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● Housing Resources●

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Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA)

PHA develops, acquires, leases and operates affordable housing for city residents with limited incomes- 215-684-4000
www.pha.phila.gov

PA Housing Finance Agency

Help finding affordable homes to buy/rent; help with debt and foreclosure prevention; free financial counseling and more. Go to http://pal.phfa.org/ or call 1.855.827.3466

Women’s Community Revitalization Project

WCRP helps low-income women by providing affordable housing options, neighborhood resources,supportive services for women and their families. Go to www.wcrpphila.org or call
215.627.5550 for info.

 

Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement (PCCA)

PCCA, as a HUD-certified Housing Counseling Agency, has been providing free housing counseling services to the Philadelphia region since 1979.
PCCA provides confidential one-on-one mortgage delinquency negotiations, money management and budgeting, first time homebuyer counseling and education, financial literacy education, and, other housing-related programs. Call 215-567-7803
www.pccahousing.org/

Affordable Housing Online

Search by zip code various affordable housing programs. Click here for info affordablehousingonline.com

Homestart Program- Repairs, Loans

Through The Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development- for low income families-home repairs- 215-448-2160, weatherization – 215-448-2160. Click link below for more info.
www.phila.gov/ohcd/

Housing Counseling Agencies for Philadelphia

Housing counseling agencies help families navigate the financial issues related to housing. They help with the home-buying process, credit repair, foreclosure prevention and more. Click here for a location near you.
www.phila.gov/ohcd/neighborhood-resources/housing-counseling-agencies

 

Housing Counseling Program of Intercultural Family Services, Inc.

Program that encourages and assists participants to become homeowners and to enhance their home management skills. First time buyers ONLY- 4225 Chestnut Street- 215-386-1298 press 2
www.ifsinc.org/Services/Basic-Needs.aspx

PA Housing Finance Agency

Many programs for low/middle income buyers, renters- 800-822-1174
www.phfa.org

Habitat for Humanity

Offers a home ownership program for low-income individuals and families. 1829 N 19th Street. 215-765-6000.
www.habitatphiladelphia.org

Save Your Home Philly Hotline

Help for homeowners with mortgage deliquencies, foreclosures, and predatory loans. Call 215-334-4663 for help.
http://saveyourhomephilly.org/

Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission

Advocates for fairness in rental property relationships. For tenants only – 215-686-4670
www.phila.gov/fairhousing

Fair Housing Rights Center

Their mission is to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all people. The Center educates the public on fair housing laws, provides assistance to individuals who have experienced housing discrimination, and offers information and counseling on housing related issues including finding low cost rental properties. Call 215-625-0700 or 866-576-1968 toll free for help.
http://fairhousingrights.org/

Housing Association Information Program

Helps first time home owners find affordable, safe housing. Also helps home owners with many housing issues including: problems with credit; mortgage delinquencies; and utility shutoffs. To speak with a professional housing counselor call 215-978-0224
www.haip.org/

Community Legal Services Housing Programs

CLS provides legal representation and advice to low-income tenants who are renters in non-subsidized housing in Philadelphia County. We provide, when possible, counsel in cases involving eviction, illegal lockouts, unlawful termination of utilities, homes in disrepair, and Complaints before the Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission. Phone intake 267-443-2500, walk in 1424 Chestnut Street or website for great resources. clsphila.org/get-help/landlord-tenant-private-housing

Homeless Prevention Program

If you are at risk of becoming homeless, there is help. Click below for info.
http://www.phila.gov/osh/

Achieveability Housing

ACHIEVEability works to permanently break the cycle of poverty by helping, formerly homeless, low-income, single-parent families have what they need to pursue higher education and achieve self-sufficiency via supportive services, community and economic development, housing and accountability. To become a client or to get more information, please call 215-748-8800.
www.achieve-ability.org

Tenet Union Representative Network (TURN)

Counseling for landlord/tenant disputes- rental assistance- tenant rights-21 South 12th St, Suite 1100.-215-940-3900- http://rturn.net/

Office of Housing and Community Development Housing Guide

The Housing Resource Guide includes information on:

  • homeownership
  • rental assistance emergency shelter
  • home repair
  • utility assistance and
  • other programs

offered by the City of Philadelphia and other public agencies. It also answers the most frequently asked questions about housing and housing-related issues.

● Home Repairs ●

Basic System Repair Program

The Basic System Repair Program provides free repairs to electrical, plumbing, heating and other critical systems of owner-occupied homes. Contact Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. at 215-448-3000 or www.phdchousing.org/bsrp.htm

Adaptive Modification Program

The Adaptive Modification Program provides free adaptations for increased access and mobility for disabled low-income people. Information: 215-448-2160 or www.phdchousing.org/adaptivemodifications.htm

PHIL-Plus and Mini-PHIL Loans

PHIL-Plus and Mini-PHIL Loans are home-improvement loans for those with less-than-perfect credit. Information: www.uac.org/phil-plus-and-mini-phil-loan-details

Heater Hotline

Heater Hotline offers free minor heater repairs for low-income homeowners through the Energy Coordinating Agency. Information: 215-686-9749 or phila.gov/dhcd/home-repair/heater-hotline/

Free weatherization and improvement program

The city’s Office of Housing and Community Development offers free weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements to both owner-occupied and tenant-occupied units.

● Utility Programs ●

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. For more information call 1-866-857-7095.
If you want to call the utility company directly call
(215) 787-HEAT (4328).  for PGW and ask about their Customer Responsibility Program (CRP) or CRISIS grants for low income people or
1-800-344-3574 for PECO.
www.pgworks.com
PECO Assistance Programs
LIHEAP Application
LIHEAP Application Spanish

Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF)

UESF provides grants to income eligible families who have applied already to LIHEAP but are at risk to have their utilities terminated or have a notice of shut off. Call 215-972-5170 for more information.
www.uesfacts.org

Water Revenue Dept Tiered Assistance Program (TAP)

About the new TAP program:

  • Available to customers whose income falls at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and those with special hardships
  • Provides consistent, affordable bills capped as a percentage of your income
  • Customers do not need to be delinquent to apply for the program
  • Applications go live July 1, 2017 go to beta.phila.gov/services/water-gas-utilities/water-bill-customer-assistance/ for info

COMPASS

COMPASS–Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services–is a web site that allows individuals and community based organizations access to screen for, apply for, and renew a broad range of social programs including Food Stamps, Health Care, Cash Assistance ect.-see what your family is eligible for!! ALSO, download myCOMPASS PA app from apple, android to check benefits, upload documents, check status and balances. No more lines!
www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome

Neighborhood Enery Centers (NEC)

Each NEC provides utility payment assistance, education on weatherizing, and minor home reapirs. See link below for one in your neighborhood or here
http://www.pgworks.com

Energy Unit of Community Legal Services (CLS)

CLS provides free legal advise and counsel to clients to help resolve disputes with PECO, PGW, and PWD. Call 215-981-3746 for more information.
www.clsphila.org

Keystone HELP (Home Energy Loan Program)

Offers financing for energy efficient home improvements. 888-232-3477.
www.keystonehelp.com

ECA Energy Coordinating Agency

Helps low income families save on utility bills as well as find ways to cut down on their bills. Operates neighborhood energy services (see link below to find one near you). 106 W Clearfield. Call (215) 988-0929.
http://ecasavesenergy.org/

Energy Saving Ideas

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Low Income Utility Information

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● Miscellaneous●

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Child Lead Poisoning Prevention of Philadelphia

A variety of assistance for the prevention, detection, and treatment of childhood lead poisoning- 215-978-2788. Lead Safe Babies Project- free lead cleaning supplies and free home inspection for new or pregnant parents- 215-685-2797
www.phila.gov/health/childhoodlead/ click here for tips to reduce lead in your home