Besides having to chase down employers for tiny sums of money and not really ever seeing the sun, one of the hardest parts of freelancing, in my experience, is the lack of camaraderie. Assuming you're not tapped into the Awesome Power Of Community at one of those co-working/living/dying spaces, it's all too easy to spend the day sitting in a dark room, refreshing Gmail between demoralizing journeys to the fridge. Occasionally you go to a coffee shop. Other times you go days without seeing another human being—or the inside of a shower.

Thankfully, New York's feral freelance population is about to get a much-deserved boost. On Wednesday, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment announced that a first-of-its-kind "Freelancer's Hub" will be coming to DUMBO in two months.

Independent workers in the media and entertainment sectors will get free membership to the hub, where they'll have access to a variety of professional services, including free coworking and networking spaces, personalized workshops, legal resources, and consultations on worker benefit programs. The hub will be operated by the Freelancers Union out of the Made in NYC Media Center on Jay Street, just steps from the spiffy waterfront park.

"We’re extremely proud that The Freelancers Hub at the Made in NY Media Center will make New York the first city in the country to provide direct services and support to independent workers in the creative industries, demonstrating how cities and governments can help workers flourish and grow their business while maintaining the independence and flexibility that comes with freelance work," Julie Menin, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, said in a statement.

Such resources may be especially handy as the gig economy continues to spread its tentacles throughout the city's economy. According to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, around forty percent of New Yorkers are currently classified as freelancers—at least one in five are uninsured, and more than a third say they don't know where to get info about insurance and benefits. The Mayor's Office estimates that the average freelancer faces non-payment or late-payment of nearly $6,000 every year.

"Too many freelancers in New York City struggle with issues ranging from nonpayment to difficulty accessing health insurance, and they need a network to help their business thrive," noted Caitlin Pearce, Executive Director of Freelancers Union. The Brooklyn-based nonprofit has 375,000 members nationwide, nearly half of whom are New Yorkers.

The establishment of the hub follows last year's passage of the Freelance Isn't Free Act, which offers freelancers protection against nonpayment (with reportedly mixed results.)

The hub will launch with a big ribbon-cutting in October. Freelancers looking to get out of the house before then should throw some pants on and consult this list of coffee shop offices.