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Biden-Harris Administration Distributes First Monthly Payments of the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Today, tens of millions of American families will begin to see their first monthly Child Tax Credit payments. The Department of Treasury estimates that $15 billion were distributed today to tens of millions of working families with 60 million children. For the 86% of families using direct deposit, they will receive their child payment today, July 15th, and the 15th of every month for the rest of 2021. It will show up in their bank accounts described as "ChildCTC." Others will receive their check in the mail today or in the coming days.

The American Rescue Plan is providing the largest-ever Child Tax Credit – increasing from $2,000 per child to $3,000 for each child between the ages of 6 and 17, and to $3,600 for each child under the age of 6. This historic increase will provide middle-class families with critical tax relief and will lift millions of children out of poverty.

Major Tax Cut for Middle Class Working Families:  Nearly all middle-class families will receive the expanded child tax credit, to help them meet the costs of raising children with the security and dignity they deserve. And because monthly payments start today, they won't have to wait until tax season for tax relief that millions of families need now.

  • Full Payment for Most Families. All families will get the full Child Tax Credit if they make up to $150,000 for a married couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household). Eligible families will receive monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit automatically if they filed taxes in the last two years.
  • $7,200 for Typical Family with Young Children: For a married couple earning a combined $60,000 per year with two children under age 6, their Child Tax Credit will equal $7,200, providing an additional $3,200 tax cut in 2021 thanks to the expansion.

The first monthly Child Tax Credit ever: Today, four months after the American Rescue Plan was signed into law, tens of millions of families with nearly 60 million children are receiving the first-ever monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit. This reflects the swift implementation efforts of the White House, Treasury, and the IRS.  

  • $250-$300 a Month Per Child: Starting today, working families will receive monthly payments of $250 for each child ages 6 to 17 and $300 for each child under 6 years old.
  • Helping Working Families Meet the Costs of Raising Children: Tens of millions of working families will be able to rely on these monthly payments to help with the costs of raising their children – from putting food on the table, to covering the costs of school supplies, new clothes, and unexpected expenses.

Over 97 percent of Families Receiving the 2021 Child Tax Credit are Working: The Treasury Department estimates that over 97 percent of families that will receive the expanded Child Tax Credit are working families with wages or self-employment income. And for the families that don't have income, many of those are seniors taking care of grandchildren or people with serious disabilities and health issues.

More than 26 million Children from Hard-Pressed Families will now get a full Child Tax Credit: Treasury estimates that the hard-pressed low-income families of over 26 million children that previously would have gotten a smaller Child Tax Credit than families with higher earnings, will now receive the full expanded Child Tax Credit. Prior to the American Rescue Plan, researchers found that over half of Black and Hispanic children were in families ineligible for the full Child Tax Credit because of too little earnings.

A Historic Reduction in Child Poverty: The expanded Child Tax Credit is the main driver in experts' projections that the American Rescue Plan could cut child poverty by around half. Even by the most conservative estimates, the Child Tax Credit alone is projected to reduce child poverty by a multiple of any 
previous year.

Administration-wide effort to help sign up additional children and their families:

  • Simplified non-filer portal: The Child Tax Credit has been around for more than twenty years, but there has never been a tool to help non-filers claim the credit. Thanks to the implementation efforts of the White House, Treasury, and the IRS, the first-ever non-filer portal for the Child Tax Credit was launched by the IRS in June.
  • The White House launched – a one-stop-shop in English and Spanish for user-friendly information on the Child Tax Credit, including a step-by-step guide to using the non-filer portal in multiple languages.
  • Working with Major Non-Profit Organizations and Community Groups that Fight for Children: For months, the White House has worked closely with children's advocacy groups, women's organizations, committed faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit organizations in an on-going collaborative effort to find the most effective strategies for signing-up families who aren't receiving the credit, through creating awareness, developing navigator and trusted messenger sign-up strategies, and working to improve website accessibility.  

Investment with a high return: Studies show that children whose families get more in refundable credits do 
better in school and score higher on standardized tests, are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and make more money as adults. These children are also less likely to face the early onset of disabilities and health issues like diabetes that can represent key barriers to employment later in life. In fact, research from Columbia University shows that each $1 invested in the Child Tax Credit returns over $8 to society in improved health for children and their parents, better educational outcomes and higher future incomes, and reduced crime and criminal justice costs.

Extending the new Child Tax Credit for years to come: The American Rescue Plan's expanded Child Tax Credit is only for 2021. This is a historic investment that will lift children and working families out of poverty. That's why President Biden believes that we should extend the new Child Tax Credit for years and years to come. He is proposing that we do so in his American Families Plan and Build Back Better agenda.


Amazon Job Announcement for week of July 19th!

 If you engage with Philadelphia residents seeking employment, please share this e-mail and attached flyer featuring local Amazon job openings.  

Amazon is seeking to fill multiple Seasonal Warehouse Team Member positions across several locations; seasonal positions may become permanent.  

It is important to note that Amazon posts and removes the job application link periodically as they conduct Pre-Hire Appointments so it is important for job seekers to apply as soon as possible.  

If residents need application assistance and would like a special referral to the Amazon Human Resources team they should e-mail: 
[email protected] or call/text (215) 760-5278.

 here to apply!


Get share of $500,000 in violence prevention grants

The Office of Violence Prevention, under the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Cluster, is still accepting applications for the Targeted Community Investment Grant (TCIG) Program ranging from $1,500 to $50,000. These grants will support community-based programs and activities in the city of Philadelphia focused on violence prevention and intervention, with a special emphasis on supporting collaborative efforts that immediately strive to reduce and prevent gun violence.

In concert with the
 Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, special consideration will be given to applications that address the needs of youth between the ages of 16-24 and young adults between 25-34 as well as those that show youth, community and/or multi-organization collaboration.
To learn more you can read the 
press release about the Targeted Community Investment Grant program.

Applications should be submitted by Friday, July 23, 2021no later than 11:59 PM EST.

Click links below for more information about the Targeted Community Investment Grant Program:

Targeted Community Investment Grant (TCIG) Program Application

TCIG Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Chief Fiscal and Administrative Officer needed

For more info,
 click here!





Dear Adult Job Seekers, 

The Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative is currently recruiting adult  job seekers for a FREE 10-week workforce readiness program called: NOW Professional  Development Program! 

Participants enrolled in this 10-week NOW Professional Development Program don’t have to pay  any enrollment fees, their participation in NOW is free - - fully covered by Temple University!  

Participants in the NOW Professional Development Program will meet with industry executive leaders and Temple University management staff; participants will build their network of direct  contacts with area company leaders; participants will receive valuable job referrals; and participants  will learn/gain professional skills and information that will make them a more confident and  competitive job seeker!  

Fall 2021 Schedule for NOW Professional Development Seminar 

❖ September 30 General Interest Meeting 

❖ October 7 Creating Your Best Resume  

❖ October 14 Effective Job Search Tactics 

❖ October 21 Mock Interviews: Practice Makes Perfect! 

❖ October 28 Image, Style, Deportment in the Workplace 

❖ November 4 Financial Literacy / Public Speaking  

❖ November 11 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 

❖ November 18 Community Service Project Presentations 

❖ December 2 Continuing Education & Career Self-Assessment ❖ December 9 Opportunity Knocks Dinner (Awards Dinner with Employers) 


The NOW Professional Development Program workshops are held once a week, Thursday evenings, for eight weeks. The General Interest Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September  30, 2021, 6pm-8pm, at the Charles Library, Rm. 401, 1900 North 13th St, Philadelphia, PA  19122.  


To reserve your seat at the upcoming General Interest Meeting, please email your current resume  with a one paragraph explanation as to why you’re interested in participating in the NOW  Professional Development Program to: [email protected]  


Contact Michael Robinson, M.S., Director-Community Outreach & Hiring/Temple University  Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative: 215-204-0677. Thank you!


William Way—Communications Specialist needed!


Pennsylvania Voice is looking to hire a Data Associate!

The role will primarily work within the Civic Engagement department and report to the Data & Targeting Manager. Full time, permanent, WFH flexible. 

Here's the job description: Data Associate

Salary range is $45,000 - $50,000 with benefits. 

The ideal candidate would be someone:
-Committed to building BIPOC power 
-Interested in using data and technology to solve problems
-BIPOC or immigrant


PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Summer Hiring Series Job Fairs!

PA CareerLink® Philadelphia (PACL) is hosting an in-person, on-site Summer Hiring Series of Four Job Fairs for local employers and job seekers.  If you support residents that are looking for employment, please share this flyer with them at your earliest convenience.  Employers that are open to hiring individuals with criminal convictions will be in attendance as well, so please ensure you share this flyer with returning citizens and justice-involved residents.

As a reminder, the Commerce Department manages the Fair Chance Hiring Initiative (FCHI) which provides financial incentives to local businesses that hire returning citizens.  To qualify for the financial incentives, Employer Partners must hire Philadelphia residents who have been released from incarceration within the last seven (7) years, as part of a court sentence.  We also provide a one-time $1,000 Employment Retention Grant to FCHI Employees that complete the New Hire Period (180-calendar days).  See attached flyer for details.  Our team encourages FCHI Employer Partners to utilize hiring practices that are in accordance with the Ban-the-Box law at all times, including during the Summer Hiring Series of Job Fairs.  

All inquiries can be sent to: [email protected]


Applications Now Open to Join the Philadelphia Youth Commission

The Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) announced that applications are now open for young people ages 12-24 to join the PYC

Created by referendum and added to the Home Rule Charter in 2009, the Youth Commission is appointed by and advises both the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia on all legislation and policy as it relates to youth. Composed of 21 members, the Commission, in addition to its legislative responsibilities, also works to bridge the gap between adult policymakers and youth by holding public, youth-centered, and youth-led events on the issues affecting Gen-Z residents.

Please email [email protected] from the Mayor's Office of Youth Engagement for more information!


Community College of Philadelphia

Success Coach, Catto Scholarship (3 Positions Available)
For more details, click here


Job Listings at JEVS Human Services

If you are an individual with a passion for helping others help themselves, please review JEVS Human Services job openings. 

Find a fit for you? You can apply here! Link:


Immigrant Community Capacity Building VISTA

The Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service in Philadelphia is now accepting applications from qualified candidates to join the 2021-2022 Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps.

VISTAs serve full-time for a year working on systems level change in City government. Our administration, led by Mayor Jim Kenney, has invested in a multi-pronged approach—focused on stabilizing households, increasing skills and incomes, and investing in education—to lift residents out of poverty and to break the cycle for future generations.

The work of Serve VISTAs is an integral part of moving the City’s anti-poverty strategy forward.

We are seeking candidates who are civically engaged and committed to making a positive change in their community.

For many of our alumni, their service accelerated their career and advancement into leadership positions within the public sector.

The Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps is committed to diversity and inclusion. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Send your resume to  
[email protected] 


Grant Applications Move to Evaluation Phase

The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund is excited to provide an update on their Recovery Fund, launched in partnership with Bread and Roses Community Fund, to support nonprofit organizations serving our most vulnerable communities during the pandemic. 

Over 100 applications was received for the first round, which speaks to both the need and the number of groups serving Philadelphians with low wealth.

As part of the second phase, the Community Grantmaking Committee, comprised of community members from the targeted zip codes and CEO staff, will receive orientation and begin evaluating applications over the summer. The grant recipients will be notified once a final decision has been made in late summer/early fall.

There will be a second cycle of grantmaking through this fund in fall 2021.

For more info, visit  
Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund


The FunTimes Magazine team is looking for a creative and driven Content Writer for feature stories, scripts, and social media content. Your words will inform, educate, engage, and influence diverse audiences through targeted initiatives. This role would be ideal for a creative thinker and self-starter who thrives in a self-paced and innovative environment.

The ideal candidate must possess strong writing skills, a passion for writing, and an insatiable desire to learn. You will be responsible for generating exciting and compelling stories for online publication.




• Bachelor's degree in English, Writing Studies, or relevant work experience
• Excellent writing and overall communication skills
• Strong research skills



Qualified candidates should submit their resume to [email protected] with "Content Writer Application" and their name as the subject of the email.


Have an idea for a story or feature that should reach our growing reader base? We want to hear from you!

Craft a 50 - 200 word writing sample and send it to us at [email protected], with the subject line "Pitch Idea". Topics vary and can include stories that highlight an individual, raise awareness about a program, inform readers about your community, or shed light on a pressing issue. We will let you know what we think of your submission, and if selected, will pay for each submission deemed usable by the magazine. Not all submissions will be selected, so we will contact individuals whose pitches will be used for payment and final submission requirements. We are looking forward to hearing your creative ideas!