South Philadelphia

Community Fund

South Philadelphia Community Fund

A poverty action plan initiative

It is the mission of the South Philadelphia Community Fund, stewarded by Diversified Community Services and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by supporting families. Many families are facing financial hardship in our community, some for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diversified Community Services and United Communities along with various partner organizations, are providing a one-stop-shop for benefits to help families. The South Philadelphia Community Fund will serve clients in person and online providing access to benefits including housing counseling, educational workshops, direct assistance, expungement and pardon services throughout 2021.

Benefits Now

Apply for the $300* per child American Rescue Plan enhanced child tax credit.

Make an appointment: * A 2020 tax return is required to quality for $300 per child July 2021 through December 2021.

Register for SEAMAAC Food Pantry and Prepared Meals

Check eligibility here

Public Benefits

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

MEDICAID: Free State medical assistance that pays for health care services for eligible individuals.

MEDICARE EXTRA HELP/PACE/PACENET: Prescription cost assistance.

TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, also known as Cash Assistance.


Check eligibility here

Housing and utility programs

  • LIHEAP/CRISIS: Program to help pay heating bills.
  • Homestead Exemption: Tax relief program for homeowners.
  • PTRR (Property Tax/ Rent Rebate): – Provides rebates on property tax or rent.
  • Weatherization: Access to free weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to houses and rental units.
  • Grandom Oil Grant: (seasonal) provides emergency heating oil during the winter season.
  • CAP (PECO)/CRP (PGW)/TAP(PWD) – Utility programs to lower monthly bills and/or create payment arrangements.
  • Direct Financial Assistance: Assistance for utility, rent, and mortgage.

Other Services

Legal Assistance

  • Benefit Denial Appeal Assistance.

Financial Education

  • Financial Literacy workshops.
  • Financial counceling with bank partners.
Check eligibility here


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