VEP has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to students navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are able, please have your student complete this short survey about how they are coping.
VEP advises all active tutors to NOT meet with students in person until further notice is received from VEP via direction from our local Commissioners and Health Department experts. We urge everyone to wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain social distance, and stay safe!
Free Tax Preparation Help
VITA Tax Preparation Help
Life Transforming Ministries partners with the IRS to offer the VITA program to taxpayers throughout Chester County. This program offers free tax preparation help to low and moderate income households. Click here for information on sites, locations and times.
Winter Food & Winter Clothing Assistance
Chester County Food Bank
To receive food assistance through the Chester County Food Bank, click on this map above to contact your local agency during its listed business hours. All listed agencies are open to the public. If you are unsure of the cupboard closest to you, call the Food Bank at 610-873-6000 to find a hunger relief agency that serves your part of the County.
Food Pantry and Meal Distribution Locations, Phoenixville
Phoenixville Food Insecurity Team (PFIT) Members work together to bring awareness of the many pantries, meals and food delivery services available to those in need in the Phoenixville community. Calendars are available monthly.
Calendar in English
Calendar in Spanish
United Way Mobile Home Property Tax Reassessment Project
If you live in and own a mobile home in Chester County, please call United Way of Chester County at 610-429-9400 to find out about its Mobile Home Property Reassessment program to help reduce property taxes (For help in Spanish, please call (610) 344-5370 ext 110). Mobile homes depreciate like cars but are taxed like homes. They are 70% over-assessed. Deadline is July 15.
**United Way of Chester County And Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania are hosting in-person appointments this Friday and Saturday (July 17th & July 18th) to assist Mobile Home owners file for Property Tax Reassessments. Please call United Way at 610-429-9400 to book your appointment today.**
Clients should file for reassessment as they can save $1,000 a year on their April 2021 tax bill. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.unitedwaychestercounty.org/mobile-home-tax-reassessment
The Chester County Health Department and Department of Emergency Services are partnering to expand availability of COVID-19 testing in Chester County. Starting June 8th, PCR (nasal swab) diagnostic testing will be available at multiple locations. This testing is prioritized for individuals with symptoms or who have had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. No prescription or referral is needed but registration is required. Learn more and register at: https://www.chesco.org/4514/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Nasal-Swab-Testing
The single most effective protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine. It is recommended that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. Health experts have stressed that flu vaccines are crucial this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It’s likely that flu viruses and the Coronavirus will both spread this fall and winter. Both viruses have similar symptoms (cough, chills, fever, body aches). This means getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever to protect you and your family.
The Chester County Health Department is offering flu clinics at area schools. Registration is required. Additional measures have been put in place this year to keep flu clinic staff and clients healthy and safe.
You can also schedule a flu vaccine appointment online through the Chester County Health department.
Chester County Department of Human Resources Resource Guide
Comprehensive guide to regional services, covering mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, food assistance, housing, utilities, employment and financial resources can be found at https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/54524/DHS-COVID-Community-Resource-Guide
Chester County Health Department
Latest statistics, advice & local information for Chester County & Delaware County can be found at www.chesco.org/coronavirus
Phoenixville-centric resources page: www.inthistogetherpxv.com
Phoenixville Area Covid19 Makers
Collection of local makers supporting local medical needs by creating and distributing cloth face masks and 3D printed face shields. Information can found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/19460covid19/
Immigrant Services: Census & Rights, Voting
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)
Completing the 2020 Census strengthens our community by allocating funds for services such as hospitals, senior centers, jobs, roads, schools, and businesses. It also allocates funds for programs such as food stamps, Head Start, school lunch programs, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Please watch this informational video from PICC to learn why everyone, especially immigrants, should complete the 2020 Census: http://paimmigrant.org/2020/04/2020-census/.
Additional information on immigrant rights and services can be found at PICC’s website: http://paimmigrant.org/.
Voting by Absentee or Mail-In Ballot
Pennsylvania’s primary election date is June 2. Voting by mail is a convenient, secure and safe option as we work toward overcoming a global pandemic. Requesting a mail-in ballot (a new option available to Pennsylvania voters for the first time this year) takes just a few minutes. Those interested can learn more and apply here: VotesPA
Drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available at multiple Chester County libraries and the Chester County Government Services Center, starting on October 13.
Drop boxes: 10 drop boxes for ballots will be placed at public libraries beginning Oct. 13. Hours of operation for these drop boxes are: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Libraries: Avon Grove, Chester County (Exton), Coatesville, Downingtown, Easttown, Henrietta Hankin* (Chester Springs), Honey Brook, Kennett, Oxford*, Parkesburg, Phoenixville, and Spring City. (NOTE: the West Chester Library is NOT to be included).
West Chester Government Services Center: An additional 24/7 ballot drop box location will be available at the West Chester Government Services Center at 601 Westtown Road.
*The Hankin (Chester Springs) and Oxford branches will serve as satellite election centers to assist voters in obtaining their ballots and the safe and expedited return of ballots. They will be able to perform all Voter Services activities.
All Ballot Drop Boxes will be staffed and secured while in operation. Drop boxes will be taken back to West Chester each night by employees with body cameras.
All of this information and more can be found on the Chester County Election Portal: https://chesco.org/156/Voter-Services
Employment & Business Support
PA CareerLink (United Way Financial Stability Services)
Immediate Job Openings: PA residents who have lost their job due to Coronavirus-related business closures can access job openings from employers across the state who are in need of hiring thousands of critical roles. Access these jobs through PA CareerLink.
Resource Library: The PA CareerLink Chester County and United Way FSC office is currently CLOSED. JOB SEEKERS and EMPLOYERS may continue to access services remotely. Remote services are detailed on the COVID-19 Resource Library Page. To access any of their services, please call 610-280-1010 and leave a message. Someone will return your call ASAP. UC Claimants should direct ALL UC inquiries directly to the Unemployment Office. Due to the high volume of phone calls and UC Live Chat requests, the best way to currently receive assistance from UC is through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more guidance UC claimants should visit the UC webpage for more information.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
As of 4/18/2020, Pennsylvania’s self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. PUA is included in the new federal expansion to unemployment benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Anyone collecting PUA benefits is also eligible for the extra $600 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. You don’t need to do anything to receive the extra $600 – it will be paid automatically.
**The PA Department of Labor and Industry is now asking individuals who have not received their PINS to fill out this form in order to be prioritized in the system. Once approved, applicants will receive back payments for the weeks they were not able to file. **
Open Hearth Mobile Workforce Services
Contact: Ann Marie Barr, Mobile Workforce Navigator, 610-331-4101, email@example.com
PA Business Resource Page
Full list of guidance for businesses during the various reopening stages within PA can be found on the COVID-19 Business Resource page.
VEP partners with Open Hearth. Their staff provide community support in areas of Housing, transportation and financial planning. https://www.openhearthinc.org/
In response to the coronavirus emergency, many courts are closed and no evictions are being processed at this time. As a result, landlords may attempt to remove tenants illegally for nonpayment of rent or other reasons. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA can help you to file an emergency petition with the courts.
What to do if you’re illegally locked out:
(1) Call the police. Show them proof that you are a tenant.
(2) Call Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) at 877-429-5994 or www.lasp.org.
Transit Map: https://gis.penndot.gov/transitmap/
Maternal and Child Health Consortium
Family Benefits Specialists continue providing assistance to individuals with Health Insurance and SNAP Benefits Enrollments over the phone. For assistance, please watch this informational video.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are keenly aware that social and physical distancing is causing great distress. Our mental health is just as critical during this time. 24/7 Availability. Call 1-800-985-5990. Text “TALKWITHUS” to 66746. For Spanish speakers, Text “HABLANOS” to 66746.
Drug and Substance Abuse Support
If you need assistance, call 1-800-GET-HELP (1-800-662-4357) or www.ddap.pa.gov
Phone & online meetings: www.virtual-na.org
Full text of NA Book: https://spiritualprinciples.org/tag/na-basic-text/
Email, chat, audio & forums meetings in a variety of languages: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
Fellowship Health Resources (Phoenixville)
Psychiatric Rehabilitation – All face to face programming was suspended on March 17, 2020 until further notice. We are actively working to provide telehealth support to psych rehab individuals until the national crisis abates.
Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation – This program was modified to telehealth on March 18, 2020 until further notice. We are planning to provide telehealth to our individuals until the national crisis abates.
Outpatient Services – The program stopped providing primary services face to face on March 19, 2020 until further notice. We have begun to provide telehealth support, including individual therapy and medication management, to individuals until the national crisis abates. FHR will continue to provide face to face services once a week to administer Long Acting Injectable (LAI) medications, as well as support Clozaril Blood Work. Other programs under this license are also impacted by the crisis:
Mobile Mental Health Treatment – Has started providing telehealth, therapy and medication management, as of March 18, 2020. FHR MMHT will continue to provide face to face, in home appointments for individuals receiving Long Acting Injectable (LAI) medications only.
Decision Support Center – Certified Peer Specialist will participate in Peer Support Outreach calls to individuals that participate in the Decision Support Center.
Blended Case Management – As of March 18th, 2020, telephonic and video based only services will be provided as often as possible in order to mitigate COVID-19 spread. The program is prepared to provide limited community outreach services in situations where face-to-face engagement is clinically unavoidable. However, screening, social distancing, hygiene, and, as appropriate, use of personal protective equipment protocols will be rigidly enforced during any in-person encounters. We continue to collaborate with our community partners throughout this time to ensure ongoing quality care for our individuals. Hospitalization procedures and on-call services will continue to be available telephonically at this time.
Peer Support Services – This program was modified on March 18, 2020 to provide Telehealth services. The program is attempting to provide telephonic and video-based services at least once a week to each member or as clinically necessary.
Creative Health Services (Phoenixville)
Open for telehealth and in-person appointments: https://creativehs.org/
Phoenixville Communities That Care Be Kind
Calendar with daily actions to help you start your New Year on the right track to being a happier person.
Chester County Community Foundation
During these difficult times, many nonprofits, arts organizations, museums, and local governments are providing resources to educate and entertain the public. The Chester County Community Foundation has compiled a full list of local and international resources (virtual museum tours, art classes, exercise classes, musical performances, and much more) can be found by clicking here.