Although HAP’s office and clinics are closed for the safety of our staff and clients, we remain very much at work representing Philadelphians facing and experiencing homelessness. If you have a legal concern or question, call our office at 215-523-9595 and leave a message, and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you start to experience COVID-like symptoms, like fever or dry cough…

  • Seek medical attention immediately. Most Philadelphia COVID testing requires a referral from a medical provider.
  • If you can’t access medical attention, there is a new pop-up testing site in Kensington providing walk-in testing for people experiencing homelessness. Hours are Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm. The site is next to Rock Ministries at 2755 Kensington Ave.
  • If you test positive (or even if you have been tested and are awaiting results) and have no place to safely isolate, you ought to qualify for a room at the Center City Philadelphia Holiday Inn, which the city has transitioned to a quarantine site for those experiencing homelessness. To get referred there, call the Health Department Provider Line at 215-685-6742.

You probably qualify for the Federal Stimulus Payment. We are committed to making sure ALL Philadelphians receive the relief they are entitled to…

There’s a new Emergency Assistance Program designed to support families who have lost income due to the effects of COVID-19.

Beginning May 12, residents may apply for a one-time cash grant between $600 and $1,200. In order to qualify for this grant, the applicant must:

  • Be either a family with children or a pregnant woman;
  • Have been working as of March 11, 2020;
  • Have lost more than 50% of income due to COVID-19; and
  • Must have less than $1,000 in savings.

Applicants may apply at for a limited time. Additional information may be found here in English y español.

If a person does not qualify for this grant but is still in need, they may apply for assistance through a number of other City and State programs, including:

  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) – Cash assistance program for families with little or no income
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – A food assistance program for individuals. Individuals may get almost $200/month and a family of four may qualify for up to $650/month.
  • Medicaid – Free or low cost health insurance

There are new rules for these programs during COVID-19, and may be viewed at

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Starting July 6 PHDC will accept applications for a new round of rental assistance. Renters and landlords may submit their application online, by fax, or by mail. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information and here for an application.

By Executive Order, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is extending his moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through August 31, 2020.

  • This means no landlord in Philadelphia can legally file for eviction, and you cannot be locked out until the suspension lifts. Still, you should communicate all difficulties to your landlord, and document those communications.
  • If you’re a renter in need of help, visit the PhillyTenant Website.
  • If you are a home owner, there is some relief for mortgages through the CARES Act, but it’s a little more complicated. Click here for details, per the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau.
  • Call us at 215-523-9595 with questions or issues, and rest assured that HAP is actively advocating toward preventing further homelessness in Philadelphia.

For many Philadelphias, food is increasingly scarce, but there’s a lot of help out there. Click here for a map of food resources in Philadelphia.

  • For anyone experiencing homelessness, meals are now served on the North apron of City Hall, M-F 11:30-1:00 and in Kensington at the parking lot at Ruth and Clearfield.
  • Stuck at home and food insecure? Beginning in May, Liberty Resources, Caring for Friends, and Share Food Program are offering free, weekly food delivery to anyone who is homebound due to a disability. To join this program, call or text (215) 709-9619, email [email protected], or fill out this online form.
  • Free Food Boxes: Mondays and Thursdays between 10 and 12 PM Monday’s box contains shelf-table goods such as beans, rice, and pasta. Thursday’s box contains produce, when it is available. 
  • El nuevo sitio web de la ciudad presenta un mapa de todas las ubicaciones y otros criterios para ciertos sitios de comida gratis. Lea más.

Do you need to file for unemployment compensation?

If you are a Veteran, click here to see the resources offered by the VA.

Shelters continue to work to more closely follow CDC guidelines while accommodating the homeless population. HAP is working with the Office of Homeless Services to make sure the needs of our clients are met, and their rights upheld.

Need additional information not listed here? Check out Project HOME’s Where to Turn Guide for the latest updates (scroll to the bottom of the page).