Getting and Giving Help

  • Food 
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Childcare
  • Internet
  • Transportation/Cleaning Supplies
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Incarceration
  • Immigrant Communities
  • Volunteer

Meal Sites: Locate the free meal distribution sites closest to you! (Translation options are on the top bar of this page.)

SNAP: See if you are eligible to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— around $200 per month, per person for food assistance! (“Translate” button is in the top right corner of this page.)


Benefits: Click here to file for unemployment benefits! (“Translate” button is in the top right corner of this page.)

Emergency Cash Grants: See if you are eligible to apply for the Emergency Assistance Program— one-time cash grants of $400-$1,200 (based on family size) to help while you are waiting for Covid-19 related unemployment benefits to start!

If you or someone you know owns a small business, contact the Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for advice and financial support. 


Click here to see if you are eligible to apply for free Medical Assistance (MA), or Medicaid! (“Translate” button is in the top right corner of this page.)

Access support through the National Disability Covid-19 Healthcare Support & Advocacy Hotline (800-626-4959) if you or someone you know is disabled and need Covid-19 related medical advocacy or other support.

If you are a resident of North Philadelphia, check out Esperanza’s free Covid-19 testing and affordable, high-quality bilingual health care and wellness services! (Translation button in top right corner.)


Learn about your tenant rights in Philadelphia! NO EVICTIONS are permitted in Philadelphia until after July 10th— call the Philly Tenant Hotline (267-443-2500) for help. (“Translate” button is in the bottom right corner).

Join the Philadelphia Tenants Union to organize and fight for your tenant rights during Covid-19 and beyond! (Organizing guide available in Spanish translation.)

Utilities: Find out if you are eligible to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)— $100-$800 grants for utilities costs! (“Translate” button is in the top right corner of this page.)

Water Bill: See if you’re eligible to apply for financial help paying for your water bill. (“Translate” button is the globe icon on the top right corner of this page.”) 

Rent Assistance: Call the Office of Homeless Services (215-686-7177) for rent or security deposit assistance! (no translation)


If you are pregnant or a caregiver of a young child, click here for breastfeeding support and distribution sites for free diapers, food, and formula for young children! 

If you are a healthcare worker, click here to find free childcare!


Hotspots: Enter your zip code to find a free Xfinity WiFi hotspot near you!

Student Internet: If you are a student, call Spectrum at (855) 243-8892 to sign up for free internet access through June 30th! 

Find out if you are eligible to order a free or low-cost PC and/or internet hotspot! 

Transportation/Cleaning Supplies

Request free transportation and cleaning supplies (masks, disinfectant, etc.) through this volunteer-run, mutual aid form! 

Get SEPTA modified service updates here! (Translation button in bottom right corner.) 

Domestic Abuse

If you or someone you know is suffering in an abusive relationship, click here for free and confidential hotlines and support websites. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) offers translation services in almost every language. 

If you or someone you know is suffering in an LGBTQ+ abusive relationship, click here for a free and confidential hotline (617-742-4911) and other resources. (“Translate” button is in the gray button at the top of this page.)


Click here for a Covid-19 support guide for anyone you know in prisons and jails. 

Immigrant Communities

Check out this compilation of immigrant community-specific organizations in Philadelphia and their Covid-19 resources and support! (Translations to Spanish, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and French linked on this doc.)

Get free advice and representation from Community Legal Services Philadelphia, which provides civil legal aid to all low-income Philadelphians, regardless of immigration status. Translation services are offered through their phone service— (215) 981-3700— where you must leave a message. 

Contact HIAS Pennsylvania for legal, resettlement, citizenship, and other supportive services available to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from all backgrounds. (“Select language” button is on the top right of this page.)

Visit the Nationalities Service Center’s website to learn about their services, including refugee resettlement, economic self-sufficiency programs, English classes, legal assistance, interpretation, employment preparation, and programs for the elderly.

Stay updated on changes around immigration court, ICE, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during Covid-19, and for legal assistance (English and Spanish translation). 


Sign up to join Philly Mutual Aid, Neighbors Helping Neighbors to help deliver groceries, medicine, and supplies to your community! 

Volunteer with HIAS to bring groceries to immigrant and refugee families in need!

Volunteer with SEAMAAC to help distribute food in their South Philly Hunger Relief program! If you speak Vietnamese, Chinese, Lao, Nepali, Bhutanese, Khmer, Chin, or Karen, volunteer to help with bilingual community outreach!

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