COVID-19 Resources

As a Home for Nonprofits, the Urban Affairs Coalition has worked to improve the quality of life in our region for more than 50 years. Our work is important now more than ever. UAC is deemed as an essential business in the City of Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in the communities we serve. We will continue to operate during this time, as we deliver and support essential services to our most vulnerable communities affected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

As part of our of our ongoing effort to keep our Partners, Employees, and Communities updated on the response to COVID-19, UAC has put together this page to share resources to help our friends, family, and neighbors in the Greater Philadelphia Region.


We will update this page on an ongoing basis, as new resources become available.


Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00AM



COVID-19 Test Interactive Map: Find FREE Testing Sites Near You

Click here to find a free COVID-19 test near you. This tool can help you find a free COVID-19 test in Philadelphia. You can search for a testing site by address, click on a map location for specific site information, filter the site list by the tags provided. Each site has different requirements. No testing sites require payment, insurance, or proof of citizenship. But, some sites may limit testing to people who meet certain criteria, require an appointment, require a referral from your doctor, ask you to stay in your car (for drive-thru sites).

 

Philadelphia Officials Recommend Residents Avoid Traveling to 19 States

 COVID-19 Hotspots States include : Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, Wyoming. Individuals traveling to Philadelphia from those states should self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, according to travel guidance from the Department of Public Health. Anyone who experiences symptoms should get tested.

  

Flu Shot Locations

It is more important now than ever to get a flu vaccine because flu symptoms are very similar to those of COVID-19, and preventing the flu will save lives and preserve health care resources. Find a location to get a flu shot

Emergency Rental Assitance Program

 Helps people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. It makes payments directly to your landlord. Go to https://phlrentassist.org to see if you are eligible.

 

Philadelphia Eviction Diversion Program 

The Eviction Diversion Program enables landlords and tenants to arrive at an agreement that works for both parties, without having to go to Court. This program is required for all landlords with tenants who have had difficulty paying rent due to a COVID-19 related hardship.   Benefits of diversion and mediation include helping tenants avoid an eviction, while also helping landlords avoid vacancies and unit turnover costs. Learn more

 

CDC: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions Through December 31, 2020

Effective September 4 through December 31, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Under the order, landlords and property owners are prohibited from evicting certain tenants impacted by COVID-19, or face high monetary fines.

Titled the “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19,” the moratorium applies only to non-payment of rent, and will not apply to residents who engage in criminal activity, threaten the health or safety of other residents, damage the property, or violate their lease, other than for rent nonpayment. The Order does not forgive rent or prohibit landlords or property owners from charging late fees. Under the rules of the order, renters have to sign a declaration saying they don't make more than $99,000 a year — or twice that if filing a joint tax return — and that they have no other option if evicted other than homelessness or living with more people in close proximity.

 

Spring 2020 Stimulus Check: Get My Payment

If you have not received a stimulus payment and are eligible, click here for more information www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment


FREE Nutritious Meals 

The City of Philadelphia and Philabundance and Share Food Program continue to distribute free, healthy food to families throughout the fall, with some changes to locations and schedule. An up-to-date list of sites and schedules is available on the City’s website. The public is encouraged to confirm locations and schedule by calling 311 or visiting phila.gov/food before going to a site. Individuals may also call WhyHunger at 1(800) 5-HUNGRY, or text their zip code to 1(800) 548-6479 to find food near them.

 

Access Centers for Eligible Students

Families who wish to register can visit phila.gov/accesscenters to learn about eligibility and fill out an online interest form. On this page, families can also view frequently asked questions, see a map of site locations, and find additional resources for students. Those who need help filling out the form can call (215) 709-5366. Access Centers are opening to serve the city’s most vulnerable children while fully-digital learning is in place. Sites will open to registered students on September 8.

 

PHLConnectED’s 211 Hotline Helps K-12 families get Internet Access

Philadelphia K-12 families who do not have in-home internet access or who have internet access only through mobile phones can call 211 and press option 1 to speak with a resource navigator. When families call the hotline, they will receive general information about PHLConnectED, such as eligibility for the program and how eligible households can get connected. The 211 hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available in over 150 languages.

 

Resources for Children and their Families 


Mental Health Resources

 
The health and well-being of the UAC community remains our top priority. Listed below are a few resources with you that could help navigate these uncertain times:

  • Due Quach, Founder of Collective Success Network, a UAC program, has compiled an Inclusive Mental Health Resources  to help people find culturally competent support and care during these times. While the last few months have been challenging for everyone, they have been particularly difficult and exhausting for BIPOC and LGBTQIA folks who have suffered from bigotry, injustice, oppression and inequity. Please use the resources linked to find mental health resources during these times.
  • Join UAC program partner, Inner Strength Foundation, Monday-Friday at 8AM for 30 minute meditation session. Each session begins with very brief contemplation instructions, followed by 30 min of silence, closing with a short dedication. You are welcome to join via video or phone. Register here.