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Housing Assistance in Philadelphia

Find information about organizations that provide housing counseling, mortgage assistance, and help with utilities in your community.

Most of the programs require you to qualify based on your income. Don’t forget to ask them about all of their programs. You might find one that works for you.

Philadelphia Housing Authority
12 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 684-4000 

Central Admissions
Section 8 Program
3010 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 684-4300
The Philadelphia Housing Authority, also known as PHA is the biggest property owner in Pennsylvania. PHA rents and operates housing for low-income people. 

Delaware County Housing Programs:

Multi-Service Related Programs
Community Action Agency of Delaware County 
Government Center
511-513 Welsh Street, Ground Floor
Media, PA 19063 
Phone: (610) 874-8451 or (610) 891-5101
Services: This agency provides services and advocates for clients needing help with fuel payment and housing. It also gives emergency rental assistance for residents of Delaware County.
 
Philadelphia County Housing Programs:

Low-Income Housing Programs
Section 8 Housing
Section 8 is a program that can help you pay a portion of your rent if you qualify. Currently, there are long waiting lists in our area for the Section 8 program. Still, here are some organizations that can help you get Section 8 Housing.
 
Dignity Housing
5221 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 713-0960
Services: Offers affordable housing, homeownership assistance, financial management help, and much more for homeless familes and individuals.
 
Women's Community Revitalization Project
407 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 627-5550
Services: This project offers low cost rentals and housing support services.
 
Home Ownership Programs
There are a few programs that offer assistance to low income people or first time home buyers. To get more information for home buying or home repair programs call the list below:
 
Act 91 Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Plan
(PA Housing Finance Authority)
PHFA/HEMAP PHFA/HEMAP
P.O. Box 15530 
2101 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: 1 (800) 342-2397 (toll-free)
Services: Helps you pay a delinquent mortgage, especially if you are not working or having health problems.
 
Action Loans
Redevelopment Authority
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 854-6515
Services: Offers low interest loans for improving your home. 
 
Donor Taker Program
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 209-8664
Services: Makes houses donated to the city of Philadelphia available to future homeowners.
 
OPEN - Fund for an Open Society
311 S. Juniper Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 735-6915
Services: Gives mortgages at low interest.
 
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
The Central Intake and Counseling Unit
1234 Market Street, 20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 448-3000
Services: This organization gives information on housing services. The 1202 program helps people get and fix vacant houses. The Home Start Program offers fixed homes for sale to low and medium income families.
 
Philadelphia Unemployment Project
Mortgage Foreclosure Hotline
1201 Chestnut Street, Room 702 
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 557-0822
Services: Gives assistance for those having trouble paying their mortgage.
 
Sheriff Sale Properties
Office of Housing and Community Development
Sheriff Sale Unit
100 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 686-3534
Services: Gives information and applications to buy properties at sheriff sales.
 
Tenant Occupied Properties at Sheriff Sale (TOPSS)
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 448-3139
Services: Gives information and applications for tenants to buy properties at sheriff sale.

Home Improvements and Repairs

Emergency Rental Repair
Basic Systems Repair Program (BSRP)
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 448-2160 (hotline) or (215) 448-3000 (main number)
Services: Provides emergency repairs (electrical, heating, plumbing services).
 
Emergency Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
1207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 851-0110
Services: Offers emergency rent and mortgage programs for low-income individuals or families.
 
Eighteenth Street Development Corporation
1815 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 271-0053
Services: Offers a home repair and referral service.
 
Impact Services Corporation
124 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: (215) 739-1600
Services: The corporation offers home maintenance and repairs, low-cost building materials, home inspection and roof insulation. It helps with low and no cost help to save energy and water.
 
License and Inspections
City of Philadelphia
License and Inspections, Services & Operations Unit
1461 JFK Boulevard, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-2463
Services: Handles complaints about major housing repairs.
 
Transitional/Supportive Housing:
There is assistance for people who move from a shelter into independent housing. Admission criteria are different for each program and many of these agencies specialize in specific populations.
 
Contact the agencies below for more information:
 
Project Rainbow
413 West Master Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 769-1830
Services: Helps with transitional housing for single women with children.
 
Endow-A-Home
Resources for Human Development
4343 Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: (215) 951-0300 or (215) 951-0330
Services: This organization helps with permanent housing for homeless mothers and their children.
 
Women's Alternative Center
519 Station Road
Wawa, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 459-9177
Services: The center has 3-6 month residential and non-residential programs for women and children.
 
People's Emergency Center
3902 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 382-7523
Services: The center offers emergency shelter and transitional housing for single women, women with children, and teenage girls.

Homeless Shelters: 
Here is a list of services for you or someone you know who is homeless.
  • Homelessness hotline: 1 (800) 972-6990 (toll-free)
  • Office of Emergency Shelter and Services (OESS)
    121 North Juniper Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: (215) 686-7150
Rental Programs
These programs are for families who rent a place to live:
 
Fair Housing Commission
City of Philadelphia
34 South 11th Street - 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 686-4670
Services: Offers help for disputes between tenants and landlords and helps with housing complaints.
 
Tenant's Action Group (TAG)
21 South 12th Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 575-0700
Services: Helps deal with disputes between tenants and landlords. It helps with finding solutions, information and places to go; self-help groups and many housing options.
 
Tenant's Rental Assistance Corporation (TRAC)
Transitional Housing Program
21 South 12th Street, 12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 575-0700
Services: Gives assistance for rentals.
 
Housing Counseling

Housing Association of Delaware Valley

1500 Walnut Street, Suite 601
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 545-6010
Services: Gives community education, housing counseling, information and referrals.
 
Housing Counseling Services
Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement
100 North 17th Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 567-7803
Services: Offers housing counseling, technical assistance and money management help. It gives advice on non-payment of bills.
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My daughter is in Delaware County, PA wandering the streets homeless with my 4 grandchildren and she is pregnant with 1 on the way. I have helped her as much as I can, (I am on Section 8) and am out of answers for her. PLEASE PLEASE CAN SOMEONE OUT THERE ASSIST HER IN HER TIME OF NEED...RIGHT NOW?? My grandchildren are enrolled in the Chichester, PA School District, this is my oldest grandson's last year in Chichester Middle School and his last year on the Football Team there. My daughter has been involved with a deadbeat, so called fiance, who QUIT his job 2 years ago and has had her evicted from 2 places of residences because SHE IS WORKING HER BEHIND OFF AT WAWA WHILE HE PROMISES TO GET WORK and HE MAKES NO EFFORT TO FIND WORK!! SHE IS FED UP AND WANTS TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT ON HER OWN WITH HER CHILDREN!!PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP US!!!! HELP HER AND HER CHILDREN, MY DAUGHTER AND MY GRANDCHILDREN!!!
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Hi I am a young adult (19 years old ) and recently I was just in a really bad domestic violence situation which has led me to be homeless , I am in a shelter now and it is only a limited amount of time that you can have to stay here and I need help very badly with housing assistance even if it is just a small apartment I need something , I have no where to go , and I would like some assistance until I can get back on my feet and go back to school . Please Help .
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I'm a 53 year old man on SSDI since 1992. My wife walked out last year, and we will be filling divorce as soon as I find an apt. Presently live in our house with 1 college age son. After house is sold and profit divided I will still have credit card debt remaining, so my reserves will be zero. I can't find a 2 bedroom apt, or even a decent 1 bedroom, due to my income. I'm not even thinking about affording my dozen medications, or what to do for shopping and medical appointments when my 13 year old car dies. I need housing soon, before I can't meet the mortgage (next month is the last payment I can make), and foreclosure ruins my credit rating. Once that is shot no landlord will care if the rent is 30% or 50% of my check. Is rental assistance available without a two year wait? Are there apt complexes available for people in my situation? My mom lives in Germantown House for 3 years. It's great: modern, medical facility on site, rides to grocery and Walmart. I got to this point trying to handle things on my own, but after 25 years of nerve disease and fibromyalgia, I need help.
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HEY IM AM A SINGLE PARENT TAKING CARE OF MY SON ALONE AND TRYING TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATION. WHILE ALSO TRYING TO FIND NICE, COMFORTABLE AND SAFE HOUSING FOR ME AND HIM. THIS HAS BEEN VERY HARD FOR ME BECAUSE WITH A MOTHER WGO DONT WANT YOU IN HER HOUSE AND THREATEN TO KICK ME OUT HERE AND THERE, A SHELTER IS THE LAST PLACE I WANT TO TAKE MY SON TO. I BEEN CALLN AROUND AND NO ONE SEEMS TO GIVE ME THE ANSWER I BEEN LOOKING FOR OR AT LEAST TRYING TO HELP ME
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I'm a mother of 3 children, who was laid off my well paying job in July of 2010, since then I haven't found a job that could help me keep up with paying rent so I moved in with a family member for a few months, my family member plans on moving into a smaller place, so at this time I'm in the process of looking for a good shelter in philadelphia or delware county where me and my children can stay until I get on my feet. I'm looking for a safe & clean enviorment for them. Can some one please help me out??
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I am disable. I am looking for help with my bills & also need help with house repairs
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need help.i am a single mother and a college student who want to finish school and the best for my son and my life

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Incorrect telephone number for Dignity Housing. Correct number is 215 713 0960. Not 215 242 3140!

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the information you provided is excellent, there is more than enough sites for me to go to. I especially appreciate the many different programs listed, not just programs pertaining to my particular needs. The names for each program is available, adresses, phone numbers, and contact persons. Your site is informational, related topics, criteras, what you need to do or have to apply for a program. thank you for this valuable info. sincerely shawnna

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