County of Chester Department of Community Development.

The not for profit community action agency for the region is the County of Chester Department of Community Development. The organization administers both local and federal government programs. They also serve as a source of referrals for residents across the county.

Community Development is involved in addressing housing, evictions, and foreclosures. To this end, qualified clients can learn about emergency rental assistance programs or receive foreclosure counseling. Some resources may be available for needs such as security deposits or loans for expenses as well, including home repairs. Other services include credit counseling, job placement from CareerLink, weatherization and much more.

Referrals and information is available for a number of Housing-Related issues. For those from the region that are facing evictions, homelessness or that owe back rent, there are options. Case managers work with families in an effort to prevent homelessness. Assistance is for families or individuals in an unstable or unsafe housing situation as well. To learn about financial aid or loan programs in Chester County, call ConnectPoints.

There are trained specialists available to provide housing related referrals. Databases are maintained that offer information on assistance that is available from local charities, non-profits, and even government resources such as section 8. Staff from County of Chester Department of Community Development and the ConnectPoints tool provide clients with a non-judgmental telephone assessment. Dial 1-800-935-3181.

Good Works is a key partner that can help homeowners with any needed repairs. The focus is on making a residence, in particular for the disabled or elderly, safer, warmer, and drier. It can help repair roofs, address electrical rewiring and code, plumbing repair or installation, floor repair, and heating installation and upgrades. Depending on the applicant’s income and other factors, all repairs are provided for free to qualified Chester County homeowners. To learn more on what may qualify you, call Good Works at 610-383-6311.

Conserve energy from weatherization. This can help those families that are spending too much money on their energy bills. The federally funded program, which is administered by County of Chester Department of Community Development, can help people save up to 30% on their heating and utility bills. It can help both during the winter months and with summer cooling costs.





The Financial Stability Center is a form of self-sufficiency. This can assist the unemployed, people that need help budgeting, or job seekers. It is a system of career services and more, such as credit counseling, that can help individuals build financial self-sufficiency and also improve financial situations. The Financial Stability Center from the non-profit community action agency brings together key components of employment and financial stability. It provides:

  • Professional guidance, which is a form of assistance to help people navigate different resources and programs.
  • Extensive resources are available, such as job training, educational services, access to local job openings, and information on government and human services.
  • Counseling for issues such as debts or credit counseling.

Financial self-sufficiency is available from non-profit credit counseling agencies and partners of the Stability Center. Get help and learn how to make wise financial decisions. Gain the confidence to pursue new avenues for education and employment, improve your ability to maintain personal and emotional balance, and gain the strength to build healthy relationships.

Work with a Department of Community Development counselor to set attainable goals to improve your financial situation, develop habits, and gain skills for success in the workplace and in your personal life. There are several locations for this service across Chester County Pennsylvania, including at the CareerLink in Coatesville. Call the center for a location that may be near you.





CareerLink in Coatesville is a key partner. This is a resource that will bring clients the self-sufficiency they need. It incorporates assistance programs from the Financial Stability Center and CareerLink’s own employment services.

Together clients are able to access a one stop career development agency. The Department of Community Development for Chester County as well as staff from CareerLink offers high-quality, low cost (and sometimes even free) education, training and employment programs to people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. The main location is at 250 East Harmony Street, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320.

The free Credit Counseling Program offers support, guidance, and counseling to individuals who are having debt or credit problems. The community action agency organization works with qualified applicants to both remedy and also to prevent future hardships. Individuals can get help and guidance on developing a household budget, work on improving credit scores and set a time frame in which the results would be achieved.

The main location of the County of Chester Department of Community Development is at 601 Westtown Road in West Chester, PA 19380-0990. Dial the center at (610) 344-6900.



By Jon McNamara

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