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Stay Connected to Hurricane Ida Updates & Resources! FEMA Deadline has been extended to December 10.

  • Bucks County: Sign up for Ready Bucks for emergency updates and community information.
  • Montgomery County: Text MontcoIda to 888-777 for the latest information on storm recovery efforts or visit
  • Hurricane Ida Legal Helpline: 877-429-5994. PA’s Hurricane Ida legal Helpline is open at 877-429-5994. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-1 pm, or leave a message anytime. The Helpline serves all of the counties in Pennsylvania that are part of the federal disaster declaration. Learn more!

Bucks County Resources: If you have been displaced by the flood and are unable to return home, contact the Housing Link for assistance: 1-800-810-4434. See all the available resources here.

Montgomery County Resources: Individuals in need of comprehensive services are encouraged to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Montgomery County Community College, Health Sciences Center, Educational Gymnasium, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Montgomery County Hurricane Emergency Relief (HERE): Montgomery County is committed to ensuring that residents with unmet needs due to Hurricane Ida are connected with necessary support services, such as temporary housing, veterans’ benefits, and food, as well as with services for seniors and children. The County is asking impacted residents to complete this brief and secure survey as soon as possible so that the County has all of the information required to continue to support needs:

Montgomery County has partnered with the Montgomery County Foundation to stand up an emergency disaster fund to support people impacted by Hurricane Ida. All donations to this fund will support non-profit agencies serving Montgomery County individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ida. Funds can be utilized to support housing, food, gasoline, and household needs, such as cleaning products, hygiene products, bedding, towels, and clothing. Learn more and donate here!

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.

BUILD Initiative: Philadelphia’s Early Learning Community Speaks Out: An Action Plan for Quality Improvement. The BUILD Initiative partners with state and community leaders to promote equitable, high-quality child- and family-serving systems that result in young children thriving and learning. BUILD envisions a time when all children reach their full potential and when race, place, and income are no longer predictors of outcomes.

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships. Read here (Updated November 10, 2021)

Children First (formerly PCCY):

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 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.

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 download their new brochure, and 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

Policy Map: Dig deeper into place-based data, gain insights to issues, and monitor trends and reports. The PolicyMap combines extensive data indicators with a state-of- the-art mapping platform and expanded analytics.

Ready Nation. Female Labor Force Participation is Key To PA’s Economic Recovery. Policymakers must address the commonwealth’s child care crisis and help women return to work. Read the report here. Watch the October United Way of Bucks County webinar on this report and topic, “Working Women UNITED for Child Care.”

SSIR Offers This free white paper, prepared by Harbor Compliance and Foundation Center, answers key questions about how grant-seeking affects fundraising compliance. Download the White Paper here.

TMA Bucks has compiled an online public transit ride guide that highlights where public transportation options are available in Bucks County. Click here to check it out!

USDA’s Household Food Security in the United States in 2020. Read the newly released report here, with this data snapshot provided by the Coalition Against Hunger: “While the rate of food insecurity for US households as a whole was unchanged since 2019 (10.5%), the data once again reveal the disparate impact of the pandemic upon Black and Hispanic households, and all households with children. Rates of food insecurity were statistically significantly higher for: Black (21.7%) and Hispanic (17.2%) households; all households with children (14.8%, and even higher for households with children under age six at 15.3%); and households with children headed by a single woman (27.7%) or a single man (16.3%).”

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.” Or, explore ALICE data in the United Way of PA Research Center with various mapping tools available.

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