Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe.
If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18

Mental & physical health

Help for teens and young adults

Achieving Independence Center (AIC)

The AIC is a safe and communal space for teens and young adults, ages 14-21, who are currently in foster care or have been in Philadelphia foster care. Transitioning to adulthood can be overwhelming, especially for youth in foster care. AIC coaches help youth build skills for independent living and provide support to achieve education goals, such as:

  • Completing high school/GED.
  • Enrolling in college/vocational school.
  • Improving computer literacy.
  • Finding employment/career planning.
  • Finding housing.
  • Achieving permanency.
  • Personal development.

Achieving Independence Center
(215) 574-9194
1415 N. Broad St., Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19122

E3 Power Centers

The E3 Power Centers provide education, employment, and empowerment services to out-of-school youth who have not earned a high school diploma, youth returning from juvenile placement, and at-risk youth to achieve long-term educational, career, and personal goals, including self-sufficiency.

There are three E3 Centers in Philadelphia:

Center City Branch

112 N. Broad St.

12th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19141

(267) 238-3180

operated by:

JEVS, Human Services

North Branch

2800 N. American St.

Philadelphia, PA 19133

(215) 763-8870, ext. 7224

operated by: Congreso de Latinos Unidos

West Branch

4111 Lancaster Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 387-2134

operated by:

The Bridge, an affiliate of PHMC

Positive youth development

DHS works with several organizations to provide youth development programs for children and older youth. These services include mentoring, cultural enrichment, recreation, life skills and community service activities.

Contact any of the following organizations directly to find out more:

Youth Matters: Philly

Youth Matters: Philly is a tool geared toward older youth in foster care, but anybody can use it. If you are experiencing homelessness or struggling to find housing, employment, health care, or other services in Philadelphia, Youth Matters: Philly is for you.

This app uses an interactive map to help users find and access local resources, like:

  • Shelters.
  • Housing.
  • Food banks.
  • Healthcare providers.

Youth Matters: Philly was designed and built by the Juvenile Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice.

To start using it go to: youthmattersphilly.org