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​We were founded by a committee of representatives from the Religious Council of Greater West Chester and Incorporated in 1993 to help our less fortunate neighbors, regardless of any religious affiliation. Since that time, North Star has helped hundreds of families of single working parents throughout all of Chester County. More than half of those have received rental assistance in addition to extensive case management, keeping their families clean and safe and out of homeless shelters.


North Star of Chester County guides single working parents with dependent children, who are at risk of homelessness, toward stability and financial independence. We help our participant families remain in affordable housing as they work to secure their future through a structured program of financial assistance, mentoring and supportive services.

Single parents who stay in our program for three full years emerge stable and proudly able to provide for their families.


We are dedicated to helping an underserved portion of the population succeed: the working poor. Participants in our program are hard-working single mothers and fathers, trying to raise their families in one of the most expensive counties in the state. Working parents accepted into our program benefit from our staff’s expertise in all facets of homelessness prevention. 

  • Can be either single mothers or fathers with their dependent children living with them

  • Can receive services for up to three years

  • Can meet with our case managers after hours and on weekends, when it is most convenient for them

  • Receive personal financial coaching, attend workshops, and have access to services of other agencies who specialize in job skills training, free income tax preparation, savings programs, and more

North Star was incorporated in 1993 and has 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. We are proud to have been selected as the United Way of Chester County’s 2015 Community Partner of the Year. The official registration and financial information of North Star of Chester County may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. EIN=23-2713075

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