Resources for Returning Citizens

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE). We work with men and women coming home from incarceration (returning citizens). They provide a variety of services including, case management, vocational training, anger management classes, parenting classes,  expungement, employment assistance among other services. To qualify a person has to:

- Have any conviction (except arson and sex offenses)

- Be 18 years old  or older

- Reside in Philadelphia

- Have no open cases



Get A Free Tree

Mt. Airy Free Tree

How to get a free street tree:

  • Apply for a Tree though PHS here. There are two plantings each year -- one in April and one in November. Applications are also due twice a year around the tree planting dates. Applications submitted in the spring will be planted in the fall and vice versa. Everything is free, including getting a cut-out on your sidewalk, the tree, and the planting.

How to get a free yard tree:

  • Tree Philly offers yard tree giveaways throughout the year. Check out their website for more details.


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Get a FREE rain barrel or a subsidized downspout planter. 

The Philadelphia Water Department teamed up with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to manage the city’s storm-water.

Residents can sign up for a FREE rain barrels—a handy partner for watering plants and cleaning pavements—and subsidized downspout planters that add beauty and utility to the exterior of your home and prevents the city’s sewer system from overflowing. It’s all part of the Rain Check program.

Start the process by signing up for an upcoming Rain Check workshop.


Stop circulars Mt. Airy

You may notice soon after you move in that you receive a fair amount of circulars, coupons and takeout menus from local businesses, and they can sometimes end up as litter on your sidewalk. 

If you’d like to stop receiving them, fill out this form and mail it to the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Once you receive the sticker in the mail, place the circular-free sticker in a prominent location (such as a mailbox or door) at about eye-level from the street.


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Composting helps keep waste out of landfills. We encourage backyard composting or using a composting collection service (just like getting your weekly trash pick-up) through Bennett Compost.

Co-Working Spaces

Mt. Airy NEXUS


520 Carpenter Lane , Lower Level

In partnership with the Sustainability Nexus, a Philadelphia-based non-profit, Mt. Airy Nexus encompasses more than 6,000 square feet that serves as critical infrastructure for the cross section of the sustainability, social justice, entrepreneurship, and technological communities in Philadelphia.

Mt. Airy Nexus accommodates businesses of all shapes and sizes by providing private offices, desk space, and conference rooms. Additionally, there’s plenty of room to relax, eat, or have a casual meeting.

More information here.

Work Mt. Airy

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6700 Germantown Avenue, Lower Level

Work Mt. Airy is a bright, modern space for coworking, meetings, and events. The Work Mt. Airy community is like the neighborhood: diverse and welcoming. It incorporates the benefits of work space, meeting space, and lounge space, all in the lower level of the former 19119 post office building.

Packages range from part-time space at a community desk to a full-time dedicated personal desk. A conference room, hard-wired and wifi internet, and unlimited freshly brewed coffee are among the amenities.

To learn more and to schedule a tour, click HERE.

Emergency and Crime Services



14th District, Capt. Smith
43 W. Haines Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
The 14th Police District website provides specific information on criminal activity patterns, crime prevention, and helpful contact information for police services and personnel.


Philly 311 can provide information, updates, and process service requests for all City departments. 311 is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

If your rights have been violated by the police, contact the Public Interest Law Center at 215-627-3851.

Crime Services


6301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
If you have been the victim of a crime, Northwest Victims Services can provide support, services and information. (Services are free.)

Elected Officials


Council Person Cindy Bass

Council Person Cindy Bass

City Hall, Room 312
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425
FAX: (215) 686-1937

District Office
4439A Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Fax 215-685-9189


State Senator Art Haywood

State Senator Art Haywood

Harrisburg Office

10 East Wing
Senate Box 203004
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-1427
Fax: 717-772-0572
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

District Office

7106 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Phone: 215-242-8171
Fax: 215-242-6118
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

State Rep. Chris Rabb

State Rep. Chris Rabb

Harrisburg Office
106A East Wing
PO Box 202200
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 783-2178 
Fax: (717) 783-9755

District Office
7216 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119 
(215) 242-7300 
Fax: (215) 242-7303

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Harriaburg Office
317 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202201
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-3181 
Fax: (717) 772-4038

5952-54 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144 
(215) 849-6592 
Fax: (215) 560-1824