This page is for free and low cost community resources in Brooklyn or nearby. We will do our best to keep the list updated, but let us know if a listed resource is no longer current.
Do you have a favorite place to get free food? Know who can help with job search or resume editing? Run a board games club? Let us know!
Fun, games, and social activities
LGBTQIA+ Book Club at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center
The Brooklyn Zen Center provides Buddhist-inspired walking and seated meditation--donations and membership are encouraged, but all are welcome. The center also provides a mutual support group for people of color.
Free juggling classes at Bryant Park in Manhattan
We recognize that the 911 emergency response system, hospital emergency rooms, and other traditional responses to extreme states can be helpful, although they may not be the right option for everyone. If you feel these resources can be of use to you, please see the list below.
Mobile Crisis Teams. These city-run teams include mental health professionals and provide assessment, intervention, and counseling within 48 hours of your request, as well as referrals. You can call 888-692-9355 to request a team.
Crisis Respite Centers. These centers provide an alternative to hospitalization. You may stay up to one week, and may continue with your daily activities while staying there. Centers provide activities and psychoeducation classes, referrals, and 24-hr peer support.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This national hotline is available 24/7 and is staffed by trained volunteers who can direct you to local mental health resources if needed. Text chat is also available.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline. This national hotline is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing domestic violence, either as a victim, abuser, or concerned outsider. Text chat is also available. Trained volunteers can help with crises, safety planning, and referrals.