COVID-19 information: Philadelphia is in a modified, restricted green phase of reopening. For the latest information, visit phila.gov/COVID-19. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.

COVID-19 Recovery Office

Timeline and updates

July 2020
July 06

The City launched relaunched the emergency rental assistance program. The first round helped 4,000 Philly renters. This time, the goal is 6,300 people.

July 06

The Restart PHL Loan Fund, created by PIDC, launches. It provides flexible loans of $25,000 to $250,000 to help small businesses reopen and/or adapt business models to new conditions and opportunities as a result of COVID-19. The program is focused on helping historically disadvantaged businesses and businesses located in high-poverty and low- to moderate-income areas.

July 03

Philadelphia entered the an initial restricted green phase of reopening.

June 2020
June 05

Philadelphia entered the Safer at Home yellow phase of reopening.

May 2020
May 30

The City announced it will provide rental assistance payments to 4,000 households through its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

May 28

The PHL COVID-19 Fund has raised $17 million. 468 non-profit organizations are using these funds to keep residents fed, healthy, and in their homes.

May 28

The Mayor sent a letter to Governor Wolf advocating for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

May 21

Daryl Hall, Questlove, and Patti LaBelle headlined PHL Love, a variety show fundraiser benefiting the PHL COVID-19 Fund. The concert raised $1.5 million for non-profit organizations.

May 14

The City and PIDC announced that a total of 2,083 small businesses have been selected to receive $13.3 million from the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. This includes 938 more awards in addition to the 1,145 small businesses previously announced.

May 14

The City launched the COVID-19 Recovery Office to ensure Philadelphia is well-positioned to take advantage of state and federal resources.

May 12

The Mayor sent a memo to Philadelphia’s delegates in Harrisburg, advocating for the City’s priorities for Coronavirus Relief Funding.

May 08

The Mayor requested assistance from Governor Wolf on COVID-19 testing.

May 08

The City launched an emergency rental assistance program expected to keep at least 3,000 families in their homes.

April 2020
April 18

The City and PIDC announced that 1,145 small businesses were awarded a total of $9.2 million in the first round of the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund.

April 17

The Mayor wrote to President Trump, strongly urging that the “Interim Supplemental” under negotiation with Congress include emergency fiscal assistance to cities, to prevent cuts to crucial services.

April 16

Along with Mayors from across the country, Mayor Kenney wrote to Speaker Pelosi requesting assistance for the Arts, including individuals impacted by COVID-19, and businesses in the Arts suffering from the pandemic.

April 15

Mayor Kenney wrote to Vice President Pence requesting Federal aid for COVID-19 testing.

April 10

The Mayor wrote to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to advocate for Federal assistance that would meet the needs of Philadelphia residents.

March 2020
March 23

Philadelphia’s Stay at Home Order goes into effect.

March 23

The City and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) launched the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, a $13.3 million grant and loan program designed to support Philadelphia small businesses, help maintain payroll obligations, and preserve jobs impacted by the spread of the virus.

March 19

The City partnered with the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way to announce the PHL COVID-19 Fund. Government, philanthropy, and business came together to aid non-profits organizations providing critical resources and support.


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