Housing Assistance Programs

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Housing Programs

Each of our programs, while unique in their approach and objectives, strives to move an individual or family along a rational continuum towards independence by way of obtaining safe, affordable housing, a means of transportation and financial viability.

Open Hearth, Inc. has several housing assistance programs available for residents 

of Chester County and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Please see below for more information.

The Gateway Program was created through a strategic partnership between Open Hearth and the Gateway Housing Group and operates on a “Housing First” model to address the need for emergency housing for individuals or families experiencing homelessness with a mental health and/or drug and alcohol addiction diagnosis. The program provides up to a 4 week stay in a hotel, motel or boarding house while a person engages in treatment so that jails, prisons and hospitals do not have to be the only alternative.

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Under certain circumstances, Gateway can also provide a zero interest/zero payment security deposit loan for individuals who are engaged in mental health and/or drug and alcohol treatment.

No self-referral! Referrals must be made by a Gateway Associate agency. If you would like to find out more information, please contact (610) 792-9282 x. 201 or email [email protected].

If you are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homelessness, please contact ConnectPoints at 1-800-935-3181 or visit their website.

The Housing Contingency Fund (HCF) Program provides one-time housing start- up costs and emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction or utility shutoff to adult participants who use an approved service provider and meet the criteria of Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). 

No self-referral! Referrals must be made by an approved service provider. If you would like to find out more information, please contact (610) 792-9282 x. 201 or email [email protected].

The Goal Achievement Program (GAP) is Open Hearth’s homelessness prevention program that provides short-term, decreasing level rent payment assistance to those who are at risk of becoming homeless due to an unforeseen, short-term financial crisis.  More importantly, our budgeting assistance, goal planning and financial counseling offers participants the tools to prepare for an unexpected financial hardship and to prevent risk of future housing insecurity.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Phoenixville or Spring City, or the surrounding area
  • Must have lease agreement
  • Must have a source of income

If you would like to find out more information, please contact (610) 792-9282 x. 201 or email [email protected].

The Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program (CoC) is a federal nationwide housing program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As the administrator of this program for Chester County, Open Hearth manages permanent housing subsidies for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and have a documented disability. 

Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program

CoC operates on a housing-first model so that any barriers to housing stability such as a poor rental history, criminal background, or having zero income does not prevent applicants from being approved.  The goal of the program is to target those facing the most barriers of finding permanent housing and provide them with permanent housing and supportive services so that they can maintain housing stability and end the cycle of homelessness.

No self-referral! All referrals are pulled from the Service Prioritization Decision Assessment Tool (SPDAT) queue.

The Housing Stability Case Management (HSCM) Program is an initiative funded through Chester County Department of Community Development’s (DCD) award of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) grant. This program is collaboratively administered through a partnership between Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children, Open Hearth Inc., and Kennett Area Community Services.

The purpose of the program is to provide community-based case management services to individuals and families who formerly experienced homelessness but have obtained housing  whether through the county’s Rapid Re-Housing Program, a permanent housing subsidy, or independently – that could benefit from coaching, mentoring, and resource coordination.

If you would like to find out more information, please contact (610) 431-3598 x. 219 or email [email protected].

Open Hearth’s Family Savings Partner Program (FSP) provides a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $1,000) towards the purchase of a home!

Participants must commit to making monthly deposits of at least $40 at one of Open Hearth’s banking institution partners for a minimum of six months before they qualify for match money. Funds must be used within one year of beginning the program and are provided directly to the seller of the house.  Open Hearth does not assist in the selection or financing of homes.

Family Savings Partner Program

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participant must be a resident of Chester County
  • Participant must have earned income
  • Adjusted gross income must be less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level ($24,280 for a single individual) or the family must qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Participant’s total net worth must be under $10,000

Those accepted into the Family Savings Partner Program are required to participate in 8 hours of financial education including Open Hearth’s Financing Your First Home and Home Buying Basics workshops. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact (610) 792-9282 x. 206 or email [email protected].

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