This running list of Family Resources compiled by the Girard College Counseling Team will be updated as new information becomes available throughout the coronavirus public health crisis.

Pennsylvania

“Human Services Launches Emergency Assistance Program to Help Low-Income Families Amidst COVID-19” https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=529

  • Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 11 through June 12 or until all funds are expended.

All Pennsylvanians are required to wear masks to enter essential businesses as of April 19. There are some exceptions, including for people who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition and children under two years old. SEPTA says riders are not required to wear masks but encouraged to do so.

“Why, When, and How to Use a Mask” – Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health
https://www.phila.gov/media/20200406133243/Why-when-and-how-to-wear-a-mask-2.pdf

“Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

“Support & Referral Helpline Created for Pennsylvanians in Need of Behavioral Health Resources and Referrals During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis” – PA Department of Human Services
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=513

Philadelphia County

Philadelphia is launching a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Applications will only be accepted from May 12, 2020– May 16, 2020
Learn more and apply at https://phlrentassist.org/

Where to find free, nutritious food during COVID-19 – Updated April 19
https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-28-where-to-find-free-nutritious-food-during-covid-19/

  • Food sites where any resident can pick up free food for their household
  • Student meal sites where any child can pick up free meals

Find free meals for students while schools are closed – Updated April 21
https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-find-free-meals-and-safe-spaces-for-students-while-schools-are-closed/

  • Please note that the schedule has changed for 49 student meal sites at School District schools. These sites will only be open once a week (Thursdays 9am – 12pm), and are increasing the number of meals per child to ten (five breakfasts and five lunches).

Free pregnancy, baby, and toddler support during COVID-19
https://www.phila.gov/2020-04-15-free-pregnancy-baby-and-toddler-supports-during-covid-19/

DHS
Food Stamps, Cash, & Medicaid
Intake: 1-800-692-7462
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome

City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services
Shelter & Utilities Assistance
Intake: (215)686-7150
https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/covid-19-urgent-care-and-health-centers/

Clothing, Hygiene, and Food Distribution for Youth
Valley Youth House, 1500 Sansom St, Wednesdays 12-3pm
https://www.valleyyouthhouse.org

Child-care, Parenting and Home-Schooling Resources
https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/support-groups/

https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-find-free-meals-and-safe-spaces-for-students-while-schools-are-closed/

Free Urgent Care/Healthcare
1-800-722-7112
https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/covid-19-urgent-care-and-health-centers/

Urgent/Non-Urgent Mental Healthcare
1-888-545-2600
https://dbhids.org/services/?link=Services-From-Homepage

Staying connected during COVID-19 – Internet and Phone Information
https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-25-staying-connected-during-covid-19/

 

If your child is experiencing emotions or behaviors that may cause a life-threatening injury to themselves or others, please call or take your child to the crisis center. Open 24/7

Philadelphia Children’s Crisis Response Center
3300 Henry Avenue, Falls Center 2, Suite 3N, Philadelphia, PA 19129
(855) 558-6860
https://www.philachildrenscrc.com

 

Delaware County

Child Guidance Resource Center/Family-Based Services
www.cgrc.org
484-454-8700

Family & Community Service of Delaware County
www.fcsdc.org
610-566-7540

Delaware County Food and Meal Assistance COVID-19

Nutritional Development Services
1-800-311-2727
Philadelphia, PA
Free and reduced price meals and snacks for children at schools, child care sites, summer programs & shelters.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
All of Delaware County
484-471-3320
Food vouchers & nutrition education for pregnant women, postpartum women, infants & children up to age five.

Free and low-cost health services in Delaware County
https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/healthclinics.html

COVID-19 Updates
https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/coronavirus.html

Additional Resources in Delco
https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources.html

 

Montgomery County

Family Services of Montgomery County
www.fsmontco.org
Eagleville-610-630-2111
Pottstown-610-326-1610

Montgomery County Community-Based Supports & Services
www.montcopa.org
610-278-3000

 

Bucks County

Family Service Association of Bucks County
www.fsabc.org
215-757-6916

 

Chester County

Family Service of Chester County
www.chesco.org
1-866-622-4228

 

New Jersey

Mercer County

Homelessness
http://www.mercercounty.org/departments/human-services/office-on-homeless-services

Mental Health
http://www.mercercounty.org/departments/human-services/division-of-mental-health

Electric, Utility, Heating Bills
https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/mercer_county_assistance_progr2.html

Emergency Food Services
https://www.princetonnj.gov/resources/food-resources-in-mercer-county

Food Banks
https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/cityfoodbanks.cgi?city=Mercer&state=PA

 

New York

Information on resources in New York is very limited at this time. Regional Enrichment Centers will be set up to take care of children of first responders and health workers.

New York City students are able to visit school locations this week for grab ‘n go meals from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at any school building. Breakfast and lunch meals will be offered at all schools — and you don’t have to go to your child’s current school to receive a meal. The city said students can go to their nearest public school location.

 

Delaware

Kent County

Dover Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Food Banks
https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/cityfoodbanks.cgi?city=Dover&state=DE

If you are having a psychiatric or substance abuse crisis and need assistance, please contact Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS): Northern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-652-2929
Southern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-345-6785

 

New Castle County

Mobile Crisis Intervention
1901 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Phone Hot Line           (800) 652-2929
Main/Toll Free            (800) 652-2929
New Castle County     (302) 577-2484

New Castle Food Pantries
https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/de-new_castle

 

Wilmington

Wilmington Food Pantries
https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/de-wilmington

 

Catholic Charities – Delaware

It is important to call to find out where and how to apply for assistance.  To contact Catholic Charities call:

  • Kent County: (302) 674-1782
  • New Castle County: (302) 654-9295
  • Sussex County: (302) 856-6310

 

National

Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255/ Text or Call
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/