This Week: Pennsylvanians Still Waiting For Mortgage Help; Heat Emergency Declared

Housing Insecurity

This week, Hall Monitor’s Tuesday Newsletter featured a piece by Consumer Reporter Lance Haver highlighting issues with the state-wide PHFA mortgage assistance fund. The federally-funded COVID relief measure still has over $200 million on hand while 17,000 Pennsylvania families are waiting for relief.

On Wednesday’s Hall Monitor broadcast, Philadelphia Unemployment Project Executive Director John Dodds explained the issues behind the hold-up.

If you or someone you know are experiencing housing insecurity, click here to learn more about how PUP can help.

Heat Emergency

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health has Declared a Heat Health Emergency that tentaviely end at 8 PM on Saturday, July 29th.

According to a press release issued by the Health Department, “A declaration of a Heat Health Emergency by the Health Commissioner activates the City’s emergency heat programs, which include the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) Heatline, cooling centers, home visits by special field teams, enhanced daytime outreach for people experiencing homelessness, and the City’s reminder to the public to safely check on older friends, relatives, and neighbors from a distance.”

To contact the PCA Heatline, residents can call 215-765-9040.

To contact the Office of Homeless Services if you see someone in need of homeless services during the heat emergency, call 215-232-1984.

During this emergency, water shut-offs are suspended. However, they will resume once the emergency order has been lifted.

The city will make the following locations available as cooling centers:

Free Library Cooling Center Locations
All Free Library locations will be open to the public from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Cecil B. Moore Library
2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue 19121

Charles Santore Library
932 S. 7th Street 19147

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway 19143

Fumo Family Library
2437 South Broad Street 19148

Haverford Library
5543 Haverford Avenue 19139

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library
68 W. Chelten Avenue 19144

Lillian Marrero Library
601 W. Lehigh Avenue 19133

Logan Library
1333 Wagner Avenue 19141

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
125 S. 52nd Street 19139

Nicetown-Tioga Library
3720 North Broad Street 19140

Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Avenue 19149

Oak Lane Library
6614 N. 12th Street 19126

Widener Library
2808 W. Lehigh Avenue 19132

Recreation Center Cooling Locations
All Parks and Recreation locations will be open to the public 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.

East Passyunk Community Recreation Center
1025 Mifflin Street 19148

1800 Johnston Street 19145

2100 South 26th Street 19145

738 South 55th Street 19143

5835 Spruce Street 19139

West Mill Creek
5100 Parrish Street 19139

8th & Diamond Playground
800 Diamond Street 19122

1101 West Susquehanna Avenue 1912

1555 North 10th Street 19122

2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue 19121

2140 North 33rd Street 19121

2500 North 3rd Street 19133

2501 North Howard Street 19133

1099 East Venango Street 19134

6757 Chew Avenue 19119

Lonnie Young
1100 East Chelten Avenue 19138

Stenton Park
4600 North 16th Street 19140

Francis Myers
5801 Kingsessing Avenue 19143

McCreesh Playground
6744 Regent Street 19142

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