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.


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

Ralston My Way has the ability to shop for food and deliver it to My Way members, at a cost of $26 per hour. To access this service or become a member, please call: 215-525-5470.

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 eligable households. Click HERE for more information on how to apply for assistance paying for utilities. 

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 www.phillytenant.org 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:

PCA’s Latest Newsletter from April 23rd, with more important resources and information. Click HERE to view and download or print.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has created a flyer with some agency updates.  Click HERE to view and download it.

PCA’s COVID-19 Senior Resource Guide can be downloaded  HERE.

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

Safety In Your Home presentation by JEVS Care at Home and NewCourtland. Click HERE to watch. After you are finished viewing you can download the Home Safety Checklist HERE and the Home Safety Tips handout HERE. 

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


Mental Health:

The Villanova ReachOut initiative connects nursing students with older adults who are socially isolated. This program is voluntary for both students and their older adult partners and is completely free. No medical advice or consultation is provided – it’s purely social. Click HERE to fill out the form to connect yourself or for someone you know.

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

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. 


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.


Safe Mask Use:

CLICK HERE for some guidelines for the safe use of cloth masks.


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:

Driver’s licenses and state IDs scheduled to expire before April 30 have been extended to May 31. Along these same lines, the deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to October 1, 2021.

The tax filing deadline was moved to July 15. If you made less than $66,000 last year, you can use this free tax filing link from United Way.

Campaign for Working Families is now offering both in-person appointments and virtual help with filing taxes. This service is free for people earning less than $55,000. The deadline to file taxes for 2019 is July 15, 2020. More information can be found here.

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:

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 www.seniorlawcenter.org

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 US Treasury has indicated that Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically receive their $1200 COVID-19 checks. These payments will come in whatever way recipients normally receive their SS benefits.

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


Veterans:

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


Training and Enrichment:

We at The Center on the Hill, are offering diverse online content and programming via our web page here.

AARP is offering Safe Driver and Drivertek Classes ONLINE HERE.
Promo Code
25% off Safe Driver Class : DRIVINGSKILLS  Promo valid through December 31, 2020

Jennifer Schelter is offering Call in YOGA, MEDITATION and CREATIVE WRITING classes. Click HERE for a schedule.


Resources for Caregivers:

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

PayingForSeniorCare.com has information about Assisted Living Options in Philadelphia (Click HERE) as well as Long Term Care Resources (Click HERE)