Chester County Commissioners issue proclamation supporting efforts to develop a 10-year plan to end homelessness in the county
February 3, 2011
WEST CHESTER, PA -- The Chester County Commissioners are committed to working towards an end to homelessness in Chester County and have issued a proclamation supporting the development of a 10-year plan to do just that.
“Efforts to end homelessness are essential to the larger mission of preserving and optimizing the quality of life of all residents of Chester County,” said Commissioner Chair Terence Farrell.
Commissioner Kathi Cozzone said, “The commissioners are committed to reducing homelessness in Chester County by promoting and supporting programs and services provided through federal, state and local governments. We are also grateful for all of the community involvement in and support of local programs. Government cannot do it alone – the commitment of our citizens is essential to the success of these programs and services.”
During 2010, 745 homeless persons were serviced in various county shelters, resulting in 32,472 shelter nights. A Point-In-Time count of all homeless persons in the county took place during the evening of Monday, January 31, 2011, and results of this count will be available by March 1, 2011 on www.chesco.org/ccdcd.
Strategic planning sessions will take place during February and March and a final plan is expected later this year.
The Chester County Department of Community Development is spearheading the creation of the Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Patrick Bokovitz, Director of the Department of Community Development, said his agency is conducting an analysis of the county homeless programs. Also, three public planning sessions with take place in March to develop strategies and goals for the core of the plan.
Chester County is the first county in Pennsylvania to initiate a strategic planning process and has a Aaa rating on its bonds from Moody’s Investors Service as well as AAA ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. Established by William Penn as one of Pennsylvania’s three original counties, Chester County has been named by Forbes.com as one of America’s best places to raise a family and is ranked the healthiest county in Pennsylvania by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.