Community Services

The Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD) allocates Federal, State, and County funds to provide a variety of services to low-income individuals and families in Chester County, including but not limited to, case management, employment skills and job readiness, self-sufficiency, financial management, supported housing, and legal assistance. DCD serves as the Community Action Agency of Chester County, and is a member of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP).


The mission of CAAP agencies is to move people from poverty to self-sufficiency through local Community Action programs. The primary source of funding for Community Action activities in Pennsylvania is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) awarded through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. For information about community services funded by DCD, contact Dolores Colligan at 610-344-6900 or

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The Financial Stability Partnership focuses on connecting individuals and families with tools and strategies they can use to increase their income, build savings, and gain and sustain assets. In this way, they can meet their basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation and utilities, while gaining stability that will allow them to plan for and accomplish their long-term financial needs and goals.


The agencies listed below either provide services countywide or can refer to appropriate resources. Additional agency information may be found online at REFER web, the Chester County Health & Human Services Information and Referral Database.

Chester County Department of Human Services

County Department responsible for systems development and service coordination of human services programs to eligible clients in Chester County.

Chester County Department of Aging Services
610-344-6350 County department responsible for the development and coordination of comprehensive community based services which assist persons age 60 and older to remain independent and self sufficient in the community.

Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
610-344-6620 County department responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring addiction intervention, treatment and prevention programs.

Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
610-344-6252 County department responsible for planning and arranging for the availability and provision of treatment and rehabilitative services for persons with mental illness or mental retardation and their families.

Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center 610-692-9290 Provides adult and youth educational programs.

Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
610-384-7711 Provides treatment and assistance for homeless veterans, including those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse. Community, Youth, and Women's Alliance
610-384-9591 Provides case management services.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley
800-989-2227 A nonprofit community service organization providing a wide variety of counseling services and educational programs designed to empower individuals of all economic levels financially, and to help them before, during or after a period of financial difficulty.

Don't Borrow Trouble Suburban Philadelphia Campaign
888-275-8843 A public education initiative aimed at stopping predatory lending practices.

Family Service of Chester County
610-696-4900 Provides case management services and family counseling.

Handi-Crafters, Inc.
610-384-6990, ext 217 Provides specialized services to the disabled community. Human Services, Inc.
610-429-3033 Provides supportive housing and services, information and referral, emergency rent or security deposit assistance.

Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation
Provides emergency rental assistance services.

La Comunidad Hispana 610-444-7550
Provides integrated health care, case management, and adult educational services.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
610-436-4510 or 877-429-5994
Provides legal services for low-income families and individuals.

Life Transforming Ministries 610-380-9099
Provides an employment skills training program.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium
Provides self-sufficiency case management services to pregnant and parenting women.

Northwestern Human Services
Provides supportive housing and services.

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)
Provides a job readiness program and a nursing program.

Open Hearth, Inc.
Provides financial education and asset development programs.

Phoenixville Area Community Services
Provides information and referral services.