The Emergency Fund helps to meet basic human needs for those who have exhausted all other resources. Some of those in need are cold, others are hungry. Some can’t pay for medicine. Many seniors choose between heating their homes to stay warm, eating three meals a day, and taking the full dosage of their medicine – choices no one should have to make. The Fund, administered by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging to aid vulnerable, impoverished seniors since 1979, is often the last resort for hundreds of low-income senior citizens in crisis. For many, the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians is their last hope.
PCA has the ability to get resources directly to people in need almost immediately. For example, PCA can arrange for next day fuel delivery because we contract directly with the oil company.
Last year, nearly $156,500 in Emergency Fund assistance was disbursed on behalf of 1,605 low-income senior households.
To receive assistance, eligible seniors must be referred by recognized social service agencies or the clergy. Last year more than 75 organizations made referrals. Checks are issued directly to the fuel company, pharmacy, food store, etc. to assure that the needed goods or services are provided.
PCA administers the Emergency Fund which was established in 1979 and is guided by a coalition of more than 20 community-based organizations and service providers.
If you need more information regarding PCA’s Emergency Fund, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
If you would like to donate to PCA’s Emergency Fund, please call PCA’s Development Office at 215-765-9000, ext. 5067 or click here to Donate Now>>