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Benefits Access Chart: COVID-19

There are many benefits for individuals and families who need help. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people can get cash benefits than usual. This tool has descriptions of many available benefits. It also has links to more information and applications. The table at the top can help you find out which benefits may be available to you and your family.

Get Healthy Philly

In March 2010, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched Get Healthy Philly, a groundbreaking public health initiative bringing together government, community-based organizations, academia, and the private sector to address obesity and smoking in Philadelphia. Get Healthy Philly works to ensure that Philadelphians can enjoy long, productive lives free from disease, disability, and premature death.

HHS Confidentiality Training

This training will provide an overview of the federal and state confidentiality, privacy and security requirements specific to the types of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) maintained by HHS agencies. It will also discuss general confidentiality standards that apply to these types of PII maintained by HHS cluster agencies.

Housing for Those Who Are Homeless

Between 2008 and 2014, due to efforts on the part of the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH), the overall Philadelphia homeless housing inventory increased by 80% through local and McKinney grant-funded construction, rehabilitation and leased units, including units through the City’s partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority. By the end of 2015, there will be more than 5,500 in place or funded homeless housing units in Philadelphia.

Improving Outcomes for Children

Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC), a community-based model of service delivery launched by the Department of Human Services (DHS), is a multi-year reform plan aimed at improving the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children and families served by DHS. With this approach, case management services for children involved in the child welfare system transitioned to providers called Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs).

Mayor’s Taskforce on Eviction Prevention and Response

Mayor Jim Kenney announced the formation of an Eviction Task Force to reduce the number of evictions and buffer the effects of low income residents in the Philadelphia. Twenty-seven members have been appointed with experience in housing, landlord-tenant matters, legal services and other related fields. They will be tasked with developing a clear understanding of the Philadelphia eviction landscape, including who is impacted by evictions, documenting the eviction process, and current services and policies, determining best practices, identifying gaps, and supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to prevent evictions and reduce the deleterious effects of eviction in Philadelphia.

Mental Health First Aid

Launched by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. Philadelphia has emerged as a national leader for raising awareness of mental illness, becoming one of the first cities in the U.S. to implement MHFA on a large scale. The MHFA program exceeded expectations due to wide interest from residents, the School District of Philadelphia, public and private organizations, as well first responders. DBHIDS plans to train 10,000 individuals by the end of this year.

Shared Prosperity Philadelphia

Shared Prosperity Philadelphia serves as the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive anti-poverty program, supported and guided by the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), with a defined strategy: coordinate the diffuse efforts of scores of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic organizations, private and corporate entities to implement a more effective approach to creating pathways out of poverty in the City. Since its inception, Shared Prosperity Philadelphia has targeted five critical areas impacting poverty in Philadelphia: economic security; housing security; early learning; workforce development; and benefits access.

Youth Residential Placement Task Force

The Youth Residential Placement Task Force was established by a City Council resolution in 2018 following the death of a child at a residential placement facility. This incident and other cases of harm to young Philadelphians compelled City officials and stakeholders in the child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and education communities to form this Task Force to accelerate the progress already underway. The City and the Task Force are committed to redoubling efforts to reduce the use of residential placement. And where residential placement remains necessary, they are committed to ensuring that residential placement is safe, provides high quality care, and meets youths’ educational needs. The Task Force will release a report with recommendations to reach these goals to City Council, Mayor Kenney, state leadership, and the public. Together, strides can be made towards making these critical changes.