcement and medical services.

Her Justice, New York City Family Justice Center – Queens
126-02 82nd Ave., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Ph: (212) 695.3800, Fax: (212) 695.9519
With the help of New York City’s law firm, Her Justice works to help women who face poverty and abuse every day. Her Justice uses the power of volunteers from 80 law firms to help keep the women and their children safe from harm.

HOUSING

Single Stop
163-18 Jamaica Ave., 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
Ph: (718) 228-0720 X222, Fax: (718) 228-0730
Single Stop offers assistance in accessing entitlements, health insurance and social services, free on site legal services; financial counseling, medical and food stamp enrollment, assistance in tax preparation, referrals to social services such as afterschool programs, child care, summer camp, unemployment/employment programs and GED/ESL. Their special services include on-site Medicaid and Food Stamp enrollment with direct linkage to the Human Resource Administration, enabling families to obtain their medical and/or food stamp benefits within a 30-day period.

Catholic Migration
47-01 Queens Blvd. (at 47th Street), Suite 201 (located on the 2nd floor of the building), Sunnyside, NY 11104
(347) 472-3500
Catholic Migration Services seeks to empower underserved immigrant communities, regardless of religion or ethnicity. They provide pastoral, educational, advocacy and legal services.

Catholic Charities
23-40 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, N.Y. 11102
(718) 726-9790
Catholic Charities provides affordable housing for the elderly, homeless, disabled and low-income families. The organization has 3,500 units for the elderly, homeless, disabled and low-income families and 530 units of special needs housing. Moreover, since 1975, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation has been transforming empty lands and buildings into affordable housing units. Catholic Charities also participates in the Summer Youth Employment Program as well as offers a Youth Adult Program.

The Puerto Rican Family Institute
145 West 15th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-6320
The PRFI is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent family disintegration and make sure that immigrants are self-sufficient. PRFI is a multi-program, family-oriented agency that provides culturally sensitive services.

Queens Community House
108-25 62nd Dr., Forest Hills, NY 11375
Ph: (718) 592-5757, Fax: (718) 592-2933
info@queenscommunityhouse.org
Queens Community House offers a range of programs for children and youth, adults and families and the elderly. Founded in 1975, QCH strives to provide social services, inter-generational activities, housing assistance and advocacy and local leadership development to 25,000 people of diverse ages, faith and nationalities at 23 sites in 11 neighborhoods in Queens.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Queens
60-20 Woodside Ave., 2nd Floor, Woodside, NY 11377
Ph: (718) 457-1017, Fax: (718) 457-1247
nhsnyc.org/en/home
NHS hopes to help underserved neighborhoods by creating inexpensive housing and providing homeownership education, financial assistance and community leadership. NHS provides loans to clients who wish to buy a home. NHS also provides education to prepare clients on buying homes, to make smart decisions about home finance options and also connects clients to affordable mortgage products.

Woodside on the Move, Inc.
39-42 59th St., 2nd Floor, Suites 4 & 5, Woodside, NY 11377
Ph: (718) 476-8449, Fax: (718) 476-6946
woodsideonthemove.org, info@woodsideonthemove.org
Woodside on the Move, Inc. is committed to making Queens a better place to live, work and have a business. The organization is committed to affordable housing initiatives and creating economic opportunities for Woodside residents and businesses. They offer business and cultural, education and training and housing services.

EMPLOYMENT

Catholic Migration
47-01 Queens Blvd. (at 47th Street), Suite 201 (located on the 2nd floor of the building), Sunnyside, NY 11104
(347) 472-3500
Catholic Migration Services seeks to empower underserved immigrant communities, regardless of religion or ethnicity. They provide pastoral, educational, advocacy and legal services.

Catholic Charities
23-40 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 726-9790
Catholic Charities provides affordable housing for the elderly, homeless, disabled and low-income families. The organization participates in the Summer Youth Employment Program as well as offers a Youth Adult Program.

Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.
107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona, NY 11368
Ph: (718) 651-0096, Fax: (718) 457-3932
info@elmcor.org
Elmcor strives to improve the lives of residents in the Queens community through quality recreation, education and social service programs while fostering the values of responsibility and respect. Services provided for seniors include nutrition programs and meals, exercise activities, walking clubs, brain games, book clubs, recreational and social events as well as special trips and companion services. Elmcor also offers youth programs and rehabilitation services.

Make the Road New York
92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Ph: (718) 565-8500, Fax: (718) 565-0646
MRNY is an advocate for immigrants all over the New York area. The organization works with communities that are predominantly populated by poor and working class Latinos, immigrants and African Americans. MRNY helps create safe communities, justice in the work place, expand civic rights and empower youth. Their victories include winning $15 million for exploited workers and winning Safe Housing Legislation to fix dangerous living conditions for tenants.

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Single Stop
163-18 Jamaica Ave., 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
Ph: (718) 228-0720 X222, Fax: (718) 228-0730
Single Stop offers assistance in accessing entitlements, health insurance and social services. Single Stop also offers free on site legal services; financial counseling, medical and food stamp enrollment, assistance in tax preparation, referrals to social services such as afterschool programs, child care, summer camp, unemployment/employment programs and  GED/ESL. Their special services include on-site Medicaid and Food Stamp enrollment with direct linkage to the Human Resource Administration, enabling families to obtain their medical and/or food stamp benefits within a 30-day period.

Catholic Migration
47-01 Queens Blvd. (at 47th Street), Suite 201 (located on the 2nd floor of the building), Sunnyside, NY 11104
(347) 472-3500
Catholic Migration Services seeks to empower underserved immigrant communities regardless of religion or ethnicity. They provide pastoral, educational, advocacy and legal services.

RAICES Senior Center
107-24 Corona Ave., Corona, NY 11368
Ph:  (718) 458-7259, Fax: (718) 651-3539
Corona@Raices.us
Raices Corona Senior Center has a bilingual staff that provides members with services in English and Spanish. The services provided are: bingo, card games, citizenship classes, daily nutritional balanced meals, dancing, English as a Second Language (“ESL”) classes, exercise programs, health screenings, cholesterol/sugar testing, blood pressure, nutrition education presentations, rent tax credit (IT214) and school tax credit (IT210) preparation.  The organization also provides group discussions on health, nutrition, books, current events, films and other subjects.

Raíces Astoria Senior Center
21-21 30th Dr., Long Island City, NY 11102
Ph:  (718) 726-9642, Fax: (718) 204-0028
Email: Astoria@Raices.us
Raices Astoria Senior Center provides cultural, recreational and educational activities, celebrations, trips and outings, case assistance services, benefits and entitlement counseling, information on other RAICES sponsored programs and referrals to the elderly.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and lunch is served daily.

Elmhurst Senior Center
75-01 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Ph: (718) 478-7171, Fax: (718) 478-3844
maria.cuadrado@iprhe.org
Sponsored by the Institute of the Puerto Rican Elderly, Elmhurst Senior Center strives to help seniors around the area. The center serves hot meals for breakfast and lunch daily. It also provides dance, art and computer classes, holiday parties and help with seniors with personal issues.

Latino SeniorCenterCorona Senior Center
108-74 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, NY 11368
Ph: (718) 639-2000, Fax: (718) 639-2016
debra.matos@iprhe.org

The Puerto Rican Family Institute
145 West 15th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-6320
The PRFI is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent family disintegration and make sure that immigrants are self-sufficient. PRFI is a multi-program, family-oriented agency that provides culturally sensitive services.

Corona Self-Help Center
4029 78th St., Flushing, NY 11373
(718) 507-7459
Corona Self-Help Center’s vision is “to become a model program that continuously improves the recovery of drug addicts and establishes self-sufficient communitarian centers in areas of need.” The center provides a three-month recovery program, which provides the members with housing, food and clothing and an in-house 12-step meeting, workshop and lecture series. The program reaches more than 60 communities.

82nd Street PartnershipLatino 82nd Street Partnership
Jackson Heights Corona Steering Committee
37-06 82nd St., Suite 309, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 335-9421
82ndstreet.org
The steering committee makes decisions about proposals, boundaries, budget, services and assessment. The committee consists of volunteer stakeholders such as commercial property owners, commercial tenants, entrepreneurs, local elected officials, residents and community assessments.

La Fuente
200 Hamilton Ave., 2nd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601
Ph: (914) 682-3926, TTY: (866) 933-5390, Fax: (914) 682-8518
La Fuente provides resources and information on benefits, employment, social services, health and education to the Spanish speaking population in Westchester.