Community Resources

Thank you for visiting The Center on the Hill’s Community Resources page. There is a lot of information out there for older adults, but it is often hard to find. We are collecting information about those resources and posting them here for easy access.

For questions or more information please contact the Director, Mariangela Saavedra at 215-247-4654 or email [email protected] anytime.

Planning to watch or join something live on Zoom?  CLICK HERE to watch the How to Use Zoom Tutorial. This Basic Zoom Tutorial shows you how to join a Zoom Meeting/Event from your Computer, Tablet, Cell Phone or how to dial in from a Land Line.

Philadelphia Food Resources:

The City of Philadelphia has created THIS website to help people find food resources.

This is list of Grocery stores who do curbside pick up, delivery or Senior shopping hours. With contact information as well. Click HERE

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (215-843-2340/35 W. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144) will be open every Thursday from 10 AM-12 PM to provide food to the community, including frozen meat, eggs, and canned goods.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass, in partnership with other legislators and community partners, is distributing free grab-and-go meals every Wednesday and Friday, between 11 AM and 2 PM, until further notice. Distribution will take place at 4439 A Germantown Avenue, 19144. CLICK HERE for more information.

Paying Bills/Rent/Preventing Eviction:

If you need assistance paying for utilities, groceries, medications, health insurance, and more you can get assistance through BenePhilly. Click HERE to view how to apply or contact 833-373-5868 for more information.

LIHEAP has created a new crisis assistance program for eligible households. Click HERE for more information on how to apply for assistance paying for utilities.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Pennsylvania ERAP County Application FinderERAP remains a lifeline for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of tenants and receive rental assistance directly if the tenant is eligible. Pennsylvanians experiencing housing instability or at risk of eviction are strongly urged to begin their ERAP application as soon as possible.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Apply for benefits: helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $500 to $1,500 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
Apply for benefits:
Applications open January 4, 2022Assistance is available for families who have past due water bills, had their service terminated, or received a notice indicating that their service will be terminated in the next 60 days. Households can receive LIHWAP grants for both drinking water service and wastewater service. Grants are issued directly to water service providers, and families must meet income requirements.

Water bills have risen exponentially over the past decade. The Tiered Assistance (TAP) program may be a resource to help clear outstanding water debts. Information about options to assist with your water bill can be found HERE

Legal Aid is open and taking calls through the Philly Tenant Hotline 267-443-2500. While staff members are working from home, tenants seeking information can call to speak to a housing counselor at TURN or be connected to agencies providing legal advice and representation, including Legal Clinic for the Disabled, SeniorLAW Center, AIDS Law Project and Community Legal Services.

Visit for up-to-date information and resources, including flyers about: Eviction & COVID-19, the CARES Act Eviction MoratoriumIllegal Evictions and Advice for tenants who are struggling to pay rent.

Sign up HERE for a Tenant Rights Online Class weekdays at 12:30 pm, provided by TURN.

Aging Services:

Looking for an In-Home Physician? Click HERE for information about Insight Home Physicians. 

Find out more about Preventative Health Tests and Screenings covered by Medicare. Click HERE

Moving into a new home? Check out this great step by step Moving Guide. Click HERE

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has many resources and serviced for Older Adults. Click HERE 

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has an online resource guide for older adults too. Click HERE.

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living provides a variety of services to people with any type of disability. Click HERE for a list of their programs, and resources. Click HERE for information about their Free Special Phone Program for seniors in need. 

Information about Senior Housing at NewCortland’s Germantown Home. Click HERE 

Memory Care Resources for families and caregivers. Click HERE

Reporting Nursing Home Elder Abuse Click HERE

A Resource Guide from Visiting Angels of Jenkintown, for identifying if your loved one needs assistance at home. Click HERE

Mental Health:

FREE, Confidential Support and CounselingCLICK HERE for more information and how to book an appointment.

Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN) is offering ways to connect by phone for emotional support during the pandemic. Click HERE for more information.

Grief Support: Contact David Stevenson, M.Div., CT 
Bereavement Coordinator/Counselor, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care
Phone:  (215) 956-5110   Email: [email protected]

Tips for coping with Stress during this time. Includes resources and contact information. Click HERE

Addiction and Rehab resources: Click HERE

Alcohol Addiction and Recovery Resources: CLICK HERE

The state has launched a new toll-free phone line to provide 24/7 support to people who may be struggling emotionally: 1-855-284-2494.

Billy Penn (Click HERE) has published an article that includes a number of free mental health resources for the region. 

Training and Enrichment:

We at The Center on the Hill, are offering diverse in- person and online programming you can find out more about on our web page here.

AARP is offering Safe Driver Classes ONLINE HERE.

Learn about important Safety tips for Older Drivers and those needing transportation amid the Pandemic. Click Here

Online Classes, Activities and ways to connect with others are offered here with a subscription. Click HERE

Physical Health/Insurance:

The Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline is available 24/7, if you would like to speak to a healthcare professional : 1-800-722-7112

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has some great information about what you should know about Medications and staying healthy right now. Click HERE

Many insurances are waiving copays for virtual office visits. Contact your provider for more information.

If you need assistance with Medicare our counselor Joan Adler can be reached at 215-844-0439. Leave her a message and she will call you back to set up a phone appointment to discuss your needs.  

Per the Office of Long-Term Living, spouses, legal guardians, and persons holding POA can now serve as paid direct-care workers for care recipients when scheduled workers are not available due to COVID-19. More information can be found on the Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s website HERE.

Information about Asbestos and Mesothelioma. Click HERE

Staying Connected:

Community Legal Services has put together a comprehensive guide to accessing free and low-cost internet access, public wi-fi, and laptops/devices. There are a number of incentives that make this a good time to get connected. Information can be found on this flyer (Click HERE), and more detail can also be found online here.

The LIFELINE Program has released updated information CLICK HERE about its phone discount options for eligible lower-income customers. **Please note that LIFELINE may be applied to a landline or wireless phone, but not both.

Mask Use:

CLICK HERE for the latest guidelines from the CDC regarding masks, how to wear them for the best protection and information about different kinds of masks. 

You can purchase Custom Masks from our Golden Yoga instructor Barbara Levitt on her Etsy Store. Click HERE

Pet Owners: 

This is a resource guide for services you might need as a pet owner during this time. Click HERE

Voting, ID, and Tax Info:

Senator Haywood’s office has compiled this printable resource guide you can download HERE, as well as many self-service online resources you can access on his website here.

Legal Assistance:

Free Legal Housing Assistance. Click HERE for more information.

Community Legal Services has prepared a fact sheet view or download HERE about the effect of COVID-19 on SSI/SSDI. CLICK HERE for a list of SSA local office phone numbers, as offices are closed to in-person visitors. Community Legal Services is also accepting new clients by phone: 215-981-3700, and they have put together a separate fact sheet here about changes to public benefits. 

Senior Law Center  has resources and legal services for older adults. Click HERE They are also still providing emergency services during this time, via their COVID-19 Fund for Older People: call 215-988-1242 or visit

Legal Assistance for Elder Abuse Click HERE

Mesothelioma Lawyer Center has been helping people connect with leading mesothelioma lawyers. There are many law firms that handle mesothelioma and asbestos cases. Choosing the right law firm can be overwhelming. They clear through the confusion and help you connect with top lawyers nearest to you.  Click Here for more information.

Social Security:

The latest Social Security press release is HERE, and it includes updates about benefits and hours when SSA is available by phone.


The Philadelphia Office of Veteran Affairs is able to help veterans apply for Veterans Temporary Assistance (VTA) grants. 

Resources for Caregivers:

Boomers R Heroes has resources and instructional support videos for Caregivers on their YouTube Channel HERE.

CLICK HERE to view this guide for families navigating the process of bringing a loved one home to care for them.

Caregiver Support for people who are caring for a loved one with Mesothelioma. Click HERE has information about Assisted Living Options in Philadelphia (Click HERE) as well as Long Term Care Resources (Click HERE) Additional resources can also be found by Clicking HERE.