If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.
Available benefits and services include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Cash Assistance
- Health Care Coverage (Medical Assistance)
- Home Heating Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Family Planning Services
- Help with Child Care
- School Meals
- Long-Term Living Services
- Norristown District
1931 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA 19401-3191
- Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Toll-Free: 1-877-398-5571
- Fax: 610-270-1678
- Office Headquarters
701 Crosby Street, Suite A
Chester, PA 19013-6099
- Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Phone: 610-447-5500
- Fax: 610-447-5399
Stimulus Payments / Economic Impact Payment
1. Who is eligible for the Economic Impact Payment?
U.S. citizens or resident aliens who:
- Have a valid Social Security number,
- Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
- Had adjusted gross income under certain limits:
Single with no kids
I make less than $75k
I make less than $99k
$1,200 minus $5 for each $100 you make over $75k
Single with kids and file as "head of household"
I make less than $112.5k
$1,200, plus $500 per child
I make less than $136.5k
$1,200 minus $5 for each $100 you make over $112.5k, plus $500 per child
Married and file jointly
We make less than $150k
$2,400, plus $500 per child if you have them
We make less than $198k
$2,400 minus $10 for each $100 you make over $150k, plus $500 per child if you have them
2. Who will receive the Economic Impact Payment automatically without taking additional steps?
Most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments including:
- Individuals who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019
- Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits
- Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits
3. What if I am not eligible to automatically receive my Economic Impact Payment?
You can provide the necessary information to the IRS at https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd/EconomicImpactPayment if you are a U.S. citizens or permanent resident who:
- Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019
- Were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn't plan to
Information You will Need to Provide:
- Full name, current mailing address and an email address
- Date of birth and valid Social Security number
- Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
- Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
- Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
- For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse
The IRS will use this information to determine your eligibility and payment amount and send you an Economic Impact Payment. After providing this information you will not need to take any additional action.
4. What if the IRS does not have my direct deposit information?
The IRS will launch a separate web portal later in April that will allow taxpayers who filed returns in 2018 or 2019, but did not provide any banking information, to submit direct deposit information. Otherwise, you will receive your stimulus check by mail, which could take several months.
Check irs.gov for the latest information.
5. When will I receive my stimulus payment?
The IRS has begun direct deposit of stimulus payments. Later this month, the IRS will launch a “Get My Payment” web portal that will allow taxpayers to track the status of their payment.
Check irs.gov for the latest information.
If you are unemployed or your hours have been reduced, apply for unemployment compensation IMMEDIATELY at uc.pa.gov.
You will be eligible for 39 weeks of payments.
You will receive $600/wk in addition to your state benefits from April through July.
Independent contractors and those who are self-employed are eligible for benefits.
Applications from independent contractors and self-employed workers will be accepted beginning Friday, April 17, 2020.
Check uc.pa.gov for an application link specific to independent contractors and self-employed workers.
PIN & Determinations Information
- You will receive a Claim Confirmation Letter via U.S. Postal Service usually within 7-10 business days that will include your Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will be able to file for recent and missed weeks once your PIN arrives.
- You will receive your Notice of Financial Determination Letter via U.S. Postal Service usually within 10-15 business, but it could be longer.
- Reopened claims must be manually processed.
- If the biweekly filing system tells you on your filing date that your weeks are inactive, try filing your biweekly claims one time each day until you are able to successfully file. Do NOT reopen your claim multiple times.
- If you opened a claim within the last twelve months, your PIN and Notice of Financial Determination were issued when you opened your original claim.
If you need to reset your PIN, email email@example.com and include your full name and the last four digits of your social security number.
Check Claim Status Online
You can check your payment status at: https://www.paclaims.pa.gov/ucen/LoginClaimStatus.asp.
Payment Funds Schedule
If you file your biweekly claim on:
Sunday OR Monday = funds available by Wednesday
Tuesday = funds available by Thursday
Wednesday = funds available on Friday
Thursday = funds available on Saturday
Friday = funds available on the following Monday
Note: Payments may be delayed if there is an eligibility issue that must be resolved before payment can be made.
Grants – Nonprofits, Individuals, Small Businesses
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
Who can get food from a food bank or pantry?
- Persons who are out of work without pay are eligible to receive food from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania, including:
- Service workers who are unable to get shifts
- Hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have closed
You will be asked to provide verbal confirmation of your need as well as your household size and weekly income level as of the day you go to receive food.
BVM Parish Food Cupboard
- 1101 Main Street
- Darby, PA 19023
- Contact: Tom McKernan 610-996-1338
- Mon-Thurs 9:30am-11am
Philadelphia County (Near Main Line)
Holy Cross Baptist Food Cupboard
- 1900 N 63rd Street
- Philadelphia, PA 19151
- Contact: Vienice Blue 215-879-8190
- Last Wed of month 9am-11:30am
- 5359 Lebanon Avenue
- Philadelphia, PA 19131
- Contact: Sandra Johnson
- Wed 12PM-1PM
St. Vincent Food Cupboard
- 109 E. Price Street
- Philadelphia, PA 19144
- Contact: Jean Flynn 215-438-1514
- Mon, Tues, & Fri 9am-12pm
Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sponsored Feeding Sites for Children
Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) are the hub of child care information in your area. ELRCs provide you and your family with information on quality child care and personalized child care referrals to child care providers based on your specific needs or preferences. ELRCs also administer the Child Care Works subsidized child care program (helping low income families pay their child care fees).
- 20 South 69th Street, 4th Floor
- Upper Darby, PA 19082-2528
- Phone: 610-713-2115
- Toll-Free: 1-800-831-3117
- Fax: 610-713-2333
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- P.O. Box 311
- 1430 Dekalb Street
- Norristown, PA 19404-0311
- Phone: 610-278-3707
- Toll-Free: 1-800-281-1116
- Fax: 610-278-5161
- E-mail: ELRCRegion17@pa.gov
Delaware County Library
PENFED Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program (available to service members/veterans):
Use link to apply. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas: rent, mortgage, auto loan/lease, utilities. Checks sent directly to the creditor or landlord after grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.
Additional Emergency Financial Resources (available to service members/veterans):
- Minimum order – $10
- Delivery Fee – starts at $4 for non-members
- Membership (optional) – free delivery on all orders over $35 for $99/year or $10/month
- (Hard to get delivery/pick up times right now.)
- Minimum order - $35
- Delivery Fee - $7 for orders below $35
- Membership (required) - $99/year or $14/month
- (Due to high demand, some orders may be delayed)
Amazon Fresh – Whole Foods only
- Minimum order - $35 for free delivery in most locations
- Delivery Fee - $10 for orders below $35
- Membership (required) – Amazon Prime membership
- Minimum order - $30
- Delivery Fee - starts at $6
- Membership (optional) – unlimited free deliveries for $79/6 months or $129/year
- (Experiencing high demand)
- Minimum order - $59
- Delivery fee – free shipping at $70 for non-subscribers
- Membership (optional) – weekly subscription starting at $60/week
- (Cross between meal subscription and a grocery delivery service; health-conscious options only)
- Minimum order - $49
- Delivery Fee - included with membership
- Membership (required) - $59/year or $9.95/month
- (Healthy staples)
- Minimum order - $60
- Delivery Fee - starts at $7
- Membership (optional) - PodPass for discounted deliveries is $35/6 months or $199/year
- (Delivery and pick up time slots are extremely limited. Product availability is limited. All deliveries are contactless.)
- Minimum order - $49 for free shipping
- Delivery Fee - $7 delivery fee on orders below $49
- Membership (optional) - $49/year for free shipping on all orders
- (Boxed delivers bulk groceries straight to your door, High demands has caused delays but still fulfilling orders online)
- Minimum order - varies by location (may charge a small cart fee of $1.99)
- Delivery Fee - up to $9.99
- Membership (optional) – free delivery on orders over $12 for $9.99/month
Learn more about COVID-19 testing and find a testing center here.
Mental Health Resources
- Pennsylvania’s comprehensive mental health resources, Mental Health in PA.
- Mental Health America for general information and COVID-19-specific resources.
- Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment.
- Helpful Phone Numbers:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- (As Dr. Levine provides in her daily briefings): The Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)