Helpful 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.

McKinney/Vento Act

In accordance with federal and state guidelines under the McKinney/Vento Act, Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School is 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 believe children in your household meet these descriptions, please contact your child's counselor.

FTCES Guidance Counselor: Gina Marie Tortis 
Phone: 215-289-3389 x 8044 
Email: [email protected]

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.