City and State Resources
(as of May 10, 2020)
Visit the City of Philadelphia's Covid-19 resource page, for information about support for residents, businesses, workers, and health care providers.
IF YOU NEED FOOD, please visit the City's map for a list of locations and times where free food is available.
Visit the School District of Philadelphia’s website for coronavirus information including on closures and where free meals are available for students
The City also has a list of resources for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers
For information related to filing for unemployment related to COVID-19, visit the state’s COVID-19 Unemployment Resource Page
The Federal CARES act has made unemployment available to gig workers, contractors, and the self employed. Click here to learn more
For all other employees who would regularly be eligible for unemployment, the CARES act will provide an additional $600 per week beginning March 29th. This is on top of the regular state unemployment. If you have lost hours or pay, even if you keep your job such as being furloughed, you may be eligible for unemployment.
The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Funding is limited. Not every applicant will receive assistance. All selected tenants will receive rent assistance for up to three consecutive months for up to $2,500 total. If funding permits we will try to provide ongoing assistance for up to a year for renters who still need help after three months.
(As of May 10, 2020)
ATTENTION ALL REGISTERED VOTERS
On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply. APPLY FOR A MAIL IN BALLOT HERE.
ATTENTION ALL STUDENT LOAN HOLDERS
If you owe money to a Federal Student Loan (not a private education loan) you are eligible to freeze interest and payments through the fall of this year under the CARES act. Your loan servicer may be in touch with you if your loan qualifies. Details are being finalized but guidance should be issued by 4/10. Here is an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer which includes a lot of helpful information
ATTENTION ALL RENTERS
There are no legal evictions during the COVID crisis. While the courts are shut down (except for such matters as protection from abuse, child welfare, and other critical needs) there are no legal evictions. City Council has a helpful webpage with information on housing.
Helpful tip: If you need assistance or deferred payment from a creditor such as your mortgage, credit card, or other debt, call and ask if there are programs available. Make sure you specifically state that your need for assistance is directly related to the COVID-19 crisis. Many companies have policies in place to offer assistance but only if the customer initiates and only if the customer states that it is related to COVID-19.
How You Can Help
(As of May 10, 2020)
The city's site also includes a page specifically for people who are looking to help. Ways to help include:
Donating to the city's COVID-19 relief fund which will give money to non-profits to keep them active and helping Philadelphian
Donating Personal Protective Equipment (gowns, gloves, masks, sanitizing supplies, etc)
Signing up to volunteer with the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps, which is available to people with and without health care expertise.
Supporting the Arts in Philadelphia
The City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund have partnered to create COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, a new emergency support fund focused on the arts and culture sector. For more information (including application information) visit artsaidphl.org.
Also, you may have heard that Mayor Kenney has proposed that the Philadelphia Cultural Fund be eliminated and that Governor Wolf has frozen PA Council on the Arts funds, measures that threaten the existence of the cultural community in our city. Here are links to two petitions – one to the Mayor, one to the Governor. They contain more information about the budget cuts. Please consider signing both.