Home Repair

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Restore, Repair, Renew is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia to help Philadelphia homeowners access low-interest loans to invest in their properties. Lenders participating in the program are offering 10-year, 3% fixed Annual Percentage Rate loans that range from $2,500 to $24,999 to eligible homeowners. Restore, Repair, Renew loans can fund a range of home repairs that focus on health, safety, weatherization, accessibility, and quality of life. The goal of the program is to help Philadelphians improve their homes and strengthen their communities.

Who can apply?*

Philadelphia homeowners:

  • Whose primary residence needs repairs

  • With credit scores above 580

  • Who are up to date on public utilities and taxes or are in a payment plan with the City

  • Who do not have L & I violations or will eliminate violations as part of the program

*  Additional underwriting (minimum eligibility) criteria: Borrowers must have a loan-to-value ratio at or below 105% of after-rehab value and a back-end debt-to-income ratio at or below 43%.

What services are provided?

  • Help determining if you are eligible for the program

  • Receive financial counseling

  • Help identifying necessary repairs

  • Connect you to a participating lender

  • Help finding a contractor

  • Help applying for the loan

What repairs are eligible?

  • Repairs, improvements, and upgrades related to health, safety, and quality of life

  • Roof, siding, foundation, and masonry

  • Sidewalk and driveway resurfacing/replacement and outside stair repair

  • Window and door repair and replacement

  • Adaptations that allow for easier access to and mobility within a home

  • Fixtures, plumbing, sewer and waterline repairs and replacements

  • HVAC system and water heater repair or replacement

  • Electrical repairs

  • Treatments related to lead-based paint

  • Mold and radon mitigation

Homeless

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PIHN is an organization that offers supportive services to families affected by homelessness. Over our 20 year history we have expanded out supportive services to include career development and education planning, family therapeutic services, financial literacy training, housing support, material support and parenting education.

PIHN offers the following services to its current and former families:

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, 7047 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Emergency Services -
215-247-4663 ext. 140


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Philly’s homeless assistance system is comprised of an impressive network of homeless services, legal, housing, physical and behavioral health providers, and governmental entities, all working toward the same goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) provides support, leadership, funding, coordination and administration to this network, which is called the Continuum of Care.

Hotline: 215-232-1984


Housing – The organization provides permanent housing and support services for people who are or were homeless (or at risk of homelessness).

  • Opportunities for Employment – Provides computer classes, career training, job readiness workshops, life skills workshops, GED classes, adult basic literacy classes and access to other resources to help local residents improve their lives, gain employment, and pursue higher education. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to learn new skills, re-enter or enter the world of work, and increase income.

  • Medical Care - The Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) offers primary medical care, psychiatric services, nurse care management, individual, couples and group counseling, peer-led outreach and care coordination, healing touch, and assistance with applying for health insurance benefits.

  • Education – The Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL) re provides educational programs which focus on providing the most current computer literacy and equal opportunity to at-risk children, youth, and families.

Project Home Homeless Outreach Hotline: 215-232-1984

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

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Sustainablity

Get A Free Tree

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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.


HELP MANAGE STORM-WATER

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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

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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.


compost

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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

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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

POLICE SERVICES

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14th District, Capt. Smith
43 W. Haines Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-686-3140,-3141
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The 14th Police District website provides specific information on criminal activity patterns, crime prevention, and helpful contact information for police services and personnel.

FOR ALL EMERGENCY POLICE AND FIRE SERVICES, DIAL 911

FOR NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES, DIAL 311
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

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NORTHWEST VICTIMS SERVICES
6301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-438-4410
If you have been the victim of a crime, Northwest Victims Services can provide support, services and information. (Services are free.)

Elected Officials

City

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
215-685-9182/9183
Fax 215-685-9189


State

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

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