CORONAVIRUS: LATEST UPDATES

In response to COVID-19 we are taking precautionary actions to mitigate exposure and reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on our customers and employees. We remain committed to providing safe and reliable service to our customers, and we are doing our part to protect the communities where we live and serve. We do not anticipate any service disruption to our customers at this time. Read More  Hide

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COVID-19 Additional Resources

City Announces Phase 2 of COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

The City and PHDC announced a second phase of rental assistance for tenants affected by COVID-19. PHDC will begin accepting applications on July 6 at PHLRentAssist.org. Applications may be submitted until September 30 or when funding runs out. The first phase of rental assistance was able to assist more than 4,000 tenants. However, nearly 13,000 tenants applied to the program. Phase 2 will allow about 6,300 more renters to get help. Funding comes to Pennsylvania from the federal CARES Act. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is distributing funds to each county in the state. Philadelphia’s share is $28.45 million. Funding will be awarded for qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
 

COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance Program

A new program from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses (under $1 million in annual revenue and 25 or fewer employees) that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. Applications—which will be available beginning tomorrow, June 30—will be accepted through the Pennsylvania CDFI Network. The network comprises 17 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that will support small businesses throughout the Commonwealth to access the grant funds. A new website set up for the grant program, pabusinessgrants.com, includes important details for prospective applicants including: 

  • Eligibility requirements for businesses, including priority criteria
  • Potential grant amounts based on business revenue
  • What business owners can prepare now for their application

Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, as well as technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses. More information is available in a blog post from the City’s Department of Commerce. 

 

Testing Site Map

A testing site finder at phila.gov/testing helps people find a free COVID-19 test in Philadelphia. Anyone can search for a site by address, click on a map location for specific site information, and filter by day of week and by drive-thru or walk-up.

Smell Gas? Call (215) 235-1212

Natural Gas smells bad on purpose

That “rotten egg” smell is the smell of natural gas. If you think you smell gas leave the area immediately, and then call PGW at 215-235-1212 from a safe location.

Learn more Leaks, Odors, Safety Tips

Also if you smell gas:

  • Do not use electrical devices including cell phones which may cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.
  • Do not try to locate the source of the gas leak.
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves or gas appliances.
  • Do not start vehicles.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until a PGW employee or a qualified utility representative says it is safe to do so.
  • Do not put out the flames if natural gas ignites.