COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall SeriesIn order to maintain a dialogue with our community, we are launching a COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series. Every other Thursday at 4:30 PM, we will host a Zoom conversation on a different topic related to the crisis response.

Join us this Thursday (May 14) for a Town Hall on Education. Representatives from the School District of Philadelphia, Read by 4th, Verizon, and Comcast will be on hand to discuss tools to keep your child learning and engaged during the COVID-19 shutdown. RSVP by visiting the link or by calling our office at 215-686-0460. If you will be joining by phone and you have questions for our panelists, please submit them in advance - you may do this when you register, or anytime before the Town Hall on Thursday.
Follow-Up from April 30 Town HallThanks to everyone who attended our Virtual Town Hall on food access! Click the link to watch a recording of the meeting ---->
City Agency Updates
***All Philadelphia Police, Fire, EMS, Prisons, and Office of Emergency Management, and trash collection operations remain unchanged.***
Food Distribution SitesStarting March 30, Philly residents can pick up a free box with 5 days' worth of food for their household, at different locations throughout the city.

- Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Residents can pick up one box per household. Supplies will last up to five days.
- Residents do not need to present an ID or proof of income for eligibility.

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Stay at Home OrderThe City has issued a Stay at Home Order which will continue until further notice. The following restrictions will take effect:
- All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household are prohibited.
- Residents must stay at home unless they are going out to purchase food/supplies, seeking medical attention, or caring for family/friends in other households.
- Outdoor activities like walking and biking are allowed.
- Restaurants may remain open for takeout and delivery. Takeout orders must be placed over the phone or online.
- The following are now considered life-sustaining businesses: laundromats, veterinary hospitals, pet stores, retail banks, cell phone repair hops, and bicycle repair shops.

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Streets Department/Trash PickupBecause of staffing concerns, the Streets Department is revising its collection schedule. Recycling materials will be collected on an every other week schedule. Residents should hold their recycling materials for the week of Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11. Recycling collections will resume on Monday, April 13 with every other week collections through May 15 or further.

Regular trash collections will continue on or as close to their normal schedule as possible. Residents should expect some delays as the health crisis continues to have an impact on employee attendance.

Enforcement of illegal dumping will continue. If you see illegal dumping, contact 311.
City-Run Testing SitesThe City-run location in Center City continues to serve those who are over the age of 50 and healthcare workers who are displaying symptoms. The site is available by appointment only and a referral is required. Call (267) 491-5870 to obtain a referral. Scroll down to the "Medical Access" section for more info about testing sites.
Property/Business Tax Deadline ExtensionNEW: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the deadline to pay Philadelphia property tax has been extended to June 15.

- The City will also honor the extensions granted to businesses by the IRS. The new deadline for both Business Income and Receipts Tax and Net Profits Tax is now July 15, 2020.

No action is required to take advantage of these extensions.
School District of PhiladelphiaThe Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced that all Pennsylvania schools, including here in Philadelphia, will remain closed for the rest of the school year to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While school buildings are closed, learning can and will continue for students. The School District’s remote learning plan will officially begin on April 20. Teachers will help students review what they learned earlier in the school year and learn new content and skills that they would have learned during the 4th marking period.

All K-12 students will need a computer and internet access to participate. If you need to borrow a Chromebook, you can pick it up for free at your child’s school. Each school will share the specific pickup date and time for their school.
Free Library of PhiladelphiaDue to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, all Free Library locations will remain closed to the public until further notice. They will reevaluate when safety concerns have subsided. Most programs and events scheduled through the end of April will be cancelled or postponed, others will proceed virtually.
Parks & RecreationAll playgrounds and athletic courts are CLOSED. Parks are open for those who are well. Please practice safe social distancing and hand washing. See website for additional updates --->
Philadelphia Parking AuthorityParking Violations Branch and PPA adminstrative offices will remain closed until further notice. Meters, kiosks and residential permits will NOT be enforced.

Summary of updates (more details in link):
- Parking enforcement (Special emphasis on enforcing safety violations)
- Scheduled hearings (Hearings between March 17-27 will be rescheduled)
- Booted/towed vehicles (Only have to pay tickets on impounded vehicle's license plate)
- Payment options for impounded vehicles (Online and limited in-person hours at two locations)
- Parking ticket payments (Pay online or by phone)
- Red light camera violations (Pay online or by mail)
- Parking garages (will remain open except for PHL Airport economy lot)
City of Philadelphia Workforce Policy Updates/GuidanceTo minimize the risk of exposure and restrict the spread of COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia is updating policies and making recommendations to internal departments. That includes an updated sick leave policy (waiving doctor’s note requirements) and an expanded virtual work policy, with additional IT support to allow work-from-home situations.
Licenses & Inspections- Construction work must stop by Friday, March 27 at 5PM.
- Routine maintenance and emergency repair of existing buildings are exempted from this rule.

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L&I is providing core services. As of Monday, March 16, online permitting is available throught the eCLIPSE platofrm. Link to eCLIPSE help page:

L&I has also launched an automated phone system customers can use to schedule permit inspections and check on the status of permit applications. The phone number is 215-255-4040; further instructions:
Philly 311311 remains open 8 AM-8 PM Monday through Friday, and will be adding additional capacity on weekends. Residents can place a service request by dialing 311 or submitting service requests online. Link ---->
Health Department
Health Department Text AlertsFor COVID-19 Text Alerts
Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.

The City of Philadelphia has been monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic since early January 2020 and has been working diligently to prepare plans and responses if cases occur in Philadelphia. Here is what we’ve been doing.
Health ClinicsIf you have serious symptoms, like a high fever, difficulty breathing, symptoms lasting longer than three days, or suspected dehydration, you should call your regular health care provider. If you do not have a provider in the Philadelphia area, you can call one of the urgent care centers or health centers on the map in the link on the right.

Please call ahead before you visit one of these clinics. The Health Department will work with them to coordinate testing if appropriate.

If you are severely ill and need medical attention right away, call 911.
Who Should Get Tested The Health Department recommends testing for people with fever and cough or shortness of breath if symptoms are severe or worsening, and for those with symptoms who:
• Are over age 50.
• Have medical conditions that might increase the severity of the infection, including diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or immunocompromising conditions.
• Live in a facility with other people (nursing home, college dormitory, prison, shelter).
• Are healthcare workers.

People who are otherwise healthy and are not feeling short of breath or experiencing worsening cough and fever should simply stay at home away from other people.
What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive: Guidance for Essential Businesses and OrganizationsThis guidance document will assist essential businesses and organizations in understanding best practices in the current environment to keep essential workers safe.
Resources for Families and CaregiversList includes info on where to find baby supplies and how to access WIC benefits.
Home Cleaning GuidanceClean first to remove germs and dirt.
• Clean all regularly touched surfaces, like tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches,
remotes, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use the household cleaner you
usually use and follow the directions on the label.
• Disinfect using an EPA-registered disinfectant that is appropriate for the surface. Follow the
directions on the label.
• Examples of appropriate disinfectants can be found at
• Read product labels and be sure to use cleaning products safely and correctly. Follow any
instructions on the product like wearing gloves or airing out the space.

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Home Care Guidance for Individuals in Quarantine/IsolationHome care guide for individuals in quarantine and those caring for them. Topics include:
- General precautions
- Preventative measures that patients should follow
- Preventative measures that other people in the home should follow
- How to keep the home clean
- Handling of laundry, trash, and household waste
- Medical care/doctor's visits
- Discontinuing quarantine or isolation
Health Dept. Phone Line for Questions about Isolation/QuarantineFor questions about home care, isolation or quarantine, call the Health Department:
- Call 215-685-6742 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
- Call 215-686-4514 after vusiness hours, and ask for the Disease Control on-call staff.
COVID-19 and PregnancyQuestions and answers about how COVID-19 may affect pregnancies.
COVID-19 and ChildrenQuestions and answers about how COVID-19 may affect children. Generally, children who have coronavirus have mild symptoms. Severe complications of coronavirus, like pneumonia, appear to be very uncommon in children.
PCAPCA is working closely with the city of Philadelphia and other government entities as developments continue related to the COVID-19 outbreak. PCA is regularly reviewing information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Philadelphia Department of Public Health on all viral diseases and distributing this information with providers and staff, as necessary. There is specific COVID-19 consumer information featured on the homepage their website (

With regard to senior centers, PCA is in constant contact with all of the senior centers that it sponsors. Each senior center is evaluating their current situation individually and evaluating best options. This can include temporary closings and regular deep-cleanings. It is recommended that should an older adult plan to visit a senior center, to call ahead. PCA's directory of senior centers can be found at

In addition, one of our chief concerns is food access for those who are dependent on senior center’s congregate meals as part of their nutritional needs. Senior centers are making special provisions for those individuals who are food insecure or at risk for malnutrition, which can include distributing meals that they can prepare at home. If senior center members have concerns surrounding meals, members can call their local senior center or the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
Senior Law CenterFor more than 40 years, SeniorLAW Center has helped older adults face challenges in health, housing, financial exploitation and poverty. They continue to advocate, provide services and support as together we all confront this health pandemic. Their Philadelphia team can be reached at 215-988-1242. More info in link --->
Older Adult CentersThree of Parks & Rec's Older Adult Centers continue offering grab-and-go meals for seniors. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday, 11AM - 1 PM, at the Northeast (8101 Bustleton Ave), Mann (3201 N 5th St), and MLK Jr. (2100 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave) centers.
CDC Guidance for Older AdultsIncludes prevention tips, a checklist for your home, and guidance on what to do if you get sick.
Food Access
West and Southwest Philly Food ResourcesAn extensive list of food distribution sites throughout the 3rd District, organized by the schools they're nearest to.!AKaiV6Qaf-B7ccQ&id=B4C41C8F1A46E484!2456&cid=B4C41C8F1A46E484
Meals for SeniorsPCA is providing some senior centers with Grab and Go meals, Home Delivered Meals, and Commodities Boxes. There are several locations in West and Southwest Philadelphia:
- Firehouse Active Adult Center, 5331 Haverford Ave; 215-472-6188
- West Philadelphia Senior Community Center, 1016-26 N 41st St; 215-386-0379
- CHCS Star Harbor Senior Center, 4700 Springfield Ave; 215-726-7468
- Southwest Senior Center, 6916 Elmwood Ave; 215-937-1880

Please call before going to the site to find out what pickup/delivery options may be available.
Food Delivery Service for Residents with DisabilitiesBeginning in May, Liberty Resources, Caring for Friends, and Share Food Program are offering free, weekly food delivery (contact-free) to Philadelphians who are facing food insecurity and cannot leave their homes due to a disability.

To request to join this program, call or text (215) 709-9619, email, or fill out the online form (link is in "Website" column). A program representative will call back to discuss the food delivery plan.
Food Not Bombs SolidarityDistributes free food every Thursday from 5-6pm at the 46th Street El Stop (46th and Market)
West Philly Food Not BombsFood distribution is no longer happening at Malcolm X Park but they are happy to deliver to anyone who needs a meal. Call 267-266-5325 to arrange.
Family Dinner Distribution - PHA/CHOPPHA and CHOP are offering a daily free meal service for families at Westpark and Bartram Village. Frozen, family-style dinners will feed 4-5 people. More info --->
SNAPExperiencing a food emergency and need food right away? Help is available. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' website at, or call the Helpline, toll-free, at 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 for individuals with hearing impairments) or your county assistance office.
Find Food Pantries/Resources Near YouUse any of the following to find food pantries and free meals near you:
- Go to and enter your ZIP code.
- Call 1-800-5-HUNGRY
- Text your ZIP code to 1-800-548-6479
- Enter your ZIP code at
People's Emergency CenterAfter Saturday, March 14, PEC's food cupboard will be closed until further notice.
School MealsThe School District of Philadelphia’s 49 student meal sites distribute meals once a week. These sites give out ten meals (five breakfasts and five lunches) per student on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Families should prepare for the increased number of meals by bringing a sturdy bag or cart. Charter schools maintain different hours which are listed on the city's website.

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Free Meals in Center CityList at link contains location/contact info for over a dozen free meal providers in Center City. Please call before arriving to confirm that meals are being served.
MANNAMANNA will continue delivering meals to clients. Operating hours are now 7AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday.
Food Trust Farmers MarketsThe Food Trust will keep its three year-round farmers markets (Fitler Square, Clark Park and Headhouse) open during the city’s evolving COVID-19 shut-down. During this crisis, farmers markets remain a critical point of access for affordable, healthy food, particularly for individuals relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Clark Park farmers market is every Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM.
Crusaders for Christ ChurchDistributes food on Fridays from 3-4 PM. (Please call on Friday morning to be sure they are still distributing food: 215-387-3014.) Location: 1201 South 42nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19143
Paradise Emmanuel Tabernacle ChurchDistributes food on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 AM-12 Noon. (215) 571-5406; 4704 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
Lombard Central Presbyterian ChurchSoup kitchen (hot meals) operates Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM-noon. Food pantry does a fresh food giveaway on Fridays at 12:30 PM. 4201 Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Food can also be requested on an emergency basis at 267-582-5013.
Ezekiel Baptist ChurchDistributing meals on Thursdays, 9am-12pm. 5701 Grays Ave; (215) 727-2663
Abiding Truth MinistriesFood pantry every Saturday from 10 AM - 12 PM. 846 South 52nd Street.
Find a housing counseling agency in your communityHousing counselors can help people that hare having trouble staying in their home, whether it's because they can't afford rent or they are facing foreclosure. Many housing counseling agencies are working remotely. Find a housing counselor near you with this map --->
PhillyTenant.orgResource created in collaboration by a number of Philadephia legal and housing advocacy groups. Visit for information on changes to evictions, foreclosures, utilities, and more. You can also get legal support if you are receiving unfair treatment.
EvictionsIt is never legal to evict a tenant without a court order. Philadelphia courts are closed through April 3, 2020, and no legal evictions will proceed until they reopen. If your landlord changes your locks, bars your door, cuts off your utilities, removes your possessions, or otherwise forces you out of your home, take the following steps, they are breaking the law:

- Call 911 and report an illegal self-help eviction to the police.
- You can also call the Tenant Hotline 267-443-2500 or refer to for more information.
- File an emergency petition with the Court of Common Pleas.
Foreclosures and Sheriff SalesIn response to COVID-19, Philadelphia courts have now postponed all March sheriff sales; all March Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program conferences; and all March Property Tax Rule Returnable Hearings in Courtroom 676.
Philadelphia Housing AuthorityThe Health Department recommends testing for people with fever and cough or shortness of breath if symptoms are severe or worsening, and for those with symptoms who:
• Are over age 50.
• Have medical conditions that might increase the severity of the infection, including diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or immunocompromising conditions.
• Live in a facility with other people (nursing home, college dormitory, prison, shelter).
• Are healthcare workers.

People who are otherwise healthy and are not feeling short of breath or experiencing worsening cough and fever should simply stay at home away from other people.
Project HOMEHomeless Outreach Hotline: (215) 232-1984. Classes and other community services at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center are cancelled. The Hub of Hope in Suburban Station remains open and will operate on its normal schedule.
Office of Homeless ServicesIf you are experiencing homelessness, you can go to an intake center and get help. You can also get help if you are at risk of losing your home. If you see someone on the street in need of shelter or other services, call 215-232-1984.
Save Your Home Philly HotlineThe "Save Your Home Philly" Hotline provides homeowners (including heirs or invested parties) with assistance on matters relating to real estate tax and foreclosure/collection activity. You can call them at 215-334-HOME (4663) or learn more on their website --->
DHCD - Housing Resource GuideNot coronavirus-specific, but a very thorough list of resources for people dealing with housing issues.
Landlord/Tenant MediationIf you are experiencing conflict with your landlord or tenant, you can access mediation (a process for resolving disputes, with the assistance of a neutral third-party). All mediations will be conducted virtually (by phone, computer, or tablet). This service is offeredat no cost by the City of Philadelphia and Good Shepherd Mediation Program.
Mortgage ForbearanceUnder the federal CARES Act passed in March, banks must offer homeowners with government-backed mortgages up to 12 months of forbearance during which they don't have to make mortgage payments. Many lenders are offering forbearance to people whose mortgages aren't federally owned or backed.

Get in touch with your mortgage servicer to learn more, and call the Save Your Home Philly hotline at 215-334-HOME (4663) if you need assistance.
Courts/Legal Services
Community Legal ServicesCommunity Legal Services will not be seeing new clients until March 25, at which point they expect to reopen for phone and online services. The Housing Intake hotline remains open for new cases: 267-443-2500. More phone numbers for other issues are available on the CLS website -->
Philadelphia CourtsThe Philadelphia Municipal Court’s landlord-tenant officer will not perform any evictions until at least April 3. The landlord-tenant officer’s office, however, will remain open to process new work. The landlord-tenant officer will contact landlords to reschedule evictions already scheduled.

There are changes to the schedules for Supervised Visits, Mortgage Conciliation Conferences, Tax Petition Conferences, Sheriff Tax Sales, and Sequestration Conferences. See website for full list of changes -->
Philadelphia Legal AssistancePhiladelphia Legal Assistance has ceased all walk-in intake through April 30, 2020. They are replacing walk-in intake with telephone and online intake. Telephone intake will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to noon at 215-981-3800. Online intake can be accessed at
Homeless Advocacy ProjectRemaining legal clinics in March have been postponed. For urgent matters, call (215) 523-9595.
Stimulus Check for non-taxpaying residentsIf you didn’t file a 2018 tax return, aren’t required to file for 2019, and don’t receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, you can still receive a stimulus check from the IRS by filling out a "Non-Filer" form. Visit the IRS website for eligibility details and instructions --->
Governor Tom WolfThe entire commonwealth is now under statewide COVID-19 mitigation.
- All Pennsylvanians are asked to refrain from non-essential travel.
- All non-essential businesses in PA must close physical locations as of 8PM on March 19. Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service.
- Restricted visitors in assisted living and personal care homes to minimize exposure to vulnerable individuals.
- Child care centers are closed as of March 17. Philadelphia families should check with their child care facilities to determine status of business operations.

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Full list of essential vs nonessential businesses:
Resources for Applying for BenefitsThis useful guide from the State government provides resources that may assist you and your family in your search for employment, health care, social services, food, utilities, child care, housing, debt, and mental health and substance abuse services.
COMPASS - Online Enrollment for State BenefitsCOMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. This includes health care, food benefits, cash assistance, child care, and more.
Voting in PA - Mail-in BallotPostage will be covered for mail-in ballots for the primary election in June, so you can vote safely from home.

Registered voters may request a mail-in ballot, as a result of new laws in effect this year. To receive a mail-in ballot, voters must complete an application either online or by mail.
Resources for People with DisabilitiesThis page on Disability Rights Pennsylvania's website resources for individuals with disabilities seeking information on services/offices during the pandemic, including:

- Disability Services and Healthcare
- Education
- Employment
- Federal, State, and Local Govermnet
- Housing
- Transportation

DRP's live intake line remains open Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM: (800) 692-7743.
Zoning Board of AdjustmentThe Zoning Board of Adjustment is extending certain filing deadlines, including appeals from refusals, appeals of referrals, and appeals against actions of L&I. All filing deadlines from March 13 onward are extended indefinitely, until further notice.

Changes affecting these extensions will be announced on the ZBA website, via press release and via the Department of Planning and Development Twitter account. Please note that ZBA hearings through the end of April have been postponed.
Resources/Info for Workers
BenePhilly - One-on-One Benefits Enrollment SupportBenePhilly, a partnership between the City and Benefits Data Trust, is open for business through their Call Center (844-848-4376). This service can help you learn which of 19 public benefits (federal, state, and local) you are eligible for, and assist you with the application.
Paid Sick LeavePhiladelphia's 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.

"If you work for an employer with more than nine employees, you’re entitled to paid sick days. If you work for an employer with fewer than 10 employees, you’re entitled to unpaid sick days. Chains with more than 14 locations worldwide also must provide paid sick leave, no matter how many employees work at one location. But you have to be an employee — not an independent contractor — to be covered by the city’s law.

If you’re not sure what you are, check your tax documents or ask your employer. Employees get W2s, and independent contractors get 1099s. Other workers who aren’t covered under the Philadelphia law include unionized employees and state and federal employees (these groups likely have a paid sick leave policy written into their collective bargaining agreements) and seasonal workers.

Your immigration status does not affect your ability to get paid sick leave. You have to work at least 40 hours a year for that employer in order to accrue sick days. Under the Philly law, you can accrue up to five (paid or unpaid) sick days. And you have to have worked 90 days before you can use them." More here:
Unemployment BenefitsIf you are out of work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits from the state. You can file an unemployment claim online; if the form doesn't work, you can file over the phone at (888) 313-7284.

You should file as soon as you find out you're not going to be able to work. If your workplace was shut down as a result of the crisis, report your reason as "lack of work."

You're likely eligible if anything about the crisis has stopped you from working, including:
- Your employer cut your hours
- Your employer temporarily shut down
- You quit your job because you felt your workplace was unsafe
- You were fired because your employer was forcing you to work and you felt that it was unsafe
- You can't get to work because public transportation is shut down

Employee FAQ:
Employer FAQ:

Link to file a claim --->
Pandemic Unemployment AssistanceIf you have already tried to file for unemployment but were denied, you may be eligible for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA). PUA offers expanded eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits (e.g. self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers). The application is now open --->
Workers' Comp - PA Dept of Labor & IndustryIf you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers' Compensation (WC) by either:
- Notifying your employer to file a typical "disease-as-injury" WC claim, which requires you to provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace
- Notifying your employer to file an "occupational disease" WC claim, which requires you to show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation/industry than in the general population

Workers' Comp FAQ:
Benefits Enrollment for Newly UnemployedIf you lost your job as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for food stamps (SNAP), Medicaid, cash assistance (TANF), or energy bill assistance (LIHEAP). Community Legal Services has put together a flyer with useful info --->

You can also reach CLS over the phone at 215-227-2400.
Know Your Rights - Workplace SafetyThe Philadelphia Inquirer put together a useful Q&A to help workers better understand their rights when someone in their workplace tests positive for coronavirus.
Essential Businesses Hiring in PhiladelphiaList of essential businesses in the Philadelphia area that have announced they are currently hiring. This list will be updated regularly.
Philadelphia Works - Resources for Job SeekersJob listings updated weekly.
Resources/Info for Business Owners
Funding and Financial Assistance for BusinessesPIDC has put together an extensive list of local, state, and federal relief funds and loan opportunties, as well as info on eligibility, application info, and more.
- Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund (only currently accepting applications for $5,000 microgrants)
- PHL COVID-19 Fund (for nonprofits)
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Advance (any small business with less than 500 employees)
- SBA Express Bridge Loans (for companies with anexisting relationship with an SBA Express Lender)
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program (Currently open for small businesses, opens April 10 for independent contractors)
- LISC Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund (businesses in underserved communities)
- Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (childcare/pre-k, etc)
- Enterprise Center COVID-19 Relief Loan (low interest loan for small businesses with up to $250K revenue)
- Grow Philadelphia Capital Initiative (any construction business owned/operated by ethnic minorities working on a contract)
- Citizens Bank Small Business Recovery Program (for small businesses that are preexisting Citizens Bank customers)
- University City District Small Business Emergency Fund (for businesses within UCD's program area)
What the CARES Act (Federal Stimulus) Means for Small BusinessesUseful information from the Philadelphia Commerce Department on economic relief programs that the federal government is offering businesses, and how Philadelphia’s small businesses can apply.
City guidance to businessesSmall business owners who have questions regarding whether they are classified as Essential or Non-Essential should email

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia is restricting certain commercial activity. As of 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, non-essential businesses should be closed through at least Friday, March 27. Only essential businesses should remain open. Call 311 with business concerns.

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Planning guidance for businesses and nonprofit organizationsThis guidance is for schools, daycare centers, businesses, community centers, and other non-healthcare settings that are visited by the public. The City of Philadelphia is implementing the following strategies for its own workforce, and we encourage area businesses to do the same.

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Social Distancing for Essential BusinessesThe Health Department is recommending a number of measures for essential businesses to practice social distancing and keep their employees safe while they work through the crisis.
COVID-19 Small Business Relief FundThe COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund offers grants or zero-interest loans to Philadelphia small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the application details for more information about what you'll need to complete your application. More info in link ---->
PHL COVID-19 FundThe 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.

The First Round application deadline for the first series of grants has been extended to 5 p.m. E.S.T. on Monday, April 13.
COVID-19 Arts Aid PHLCOVID Arts Aid PHL is a new emergency support fund focused on the arts and culture sector. It will support individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paycheck Protection ProgramThe Paycheck Protection Program provides federally-guaranteed loans to eligible businesses, to encourage businesses to retain employees through the COVID-19 crisis by assisting in the payment of certain operational costs. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are all eligible for this program.

The maximum loan size is equivalent to 250 times the employer's average monthly payroll costs, which include wages, salaries, retirement and healthcare benefits, covered leave, and other expenses.

Borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness equivalent to the sum spent on covered expenses during the eight-week period after the loan is initiated. More info --->
Enterprise Center - Capital Corporation COVID-19 Loan FundThe Enterprise Center is offering 1% interest loans to small businesses that meet the following criteria:
- Business located in Philadelphia
- Minimum of 6 months in operations prior to COVID-19 pandemic
- Have at least 1 employee (self-employed qualifies with a 1099 statement)
- Have a documented hardship
- Have active general liability insurance
- No bankruptcies in the past 12 months or foreclosures in the past 24 months
- Must prepare business turnaround plan within 30 days of funding
Facebook Small Business Grants ProgramFacebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more and sign up for updates in the link --->