Benefits that Benefit YOU

Part of Philadelphia OIC’s mission is to help reduce barriers to employment for our communities.  For that reason, we developed this list of resources for you to explore the areas we have identified are of the most need when getting to work such as housing, food support, and childcare.  We also team up with partners who provide additional services and information as you prepare for the world of work.


The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) uses federal, state, local, and foundation funding to assess and address Philadelphia’s housing and community development needs. DHCD’s Housing Resource Guide is a booklet listing the housing services and resources available to residents of Philadelphia.

Food Support

Find Free Food

Find food distribution sites, including days and hours of operation, and free meals by clicking the link below.  Also offers “Know Before You Go” information.  Simply enter your current residence address in the search bar to get started.

Do you Qualify for Food Stamps?

COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information.  Did you know that the Federal SNAP program updated the income guidelines to help more families?  Click on the link below to find out if you are eligible.

Child Care

Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC) provide a single point of contact for families, early learning providers and communities to gain information and access services that support high quality childcare and early learning programs. By calling our Hotline 1-888-461-KIDS (5437) or visiting the ELRC website, find out more about how a specialist can assist you.

Digital Access to Free Smart Phone

Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides free smartphones and service in PA for millions of eligible customers.  You may qualify if you 1) receive government assistance, such as SNAP, SSI, or Medicaid; or 2) your family income meets the eligibility requirements. Find out if you are eligible here –


Philadelphia OIC’s headquarters is easily accessible from SEPTA’s Broad Street Line.  Learn how to get here by clicking on the link below to plan your trip.

You can also plan a trip to visit other Philadelphia areas by clicking here.