Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance Program is housed in the KACS Resource Center at 138 W. Cedar St. and offers occasional financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and other basic living expenses.  This program grants assistance to those currently living at or below 180% of the Federal Poverty Level.

The primary goal of Emergency Assistance is to help families and individuals through times of crisis by providing case management and referral services as well as financial assistance.  The Emergency Assistance program also addresses the needs of the local homeless population in Kennett and the surrounding communities. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 610-925-3556.  Appointments are preferred.  Proof of income and other documentation is required to qualify.  All calls are confidential, and each request is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The KACS Resource Center also provides bathing and laundry facilities for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  Additionally, partner agencies such as Maternal and Child Health Consortium, Home of the Sparrow, Open Hearth and others offer convenient office hours in the lower level of the Resource Center.  Click here for a complete listing of agencies and their hours.

To qualify for Financial Assistance, household income should be at or below 180% of the Federal Poverty Level.


Meet Pedro

Pedro emigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico over 40 years ago, eventually settling in Southern Chester County where he worked for years in the agriculture industry. After a series of difficult personal circumstances that led him to lose both his home and his employment nearly 20 years ago, Pedro moved around between several temporary housing situations before settling in a homeless encampment just outside the Borough of Kennett Square. Pedro lived outside for 9 years in a make-shift hut until volunteers during the 2013 Point in Time Count brought his situation to the attention of the Department of Community Development. He was referred to Kennett Area Community Service for case management. KACS helped Pedro get accepted into a subsidized housing program, which provided him with ongoing rental assistance to supplement his low income. Pedro is now affordably housed in Kennett Square. “I cook and eat in my own apartment,” he says, “it’s much better.”

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