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Bucks County Could Dole Out $665K for Housing, Town Halls

March 04, 2015 | James McGinnis | The Intelligencer

Bucks County could vote Wednesday on a series of federal grants funding repairs to low-income housing, modifications to local town halls, and setting aside cash for its only year-round homeless shelter.

The county commissioners are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. in Doylestown and vote on nine community development block grants funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Benefit will help Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter residents

February 27, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Family Service Association of Bucks County will host a benefit to raise funds for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at The Fuge in Warminster.

The benefit will begin at 7:00 PM with live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, a live auction and a call to action. Guests can also tour The Fuge’s unique, circular space that still houses the largest, most powerful human centrifuge the world has ever seen and have their photo taken inside the gondola of the actual centrifuge used by all of America’s early astronauts including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn.

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Bucks Homeless Number Slightly Lower

February 27, 2015 | Philly.com

The number of homeless people living in Bucks County this winter appeared to be slightly lower during a recent one-day count than it was in 2014, county officials announced Thursday.

The preliminary results of a federally mandated “point-in-time survey,” conducted this year on Jan. 29, found 487 homeless people in the county: 449 in shelters or transitional housing, and 38 without shelter, according to the county Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Lower Makefield Woman Reaches Out to Warm the Homeless

February 26, 2015 | Petra Chesner Schlatter | Bucks Local News

When the temperatures dip to frigid levels, Linda Elliott of Lower Makefield can’t help but think of the homeless living outside in the brutal conditions, some with just cardboard and a vent to keep themselves warm.

“This is a crisis we cannot deny,” said Elliott, who is not only thinking about the homeless, she’s actually doing something to help.

Through a program she started – Tuesday Afternoon Outreach (TAO) – she has been collecting food and blankets for the homeless. She’ll hold another “Warming Hands n Hearts” blanket drive on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Solutions for Daily Living, a holistic store at 126 North State Street, Newtown, next to the Newtown Theatre.

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Giving Back: First Federal Awards $50,000 to Nonprofits

February 22, 2015 | The Intelligencer

First Federal of Bucks County recently presented $50,000 to nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of Bucks County residents. This gift is in addition to the funds previously distributed in 2014. First Federal commits up to 5 percent of its net income each year to charitable institutions that serve Bucks County, allowing the bank to contribute additional funds to groups it supports.

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Super Duper Bowl: A Football Fundraiser

February 22, 2015 | Levittown Leader

The fifth grade students at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, led by their teachers, Jason Miller, Roger Kean, Joseph Melnick, Maureen Janthor, and Amanda D’Amico, once again staged an exciting outdoor flag football tournament, braving muddy and snowy conditions for most of their games. This annual event culminated with Super Duper Bowl V (top left photo) on January 30th, the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday.

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Elementary Student Helps Raise Funds For Homeless Shelter

February 16, 2015 | LevittownNow.com

After a teacher assigned students to write a persuasive letter, AJ Hammer wrote one that asked for help raising funds for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown.

AJ collected money from friends and family. By the end of his fundraising mission, the Pennsbury student had raised $415 for the shelter. He also presented 50 handmade scarves that were from his grandmother.

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SEPTA Posts Suicide-Prevention Signs at Every Station

February 13, 2015 | James McGinnis | The Intelligencer

There were seven suicide-by-train deaths across SEPTA’s system in 2013. The year before, there were five; the year before that, 11.

The transportation agency reports an average of five suicides on its tracks annually, and says half of all fatalities involving SEPTA trains are ruled suicide.

On Thursday, officials with SEPTA announced they would expand a suicide-prevention and awareness project into Bucks County. Signs alerting riders to free help from the Family Service Association of Bucks County will be posted at stations; anyone who needs help is told to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.

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First Federal of Bucks County Presents $50K in Contributions to Eight Organizations

February 09, 2015 | KMPH Fox 26

First Federal of Bucks County recently presented generous contributions totaling more than $50,000 to nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of Bucks County residents. This gift is in addition to the funds previously distributed in 2014.

First Federal commits up to 5 percent of its net income each year to charitable institutions that serve Bucks County. For 2014, the bank was able to contribute an additional $50,000 to the groups it supports. That gift was shared among Aldie Counseling Center, Bucks County Opportunity Council, Family Service Association, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, HealthLink Medical Center, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), United Way of Bucks County, and Vita Education Services.

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Benefit at The Fuge to Help Fund Bucks’ Homeless Shelter

February 03, 2015 | Bucks County Courier Times

A benefit to raise funds for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township is being held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 21 at The Fuge, 780 Falcon Circle in Warminster.

Tickets are $125 a piece, $175 for a ticket and a line listing of advertisement, or $1,150 for 10 tickets and a reserved table.

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