Award: BenePhilly

April 20, 2021

Innovations in American Government Awards

  • AWARD WON: 2020 Finalist
  • AWARDEE: BenePhilly
  • DESIGNEE: City of Philadelphia
  • JURISDICTION: City of Philadelphia

Launched in 2008 and expanded in 2014 by the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment in Philadelphia, BenePhilly is an anti-poverty initiative working to screen and enroll eligible Philadelphians for up to 19 public benefit programs. Trained counselors assist with completing applications, organizing key documents, and tracking the status of applications. The program operates out of municipal offices, a mobile unit, and is co-housed with multiple community-based agencies across the city.

Philadelphians may be eligible for critical benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, but do not receive assistance because of hurdles they face in the application process. By providing in-person and over-the-phone screenings, counselors enroll over 5,000 households each year in essential benefits and services.

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