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. 

PECO Customer Assistance Program

PECO 5-Year Payment Arrangement 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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

For customers who cannot get into low-income programs, PECO has a 5 year payment arrangement program. The deadline to request this is September 30, 2021.

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.

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

Call PECO’s customer service line between 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday.

1-800-494-4000

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

Philadelphia Resources*

Program

Philadelphia Gas Works Customer Responsibility Program 

Philadelphia Gas Works 5-Year Payment Arrangement 

BenePhilly

Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project

Type of Support

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

For customers who cannot get into low-income programs, PECO has a 5 year payment arrangement program. The deadline to request this is September 30, 2021.

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

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

Where to Apply

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

Call PGW’s billing collection service number between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

(215) 235-1777

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

(844) 848-4376 

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

Are you worried about or currently facing eviction?

There is still a CDC Eviction Moratorium that is effective until October 3, 2021 that protects some tenants from being evicted. This moratorium protects tenants who are being evicted because there is judgement of non-payment for rent. To be protected by the moratorium, you need to sign the CDC declaration and give it to your landlord. 

*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.