Resources for COVID19 Shutdown

Distance Learning Support

Coronavirus Updates for Non-English Readers

Includes fact sheets, infographics, sample communication documents, etc.

Provides information about the virus, how people can protect themselves and what to do if someone thinks they have contracted the coronavirus

Coronavirus Updates in Philadelphia

Sign up for Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management updates on COVID-19 by texting “COVIDPHL” to 888-777

Support for Talking with Children About the Coronavirus

Paying Bills & Accessing Essential Services (e.g., internet, utilities, housing)

  • Internet: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.
  • Gas/Electric: How to get help paying utilities. Click here for more details.
  • Water: Problems paying the water bill. Click here for more details.
  • Mortgage: In case of financial hardship or missed payments. Click here for more details.
  • Student Loans: Deferment guidance on federal student loans. Click here for more details.
  • Rent Support: Have you lost income because of COVID-19? Are you having trouble paying your rent? The City of Philadelphia might be able to help. Philadelphia is launching a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. It aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. It makes payments directly to your landlord. Click here for more details.

Health Insurance

  • Independence Chip Coverage. Find more information here and here.
  • If your children need health insurance, either because they never had it or because your benefits have changed during the COVID crisis, our partners at PCCY can help you apply. Check it out here.