Homelessness in Chester County
On any given night…
…there are 517 individuals and families in Chester County experiencing homelessness.* Some individuals and families are on the street and others are staying in emergency shelter or transitional housing.
Decade to Doorways strives to see beyond the stigma of homelessness to see the person, our neighbor.
Homelessness does not discriminate against age, gender, race, socio-economic status, citizenship status, family composition, culture, religion, veteran status, ability, etc. No one anticipates becoming homeless, and all should have access to a helping hand to support them in their path back to stability and a safe roof over their heads.
Lack of affordable housing…
…in Chester County is a contributing factor to homelessness.
In 2017, the average monthly rent was $1,250** in Chester County. Just to afford rent, a worker that makes minimum wage ($7.25) would have to work approximately 173 hours a month. Many Chester County residents are cost burdened. Cost burdened is defined as paying more than 30% of income on housing and basic necessities.
The Chester County Planning Commission states,
“ Based on a family income of $56,145 in 2017 the minimum affordable home price was an estimated $189,000. 12.9% of all home sales in Chester County in 2017 were less than $189,000.”**
*According to the 2019 Point-in-Time Count for Chester County. Find more information please follow this LINK.
**According to Chester County Planning Commission Affordably-Priced Housing presentation held on January 2019. Find annotated version of the presentation HERE.