Community Resources

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Philadelphia Anti Violence Project
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 204, Philadelphia PA, 19130

The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is the only organization in Philadelphia whose mission is to reduce the entire cycle of violence by providing intervention, prevention, and support programs. AVP was founded 30 years ago as a support group for families who had lost a loved one to murder. AVP’s original program, Families of Murder Victims (FMV), quickly became a valuable support for co-victims of homicide by offering court accompaniment, advocacy and support. Today, The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia is a unique organization helping children and youth resolve conflict nonviolently, while assisting victims and their families to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of violence. Our mission is to end the cycle of violence in Philadelphia through comprehensive and collaborative programs in local communities.

Child Care

Sally Watson House
5128 Wayne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) is dedicated to strengthening the family unit, helping at-risk teens and promoting child safety. For nearly sixty years, YSI has upheld a tradition of excellence, dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children and families in Philadelphia. Our mission is to offer accessible, quality services to at-risk children and families. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive services that strengthen families, foster self-sufficiency and develop the health and well-being of children and the family unit. The capacity is 23, and Normal Open Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Philly Child Care Collective

Philly Childcare Collective was established in Spring 2008 by a group of revolutionaries with a dream: to provide free childcare to local grassroots organizers working for social change. Our mission is to support groups working for economic and racial justice lead my low-income parents and families of color. They strive to be allies to working people’s families and movements. They strive to engage kids in activities, games and discussions that are not only fun and safe, but also broaden their understandings of the world, and catalyze them to think about justice and equality. They are part of a network of radical childcare collectives around the country called the Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives (ICCC).

Child Care Information Services of Philadelphia (CCIS)
5548 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

CCIS also maintains the subsidized child care program. If you are concerned about the cost of quality child care, CCIS may be able to help. Working parents may be eligible for assistance with child care expenses if they meet the income guidelines. Read the basic subsidy guidelines or call our hotline at 1-888-461-KIDS (5437) to find out if you are eligible!

Family Care Solutions
1701 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Family Care Solutions provides child care assistant to low-income single mothers pursuing a first-time Associate or Bachelor's Degree, or an approved certificate program. Note: Website is down, confirm existence.

Civil Rights

Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Equality Advocates' mission is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Pennsylvania through direct legal services, education and policy reform.

Temple Legal Aid Office
1719 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Temple Legal Aid Office provides free legal representation to qualifying, low-income, Philadelphia residents in civil law matters such as family law ( child and spousal custody and support, kinship adoption, etc.), problems encountered with Health Insurance companies, life-planning (wills, powers of attorney, etc.), employment discrimination, and public benefits as they relate to persons with chronic illness and physical disabilities.

1800 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The ACLU of Pennsylvania undertakes litigation when doing so is the most effective way to advance a civil liberties concern. We file lawsuits that will have an impact on people’s rights by setting a legal precedent or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. We both provide direct legal representation to people and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of the ACLU-PA’s legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services.


Our Closet
400 S State Road (Former Anthem Institute), Springfield, PA 19064

Our Closet – Powered by JFCS is a volunteer-driven program with the goal of providing the basic need of clothing to vulnerable individuals and their families throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. We distribute clothing free of charge by operating “pop-up shops” as well as providing emergency response packages to community members in crisis. There are no eligibility requirements to receive clothing. Our goal is to meet a basic need for community members so that they can better focus on handling other stressors in their lives, such as securing a steady source of income or finding permanent housing solutions, with confidence.

Domestic Violence

Women Against Abuse
100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341 Philadelphia, PA 19110

Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country. Help is available! Call the citywide, 24-hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline (1-866-723-3014) anytime for crisis intervention, safety planning, resources and referrals. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Hotline counselors can help connect you with free services in the Philadelphia area, including emergency housing, legal services, behavioral health services and more! Bilingual counselors are available on the line for non-English speaking individuals.

Women In Transition
718 Arch Street Suite 401N, Philadelphia, PA 19106

To empower women to attain safety, equality and justice, and build independent and self-sustaining lives for themselves and their children; and to pioneer collaborations with community partners to create an intolerance of gender-based violence, substance abuse and poverty. Organization has telephone counseling, peer support groups, substance abuse intervention, referrals, education and training, and self defense.

Lutheran Settlement House
1340 Frankford Ave

Lutheran Settlement House has, since its inception, served vulnerable children, adults, and families living in inner city Philadelphia, regardless of race or creed. FREE Indv/group counseling & support for survivors of domestic violence. Se habla Espanol.

People's Emergency Center
3902 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The People’s Emergency Center’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia. PEC offers affordable housing, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology coursework. PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights.

Congreso De Latinos Unidos
216 W. Somerset St.

FREE Indv/group counseling & support for those affected by domestic violence. Se habla Espanol. Serves the Latino community.


City of Philadelphia

Project Home
1515 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Philadelphia Works
1617 JFK Boulevard, 13th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103


BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues) - Emergency Food Cupboard
1217 Spring Garden Street 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

The Emergency Food Cupboard provides food vouchers and non-perishable food items to persons infected by HIV disease. Transition to Hope was founded in 1985 as a full-service HIV/AIDS organization with special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease. Additionally, to assist those living with HIV and their families to have the proper nutrition necessary to maintain their health, the hunger relief program was established to provide food supplies to these consumers. Open M-F 9-5

Southwest Community Enrichment Center
1341 S. 46th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143

Provides on a weekly basis, nutritious afternoon snacks to children and teens; congregate meals to men, women and teens; distribute emergency food on a daily basis; and frozen dinners to homebound seniors.

St. Paul's Baptist Church
1000 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

Volunteers help the low income and unemployed. Emergency food, Easter meals, and case management is provided by the team. Distribution every Wednesday from 11am - 1pm

601 N. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133; 3616 S. Galloway St. P.O. Box 37555, Philadelphia, PA, 19148

Clients only select what they need. This reduces waste. “Shop” for meat, dairy, fruits, baby formula, and more.

The EAT Cafe
3820 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Nonprofit operation offering pay-what-you-will meals with choices such as soup, sandwiches & pasta.

Homelessness and Housing

Pathways to Housing
5201 Old York Road, 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19141

The mission of Pathways to Housing PA is to transform individual lives by ending homelessness and supporting recovery for people with disabilities. Housing First - As Simple as it is Revolutionary.

DHS Emergency Fund
1500 Market Street Suite 1500| Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Emergency Child Placement Prevention and Family Reunification Fund is administered through PHMC. Through the collaboration of DHS and provider agencies, the fund aims to provide the resources necessary to keep children safe in their homes, to reunite children with their families in a timely manner and to achieve permanency through adoption or subsidized permanent legal custodianship by DHS paid caregivers.

Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services
1401 JFK Boulevard, 10th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102

The mission of the Office of Homeless Services is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for the City of Philadelphia. Homeless Services works collaboratively with more than 60 mostly nonprofit, homeless housing and service providers combined with city, state and federal governmental entities to comprise Philadelphia’s homeless service system or Continuum of Care (CoC). This system provides emergency housing and services to people who are both experiencing homelessness and at imminent risk of homelessness. It includes homelessness prevention and diversion, emergency, transitional and rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, case management, supportive services, emergency response, service days (clean up of encampments), food and commodity distribution to contracted emergency housing facilities and soup kitchens and operation of the Riverview, a personal care home.

Project HOME
1515 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Dignity House
5227-R Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19144

Dignity Housing is the first housing and supportive services program in the nation to be founded and guided by homeless people and activists. Since 1988, Dignity has provided both quality affordable housing and supportive services to thousands of people – primarily single African American women and their children. Dignity has cultivated an individualized services approach to meeting the complex needs of homeless individuals and families. Dignity currently manages an inventory of 58 units of affordable housing concentrated in Northwest Philadelphia.

Office of Supportive Housing (help with security deposits)
5252 N. 13th Street

Convenant House PA
31 East Armat Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Serving homeless youth throughout PA. Covenant House Pennsylvania is much more than a shelter. We provide an array of services for homeless young people, including a first-class clinic, staff to help with going to college and finding a job, and one-to-one support to help young people plan, stay on track, and achieve their goals.We also provide housing for longer periods to give our young people time to find work, learn important skills, and save money - giving them the best possible chance of achieving independence. For youth 21 and under.

Women's Community Revitalization Project
100 West Oxford Street, E-2300 Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and their families. We develop affordable housing; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor and promote leadership, dignity, and justice in our communities.


600 Washington Ave Unit 18a2, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Juntos is a non-profit organization that works to fight for the rights of the latino-immigrant community in our city and surrounding areas

Legal Services

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

PLSE works toward just outcomes for low-income individuals who have had contact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system because social justice requires social action. This organization has the following subunits: Expungement Project, Fair Employment, Legal Education & Outreach, Art & Advocacy

Community Legal Services
Center City Office: 1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, North Philadelphia Office: 1410 W. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140
CC: 215.981.3700, NP: 215.227.2400

Founded in 1966 by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to more than one million low-income Philadelphians. Approximately 10,000 clients were represented by CLS in the past year. CLS assists clients when they face the threat of losing their homes, incomes, health care, and even their families. CLS attorneys and other staff provide a full range of legal services, from individual representation to administrative advocacy to class action litigation, as well as community education and social work. CLS is nationally recognized as a model legal services program. This organization has the following subunits: Aging and Disabilities Unit, Employment Unit, Energy Unit, Family Advocacy Unit (FAU), Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit, Housing Unit, Language Access Project, Public Benefits Unit.

Temple Legal Aid Office
1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Telephone: 215.204.1800 | Fax: 215.204.5521

The Temple Legal Aid Office provides free legal representation in civil law matters to qualifying, low-income, Philadelphia residents. The Legal Aid Office frequently helps clients with issues related to: Family law (child and spousal custody and support, kinship adoption, etc.), Problems encountered with health insurance companies, Life-planning (wills, powers of attorney, etc.), Employment Discrimination Public benefits as they relate to persons with chronic illness and physical disabilities. 

Up Against The Law
Arrest Hotline: 484.758.0388

They provide legal, jail and court support. This organization deals with: Post Election Protests, The Arrest Hotline, Know Your Rights Training, Guide to Protests.

Community Lawyering Clinic
3320 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Community Lawyering Clinic offers students a hands-on training working with real clients in need of legal services, referrals and other forms of advocacy in Drexel's neighboring communities. The clinic will offer: referrals and direct representation in matters involving family, criminal, property and other legal areas affecting the community, financial literacy training, pro bono programs and workshops, research on community-wide legal issues.

P.O. Box 60173, Philadelphia PA, 19102

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization dedicated to defending and expanding individual rights and personal freedoms throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. Through advocacy, public education and litigation, our staff and volunteers work to preserve and enhance liberties grounded in the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions and civil rights laws. Among those liberties are freedoms of speech, religion and association; the right to petition the government; separation of church and state; the right to privacy; reproductive freedom; due process of law; the rights of the accused; and the right to equal treatment under the law.

1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Civil Rights Advocacy – American Muslims must be treated fairly and equally in employment, education, travel, with law enforcement, government and in all facets of public life. Without fairness and justice, there is no true citizenship. CAIR-Pennsylvania responds to individual cases of discrimination and challenges policies of disparate impact and profiling.


The Attic
255 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Attic Youth Center is the only organization in Philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Attic’s goal is to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youth by providing a sense of community and developing programs and services to counteract the prejudice and oppression that LGBTQ youth often face. All Attic programming is based on a youth development model and aims to build community, reduce isolation, combat homophobia, promote knowledge and life skills, and develop future leaders.

COMHAR: PACTS (Philadelphia AIDS Counseling and Treatment Services)
100 S. Broad Street, Suite 1430 Philadelphia, PA 19110

COMHAR’s Specialized Services division provides support through outpatient services for individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Intersex (LGBTQI) and those affected by HIV/AIDS with three unique programs. By combining medical treatment with a positive environment, our proven strategies create lasting solutions to those facing HIV/AIDS.

Morris Home
4700 Wissahickon Avenue | Suite #126, Philadelphia | PA 19144-4248
215.951.0300 | 1.800.894.9925 (Toll.Free)

Morris Home supports trans and gender variant individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety, manage emotional and behavioral difficulties, choose and maintain safe and healthy lifestyles, and develop healthy relationships with peers, family and the community. Morris Home provides a safe, recovery-oriented environment for individuals in transition from one gender to another, or those with other gender variants who may be coming from “the streets” and/or from shelter programs. Morris Home is named for Nizah Morris, a transgender woman who was allegedly murdered in Philadelphia in 2002.

Trans Student Educations Services

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.

Mental Health

Black Healers Network (with Lion Heart Counseling)

They offer a service that helps individuals, couples, and families to achieve balance and life satisfaction through professional advice, tools, and guidance.

Drexel's Individuals, Couples, and Family Therapy
CC: 1601 Cherry Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19102; WP: 3020 Market, Street, Suite 510, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Couple and Family Therapy is a training facility, directly affiliated with the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. By extension, Couple and Family Therapy is dedicated to the training and continuing education of Couple and Family Therapists. Couple and Family Therapy clinical staff consists of therapists who are supervised by faculty from the Drexel University Couple and Family Therapy program at Drexel University. The Drexel University Couple and Family Therapy graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. They work on Depression, School concerns, Life transitions, Body image/eating, Child/ adolescent, Addiction, Sexuality, Anger management, Family/relationships, Blended/stepfamily, Cultural identities, and Anxiety Trauma.

Council for Relationships
4025 Chestnut St # 1, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Council for Relationships is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people from all walks of life improve their important relationships by providing exemplary therapy, educating and training clinicians in the family systems approach, and advancing the behavioral health field through research. More than 60 therapists and psychiatrists at 10 offices and community-based locations in the Greater Philadelphia area provide counseling to families, couples, and individuals. More than 60 clinical interns per year enrolled in Council’s clinician education programs provide counseling on a sliding fee scale.

The Therapy Center
CC: 1315 Walnut St #1004; WP: 4721 Pine St

Since 1972, the Therapy Center of Philadelphia has provided therapy to adult women. In 2011, TCP expanded our feminist mission to also serve trans-gender communities in all their diversities. We have augmented our understanding of women’s issues, patriarchy, and sexism, incorporating an analysis that recognizes the intersections of feminist and transgender experiences of gender-based oppression and struggle.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Therapists can be found by going to this website.

Re-entry programs

Reentry Project

Philadelphia Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry

Social Services

BenePhilly (Benefits Data Trust)
use website to find a center near you! (centers for one stop shop application for social services)

Benefits Data Trust is a not-for-profit social change organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access public benefits and services.

Substance Abuse

New Pathways For Women (trans friendly)
2539 Germantown Ave, Rear Unit, Philadelphia, PA 19132



Cap Rate (discounted bill)

Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Services (CARES)

LIHEAP (Help pay gas and utility bills)
Low-Income Usage Reduction Program

Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF)


Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Services (CARES)

Crisis (help pay heat costs, max $300)
Customer Responsibility (budget based bills)
Utilities Emergency Services Fund

Youth Programs

Youth United for Change
1910 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Youth United for Change (YUC) develops young leaders in Philadelphia with a critical political, historical, and economic understanding of society, and to empower them to improve the quality of their lives and communities. At YUC, low-income young people organize campaigns geared towards ensuring high-quality public education for all young Philadelphians. YUC wins positive educational policy changes through school-and community-based organizing. A diverse group of young people comes together to identify common concerns and act collectively as key stakeholders to create strategies to influence policy-making with the goal of carrying out comprehensive educational reforms in the Philadelphia public school system. YUC’s model of youth-led advocacy supports students to have a voice in creating systemic change, as they simultaneously develop themselves as critical young leaders.

Philadelphia Student Union
501 South 52nd Street, Commercial Unit 1, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Meetings: City-wide meetings are a weekly space for students from across the city to learn and work together. We learn about issues like racism, sexism and poverty. We participate in fun activities to learn the skills it takes to be a leader. We also work on upcoming events and campaigns. Campaigns: The Philadelphia Student Union runs city-wide campaigns that bring together students from all of our chapters and additional schools to improve school district policies and practices. Newsletter: The Union Rep is the biannual student-written newsletter of the Philadelphia Student Union. Students write about issues in their schools, recent PSU actions, and our experiences as students in Philadelphia.

University Community Collaborative ("The Collaborative")
Temple University, Gladfelter Hall, 4th Floor 1115 West Berks Mall Philadelphia, PA 19122

We provide a continuum of leadership opportunities for youth and young adults aged 14 to 24. The Collaborative Continuum is designed to keep youth engaged at different levels, capacities, and ages within our organization over an extended period of time. Each program culminates in a final project, either a video or youth-organized workshop or training.

Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp
801 S 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

We are a nonprofit leadership program for Philadelphia girls. Our program focuses on team-building, leadership development, creative arts, and appreciation of nature. We offer girls the chance to get out of the city for a one-week sleepaway camp experience, and then to get involved in our year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities.

Urban Blazers
2929 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Urban Blazers makes outdoor adventure accessible to urban youth while teaching and reinforcing character traits important to success in school and in life.

Work Ready (Philadelphia Youth Network)
400 Market St., Suite 200, Philly PA 19106

With programs in the summer and year-round, WorkReady provides young people career-connected education designed to create long-lasting relationships while gaining the critical 21st-century skills that are foundational to entering the workforce. WorkReady addresses the importance of youth employment by providing young people an opportunity to learn and bringing employers new energy, creativity, comfort with technology and eagerness to learn.