Pew Awards More Than $800K to Support Philadelphia-Area Domestic Violence Survivors and Older Adults

Funding will address needs exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic

$800K For Philadelphia Domestic Violence Survivors and Older Adults

PHILADELPHIA—The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to 14 Philadelphia-area nonprofits serving two groups of residents who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19: survivors of domestic violence and low-income older adults.

“Even under normal circumstances, domestic violence survivors and low-income older adults struggle to obtain the services they need, and the social isolation of the pandemic has only increased their vulnerability,” said Kristin Romens, project director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia (Pew Fund). “With these grants, Pew will help to ensure that these residents receive the critical services they need at a very challenging time.”

The Pew Fund supports nonprofits that provide effective services to enhance the health and stability of individuals and families in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. The newest grants, which build on Pew’s commitment to help human services organizations address the pandemic’s immediate and longer-term impacts on area residents, include $250,000 over two years to Women Against Abuse to assist with the significant rise in personal safety issues for domestic violence survivors and their families.

The other awards will provide an additional year of support to 13 current Pew Fund grantees serving low-income older adults in the region. The funds will help the organizations adjust their programs so that they can continue to assist individuals with daily living needs, access to healthy food, and socialization while ensuring the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers.

Below is a complete list of the Pew Fund’s September 2020 grants. For more information on the Pew Fund and Pew’s support for the Philadelphia region, click here.

Grant to expand outreach and support for domestic violence survivors during and after the pandemic:

Women Against Abuse—$250,000

Additional support to current grantees serving low-income older adults to help meet critical needs during the pandemic:

Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life—$69,000

Benefits Data Trust—$51,000

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia—$48,000

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia—$45,000


Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania—$45,000

Family Service Association of Bucks County—$41,000

Pennsylvania Health Law Project—$40,000

Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation—$39,000

Central Behavioral Health—$38,000

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance—$36,000

Drexel University College of Medicine: Geriatric Home Visit Program—$34,000

Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson Elder Care Program—$25,000

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