Basic Needs

Anti-Poverty

The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) focuses on creating pathways to self-sufficiency through a range of programs and initiatives. These include job training and workforce development, financial literacy and coaching, housing stability and homelessness prevention, and access to quality education and healthcare. By addressing these critical areas, CEO helps individuals and families overcome barriers and achieve long-term economic stability.

Leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. With a focus on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs, United Way works collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to address pressing social challenges and create lasting change.

Political Offices

Senator Vincent Hughes, representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Senatorial District

Contact (215) 879-7777

State Representative Morgan Cephas, serving Pennsylvania’s 192nd Legislative District

Contact (215) 879-6625

State Representative Roni Green, representing Pennsylvania’s 190th Legislative District

Contact: (267) 439-4732

State Representative Amen Brown, serving Pennsylvania’s 10th Legislative District

Contact: (215) 879-6615

Councilmember Rue Landau serving the City of Philadelphia At-Large

Contact: (215) 686-3420

Councilmember Isaiah Thomas serving the City of Philadelphia At-Large

Contact: (215) 686-3446

Councilmember Jim Harrity serving the City of Philadelphia At-Large

Contact: (215) 686-8295

Food Assistance

The City of Philadelphia Food Finder is an essential resource for residents seeking access to nutritious food options across the city. Through its user-friendly interface and comprehensive database, Food Finder connects individuals with nearby food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers’ markets, and other food assistance program

As the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance works tirelessly to provide nourishing food to those in need through a network of food pantries, shelters, and community kitchens. Through innovative programs and partnerships, Philabundance not only addresses immediate food insecurity but also advocates for systemic change to eradicate hunger and poverty in the community.

Get Fresh Daily is a community-driven initiative aimed at promoting healthy eating, food access, and nutrition education in urban areas. Founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to fresh, nutritious food, Get Fresh Daily works to address food insecurity, improve health outcomes, and build stronger communities through grassroots efforts and community engagement.

Community Legal Services (CLS) is a pivotal institution dedicated to delivering crucial legal aid and advocacy to low-income individuals and families throughout Philadelphia. With a team of dedicated attorneys and support staff, CLS provides a spectrum of services, including representation in housing disputes, assistance with accessing benefits, and support in family law matters.

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Housing Assistance

The Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN) is a vital resource for tenants in Philadelphia, dedicated to protecting their rights and advocating for safe, affordable, and equitable housing. As a grassroots organization, TURN provides education, support, and advocacy to empower tenants in navigating the complexities of landlord-tenant relationships and the legal system.

The Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) is a dedicated agency committed to addressing and mitigating homelessness within the community. It provides comprehensive support services and housing solutions designed to empower individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The OSH operates through a holistic approach that combines housing assistance with vital services such as case management, mental health support, substance abuse treatment, and job training programs.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is a cornerstone institution dedicated to providing safe and affordable housing options for low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia. Through its diverse range of housing programs and initiatives, PHA strives to improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency among residents.

Through strategic investments, innovative financing tools, and partnerships with stakeholders, PHDC works to create vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods where residents can thrive. By focusing on housing preservation, homeownership opportunities, and economic development, PHDC plays a crucial role in fostering equitable growth and improving the quality of life for all Philadelphians.

Community Legal Services (CLS) is a pivotal institution dedicated to delivering crucial legal aid and advocacy to low-income individuals and families throughout Philadelphia. With a team of dedicated attorneys and support staff, CLS provides a spectrum of services, including representation in housing disputes, assistance with accessing benefits, and support in family law matters.

The Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania (FHRC) is a vital organization committed to ensuring equal access to housing opportunities for all residents in the region. Through education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws, FHRC works tirelessly to combat discrimination and promote housing equity. By providing resources, assistance, and legal support to individuals facing housing discrimination, FHRC empowers communities and fosters a more inclusive and just housing market in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

AchieveAbility is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dedicated to empowering low-income, single-parent families to break the cycle of poverty. Through comprehensive support services such as housing assistance, educational programs, workforce development, and childcare services, AchieveAbility helps families build sustainable pathways to economic self-sufficiency.

The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) is a community-driven initiative dedicated to enhancing the cleanliness, beauty, and livability of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Through partnerships with residents, businesses, and local organizations, PMBC coordinates a variety of programs and activities aimed at beautifying public spaces, combating litter and graffiti, and promoting environmental sustainability. From neighborhood cleanups and tree plantings to educational workshops and beautification grants, PMBC empowers communities to take pride in their surroundings and actively participate in making Philadelphia a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit.

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AchieveAbility is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dedicated to empowering low-income, single-parent families to break the cycle of poverty. Through comprehensive support services such as housing assistance, educational programs,
workforce development, and childcare services, AchieveAbility helps families build sustainable pathways to economic self-sufficiency.

The Food Pantry at the New Testament Church of God stands as a pillar of support for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity within their community. Supported by dedicated volunteers and generous contributions, the pantry provides essential nourishment to those facing hardship, offering vital assistance during difficult times

Broad Street Ministry’s Drop-In Social Services offers a vital lifeline for individuals experiencing homelessness and other forms of hardship in Philadelphia. Through a compassionate and welcoming environment, the Drop-In provides essential resources such as meals, clothing, hygiene products, and connections to social services.

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AchieveAbility is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dedicated to empowering low-income, single-parent families to break the cycle of poverty. Through comprehensive support services such as housing assistance, educational programs,
workforce development, and childcare services, AchieveAbility helps families build sustainable pathways to economic self-sufficiency.

The Food Pantry at the New Testament Church of God stands as a pillar of support for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity within their community. Supported by dedicated volunteers and generous contributions, the pantry provides essential nourishment to those facing hardship, offering vital assistance during difficult times

Broad Street Ministry’s Drop-In Social Services offers a vital lifeline for individuals experiencing homelessness and other forms of hardship in Philadelphia. Through a compassionate and welcoming environment, the Drop-In provides essential resources such as meals, clothing, hygiene products, and connections to social services.

Job Assistance

Achieve their employment goals. Services include career counseling, resume writing assistance, job search workshops, and interview preparation. Job seekers can access job listings, training programs, and educational opportunities to enhance their skills and increase (their employability. The system also offers specialized programs for veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those re-entering the workforce, ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to the support they need.

Relief Agencies

The American Red Cross Philadelphia (ARC PHL) Chapter is a vital humanitarian organization dedicated to providing disaster relief, health and safety education, and support services to individuals and communities in need. As part of the broader American Red Cross network, the ARC PHL Chapter serves the Philadelphia region, offering a wide range of programs and services to help prevent and alleviate human suffering.