NKCDC offices are closed, but staff are working
Updated Tuesday, May 19
NKCDC’s offices are closed until further notice, but most other staff are available by phone and email. Find contact information on our staff page.
We are not able to see housing clients in the office, but we will do our best to assist you via phone or virtual meetings. Appointments can be scheduled here.
- Housing workshops are now virtual events, and directions for joining those Zoom meetings are being sent by email to people who register.
- We are cancelling or postponing all in-person meetings. We expect to make additional event decisions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks.
We’re keeping this list updated with new information, with special attention to our neighbors in Kensington, Port Richmond and Fishtown, Philadelphia.
In addition, we recommend this short survey that can easily match you to a wide variety of programs you might be eligible for. NKCDC also has a team of community health workers who will follow up with you.
Who should get tested?
The Health Department is now recommending testing for anyone, regardless of age, who:
- Has a new cough
- Is experiencing new shortness of breath
- Has two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell
- Lives in a facility with other people (nursing home, college dormitory, prison, shelter)
- Is a healthcare worker
How should I get tested?
To get tested, start with your regular medical provider or the hospital system where you last received medical care. Call or contact them over the internet so that a medical professional can evaluate whether testing is appropriate for you.
What if I don’t have a doctor?
If you don’t have a regular provider, these Kensington locations are offering testing:
- Esperanza Health has opened a free COVID-19 testing center at Rock Ministries (2755 Kensington Avenue), operating Monday through Friday, 2 – 4 PM. No referral or appointment is needed but you must have symptoms and meet screening criteria to be tested.
- Starting the week of May 11, the Community Center at Visitation (2646 Kensington Ave) will become a testing and drop-in site, Monday to Wednesday 1 – 3 PM. The center building will provide individuals a safe place to have a meal, shower, rest, and connect with supportive social services if interested. Philly FIGHT, a private, community health agency, will administer the COVID-19 tests in the playground area.
- Maria de los Santos (MDLS) Health Center (401 W. Allegheny Avenue) is scheduling tests by appointment only. New or established patients who are interested in being evaluated for testing should call 215-291-2500 for a telemedicine visit.
- vybe urgent care also offers COVID-19 testing at all its locations. Patients must be referred via a vybe video visit. NKCDC’s closest vybe is 3356 Aramingo Avenue. Call 215-960-9557.
The City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and many charter schools are providing free meals for students (purple dots on this map). In addition, any resident can pick up one box of food per household (orange dots on the map). Free pregnancy, baby and toddler supports are also available.
Nearly 20 sites are providing meals for seniors. For senior meal delivery, call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging at 215-765-9040.
Food for people with disabilities is available through Liberty Resources. To join this program, call or text 215-709-9619, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out this online form. A program representative will call back to discuss the food delivery plan.
Want to grow food, but have zero experience with gardening? Make an appointment for a one-on-one online session with the founder of the Bullock Garden Project, Sonya Harris.
Jobs available. The Philadelphia City Council has published a list of job opportunities at two dozen local businesses. PA CareerLink Philadelphia is publishing its own lists. Find the most recent under “Career Seekers Looking for Work.” The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts. Bilingual language skills a plus.
Unemployment Compensation. Pennsylvania workers affected by COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Claims should be submitted online for faster processing. Philadelphia Legal Assistance has a hotline for unemployment compensation issues: 215-999-6910.
Business loans. As of April 27, Congress added another $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program and added requirements that more funding go to small & family-owned businesses. However, the program is first-come, first-serve, and funds will likely run out again.
The City of Philadelphia is maintaining a good list of financial resources for businesses. NKCDC’s Economic Development team is available to help support Riverwards business and connect you to available aid. Email Jessi Koch at email@example.com or Jake Norton firstname.lastname@example.org, or or call 215-427-0350. Sign up for our business e-news for timely updates.
Mortgage. If you are at risk of falling behind in mortgage payments due to loss of income from COVID-19, NKCDC wants to hear from you. Please request a housing appointment here.
Governor Tom Wolf has signed an executive order that protects Pennsylvanians from foreclosures or evictions through July 10. Homeowners impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for a forbearance plan to reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months but these options depend upon your mortgage type. Please reach out to a counselor to go over the specifics for your household to ensure the correct action.
Rent. Watch NKCDC’s conversation with attorneys from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) on NKCDC’s YouTube channel. LCD provides free, civil legal services for low-income individuals who are living with a disability, Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Call 215-587-3158 for assistance, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Two other organizations can give you solid legal advice:
- Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN) has moved their regular daily renter’s rights classes to online webinars during COVID-19. They happen every day Monday-Friday, 12:30-1:30 PM. You must register at least a day ahead of time here.
- Visit phillytenant.org or call 267-443-2500 for information on tenants rights and what to do if your landlord is trying to evict you.
Utilities. A new LIHEAP program opened May 18. Households that are behind on their utility bills may be able to get grants of up to $800. Unlike regular LIHEAP Crisis grants, many households will be eligible with just a past due bill and do not need to have a shutoff notice. Find eligibility requirements here. Call NKCDC at 215-427-0350 x114.
PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works and Philadelphia Water Department are suspending shutoffs through June 1. PECO is suspending fees for delays in bills and service shut offs until June 1. PECO and Philadelphia Gas Works are suspending new late payment charges as well.
Phone and internet. Lifeline is a federal government benefit that provides eligible customers a monthly discount on their phone bill. Comcast is offering limited free internet service to new Internet Essentials customers. Learn more and sign up at internetessentials.com/covid19.
Taxes. The federal and Pennsylvania tax deadlines have been extended three months to July 15. Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is providing additional relief with state taxes. The city has posted guidance on City of Philadelphia taxes.
Property tax sheriff sales through the end of May have been rescheduled: May 7 has been rescheduled to July 9, May 13 to July 15, May 26 to July 21, and May 28 to July 23.
Stimulus. If you didn’t file a federal tax return in 2018 or 2019, you can now go to this IRS site to enter your information to receive your stimulus payment check.
People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and who have qualifying children under age 17, should go to this IRS webpage to provide their information to make sure they receive $500 per dependent child. The IRS imposed a last-minute deadline of April 22, but those who missed the deadline should still visit the site. You will still receive your $1,200 stimulus this year, but will receive $500 per dependent child next year.
Philadelphians who are struggling financially because of the pandemic may be eligible for an emergency cash grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The Emergency Assistance Program is for families with children who were working and experienced the loss of a job or income. Families whose income is below 150 percent of the federal poverty level—about $2,700 a month for a family of three—are eligible. Families that qualify will be able to get a one-time grant of approximately $400-$1,200, based on their family size. Residents can apply online. Applications will be accepted through June 12, or until all funds are expended.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free, civil legal services for low-income individuals and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Disabilities include physical, mental and chronic illnesses such as depression, high blood pressure and asthma. LCD helps with a variety of civil legal issues including landlord-tenant/housing issues, immigration, protection from abuse, benefits/social security, powers of attorney, guardianships and utilities. Those who need legal help should call 215-587-3158 for assistance, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. All intakes are by phone only. For more information, visit lcdphila.org.
Online learning tools. Public Citizens for Children and Youth has assembled a tool kit that includes links to online learning and ideas for arts education and play at home. PHENND republished a Philadelphia Inquirer list of online learning resources.
Information is being updated daily on the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s webpage, phila.gov/covid-19.
Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
Residents with questions can call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.