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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Project Renewal Scan Van

ScanVan is a mobile mammography and radiology clinic providing clinical breast exams, mammograms, tuberculosis (TB) tests, and health education to homeless and low-income men and women in all five boroughs of New York City.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors. For an application call 311 or visit a local food stamp center or senior center.

The Center For the Performing Artist

Offers a full comprehensive and integrated health care service tailored to the artist's needs. The Center's specialists have particular expertise and experience evaluating and treating the performing artist, and provide access to the full range of specialties available at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Offers a variety of medical services including weekly dance injury clinics staffed by orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists specially trained in dance medicine; a newly renovated, state-of-the-art sports physical therapy center; a 7-days a week, 8am - 12am Immediate Care Center, and several off-site physical therapy centers.

The Momentum Project

Provides food, nutrition and health services to people living with HIV/AIDS at eight locations in four boroughs of New York City.

The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE)

A private education facility in the Bronx that provides quality programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed. Maintains The Blindness Resource Center, which provides free online information about a variety of topics regarding blindness.

The Ryan Community Health Centers

Community health centers that provide comprehensive, affordable, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate primary and preventive health care services. Affordable sliding scale fees available to the uninsured.

The Workers Defense League

Protects the legal rights of workers. They help workers apply for unemployment benefits, provide free representation to NY residents to appeal denials of benefits, and provide information and referrals on other workplace issues.

Unemployment Benefits in New York

This site explains who is eligible for unemployment benefits, how to file online, and how to claim weekly benefits.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides educational and legal services, advocacy and mediation to the arts community. Access to VLA's pro bono legal services is available to low-income artists and nonprofit arts organizations. VLA's other services and programs are open to the entire arts community.

Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS)

Promotes pro bono legal services for a variety of projects to help low income residents in the New York City area including the Elderly Project, assisting seniors age 60 and older living in Manhattan, HIV Project, Children's Project and Micro-enterprise Project.


NYC Food Bank Locator

Tool to locate food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers throughout New York City.

Resources for Specific Populations

Gay Men of African Descent

An advocacy and service organization focusing on men of color. Offers an array of services from a drop-in center for seniors to health and wellness counseling, prevention education, street outreach and HIV testing.

Career Planning and Counseling

Capes Coaching

Capes Coaching is a career planning center for actors, artists and creative professionals. They offer private coaching, small group coaching and career planning classes.

FastTrac NewVenture

The City of New York's Small Business Services Department offers comprehensive free boot camp to assist entrepreneurs with a well thought out idea for a new business, one-on-one assistance from experienced entrepreneurs, and connection to services that will help new entrepreneurs obtain licenses and permits and access loans and legal and hiring assistance.