Towne Family Resources

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.

Please email your child's counselor for a full list of various resources available to Philadelphia Residents.

Food Resources

Ear Right Philly, previously Eat.Right.Now is dedicated to  educate, support, and inspire improved school wellness and culture so School District of Philadelphia students and their families can live a healthy lifestyle and achieve their fullest potential.  Please visit 
http://https//  or view ERP School Based Food Access 2019.pdf

Homelessness Resources

Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)

In accordance with federal and state guidelines under the McKinney/Vento Act, Franklin Towne Charter Schools are committed to removing barriers to education that face students experiencing homelessness. 

  • Do the members of your household lack a permanent address?
  • Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement?
  • Have you moved in with another family (doubled up) due to a lack of housing?
  • Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
  • Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household?
  • If you or your child fit into any of these categories, please contact our Homelessness Liaison:
  • Please see the PDE website for more information on the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act: 

Dignity House Shelter:

City of Philadelphia Office of Homelessness Services - assistance with emergency services and obtaining long term housing, rental and financial assistance.

Other House 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.

Volunteers of America Family Housing: 

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Philadelphia
NAMI Philadelphia is an
 organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. 
Please visit for more information. 

Additional Resources

National Giving Alliance (NGA) is a Philadelphia-area based nonprofit that provides New Clothing and Coats to homeless and low-income children, women and men.  NGA received a grant to provide new clothing to area school children.  We would like to make sure we provide those who are homeless, in foster care or are low-income with new clothing.  Please contact your child's counselor for more information.  

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. 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