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Housing and Homelessness
Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP): Homeowners who are at least three months delinquent on their mortgage may qualify for help. Contact: Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency: 1-800-342-2397, www.phfa.org.
Project H.O.M.E.: Housing, medical assistance, education and employment for the homeless.
215-232-7272, www.projecthome.org. For immediate help: 215-232-1984
Office of Emergency Shelter and Services: Provides protective, preventive and referral services to adults and families.
- Women, children and families: 215-686-7150 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 215-568-5113 (nights and weekends)
- Men: 215-236-0909 www.phila.gov/services/emergency
Tenant Union Representative Network: Free tenant rights classes, counseling, housing discrimination assistance and tenant union organizing. 215-940-3900, www.rturn.net
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Information on rental help in Pennsylvania, including subsidized apartments, public housing, and housing choice vouchers. http://www.hud.gov/local/index.cfm?state=pa&topic=renting
Save Your Home Philly: This hotline is the only government-authorized foreclosure prevention program in Philadelphia. It is staff by trained lawyers and paralegals who can assist you with your case, connect you with a housing counselor or, in certain instances, refer you to legal services available to eligible low-income homeowners. 215-334-4663, www.saveyourhomephilly.org
Regional Housing Legal Services: A nonprofit lawfirm providing individuals with information and resources in a variety of areas including foreclosure prevention, public utility assistance and legal aid. http://rhls.org
LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program): Helps low-income residents pay for gas and electricity.
Water Revenue Bureau: Helps low-income residents pay water and sewer bills.
Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA): Free weatherization and other energy-saving improvements for homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines.
Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF): Provides emergency assistance for utility bills in shut off status or that have already been terminated. 215-972-5170, www.uesfacts.org