Legal Name Changes

Resources: PA Law Help: https://www.palawhelp.org/resource/changing-your-name Philadelphia Legal Assistance can help: https://www.philalegal.org/namechange Citizens' Guide to Court Procedure Court of Common Pleas Name Change: https://www.courts.phila.gov/pdf/guides/Citizens_Guide-Name_Change.pdf Mazzoni Center can help offset costs for the LGBTQ+ community. Basic Walkthrough A Name Change will cost at least $400.  Go to City Hall to petition for your name change with the... Continue Reading →

PA Access Card / SNAP / Food Stamps

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for the food stamps program. “SNAP benefits” are the same thing as “food stamps”. In Pennsylvania, benefits are provided monthly through an ACCESS card, similar to a debit or credit card. EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer. It’s the system the government uses to disburse benefits.... Continue Reading →

Food Insecurity

Resources to help you find food: meals, pantries, and other services in Philadelphia. Year Round Why Hunger has a food resource finder by zip code: https://whyhunger.org/find-food/ SEPA + United WAy: 211sepa.org is a database of all different kinds of services for people in need. They also have a food pantry finder  Broad Street Ministry in Center City... Continue Reading →

Legal Services – Community Based

Free or low-cost legal services in Philadelphia   Temple Law Legal Aid https://www.law.temple.edu/resources/community-service/temple-legal-aid/?fbclid=IwAR1WgW3qYrKHAGrigoWRhfwZFa4rqwi6FqIoVyaPyHWkwD4zCMdvdH9usj0 The Temple Legal Aid Office provides free legal representation in civil law matters to qualifying, low-income, Philadelphia residents. The Legal Aid Office frequently helps clients with issues related to: Family law (child and spousal custody and support, kinship adoption, etc.) Problems encountered... Continue Reading →

ReEntry Services and Support

Organizations, programs, and initiatives to support reentry in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA REENTRY COALITION https://www.philadelphiareentrycoalition.org/about_us The Reentry Coalition brings agencies and organizations working on reentry in Philadelphia together to collectively reduce recidivism. Our shared plan, Home for Good, focuses on:Increasing Communication, Facilitating Collaboration, and Building Capacity INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY JUSTICE https://fight.org/programs/institute-for-community-justice/ The mission of ICJ is to... Continue Reading →

Basic Tenant Rights

As a tenant, you have the right to a safe environment and privacy.  Notify Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspections if your landlord doesn't provide a safe and habitable property. Partners for Good Housing outlines the responsibilities of owners, tenants, and landlords for maintaining houses and apartments in a safe and clean condition. This is great... Continue Reading →

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Here are a few ways to stay cool + safe throughout the summer: the public pools are open June 20-28th save strenuous activity for early morning or the evening drink plenty of water! take cold showers and baths go to your local library to take a break in their AC (many extend their hours in high heat) and... Continue Reading →

Trans Resources

Trans Equity Project - a program of GALAEI, seeks to Co-power Trans identified individuals and gender minorities through peer-based counseling and mentoring, education, advocacy, and community activism, employing sex positive and harm-reduction strategies, to improve quality of life, provide safer alternatives to risky behavior, and keep our clients healthy and well. QSPACEShealth.com - crowdsourcing LGBTQ ratings and... Continue Reading →

Violent Crime Victim Resources

If you or a loved one are a victim of violence, there are resources to support you.   Local Neighborhood Victims’ Groups If you or someone you know has been the victim of violent crime, please reach out to your local neighborhood victim services program. Services provided to victims may include, but are not limited... Continue Reading →

Composting

Bennett Compost  - residential compost pick-up CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE >>>> The Dirt Factory - community composting facility for the residents of University City. Folks can drop off up to five gallons of organic food waste each week—accepted waste items are listed here—for free. Kitchen Harvest - residential compost pick-up to the western suburbs of Philadelphia Circle Compost - residential and... Continue Reading →

Snow Emergency Checklist

If the City of Philadelphia declares a "State of Emergency" for snow, it means a few things: Trash + Recycling pickup cancelled.  Move your car from Emergency Routes or it will be towed. If your vehicle is towed during the snow emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Check the routes here: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/highways/snow/emergency-routes/ All municipal city... Continue Reading →

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