Philadelphia County Salvation Army emergency assistance.

Social Service programs from the Salvation Army in Philadelphia can provide qualified residents with support including clothing, emergency food, supportive housing, low cost furniture from a thrift store, job training and more. Case managers can also help people apply for aid, such as assist them with filling out applications for PACE and LIHEAP utility bill assistance or rent help. The Salvation Army corp centers and Social Service Ministries across Philadelphia are a great resource for the struggling and low income to turn to.

Food assistance includes short term assistance from locations such as food pantries. Based on donations and the support from volunteers, Salvation Army food banks and pantries across Philadelphia provide groceries, holiday meals, and other support for individuals and families in need. There is also help for senior citizens in Philadelphia.

The food is provided for free, but some centers will require appointments to be made in advance. Most pantries offer food on a first come, first serve basis, and resources are limited. A senior food pantry and meal sites are also available.

In addition to the pantries, low income individuals may apply for food support benefits, including SNAP, at social service offices. A case manager can provide eligibility pre-screening, advice and also assistance in filling out their application for SNAP food stamp vouchers.

Struggling families can get support from the Salvation Army, which may help them keep food on their table. In addition to the pantries, anyone who is hungry or needs a meal can use the Salvation Army’s soup kitchens. They offer free hot meals, including a lunch or holiday meal. Find more details on free food pantries in Philadelphia.

Senior housing – Get information on resources and units in the region. Some centers will have information on places for senior citizens age 62 years or older to stay, who may qualify under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines as being low income. Many of the housing units in Philadelphia will allow people to pay 30 percent of their income for their monthly rent, and HUD pays the balance from vouchers.





Transitional Housing or shelters may also be available to families or individuals. The short term housing is usually offered for people who have been in the care of Philadelphia County shelters at least 6 months. Case managers and social workers will also offer life skills training, information on job training, and education.

The homeless that are gaining stability can apply for Supportive Housing. There are many programs available, including the Reed House. Case managers from the Salvation Army will also help the client tackle the challenge that lead to their hardship, whether it is lack of employment, income, or another barrier. Another similar service is available, which is Shelter Care Plus.

Discounted and affordable clothes are offered at some pantries, thrift stores, and clothing closets. Winter coats can help children stay warm in the called Pennsylvania winters. A thrift store may even have some items such as furniture. There are a number of other programs in Philadelphia that offer basic needs. Find information on free clothes.

Christmas assistance, Angel Tree, and holiday programs are offered. The Salvation Army, local businesses and volunteers provide children free toys at Christmas. Without this aid many people would go without. Children should not suffer, especially during the holidays. In some areas of Philadelphia, free prepared holiday meals can be delivered to those in need (such as homebound and seniors) by volunteers.

Job training can be arranged in Philadelphia County. There are training and placement opportunities in the culinary field, including a project known as Soup On. Or the Salvation Army case managers may have information on other resources available.

Locations of Philadelphia Salvation Army centers

  • Kroc Corps Community Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19129, dial 215-558-1500
  • Citadel Corps is at 5830 Rising Sun Ave. The telephone number is 215-722-5447.
  • Roxborough Corps, 6730 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128. The main number is 215-482-5911
  • Pioneer Corps, 1920 E. Allegheny Ave. Call  215-739-2365
  • Grays Ferry Corps, 3225 Reed St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146, dial 215-465-0300

There is not funding for the programs listed below. While the Philadelphia Salvation Army may have referrals, another way to get information on them is to dial 1-866-964-7922.

Utility bill and rent assistance can help prevent an eviction or shut off of an individual’s utility service. The Salvation Army does not offer funds, but they may have referrals as the non-profit knows that many people are faced with hardships, such as a job loss or reduction in income from the challenging economy. So the Salvation Army of Philadelphia and their case workers provide much more than just the processing of applications.




People who need help will be given a one-to-one interview, which will hopefully identify the factors that are causing the financial challenge, eviction, or utility shut off. A qualified client will be given possible options on both short term financial help for paying rent and housing, as well as further support from the holistic approach of addressing the crisis. This can include employment services, credit counseling, and similar support.

Prescription Assistance (RX) - For information on discounted or free medications in your area of Philadelphia, please contact your local Salvation Army corp center for referrals. They may have vouchers or information on drug programs.


By Jon McNamara

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