Homeless Prevention

To prevent the loss of existing housing or quickly re-house an already homeless household, qualified Delaware County residents can receive financial assistance to avoid eviction or move them into a new residence.

To apply for financial assistance, please come in for an assessment at our office located at 1414 Meetinghouse Road in Boothwyn, PA.  Assessments are conducted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (no appointments required). 

Please bring the following documentation to the assessment:

1. PA State ID for all household members 18 years of age or older
2. Social Security Cards for all household members
3. Proof of all household income
4. Proof of eviction if applicable
5. Copy of lease

For more information, please call 610-874-8451.

Emergency Housing

CAADC is the primary provider of emergency housing to homeless families and individuals in Delaware County.  Shelter is provided at the following sites:


Life Center of Eastern DelawareLife Center of Eastern Delaware County is a 50-bed facility for single adults and is located at 63rd and Market Street in Upper Darby.  The Life Center provides shelter to over 160 Delaware County residents per year. Case management, support services, and life coaching are provided to residents with a focus on permanent housing solutions and which promote economic self-sufficiency. Fee medical screenings are provided to residents on a weekly basis through ChesPenn Health Services.

    Services available to residents and open to the public:

  • Community Shower program: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings: Thursday, Saturday, and Sundays

    Evening Meal Program:

  • With over 40 churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples donating food and their time, Life Center is able to provide over 200 meals every evening to residents and community members in need of a hot meal.
  • Evening meal program (open to the public):  Daily from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 


Wesley Emergency ShelterWesley House is located at 701 Madison Street in Chester and has 17 rooms for homeless families and single women. Wesley House provides shelter to over 240 individuals/75 households each year. Residents receive case management, support services, and life coaching, which aim at residents securing permanent housing and reaching economic self-sufficiency. Residents participate in financial literacy, nutrition, and life skills classes. Children receive toys during the holiday season, and respite care is available to the children residing at Wesley House.  Free health screenings are provided to residents through ChesPenn Health Services.

Families residing at Wesley House are assessed by the Recreational Therapist to support the families with connecting to community resources that focuses on parent education, as well as child’s early childhood developmental, emotional/social, educational, physical and childcare needs. 

The Recreation Department provides child care and transportation, and hosts special events for all Wesley House residents.


Family Management CenterThe Family Management Center (FMC) is located at 229 Norris Street in Chester and has 11 rooms for homeless families. The Family Management Center serves over 100 individuals/45 households each year. Residents of FMC receive case management, support services, and life coaching designed to move families from homelessness to permanent housing and to assist families reach economic self-sufficiency. FMC offers numerous additional services including an After School Program, free health screenings through ChesPenn Health Services, toys during the holiday season, and play therapy.
 
Families residing at FMC are assessed by the Recreational Therapist to support the families with connecting to community resources that focuses on parent education, as well as the child’s early childhood developmental, emotional/social, educational, physical and childcare needs.
 
The Recreation Department provides child care and transportation, and hosts special events for all FMC residents.

 


CAADC, Inc. offers limited short-term Hotel/Motel placements for homeless families and vulnerable single adults while waiting on shelter vacancies or alternative housing options.
If you are homeless, please call 610-874-8451 or visit one of our offices for an assessment at:

1414 Meetinghouse Road               896 Main Street
Boothwyn, PA 19061                       Darby, PA 19023
Monday through Friday                   Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Rental Housing

Community Action Agency owns and manages over 200 affordable housing units in Delaware County. Some of our properties include:

Flower Manor Apartments:  This 68-unit townhouse project on the west side of Chester City was completed in 1991.

Madison Street-Phase I: This project consists of 23 scattered site single family units in the Madison Street Target Area in the East Side of Chester City. The units were completed in 1995.

Upland Street- Phase II: This project was 15 scattered site units in the Madison Street Target Area in Chester. This project was completed in 1995.

Rose Street- Phase III:  This project consists of new and rehabilitated units in the Madison Street Target Area in Chester. All units were completed by January 1998.

Darby Court Apartments:  This project consists of 27 apartments for seniors, and professional/retail spaces on Main Street in Darby.  The project opened in September, 2000.  Six of the units have special accommodations to make them handicapped-accessible.

Sharon Hill Commons: This project consists of 51 units of family and senior housing on Sharon and Woodland Avenues in Sharon Hill; it opened in July, 2003.  The project includes the new construction of 40 apartments and Victorian-style townhouses as well as the renovation of an 11-unit building.  Six of the units have special accommodations to make them handicapped-accessible.


To reach out Property Management Office, call (484) 494-4704. For Maintenance Emergencies after hours, call (610) 874-8451.

Transitional Housing

Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC, Inc.) owns and operates 3 site-based transitional housing programs for homeless families in Delaware County in partnership with the Office of Children and Youth Services (CYS). This partnership also provides a community based transitional housing program, in which homeless families receive a rental subsidy and are able to enter into a lease agreement with a landlord in the community.

Transitional Housing bridges the gap from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Participants receive case management and support services as they transition towards economic self-sufficiency.

For more information, please call 610-874-8451.

Home Ownership Program

The Home Ownership Program allows low- and middle-income persons to buy a home of their own. CAADC first buys and renovates the home. All homes in the program are completely rehabilitated and meet or exceed local codes. In most cases, the homes have all new plumbing, heating and electrical systems as well as new kitchens, baths, flooring, windows and more. The homes are then sold to income-eligible families. Sale prices range from $100,000 - $150,000. 

CAADC is putting the finishing touches on the most recently renovated home for sale in our Dream Home Ownership Program. In this program, CAADC buys vacant, dilapidated homes, renovates them, and sells them at affordable prices. This 3-bedroom, 1-bath home is located at 207 Crum Creek Road in Woodlyn, PA. The extensive renovations include new heating and central air conditioning, refinished hardwood floors, a new kitchen and bath, new wiring, roof and much more. Asking price for the home is $127,000. Interested buyers should contact CAADC at 610.891.5101.  Income guidelines apply, although this program is targeted to middle-income families who are pre-approved for their mortgage. Interested buyers who are not pre-approved or who feel they may need assistance getting a mortgage are encouraged to contact Media Fellowship House for information on their First-Time Homebuyer Program (see their website at http://www.MediaFellowshipHouse.org). 
Additional pictures can be found at: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/207-Crum-Creek-Dr_Woodlyn_PA_19094_M40526-45979

Rapid Re-Housing

The Rapid Rehousing Program provides financial and housing assistance to homeless families and individuals in Delaware County in an effort to quickly rehouse the family or individual.  Homeless families and individuals are deemed eligible for the Rapid Rehousing Program at intake and assessment.

The Rapid Rehousing Program offers services that include housing identification, financial assistance including move-in costs and short-term rental assistance, and support services as the family or individual stabilize in permanent housing.

For more information, please call 610-874-8451.