Homelessness In Chester County

Homelessness is close to home for those in Chester County, Pennsylvania

  • 1 in 3 homeless people in Chester County are women
  • 625 people were homeless in Chester County in 2013
  • 14,736 people experience homelessness on any given night in Pennsylvania
  • 634,000 people are homeless in the US

The Hard Truth

Chester County is one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, yet on any given day, approximately 684 persons experience homelessness.  The causes of homelessness vary among individuals and families, but one of the factors that contributes to homelessness is the lack of affordable housing.

Chester County’s “Decade To Doorways” Plan

In 2011, the Chester County Department of Community Development, in partnership with over 200 community stakeholders, came together to develop a 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness in Chester County, PA. In November 2011, the Chester County Board of Commissioners adopted the “Decade to Doorways” plan.

“Right Among Us” Video

This video entitled “Right Among Us” depicts homelessness in Chester County. It was produced in 2012 by a Great Valley High School student named Micaela Suminski and features Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello.