THE CITY yesterday opened six BenePhilly Centers to assist low-income Philadelphians who are eligible for benefits but are not receiving them.
Increasing benefits access is a major goal of Shared Prosperity, an anti-poverty plan that Mayor Nutter unveiled last year. He tasked Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, with creating and implementing the plan.
The centers, Gladstein said, will help people "get benefits that can help alleviate some of the worst effects of poverty."
Funded by the federal Community Services Block Grant, the centers and related outreach efforts will together cost $1.3 million per year, according to Gladstein. Each will have two benefits counselors who will assist residents in signing up for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Medicaid and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps with heating bills.