Every member of our community is feeling the effects of the economic downturn at some level. For some, the current situation has meant the loss of a job and possibly even a financial or housing crisis. For others, there is no immediate crisis, but it has driven home the need to make sound decisions to safeguard a family or individual's security and well-being.
WHERE TO TURN
United Way offers a "First Call for Help" information and referral line available Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. The trained and experienced specialists who answer your call maintain your confidentiality while connecting you to comprehensive community health and social service resources. Call United Way of Chester County for information about
- Rent/Utility Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Support Groups
- and More
UNITED WAY FIRST CALL FOR HELP
Resources are also available online by using ReferWeb, the Chester County Community Resources Directory.
FACING A CRISIS
If you are faced with a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 right away.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE
877-918-2100 or 610-918-2100
If you or someone you know is facing a mental health crisis, immediate help is available.
If you are laid off, be sure to inquire about your eligibility for Pennsylvania State Unemployment Compensation benefits through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Call 717-787-5279 or apply online at www.dli.state.pa.us.
Visit www.compass.state.pa.us to check your eligibility for public assistance and other benefits.
Chester County Food Bank
The Chester County Food Bank is the hub of a network of over 65 food cupboards and feeding sites throughout Chester County promoting community planning, inter-agency cooperation, information & referral, emergency assistance and fair housing information.
FINANCIAL & CREDIT COUNSELING
The United Way Financial Stability Partnership of Chester County provides services that can help you move away from crisis financial management and better plan for the future. The partnership provides coordinated and comprehensive guidance through its provider network including:
- Financial education
- Tax preparation/ EITC education
- Planning & community awareness
- Asset building & protection
- Savings & money management programs
- Credit repair & debt reduction
- Housing counseling
- and more!