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 →

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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 →

Utility Assistance Programs

If you are in danger of being evicted from your apartment or home for not paying your utility bills, these agencies may be able to help. Visit: http://www.philadelphiaofficeofhomelessservices.org/stay-in-my-home/assistance-with-my-utility-bills/ Energy Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help you pay your heating bills or help in a heating crisis. Visit www.pgworks.com/liheap The Utility Emergency Services... Continue Reading →

Water

Philadelphia Water Department: http://www.phila.gov/water Customer Assistance Program to help with your water bill: https://cap.phila.gov/static/index.html   Customer / City Responsibilities: basically, anything other than the water main, storm sewer, and stormwater inlet is the customer / homeowner's responsibility. See the Customer Responsibility Diagram here.    

Clean Streets

Philly 311  - rubbish, recycling pickup, abandoned vehicle, potholes, illegal dumping, broken streetlights, vacant house issues, vacant lot issues, and more. Email Philly311@phila.gov Twitter @philly311 Call 3-1-1, if you live in Philadelphia download the mobile app Philadelphia Streets Department - http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/ Block Captains - http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/pmbc/become-a-block-captain/ Not in Philly - notinphilly.org - trash pickup supplies

Community Associations

An incomplete list of community associations and RCO's Ethiopian Community Association Spruce Hill Community Association - S of Market, N of Woodland, between 38th and 46th Cedar Park Neighbors -  S of Market, N of Kingsessing + SEPTA Rail Line, between 46th and 52nd Powelton Village - Chestnut Hill Community Association Cobb Creek Neighbors

Community Centers

An incomplete list of Community Centers in West Philadelphia A-Space Anarchist Community Center West Philadelphia Community Center - Caring People Alliance  West Philly Senior Community Center  Community Education Center 

Job Search and Resources

Open-source list of Philadelphia-area job boards https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wH2adIqoGy8KPf084qlephHjxdd7UFtt4aO2y0M40JA/edit?usp=sharing Philadelphia Works invests in employment and training solutions and services that connect employers to workforce talent and career seekers to jobs West Philly Skills Initiative -  to connect West Philadelphia employers seeking talent to West Philadelphians seeking opportunity. Free Lynda.com account with your Free Library card! Lynda.com is professionally taught courses in graphic design... Continue Reading →

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