Fair Chance Hiring Initiative

Reimbursing local employers who hire individuals returning from incarceration.


The City of Philadelphia has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of that, the Department of Commerce has created this program. The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative reimburses local employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals.

Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the city's population. About 300,000 Philadelphians have had contact with the criminal justice system. Integrating these individuals into the workforce is a priority.

This program helps provide returning citizens with opportunities. Fair Chance Hiring Initiative benefits both these residents and the businesses that take part.

This program was introduced as an alternative to the Philadelphia Re-Entry Program (PREP) Tax Credit.


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Process and eligibility

Employers who fill vacant positions with qualifying employees will become eligible for benefits. Reimbursement will begin after 90 days.

A qualifying employee must be:

Employers must:

  • Pay qualifying employees at least $12.20 per hour.
  • Give qualifying employees a minimum of 21 work hours per week.

Employers will receive reimbursement for:

  • Up to $5 per hour for each qualified position.
  • Up to 40 hours per week, with a maximum of 1,000 hours every year (per position).

The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative requires a 90-day probation period for each new hire.

Apply to become a participating business

Download, complete, and return to application to take part in the Initiative.