COVID-19 Resource List Amassed by Philadelphia FIGHT

Philadelphia FIGHT has put together a resource guide specifically for services open and available during the public health emergency. This spreadsheet has Philly-area resources on benefits, food, grocery stores, housing, medical services, phone and internet, and hotlines that can help during this time. To view the resource guide, click here.

ACLU to Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Act Now to Stop County Jails From Becoming Coronavirus Petri Dis

Jeremy Roebuck and Chris Palmer - March 30, 2020 Warning of an “impending viral explosion,” the ACLU of Pennsylvania pressed the state Supreme Court Monday to act immediately before county jails become epicenters for the coronavirus’ spread. In a petition filed on behalf of five inmates across the commonwealth, the lawyers said it is only a matter of time before the virus overruns the tightly cramped confines of jails housing pretrial defendants, probation violators, and those incarcerated for minor offenses. They urged the justices to take emergency steps to thin the populations and order each county to come up with a plan to release nonviolent offenders most at risk. “Once COVID-19 enters

How Philadelphia Department of Prisons is Responding to COVID-19

"The health and well-being of our staff, colleagues, and inmates is our top priority. We continue to closely monitor the updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and PDPH (Philadelphia Department of Public Health). In an effort to be proactive in safeguarding the welfare of everyone at the PDP we will be instituting routine symptom screening measures for COVID-19 at the point of entry into every facility. Every employee/vendor/attorney/etc. (“Employees”) will be screened every time he/she enters a Philadelphia Department of Prisons facility. The screening will be for significant symptoms of COVID-19. Screening personnel will be available in each facility 24/7. W

Formerly Incarcerated People Face New Lockdown Under Coronavirus

Max Marin - March 30, 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic crashed down in Philadelphia earlier this month, Erik Van Zant received a call from a cousin. It was check-in to see how he was holding up under the city’s new stay-at-home order. “You getting cabin fever yet?” his cousin asked. Van Zant, 46, looked around his bedroom in West Oak Lane. He had a refrigerator, a laptop and a cold can of soda in his hand. The cat slept at the edge of the bed. There was the window he could open and close to let in a breeze. The juvenile lifer spent two-thirds of his life in a Pennsylvania state prison for a murder he committed as a teenager. Then his sentence was commuted, and he was released last year. “Com

All the Philly Coronavirus Helplines In One Directory

If the coronavirus pandemic has put you in a bind, where do you turn for help? The City of Philadelphia might have the answer. Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has been rolling out hotlines at a rapid pace, so residents now have dozens of numbers to call for information and services. There are dedicated COVID-19 hotlines for domestic violence survivors, people going hungry, those facing eviction, small business owners and immigrants — so many that it’s been hard to keep track. You can find most of these numbers and email addresses somewhere at, but the info is scattered in various press releases, blog posts, guidance documents and microsites. To make things easier, we’ve rou

Where Philadelphia Residents Can Find Free, Nutritious Food During COVID-19

Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19. In response to this need, City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food: Food sites where any resident can pick up free food for their household. Student meal sites where any child can pick up free meals. Find food sites and student meal sites using the map and lists here. (Note: orange dots on the map are food sites, and purple dots are student meal sites) About the food sites: Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Residents can pick up one box per household. Supplies will last up to five days. Resident

How Bill Barr’s COVID-19 Prisoner Release Plan Could Favor White People

Eli Hager - March 28, 2020 It seemed a welcome announcement for prisoners and their families. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered the federal prison system to release some elderly or sick people instead of keeping them in overcrowded penitentiaries where the coronavirus is already spreading. There are “at-risk inmates who are non-violent and pose minimal likelihood of recidivism and who might be safer serving their sentences in home confinement,” Barr wrote in a two-page memo to the Bureau of Prisons. But on closer inspection, his plan may exclude many vulnerable prisoners from being released—and may also create racial disparities in who gets out of prison. That’s because

Families Of The Incarcerated Fear The Worst As Coronavirus Spreads

Nicole Lewis - March 26, 2020 Most Fridays, Yezenia Guzman knows where her incarcerated mother-in-law is: at a hospital near the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, receiving treatment for the melanoma in both her legs. But now, as the coronavirus spreads in the state, Guzman is worried. She hasn’t heard from her mother-in-law in over a week. Prison visits are suspended to reduce exposure to the virus, but she hasn’t received any word if visits to the hospital are cancelled too. She fears that her mother-in-law, who is 65, is at a higher risk contracting coronavirus and infecting other women in the prison. “We are panicking,” Guzman said in a phone interview. With the threat o

Broad Street Ministry Installs Portable Hand-Washing Stations and Murals Throughout Philly

At this point in time, there are many Philadelphia-area businesses that are unfortunately shut down due to the global pandemic, but there are still many organizations working full steam ahead during this crisis—including the Broad Street Ministry. Broad Street Ministry has been serving the City of Sisterly Love since 2005 as an alternative church community, and their mission of transforming our city, our institutions and ourselves by embracing the individual needs of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers through a variety of services is especially relevant now. According to a release, to help spread the message of protecting our community, BSM has partnered up with Mural Arts Philadelphia

Essential Businesses Hiring in the Philadelphia Area

The following area businesses, many of whom have been deemed essential to continue operations for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, have announced that they are hiring workers. 7 Eleven – hiring store personnel Acme Markets – hiring store personnel Aldi – hiring store personnel Amazon – hiring various positions ConnectRN – hiring nurses, certified nursing assistants CVS – hiring various positions Fresh Grocer – hiring store personnel Giant/Giant Heirloom – hiring store personnel GoPuff – hiring driver partners Lowe’s – hiring various positions Misfits Market – Hiring delivery personnel Mom’s Organic Markets – hiring store personnel Sav-A-Lot – hiring store personnel Shoprite – hirin

Network of Neighbors Resource List for Philadelphians Impacted by COVID-19

Resource List for Philadelphians Impacted by the Coronavirus and COVID 19 *Note: This list is not comprehensive. It is intended to provide linkages to the most reliable sources of information at this time. In addition, although attention has largely shifted to the Coronavirus and Covid19, incidents of violence and trauma continue to occur in Philadelphia. This list includes information about agencies and organizations providing ongoing support to Philadelphians and their families impacted by violence and trauma. Again, these resources are not exhaustive. This list was compiled by the Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence, an initiative of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intelle

First Step Staffing Has Job Opportunities For Your Clients

First Step continues to move forward with putting Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens (homeless men & women, returning citizens & veterans) to work. We know that in this moment, our focus on providing essential income to the city’s most vulnerable, is more important than ever. 1952 E. Allegheny Ave. Suite 500. Philadelphia PA 19134. (Intake hours: 9am-11am) Please Bring 2 forms of ID and be prepared for a 5-panel drug test. Transportation provided for all listed sites. We hope to see you soon! Please note that we are practicing social distancing therefore limited amount of applicants will be permitted in the office at a time. Placement Sites Warehouse - Burlington NJ Loading traile

Urban Youth Alliance International Hiring PhillyConnect Director

PhillyConnect’s mission is to keep youth out of jail for life. We accomplish our mission by supporting justice system impacted youth and families as they rebuild communities from within. Our program offers community-based alternatives to connect court-involved youth to positive resources in their local community. Through mentoring relationships, we prevent recidivism and address youth-initiated goals in education and employment. The PhillyConnect Director oversees all programmatic operations of the PhillyConnect program for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The Director supervises the Juvenile Court Manager, Records Administrator, the Case Managers, and various interns from co

Obtaining Protection From Abuse Orders in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

We are being asked to stay at home, but not every home is safe. It’s important to know you can still obtain emergency Protection from Abuse Orders in Philadelphia even though local courts are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. WLP attorneys, along with our partners at Women Against Abuse Legal Center, Philadelphia Legal Assistance and SeniorLAW Center have compiled a comprehensive go-to resource for obtaining Protections From Abuse (PFA) Orders in Philadelphia while courts are closed due to coronavirus. Please download or review that document here, and share widely. You never know who may need this information. Thank you. March 2020: The Women's Law Project's physical offices ar

Rapid Response: PHL Nonprofits and COVID-19 Survey

The city of Philadelphia has released a survey that will allow government, donors and funders of Greater Philadelphia to understand the needs of the region’s nonprofit sector and the vulnerable populations they serve during the effects of COVID-19. This information will help local governments and philanthropic partners determine the best approach to help our nonprofit community with the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 and ensure that community members in need can still access critical resources. When completing this survey, please be very specific about who you serve and how those groups are being impacted and/or are extra vulnerable during this time. Please provide your contact

Pennsylvania Prison Society Looks to Hire Prison Monitoring Director

Welcomes Returning Citizens As Pennsylvania’s independent prison monitor, we work to stop abuse and trauma. The Prison Monitoring Director is responsible for all of the Society’s work monitoring county and state correctional facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Supported by field organizers and a corps of 260 highly motivated volunteers, the Prison Monitoring Director makes sure we promptly and effectively respond to the several hundred complaints we receive monthly from incarcerated people and their families. The Director is responsible for recruiting, growing, and supporting our volunteer corps. With the support of experts and consultants, the Director develops new trainings, reporting mech

Teleservice Hotline for Just Released Women

Sisters Achieving Transformation Through Mentorship 1-866-C-ME-NOW5 1-866-263-6695 Our mission is to help formerly incarcerated women break the cycle of recidivism by offering resources, healing, self-love and transformation through mentorship and advocacy.

COVID-19 Update for the Philadelphia Workforce Community

The City of Philadelphia acknowledges the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and how it could affect business/employer operation and work activity. We share your concerns on how this grave situation is affecting diverse workers citywide. As we continue to focus on the health and safety of the public, we also seek to limit the economic and workforce impact of the spread of coronavirus in Philadelphia. Please know that the City and our partners want to provide the most useful information and resources for workers. To accomplish this, we have created a brief survey that will help inform us of workers' most pressing needs. Thank you for sharing this survey among your contacts who can distribute it t

This Chart Shows Why The Prison Population Is So Vulnerable to COVID-19

As coronavirus spreads through Florida, Jack McFarland is urging officials at Madison Correctional Facility to prepare a separate dorm for himself and other older prisoners. At 64, McFarland has spent the last 28 years in prison, and his age puts him at a higher risk of serious complications should he become infected. The Sunshine State has more than 300 cases, and McFarland is worried about guards and staff bringing coronavirus into the prison. As the threat intensifies, he fears older people behind bars are being left to fend for themselves. “They have no plans for us older guys,” he wrote to The Marshall Project, using the prison’s email system. “They don’t care anything about your health

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