Community & Government Announcements
Helpful Community Resources
Open Hearth provides the following list of helpful community resources:
Jaycees’s Phoenixville-centric website: www.inthistogetherpxv.com
Regional nonprofit survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDT2LXM
Community created Google doc with what businesses are open: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IsYOloMrhpuNyBauXW_Tq1H5bzGa5P9OBFYSweJxIEA/edit?fbclid=IwAR3n03Mb8AevDwViHO8-EcRO1zj4L11UzvLaVqecSp5kj1IqgQ3_aKCNNBg#gid=672282378
Phoenixville Community Health Foundation: http://www.pchf1.org/available-grants/mini-grants/
Chester County Community Foundation: https://chescocf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-03-CCCF-COVID19-RR-Grant-App.pdf
United Way of Chester County:https://www.unitedwaychestercounty.org/covid-19-response-fund
Brandywine Health Foundation: https://brandywinefoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant-scholarship/
Delaware County: https://delcofoundation.org/apply-for-covid-19-funding/
Montgomery County: http://www.mcfoundationinc.org/ (should be open by end of the week)
Regional PHL COVID Fund: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/65561–Philadelphia-Foundation
Fellowship Health Resources
- Psychiatric Rehabilitation (license #14210) – 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 (license #14200) – 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 (license #143190) – 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 – (License #50272) – 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 – Mobile (License #145120) – 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.
Wings for Success Emergency Clothing and Remote Employment Services
Wings for Success provides the following information:
Due to Governor Wolf’s recent order, both Wings for Success offices will remain closed until further notice; however, we are still providing the following services. Attached is a flyer for your reference and below you will find details on each service.
- We have a COVID-19 Resource page in English and Spanish on our website: https://wingsforsuccess.org/covid-19-resources/
- Please let us know if we are missing a resource / service that you would like us to add to this page.
- We will continue to provide clothing for women who need it immediately for curbside pick-up only. After speaking with a program manager about their needs and sizes, a bag will be assembled with their items and placed outside our door during a specific time-frame. Our staff will follow social distancing measures and wear gloves at all times.
- Women can request an appointment online via our bilingual form: https://wingsforsuccess.org/client-appointment-request-form-v3/
- We are also continuing to provide remote One-on-One Advice Sessions
on resume building, LinkedIn profile, and other job related topics:
- English request form: https://wingsforsuccess.org/services/one-on-one-advice-session-form-v2/
- Spanish request form: https://wingsforsuccess.org/services/formulario-de-sesion-de-asesoramiento-personalizado/
- Workshops will go virtual. We have the ability to conduct workshops remotely and, while not ideal, it will allow us to continue to equip women without them leaving their home.
- You can request a workshop via this link: https://wingsforsuccess.org/services/workshop-request-form/
- Both sites will NOT have April donation days but plan on holding them in May.
We are continuing to respond to phone calls and emails as well as post updates on our website and social media accounts.
See also this flyer on their services:
How to Apply for Unemployment Compensation
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA provides the following information on filing for unemployment compensation during the Coronavirus outbreak —
If you lost your job or your hours were cut because of Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should apply for unemployment compensation at: https://www.uc.pa.gov, or call the statewide toll-free number: 888-313-7284.
If you need help applying, or if your claim is denied: Contact Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) at 877-429-5994, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., or apply online 24/7 at www.lasp.org/apply-here.
More information in the flyers below:
Maternal and Child Health Consortium Benefits Assistance
Chester County’s Maternal and Child Health Consortium is still open remotely, helping individuals enroll in health insurance, SNAP benefits, and cash assistance. In addition, individuals can apply for Emergency Medical Assistance to cover medical expenses if they are tested or treated for COVID-19. Questions? Call 610-344-5370. View an informational bilingual video at https://youtu.be/Mq5va4R_eZs.
How to Access Benefits during Coronavirus Outbreak
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA is providing information on accessing SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, TANF & LIHEAP benefits during the Coronavirus outbreak. Click the link above.
REAL ID Deadline Extended
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID to October 1, 2021. Read the announcement from PennDOT here.
COVID-19 FAQs and Resource Links
The Chester County Community Foundation provides the following document containing FAQs regarding COVID-19 in the areas of health, business, employment, and parenting with links to appropriate resources:
PA Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have issued “Stay at Home” orders for Chester and six other PA counties to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. See the announcement here.
Guide to Chester County Employment and Financial Stability Services
To mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the PA CareerLink® Chester County and United Way Financial Stability Center (UWFSC) is CLOSED until March 30, 2020. They have created the guide below to ensure that residents can continue to access their resources.
Illegal Lockouts — Know Your Rights
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. Below is a know your rights form in English and Spanish with more details.
What do you do if you’re illegally locked out?
• Call the police. Show them proof that you are a tenant.
• Call Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) at 877-429-5994 or www.lasp.org/applyhere
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA