The programs listed below are subject to change as conditions develop. If any of these links becomes outdated, or new programs emerge that you think should be included, please get in touch!
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
Food and Nutrition Service Provision of Additional Funding for TEFAP
The The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) authorizes the Department of Agriculture to purchase a variety of nutritious, high-quality foods and makes these foods available to State agencies. State agencies, in turn, distribute the food to local agencies such as food banks, which then distribute the food to local organizations or directly to eligible low-income persons or households. Organizations interested in distributing TEFAP foods should contact their State Distributing Agency to learn how to become a TEFAP local agency. Persons may receive TEFAP foods from a local TEFAP organization by getting food from a local food pantry or eating at a soup kitchen or similar organization. Otherwise, persons may take TEFAP food home directly if they meet state-specific income eligibility requirements.
Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Small businesses and non-profit organizations in all states and territories are now eligible to apply for EIDLs through the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to alleviate economic injury caused by the COVID-19 disaster.
SNAP COVID-19 Response Waivers
This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act makes it easier to obtain nutritional assistance. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, certain low-income individuals are not eligible for SNAP benefits if, in the prior three years, they were recipients of SNAP benefits and did not meet requirements that they work or be enrolled in a work training program. These requirements are lifted during the COVID19 emergency period, and allow individuals who would not otherwise meet these requirements to receive SNAP benefits. Other eligibility requirements to receive SNAP benefits, however, remain in effect.
Active Search for Work Waiver
Typically, to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, claimants must register for employment-search services provided by the Commonwealth and actively search for work during every week for which they seek benefits. Both of these requirements have been temporarily suspended for all unemployment compensation claimants.
Child Care Works Subsidies
Pennsylvania’s Child Care Works (CCW) program, which predates the COVID-19 crisis, assists low-income families in securing child care.
Pennsylvania rental assistance
A number of rental and housing assistance programs are available in Pennsylvania. Low income individuals can get help moving into affordable housing or apartments, receive funds for paying security deposits, and can also apply for assistance to pay the rent for their current home. Several of these Affordable Housing Programs in Pennsylvania are in place to help the less fortunate.
Public Utility Service Termination Moratorium
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has issued an emergency order prohibiting electrical, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications, and steam utilities in Pennsylvania from terminating services during the pendency of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed by Governor Wolf. Utilities providers have also been encouraged to restore service to customers whose service has been terminated, to the extent that they can do so safely.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is dedicated to helping low-income families become independent while they receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. TANF is also referred to as cash assistance.
U.S. Census Complete Count Committee Volunteers
There are myriad opportunities to help promote and support the upcoming 2020 Census from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Public citizens and government officials can work to spread awareness through complete count committees, schools and universities, Governor’s Commissions, faith-based institutions, and in many other capacities.
Workers’ Compensation System
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves.
Philadelphia Government Relief & Volunteer Opportunities
Daily COVID-19 Updates
This page compiles updates, information, and guidance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia. Residents, business owners, event producers, and healthcare providers can use it to stay up to date on the evolving public health situation.
Free Food Programs for Philadelphia Residents
Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19. In response to this need, City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food.
Free meals for students while schools are closed
To ensure that students can still have nutritious meals while all schools are closed, the School District of Philadelphia, several charter schools, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are coordinating with the City’s Office of Children and Families to provide grab-and-go meals for children and youth throughout the city.
Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service
Philadelphia’s nonprofit organizations really need volunteers at this time. The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is working to connect residents to volunteer opportunities with these critical organizations. The volunteer match portal offers opportunities for both digital and in-person volunteerism.
Paid Sick Leave Requirements
Philadelphia requires that businesses offer paid or unpaid sick leave to employees who work at least 40 hours per year within the city. The City’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act,” otherwise known as the sick leave law has been expanded so that covered workers can use their paid sick leave for COVID-19 related business closures, quarantine, and to stay home with their children during school closures without fear of retaliation.
Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund offers grants or zero-interest loans to Philadelphia small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can apply for the three relief programs through a single application. Your request will be directed to the appropriate program based on your annual revenue.
Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of more than 2,500 volunteers who serve the City during public health emergencies and large-scale events. This unit is part of the national MRC program. By volunteering for the Philadelphia MRC, you can contribute to a healthier, more resilient Philadelphia
PHL COVID Fund
The PHL COVID-19 Fund will provide grants to Greater Philadelphia organizations with a successful track record of serving at-risk populations such as the seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are experiencing homeless or are economically disadvantaged, in order to continue community safety nets such as food pantries and health services, and help with preparedness and protection such as hygiene supplies, access to accurate current information, and available services. Individuals may donate to the fund using the hyperlink in the title.
Philadelphia Mutual Aid, Volunteer Opportunities, & Community Support
Bartender Emergency Assistance Fund (National)
The United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) is offering emergency grants for bartenders. Bartenders, their spouses, or their children can apply for a grant. Donations are also being accepted.
Blood Donations Needed
Along with local hospitals, the Red Cross is asking healthy donors to make appointments for the next three months to make up the estimated 1,083 donations that have already been lost due to coronavirus-related cancellations of blood drives across the region.
Click here to schedule a donation with the Red Cross.
Click here to schedule a donation with Jefferson Hospital.
Broad Street Ministry COVID Assistance
Broad Street Ministry knows that folks are looking for ways to help from home right now, and has compiled a few ways for you to support their community programs, safely, from afar.
Care Web for Philadelphia’s Disability Community During COVID-19
If you’re in Philadelphia and are a disabled person or ally of disability community, here is a care web to get through COVID-19. A care web is a system of mutual aid and interdependence where we help each other instead of trying to get through this alone. If you are outside of Philadelphia city limits, please visit https://peopleoverprofits.indivisible.org/ to find the mutual aid hub closest to you.
Circle of Aunts & Uncles fund
Many small local businesses are in distress due to the global pandemic. In response, Franny Lou’s Porch has set up a GoFundMe to benefit the entrepreneurs in the Circle of Aunts and Uncles, a micro-loan fund which provides low interest loans, advice, and connections for Philadelphia area entrepreneurs who don’t have access to “family and friends” stage capital. In addition, they have set up a Guide for Supporting our Entrepreneurs during the Pandemic if you would like to buy gift cards or other services that they are offering. Now more than ever, we need to support our small businesses to keep our local economies alive and thriving.
COVID19 Relief: Support Unity & Survival Program
The Philadelphia Liberation Center (operated by the Philly branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation) and the Norris Square Community Action Network are launching a new project to offer relief for our neighbors during the Coronavirus pandemic: the Unity & Survival Program. The US Program will be coordinating pickup and delivery services for our neighbors, especially elders, those with chronic illnesses, and higher risk people. Donated money will go towards buying food, supplies, and any other expenses necessary to take care of people.
David’s Face Shield Fund Raiser
This Philly resident is 3D printing face shields for local hospitals to help fight the corona outbreak. He needs funding to buy 3D printing filament, elastic, foam and acetate to make the shield part. With funding, he should be able to produce around 500-1000 pieces, hopefully more!
Expensify National Relief Fund (National)
Expensify.org has redirected all of it’s charitable funds to provide immediate support to families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the COVID-19 outbreak. Donate or apply for assistance at the link above.
Fishadelphia Land-to-Sea Mutual Aid Fund
This mutual aid fund is intended to share resources within and among our community amidst the COVID-19. Funds will be used to support student, customer, and harvester families whose livelihoods are impacted by COVID-19. Please donate any amount you are able. If your livelihood has been impacted by events related to COVID-19 and you need financial support, just let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any unused money will be returned to donors at the after impacts of the virus recede.
ONE FAIR WAGE — Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund (National)
One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Please help!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a Black, Brown, & Native-led group of community members & organizers involved with radical social justice organizations around the city. They are neighbors concerned about our communities and helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the help they need.
Philadelphia Food Service Relief Fund
As many of you know food service works all over the country have taken a really hard hit due to the Coronavirus aka COVID 19. This fund has been established for servers, hosts, bartenders, cooks, floor staff, etc with help to buy groceries, pay rent/bills and just getting by in the wake of this emergency situation.
Philadelphia Tenants Union’s COVID-19 Organizing Guide
Philly is in crisis. We are in not just a public health crisis but also a deep political and economic crisis. Many of us can’t make our rent. The government is unwilling to take the drastic measures needed to keep people in their homes. The landlords and housing market profit off of our suffering and are giving no leniency. But take a deep breath. There are many organizational tools that will give you the ability to work with your friends, neighbors, and fellow tenants to leverage the power of numbers against landlords. This is a guide from the Philadelphia Tenants Union for new organizers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Philadelphia Tenant’s Union Rent Strike Fund
This fund aims to provide legal assistance to tenant groups who cannot negotiate rent reductions they can afford and go on rent strike, and who may face landlord retaliation and landlord-tenant court.
Philly Counts’ The Census Must Go On
Philly Counts has transitioned to a virtual census outreach strategy, until further notice, in support of guidance on slowing the spread of COVID-19. We believe that keeping our communities safe is a national effort that requires all of our participation. We are grateful that you want to help, so we have put together this resource. Throughout the document, you will find the star symbol: ⭐ , indicating a census action item.
Philly Mask Crusaders PPE Donations
Philly chapter organizing pick up, drop off, and delivery of PPE supplies
PHILLY Personal Protective Equipment Mutual Aid Sheet
Connects people looking for personal protective equipment with those that can provide the supplies.
Philly Restaurant Server Relief Fund
A small group of Philadelphia-based activists and community advocates are raising money to help relieve some of the financial strain on restaurant servers living in Philadelphia in light of what started as slow business and decreased hours and has since escalated to restaurant closings, as our region responds to the novel coronavirus.
Philly Transportation Relief
The Philadelphia Drivers Union is at the ready to help our communities stay healthy during these unprecedented times. Do you need help accessing groceries, pharmacy, or other essential services and don’t have a car etc, especially for neighborhoods that have lost retailers?
Philly Virtual Tip Jar
With Philadelphia officially closing all non-essential businesses (restaurants/bars/etc) for who knows how long, we are looking for a way to continue to support the staff of our favorite bars, restaurants, and clubs during this uncertain time. Together we can create a list of Philly service industry workers and their venmo or paypal accounts to be shared widely.
Poor People’s Army Mutual Aid Page
Poor People’s Army is soliciting donations of funds, food, and supplies to redistribute to people in need of assistance during this pandemic.
Project HOME Grocery Lifeline
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a ripple effect that has touched every part of our lives. Many of our Project HOME residents are extremely vulnerable right now. Many individuals who have experienced chronic street homelessness have underlying medical conditions that make it necessary for them to shelter in place and many of our residents are elderly and living well below the poverty line. Would you please help keep our most vulnerable residents safe and healthy by signing up to become a GroceryLifeLine?
QTPOC Mutual Aid Transit Services
Many items are being donated to QTPOC mutual aid funds, but logistical issues exist with getting items to the community. Many community organizers are left to make an informal call of action for assistance. Our mission is to eliminate logistical barriers to support our community.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (National)
RWCF is partnering with Southern Smoke Foundation to distribute direct assistance funds to workers and is in the process of developing a program of no-interest loans for small businesses. Applications for aid and donations are being accepted.
Riverwards COVID-19 Help System
Fishtown Neighbors Association is aware that current conditions are causing real difficulty for some of our residents. To assist those residents, FNA is soliciting volunteers and is connecting volunteers with residents in need. These volunteers are not employees or agents of FNA, but we are grateful for their willingness to help.
Sew Face Masks Philadelphia
Can you sew? Can you make templates? Or perhaps you are willing to donate to help volunteers purchase the necessary supplies? This is a group for those of us who hope we could do something to help stop the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, while stuck at home.
South Philly Community Care and Mutual Aid Signup for COVID19
This is a a signup form to identify community needs and resources for South Philly residents as they all prepare for COVID19 hitting.