Last Updated on September 14, 2023 by Lori Pace
These are the various assistance programs available for single parents living in Philadelphia.
Single parents assistance in Philadelphia
Utility Assistance for Single Mothers
- Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF)
The UESF gives cash assistance to help families avoid disconnection or have their utility service restored through their Utility Grant Program. This is the back-up assistance when LIHEAP and other programs are not providing utility assistance due to the season, but can only be used once in two years. Visit this website or call 21-765-9040 to learn more
Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)
- Budget Billing
Budget Billing, a service that helps customers that had their utility bills increased due to winter. Qualifying for Budget Billing estimates your yearly gas bill and divides it into 12 to help you know how much you’ll pay every month earlier. Call 215-235-1000 to sign up.
- Customer Assistance Referral Evaluation Program (CARES)
The CARES program gives financial assistance to its residential customers in situations where in they have a medical emergency, family crisis, or loss of employment. Call 215-235-1000 to contact PGW and know if you qualify for assistance.
- Senior Citizen Discount
The Senior Citizen Discount helps qualified customers save all-year on their monthly bills. Visit the PGW website and find out about their savings programs.
Legal Aid for Single Mothers
Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA)
The PLA provides low-income clients with advice, and quality and creative legal services. They cover cases under public benefits, housing and foreclosure, family law, farm worker issues and other civil law cases. Call them at 215-981-3800 or visit their website to learn more.
Free and Discounted Attractions for Single Parent Households
Philadelphia is home to many historic sites that you can visit. Free tours at Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the Old City Hall, and even the Liberty Bell is available to families. The Philadelphia Museum of Art accepts any payments during Wednesdays at 5:00pm and during first Sundays of the month. Additional attractions and venues can be viewed on this page, these are other free activities available: Tinicum Wildlife Refuge, Awbury Arboretum, Reading Terminal Market, and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Tax Assistance Campaign for Working Families (CWF)
The CWF gives practical ways to help improve working individuals and families’ financial stability. They offer free help with people’s taxes too. Visit their website to learn more.
Free or Sliding Scale Medical and Dental Care for single mothers
- Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) Care Clinic
The PHMC Care Clinic offers primary medical care and specialized treatment depending on the needs of the patient living in North Philadelphia that are insured, underinsured, or uninsured. The uninsured gets charged on a sliding scale depending on your income and family size. Visit their site or call 215-825-8220 to learn more.
- Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc. (GPHA)
The GPHA gives comprehensive primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and child development services through twelve medical and dental offices in Philadelphia. Visit this page to find the nearest GPHA clinic near you.
Food for the Hungry St. Francis Inn
The St. Francis Inn serves hot meals every day and breakfast for 3 days in a week. Call 215-423-5845 or email them to learn more and find out meal times.
Coalition Against Hunger
The Coalition Against Hunger provides resources for food pantries and helps individuals and families find food. Contact 215-430-0556 to know more about them and visit this page to find the nearest food resource.