If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.
County Assistance Offices
Available benefits and services include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Cash Assistance
- Health Care Coverage (Medical Assistance)
- Home Heating Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Family Planning Services
- Help with Child Care
- School Meals - Long-Term Living Services
If you are unemployed or your hours have been reduced, apply for unemployment compensation IMMEDIATELY at uc.pa.gov.
You will be eligible for 39 weeks of payments.
Independent contractors and those who are self-employed are eligible for benefits.
Check uc.pa.gov for an application link specific to independent contractors and self-employed workers.
PIN & Determinations Information
- You will receive a Claim Confirmation Letter via U.S. Postal Service usually within 7-10 business days that will include your Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will be able to file for recent and missed weeks once your PIN arrives.
- You will receive your Notice of Financial Determination Letter via U.S. Postal Service usually within 10-15 business, but it could be longer.
- Reopened claims must be manually processed.
- If the biweekly filing system tells you on your filing date that your weeks are inactive, try filing your biweekly claims one time each day until you are able to successfully file. Do NOT reopen your claim multiple times.
- If you opened a claim within the last twelve months, your PIN and Notice of Financial Determination were issued when you opened your original claim.
If you need to reset your PIN, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name and the last four digits of your social security number.
Check Claim Status Online
You can check your payment status at: https://www.paclaims.pa.gov/ucen/LoginClaimStatus.asp.
Payment Funds Schedule
If you file your biweekly claim on:
Sunday OR Monday = funds available by Wednesday
Tuesday = funds available by Thursday
Wednesday = funds available on Friday
Thursday = funds available on Saturday
Friday = funds available on the following Monday
Note: Payments may be delayed if there is an eligibility issue that must be resolved before payment can be made.
Unemployment CompensationIf you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits.
The following changes to unemployment have been made to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- The waiting week is suspended. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the “waiting week”). This has been suspended; eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed.
- Work search and work registration requirements are temporarily waived. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PACareerLink.gov.
- People who exhaust their regular Unemployment Compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation can now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) expands benefits to gig-economy workers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who are otherwise ineligible for unemployment.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an additional 13 weeks of UC benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular 26 weeks of benefits, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
- COMING SOON: Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) is a temporary federal program that provides an additional $300 per week for eligible UC claimants. The Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is currently awaiting final program guidance and evaluating implementation procedures.
Grants – Nonprofits, Individuals, Small Businesses
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
Additional Resources- National Domestic Workers Alliance - https://membership.domesticworkers.org/coronavirus
- Savi - https://crisishelp.bysavi.com
Credit CardsIf you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus. For guidance, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or contact a credit counselor near you.
Who can get food from a food bank or pantry?
Persons who are out of work without pay are eligible to receive food from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania, including:
- Service workers who are unable to get shifts
- Hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have closed
You will be asked to provide verbal confirmation of your need as well as your household size and weekly income level as of the day you go to receive food.
Early Learning Resource Centers
Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) are the hub of child care information in your area. ELRCs provide you and your family with information on quality child care and personalized child care referrals to child care providers based on your specific needs or preferences. ELRCs also administer the Child Care Works subsidized child care program (helping low income families pay their child care fees).
Tutor.com - https://www.tutor.com/apply
Chegg - https://www.chegg.com/tutors/become-a-tutor
VIPkid - https://www.vipkid.com/teach
SurveyJunkie - https://www.surveyjunkie.com, Click "JOIN NOW"
Swagbucks - https://www.swagbucks.com/g/paid-surveys
Fiverr - https://www.fiverr.com/start-selling
Rev - https://www.rev.com/freelancers
Humanatic - https://www.humanatic.com/pages/registration_begin.cfm
Essential businesses hiring in the Philadelphia area
PENFED Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program
Use link to apply. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas: rent, mortgage, auto loan/lease, utilities. Checks sent directly to the creditor or landlord after grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.
Additional Emergency Financial Resources (available to service members/veterans):
Grocery Delivery Services
Minimum order - $10
Delivery Fee – starts at $4 for non-members
Membership (optional) – free delivery on all orders over $35 for $99/year or $10/month
Minimum order - $35
Delivery Fee - $7 for orders below $35
Membership (required) - $99/year or $14/month
Amazon Fresh – Whole Foods only
Minimum order - $35 for free delivery in most locations
Delivery Fee - $10 for orders below $35
Minimum order - $30
Delivery Fee - starts at $6
Membership (optional) – unlimited free deliveries for $79/6 months or $129/year
Minimum order - $59
Delivery fee – free shipping at $70 for non-subscribers
Membership (optional) – weekly subscription starting at $60/week
Minimum order - $49
Delivery Fee - included with membership
Membership (required) - $59/year or $9.95/month
Minimum order - $60
Delivery Fee - starts at $7
Membership (optional) - PodPass for discounted deliveries is $35/6 months or $199/year
Minimum order - $49 for free shipping
Delivery Fee - $7 delivery fee on orders below $49
Membership (optional) - $49/year for free shipping on all orders
Minimum order - varies by location (may charge a small cart fee of $1.99)
Delivery Fee - up to $9.99
Membership (optional) – free delivery on orders over $12 for $9.99/month
Minimum order - none
Delivery Fee - flat $1.95 charge
Membership (optional) – free delivery on every order for $5.95/month
Mental health and substance use disorder help is available.
Learn more about COVID-19 testing and find a testing center.