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2-1-1 Counts. Tracking the most pressing community needs by 2-1-1 Call Center data. Click here for the 2-1-1 PA Counts Data Map

Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. “Anyone can become an advocate – you just have to want to. Whether you are a beginning advocate or an experienced veteran, this interactive presentation is a self-directing guide for learning how to advocate and for improving your advocacy skills.” Review the PPT or PDF slides.

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

CDC Newsroom. “CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed an extension to the eviction moratorium further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021 is now extended through July 31, 2021 and this is intended to be the final extension of the moratorium.”

  • Click here for the eviction moratorium declaration form available in 26 languages.
  • Click here for SEPA rent and utility assistance programs. Thank you to Legal AID SEPA!

Centers for Disease Control & PreventionSubscribe to the MMWR podcast series. The MMWR COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Charlotte Kent, provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every week.

COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that uses the Exposure Notification System provided by Apple and Google. You can download the app now.


  • Culture Builder: How can employers confront The Great Resignation? After a particularly chaotic year, two in five professionals report planning to leave their jobs. Read the article here, with the Workforce Institute 2021 Engagement and Retention Report here.
  • Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the US hasn’t changed how it measures it. Many Americans in the past have been rudely surprised at just how inadequate America’s safety net is, at least in part because it’s based on outdated federal poverty thresholds. Read the article here.

HealthSpark Foundation. State of the Safety Net: 2020-2021 Report. Over 60 respondents to the Montgomery County State of the Safety Net Survey, conducted in 2020 and again in 2021, provided their feedback on the impact of the pandemic on their nonprofit’s operations, programs, staff, and board. The survey was fielded by HealthSpark Foundation and included a representative group of the county’s social safety net providers. Read the 2-page fact sheet or full report.

Housing Alliance of PA has updated its county fact sheets that provide a brief look at the housing challenges experienced by families in each county of the commonwealth and shows a few of the ways counties are overcoming those challenges. Review the fact sheets here (March 2021).

Montgomery County Updates & Announcements:

  • Montgomery County announces a Recovery Office to manage funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The County is committed to utilizing the $161 million it will receive through this act in a bold, innovative, equitable manner. Learn more! Review the July 1, 2021 Commissioners Board Meeting overview here. Share your ideas and feedback for County funding priorities! Complete the form here.
  • “The Montgomery County Commissioners, joined by the Honorable President Judge Thomas Del Ricci and Norristown Municipal Council President Derrick Perry, broke ground in June 2021 on the Montgomery County Justice Center, a landmark project for the County campus and the Municipality of Norristown.” Read the release here.
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is committed to supporting the development of students’ social-emotional skills through teacher-led and provider-led lessons. Second Step, developed by Committee for Children, is the program selected for implementation in Montgomery County. To learn more about this project, contact Katie Kucz: and visit the MontcoPA Social Emotional Learning webpage by clicking here. Read this article: Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students.

National Low Income Housing Coalition. NLIHC’s “The Gap” Released: Shortage of 7 Million Affordable Homes for Nation’s Lowest-Income Renters. Read the report here (March 2021)

The PA Link has employed Folklorist Darcy Fair to conduct conversations with seniors and those living with a disability in Bucks, Chester & Montgomery counties to document their experiences. Are you interested in talking about your life and leaving a legacy for your de­scendants? Imagine, 100 years from now, somebody could hear your story in your voice! The recorded interviews will live online on the Story Corps Archives, a part of the Library of Congress. Learn more! Contact Elizabeth Doan at 

The Partnership TMA. Click here to learn more about the Helpline available! IndividualsEmployers

Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts ProgramKindergarten Impacts of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program: A Statewide Evaluation, Principal Investigator, Ellen Peisner-Feinberg. “The results of this evaluation demonstrate positive benefits on language and math skills in kindergarten for children who attended PA PKC compared to similar children with no prior ECE experience in the 2 years before kindergarten.” Read the evaluation report here and click here to read the Pre-K for PA Report: Invest in Quality: A Case for Paying Closer to What High-Quality Pre-K Costs

PA Pressroom. Department Of Human Services Releases Racial Equity Report, Addressing Inequity And Anti-Racism Across Programs And Services. Read the report here

PCCY. Read the March 2021 PCCY reportNo More Dreams Deferred, Building an Education System that Works for Black and Hispanic Students in the Philadelphia Suburbs. Read the report: Hold Harmless: A Quarter Century of Inequity at the Heart of Pennsylvania’s School System.

United Way of PA. ALICE Reports and Data. “ALICE represents the 27% of Pennsylvanians who work, but struggle to survive. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” Click here for the latest ALICE Report, released early 2021 and Click here for ALICE data by County, COVID-19 Impact, and other resources.”

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