City Begins Second Phase of Rental Assistance Program

Philadelphia reports one additional death over July 4th weekend

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced an additional 274 cases of coronavirus in the city, bringing the total case count to 26,810. One additional fatality brings the death toll to 1,617. 831 (51%) of those deaths were long-term care facility residents. Today’s numbers are the cumulative total since July 3rd.

Applications for the second phase of the Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program for tenants impacted by COVID-19 have started to be accepted as of 2 p.m. today (July 6th) and may be accepted until September 30th or when funding runs out. This phase is projected to assist an additional 6,300 residents. The funding is provided to Pennsylvania from the Federal CARES Act, the City of Philadelphia recieved $28.45 million. Phase 2 will allow about 6,300 tenants to receive assistance.

The first phase of the rental assistance program was able to assist more that 4,000 tenants, according to the City. Nearly 13,000 had applied.

To beat the heat, spray grounds have been turned on at 91 locations throughout the city. They are open from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays and 12-5 p.m. on weekends.

Trash and recycling collection resume a normal schedule throughout the city today. The schedule will continue regularly or as close to on schedule as possible.

Those who suspect they have contracted coronavirus are strongly encouraged to get tested at one of the many free testing sites throughout the city.

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