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Family Services Plans Buildout, Redevelopment of Levittown Shelter

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The Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Bristol Township operated by, Family Services Association (FSA), is planning to expand, overhaul, and build new facilities  

the nonprofit has been working on a plan to expand the shelter and provide better services to those experiencing housing displacement, officials say. 

“We have been thinking about how to make the shelter better,” said Julie Dees, the CEO of FSA, during an appearance at the October Bristol Township Council meeting. She was on hand seeking Council’s approval to submit a Statewide Local Share
Assessment Grant to the Department of Community and Economic Development
(DCED) for the Shelter in the amount of $ 1 million which they did.

Dees said, the shelter currently serves about 80 people, including children and has a wait list of more than 200 people.

The men’s dorm barely fits 20 guests, with cots lining right and left walls, and a narrow walking path leads to three bathrooms. The open space floor plan for the women’s side of the facility, where children stay, also presents all all sorts of issues, which the redevelopment will help solve with the creation of private rooms for guests, `Dees said.

The redevelopment plans consist of constructing a new two-story structure in front of the current site. The first floor would be for medical offices, case management and childcare services, the second floor would house 30 individual rooms with bathrooms for guests. 

The first floor of the building would be open to the public, she said.

The current shelter would remain open while renovations take place to increase living spaces also. It will also continue to house the cafeteria the largest common area space in the facility. 

The current communal living design is “not ideal,” and FSA wants to create a more “dignified” guest experience, Dees said.

Dees said about $7 million is already secured for the project, with the total cost expected to be in the $10 to $15 million range. 

“There’s such a need for a new and improved version of the shelter,” she said.

Dees also pointed out The new space would allow FSA to lease out parts of the first floor of the new building to bring in revenue. Adding the shelter often operates at yearly loss of  about $385,000.00 due to lack of onsite billable service offerings. 

With the anticipated new space, FSA will be able to provide on site many of the mental health substance abuse related services it provides at their Langhorne branch, Dee said.  

The proposed new building still has to go through the land development approval. FSA took over operations of the shelter 2012 from the American Red Cross.

FSA plans to hold a community meeting at the Levittown Library on November 17 for a more detailed discussion on the redevelopment project.

This is Bucks County’s only 24/7 shelter and is located in Bristol Township’s Levittown section. The property around and adjacent to the Shelter that’s owned and operated by Bucks County is also being redeveloped. Ground was broken  on that project in September

A possible indirect benefit for FSA’s expansion project is the where the new two-story building would be, now the parking lot. Homeless folks who are not “guests” at the Shelter often park their vehicles in the facilities lot. Oftentimes living out of cars, trucks, vans or often abandoning them in the lot. It has been an issue for staff to deal with in the past, officials have said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project is expected to take about three years to complete, Dees said, once all the funding and approvals are secured. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have been thinking about how to make the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter better,” said Dees.

 

 

The new building and renovation of the existing facility would be part of a rebound for the site, which sits a few yards away from the new Lower Bucks County Government Services Center.

 

Council President Craig Bowen and Councilperson Patrick Antonello both spoke in support of the project.

The proposed new building still has to go through the land development process.

The Family Service Association plans to hold a community meeting at the Levittown Library on November 17.

 

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

 

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Reps. Powell & Labs’ Bipartisan Effort to Expand Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes Passes House

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A Lower Bucks woman  escaping domestic terror and was living in a shelter found an apartment in another county so she and her boys could live free of terror and abuse. Days after starting the move in process, her abuser found her.

The following day, she took her own life.  This happened in the late winter of 2023.

A bill that state Reps. Lindsay Powell (D-Alleghany Co) and Shelby Labs’ (R-Bucks Co) establishing the Victims of Violence Relocation Act passed the state House last week and perhaps in the very near future will provide a safe way out for victims of violence of  any kind, unlike the Latina  who could not get far away enough from her abuser in 2023.

Under the legislation (H.B. 2162), eligible violent crime survivors would be entitled to relocation assistance and extend the timeframe for requesting such assistance from 90 to 180 days after the crime occurred. The legislators said this would allow survivors more time to access necessary support and ensure they can utilize federal documentation to validate their need for relocation.

“Partnering with Representative Labs on this bill exemplifies that the PA House stands united with survivors of violent crime by expanding housing assistance to them in their time of need.”

Credit: state Rep Labs

Powell, D-Allegheny, said. “Thank you to all my colleagues for your affirmative votes and your commitment to helping survivors start their lives a new.”“I want to thank Representative Powell for her collaboration on this important piece of legislation that protects victims and empowers survivors,” Labs, R-Bucks, added. “The passage of House Bill 2162 is a critical step in ensuring our commitment to making Pennsylvania a safer place for victims of violence and providing a foundation of support during recovery.”

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three women, one in four men and nearly half of LGBTQ+ individuals will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

 

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Fireworks Safety Advice for People, Property and Pets

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One highlight of Independence Day is fireworks.  Most like a good firework display, but some have issues with the noise coming from setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can have a negative effect to dogs, veterans, anyone suffering from PTSD, elderly, etc. Another negative effect is injuries, mostly burns, from setting off fireworks.  Even though it is legal in most parts of the state for residents to buy and set off  consumer-grade fireworks, public safety officials ask residents to leave it to the pros.

Some of the restrictions include, the discharging of fireworks in Pennsylvania can not be done within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if either is owned by the owner. Discharging of fireworks is prohibited on any public property.

Agencies and organizations offer safety tips when it comes to fireworks.

From Langhorne Borough:  Planning ahead can help animals cope with the fireworks season. Pets are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s important to be proactive for your pet’s wellbeing. Click here for the Humane Society’s tips on keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations.

The State Police has a Fireworks FAQ page that shows note-worthy changes from Act 74 of 2022 which set new rules for the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report documenting the hazards including injuries and death incurred by consumer use of fireworks. CPSC is raising awareness and sharing safety tips to prevent these types of injuries and deaths over the holiday.

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Lower Bucks Source wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

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