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School-Based Resources


Towne Connections


This program seeks to support Franklin Towne’s commitment to a family like atmosphere by providing financial and emotional support for members of the FTC community who are in need.  Towne Connections can help with food, uniforms, school supplies and other needs of students and their families.  Referrals are made by students, staff, families, etc.


Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)


In accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act, Franklin Towne is committed to removing barriers to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

  • This includes
    • Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence (shelters, etc.)
    • Children and families who are sharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship
    • Unaccompanied youth, which are youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
    • Children awaiting foster placement
  • If you or your child fit into any of these categories, please contact our Homelessness Liaison:
    Liz Kaisinger, School Counselor
    215-289-5000 x3008
School-Based Resources
Financial Resources
PA Department of Human Services 
Medical Resources
Philadelphia Health Centers (Clinics)
  • People who live in Philadelphia can get medical care at many health centers throughout the city. The health centers include: City health centers operated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and community health centers (also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers).
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Medical Assistance
Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services
  • Philadelphia DBHIDS coordinates mental health, addiction services, intellectual disability services and children’s services.
Emergency Mental Health/Crisis Centers
  • Germantown Hospital – Phone: 215-951-8300
  • Friends Hospital IRC – Phone: 215-831-2600
Housing Resources
Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • PHA provides safe and decent affordable housing for low-income residents in Philadelphia. Two main housing programs: the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing.
Homelessness Resources
City of Philadelphia Office of Homelessness Services – assistance with emergency services and obtaining long term housing, rental and financial assistance.
Additional Resources
Penn Medicine's Hospice offers two programs, Camp Erin Philadelphia and Grief Research:Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun
Camp Erin is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.  Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Camp takes place Friday, June 7 through Sunday June 9 in Montgomery County Pa.  Applications are accepted until all available spaces are filled.  it is recommended that families apply by March 1. For more information and to fill out an application, please visit  
Grief Research: Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun is a program designed for families in their second and third years after a significant death.  There are workshops throughout the year that promote healing and building resilience as a family unit, through fun shared experiences.  For more information, please visit 
Other 2019 Events Include: 
1/26- Painting for Hope 
4/13- Horsing Around 
7/20 Building to Learn 
9/21- Grilling for Sustenance
11/9- Magic Tricks for Coping