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Food Pantry & Meal Locations in Phoenixville for August

The Phoenixville Food Insecurity Team announces the following food pantry and meal locations in Phoenixville for the month of August:

August PFIT

August PFIT Spanish

August 3rd, 2020|

New Volunteering Coordination Website

Hometown Helpers is a new website where agencies that have a need for volunteers can register their need and, likewise, a place where those individuals who are interested in volunteering can register their interest and match up their interest with agencies who may need volunteers.

July 27th, 2020|

PCEF Donating Backpacks for Families Who Cannot Afford School Supplies

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF)  is gearing up to provide back to school backpacks and supplies to families in need.  See the announcement here:

2020 Backpack publicity

July 27th, 2020|

Moratorium on PA Evictions and Foreclosures Until August 31

Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until Aug. 31, if they have not received assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders. Lenders and property owners that receive funds through the PHFA program agree not to pursue foreclosure or eviction actions as a condition of participation in the program.  Read the full announcement here.

July 15th, 2020|

Free Mobile Home Tax Assessment Appeal Assistance

July 13th, 2020|

Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by COVID-19 can access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. The applications will be available by clicking on a red CARES banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) website at

Renters can receive up to $750 a month, homeowners $1,000 a month, for six months, during the timeframe from March through November 2020.

Must provide documentation that income fell 30%, or documentation from applying for unemployment, and must fall below very generous income thresholds.

CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners:

·         Applications are available starting June 29.

·         Completed applications can be submitted for review starting July 6.

HARRISBURG – Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by COVID-19 can access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. The applications will be available by clicking on a red CARES banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) website at

PHFA is partnering with organizations in all 67 counties to help process the large number of rent relief applications anticipated. Partner agencies in LASP’s service area include:

·         Bucks CountyBucks County Opportunity Council, 100 Doyle St., Doylestown, PA 18901

·         Chester CountyHousing Authority of the County of Chester, 30 W. Barnard St., Suite 2, West Chester, PA 19382

·         Delaware CountyDelaware County Human Services, 20 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, PA 19082

·         Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Housing and Community Development, P.O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311

Renters and landlords

Cares Rent Relief Program (RRP) at Renters will submit their applications and supporting paperwork to the partner organization in their county for review.


CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP) at

Homeowners seeking help with payment of past-due mortgage will apply directly to PHFA:

·         online, or

·         print and mail to the agency.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million, and $25 million was set aside for mortgage assistance.

The PHFA call center will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to answer questions about the programs, at 1-855-U-Are-Home (827-3466). Listen for the prompt mentioning CARES assistance for renters and homeowners.

The county organizations to which CARES applications are submitted will also have webpages offering useful information. CARES funding for renters and homeowners must be completely distributed by Nov. 30, 2020, although it is expected the assistance will be exhausted before the deadline.

The PHFA works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs.

Press release

July 1st, 2020|

July Food Pantry & Meal Locations in Phoenixville

The Phoenixville Food Insecurity Team announces the following food pantry and meal locations for July:

July PFIT (002)

July PFIT Span

July 1st, 2020|

Extended Unemployment Benefits Available

Pennsylvania is extending unemployment compensation for residents by an additional 13 weeks.  Read the full announcement and see eligibility requirements here.

June 30th, 2020|

Free Income Tax Prep

Info from Life Transforming Ministries:

Life Transforming Ministries has scheduled additional times and locations for free tax drop offs between now and July 15th.   Could you kindly help us get the word out.  We’ve added many dates and times since our last email.

Our Coatesville, Phoenixville and Pottstown sites will operate as Rapid Drop Off sites.  Social distancing restrictions will be in place at each site, including the required wearing of masks for all customers.  The Rapid Drop Off process is different from the Traditional process you are familiar with, and is designed to minimize interaction between volunteers and customers.

Taxpayers should come to the site with photo ID’s for the primary and secondary taxpayers, social security cards for everyone on the return, and all other W-2’s, 1099 forms, etc.  Once at the site they will be asked to complete our intake forms place all your information into an envelope provided for them.  A VITA volunteer will copy all their information and return all originals back to them.  At that point, they will leave the site and at a later time a volunteer will review their return with them over the phone.  When everything is complete and correct it will be e-filed and an electronic copy of the return can be made available to them upon request.  I have attached to this email our intake forms if they would like to print them off and fill them out ahead of time to save time at the site.

Intake & Quality Review Sheet

LTM Customer Information – drop offs

Please remember that since this is a drop off situation, there is no guarantee on the turn-around time for returns.  We will attempt to prioritize those returns, which must be completed by the deadline on July 15th.  If they would like their return to be e-filed before the deadline, we suggest bringing them in before July 11th if at all possible.  If they are getting a refund or do not owe the IRS any money, then the deadline will not affect them.  However, if they owe the IRS, missing the deadline could result in additional fees.

Below is our schedule from now until the July 15th deadline:

Orion Communities

237 Bridge Street

Phoenixville, PA  19460

  • Saturday, July 4th                       9am-2pm
  • Saturday, July 11th                     9am-2pm


Family Services

1976 East High Street

Pottstown, PA  19464

  • Wednesday, July 1st                   6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, July 4th                       9am-2pm
  • Wednesday, July 8th                   6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, July 11th                     9am-2pm
  • Wednesday, July 15th                 6:30-8:30pm


The Transformation Center

645 East Lincoln Highway

Coatesville, PA  19320

  • Wednesday, July 1st                   8am-3pm
  • Thursday, July 2nd                     8am-3pm
  • Monday, July 6th                        8am-8pm
  • Tuesday, July 7th                       8am-3pm
  • Wednesday, July 8th                   8am-3pm
  • Thursday, July 9th                      8am-3pm
  • Saturday, July 11th                     9am-2pm
  • Monday, July 13th                      8am-8pm
  • Tuesday, July 14th                      8am-7pm
  • Wednesday, July 15th                 8am-7pm


Questions? or 610-380-9099.


Donna Laird

Life Transforming Ministries VITA Administration Support

645 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA  19320



June 30th, 2020|
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