Income Supports and Resources

Income Supports and Resources

Many people will lose their primary source of income when unemployment benefits are cut off after September 4th, 2021.

Below is a list of supportive resources that you can apply to for assistance.

Statewide Resources*

Program

Type of Support

Where to Apply

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Debit card for low-income residents to buy food.

Apply online or in-person at your County Assistance Office.

TANF (Also called Cash Assistance)

Direct cash assistance program for very low-income Pennsylvania families.

Apply online or in-person at your County Assistance Office.

Medical Assistance and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)

Health insurance coverage for both adults and children. 

Apply online.

PECO Customer Assistance Program

Helps reduce the amount owed on energy bill for customers with limited income.

To learn more and apply, go to PECO's website.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Each Pennsylvania county has its own Emergency Rental Assistance Program that you can apply to and receive funds from to pay rent and/or utilities that you could not pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an income eligibility requirement.

Find your county's Emergency Rental Assistance Program application by using the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' online search tool.

Philadelphia Resources*

Program

Type of Support

Where to Apply

Philadelphia Gas Works Customer Responsibility Program 

Helps reduce the amount owed on gas bill for low-income customers.

To learn more and apply, go to PGW's website.

BenePhilly

BenePhilly provides free assistance to low-income Philadelphians who are applying for public benefits. 

Call BenePhilly's hotline, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm at:


(844) 848-4376 

Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project

Free legal information for Philadelphia tenants about their rights as renters (including what you can do if you are being evicted).

You can visit their website for more information or call the Philly Tenant Hotline at (267) 443-2500 to be connected to legal services. 

*Please note that many of these programs have income eligibility requirements. This means you will need to have an income under a certain amount, based on your household size, to qualify for any program that has an income eligibility requirement.