Housing Resources

Below is a list of housing resources located in Germantown or nearby.

If you are a representative of an organization serving the Germantown neighborhood and would like to see your program/services listed here, please contact edoley@germantownunitedcdc.org. 

Housing Counseling

Center in the Park | centerinthepark.org
5818 Germantown Ave, Phila., PA 19144 (inside Vernon Park)

Center in the Park’s HUD-approved Housing Counseling Program provides quality counseling through information, referrals and advocacy for those with a variety of housing concerns.

Get help with:

  • Preventing Mortgage, Reverse Mortgage and Property Tax Foreclosures
  • Finanial Management
  • Budget Counseling
  • Property Tax/Rent Rebate
  • Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
  • Home Repair Options
  • Preventing Homelessness
  • Housing Benefits

Free housing workshops are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Register by emailing info@centerinthepark.org or call 215-848-7722 ext 225 for more information. Assistance is also available by appointment. If you have any questions, contact the Housing Counseling Department at 215-848-7722 ext 219.

Mt. Airy USA | mtairyusa.org

Mt. Airy USA’s housing counselors work with Pennsylvania residents in several programs, including foreclosure prevention, first time homebuyer’s workshops and one-on-one counseling, post-purchase counseling, and home improvement and energy workshops. You do not have to be a Mt. Airy resident to qualify for assistance. Workshops include:

Division of Housing and Community Development | ohcdphila.org
Housing counseling agencies help families navigate the financial issues related to housing. They help with the home-buying process, credit repair, foreclosure prevention and more. Many agencies are located in Philadelphia neighborhoods. These community offices enable residents to receive counseling close to home. Click for a full list of DHCD-funded Housing Counseling Agencies.

Assistance with Rent or Utilities

Office of Homeless Services philadelphiaofficeofhomelessservices.org
If you are in danger of being evicted from your rented apartment or house, these agencies may be able to provide rental assistance.

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry

35 W Chelten Ave, Phila., PA 19144

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Germantown Office
301 E Chelten Ave, Phila., PA 19144

Center in the Park | centerinthepark.org
5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 (inside Vernon Park)

Center in the Park can also assist with Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF), a grant that can provide assistance to eligible Philadelphia residents in shut off status with their utility. Eligible residents must be at or below the 175% poverty level, have a current shut off notice and cannot have received UESF within the past two years. Meet with Center in the Park’s Neighborhood Energy Center to see if you qualify.

Tenant Rights

100 South Broad St, Suite 800, Phila., PA 19110
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays
For emergencies call 267-443-2500

TURN is a tenant service and advocacy organization that promotes the human right to housing. Tenants have a legal right to a safe and decent place to live. TURN offers Tenant Rights Workshops, Individual Counseling, Hotline Assistance, and Tenant Union Organizing Assistance. Counseling services are free of charge. There are no income restrictions for Counseling.

TURN assists Philadelphia residents with:

  • Defense in eviction actions
  • Rental unit repair problems
  • Assistance with organizing tenant unions
  • Assistance with housing discrimination claims
  • Referrals for households to access additional support services
  • Subsidy and relocation services to qualifying tenants (only when referred by the City of Philadelphia)


Page last updated August 8, 2018

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