Delaware County Cold Weather Resources

2022/2023 Cold Weather Plan – Multiple agencies prepared to assist residents in winter weather conditions

Delaware County Council reminds residents that various County agencies offer additional support and resources to the homeless, elderly, and vulnerable residents when harsh cold, snow, and freezing conditions take place during the winter season. When weather conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless, elderly, or medically fragile, a network of agencies works to help residents obtain shelter, food, and assistance.

Several County agencies are prepared to help residents cope with extreme weather conditions, from sheltering the homeless to reaching out to the elderly. Council reminds residents about these services should they need assistance or if they know of someone who needs help.

The following Delaware County agencies assist people year-round and also during extreme weather conditions.

The Delaware County Department of Human Services, Adult and Family Services 
This department partners with various agencies to offer additional services through the Homeless Services Coalition of Delaware County, a group of 90 individuals and organizations dedicated to providing services to the homeless. They also publish the Homeless Services Resource Guide that details a variety of services including shelters, housing, meals, treatment programs, and government services.

Human Services website

Human Services phone: (610) 713-2365

The County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) 
COSA extends outreach to senior citizens, including having case managers check on seniors who may be vulnerable. Tips on how to stay warm and safe during the winter are available on COSA’s informational weather line at (610) 872-1558.

COSA website

COSA phone: (610) 490-1300

Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) 
CAADC is the county’s anti-poverty agency and can assist residents with obtaining shelter and meals.

CAADC website

CAADC phone: (610) 874-8451

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) / PECO
LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills. PECO also offers programs for people experiencing hardship, a low-income usage reduction program, and discounted rates for low-income families.

LIHEAP website

LIHEAP phone: 1-866-857-7095 (if hearing impaired call 711)

PECO website

PECO phone: 1-800-494-4000

Salvation Army, Chester Corps, and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County
During cold weather, outreach teams and local authorities can take homeless adults to emergency shelter programs, which are operated by the Salvation Army, Chester Corps, and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.

Salvation Army, Chester Corps: (610) 874-0423

Community Action Agency: (610) 874-8451

Life Center of Eastern Delaware County: (610) 734-5770

Delaware County’s 2022/2023 Cold Weather Plan can be found here.

Residents are encouraged to register for the Delco Alert notification system which alerts residents of weather emergencies such as road closures, power outages, and other extreme weather situations. Register for Delco Alert here.

All information taken from an email from Delaware County, PA.