Links to Important Information
LOCAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. Please note that funding is limited. Not everyone who applies can be served. Renters do not have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible. The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. Applications are available through PHLRentAssist.org. Residents without internet access or a smart phone can get program and application information by calling 3-1-1.
Voting – The new date for the Pennsylvania primary election is June 2, 2020. The last day to register to vote is May 18, and the last day to request a mail-in ballot is May 26. Make sure you are registered, make sure you vote! For more information on convenient and secure voting options https://www.votespa.com/Pages/default.aspx
The Chestnut Hill Local’s local COVID-19 resource: (this page includes listing of postponements, closings, cancellations, and much more)
Chestnut Hill area Businesses and Restaurants – You Can Still Shop and Eat Locally Without Leaving Your Home! The Chestnut Hill Business Association’s web page includes links to local businesses and restaurants who have online food ordering, purchasing, or gift cards available. https://chestnuthillpa.com/covid-19/
Mt. Airy Businesses and Restaurants – Check out the Open In Mt. Airy List http://mtairycdc.org/openinmtairy for a list of open shops and restaurants in the Mt. Airy neighborhood. If you own a business that’s responsibly open but not on the list, use the form at the top of that page and they will add it in.
Important Reminders When Visiting the Wissahickon –
The trails in the Wissahickon Valley Park remain open, and the park is seeing peak levels of visitation. Here are some important recommendations if you are planning on getting your daily exercise in the park at this time:
• Remember your responsibility to practice social distancing for your health and the safety of others. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and other park visitors.
• If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please do not visit the park.
• When parking your car, lock the doors, carry your keys with you, and do not leave valuables in plain sight in the car.
• Visit with a buddy if possible.
• If visiting alone, avoid using the park during off-peak times and let people know where you are going.
• Be alert! Go headphone free. Using headphones leaves you vulnerable to physical injury and crime.
• Bring your dog on a leash. All pets are required to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
• Trust your instincts. If you sense trouble because of a person or a place, leave. Report suspicious activity by calling 911.
• See all the Wissahickon has to offer and vary your routine.
For more information about park services and amenities that will be variable or closed during this time, go to: https://fow.org/important-reminders-when-visiting-wissahickon-valley-park/
Free food for residents now available at additional locations – Residents can pick up free food on Mondays and Thursdays at food sites throughout Philadelphia. The City announced more sites this week, and the most up-to-date list of food sites is here: https://bit.ly/3awBQq8
– Sites are open from 10 a.m. – noon.
– Residents can pick up one box of supplemental food per household.
– No ID or proof of income required.
Residents in need of additional food can find a nearby food pantry by calling 311 or texting their zip code to 800-548-6479. Make sure to call the food pantry in advance to confirm their hours. In addition, families can still pick up free meals for students at 80+ locations throughout the City. Those sites are listed here: http://bit.ly/2TPka2J
You can support Philadelphia restaurants while responsibly practicing social distancing. Use this aggregator to find what restaurants in the Philadelphia area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of Philadelphia’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19. This list is constantly evolving, so if you see a place missing please use the form on the website to add them. https://www.diningatadistance.com/philadelphia?fbclid=IwAR0x60s2pc-03tdYxlXPyj7Kl9PkLOy-WHxLHRU5fTUZzXh0o39ryNfki3M
Internet Access – Staying connected during COVID-19: The City recognizes that having access to the internet is critical for families and individuals during this time of crisis. While practicing social distancing and dealing with the closures of many businesses and social services, internet access will help families and individuals do a wide range of activities, from schoolwork to job searching to paying bills. Through the Office of Innovation and Technology, the City is working to make sure everyone can remain connected and that those without Internet access can get it. The link below will take you to a page listing some important updates on low-cost internet and wi-fi access that have been made available. This list also provides the updates made to mobile phone service plans to help support individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. Full updates for each company and any restrictions or limitations can be found on their respective websites. https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-25-staying-connected-during-covid-19/
Most up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/
SEPTA has announced some new restrictions to service – The transit agency has announced several changes to its operations to protect drivers and riders. Rear-door boarding and exiting will be implemented on all buses and trolleys. Riders with disabilities will still be allowed to use the front doors. SEPTA has also imposed rider limits on vehicles — 20 on buses, 25 on trolleys and 30 on the Norristown High Speed Line. Regional Rail will run on an Essential Service Schedule starting Sunday, March 29. Officials ask that you ride only if traveling to essential job or services. Details here: http://septa.org/index.html .
Philadelphia Trash and Recycling Changes: (thanks to East Mt. Airy Neighbors for the great graphic!)