About SEPA Budget Coalition

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition (formerly known as the Southeastern PA Coalition for Essential Services) is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 nonprofits, local government and private sector agencies that provide essential services to improve the quality of life for people in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. The coalition is dedicated to ensuring that our public officials pass a budget that provides adequate support for Pennsylvania’s children, families, seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.

At a time of increased need, cuts to Pennsylvania’s budget threaten to have devastating impact on our communities. Proposed cuts to Pennsylvania’s budget will limit our ability to meet the needs of our communities over the next year and will cause permanent damage to our region’s safety net.


  • Deep state budget cuts jeopardize services to seniors, children, those with disabilities and the unemployed. Nursing home safety, funding for home care attendants for seniors and people with disabilities, child care and after-school programs are among the many services that could be affected.
  • The cuts will have a harmful effect on our economy. When teachers, nurses, police officers and other front line workers lose their jobs, it sends a ripple effect through local communities. Fewer employees in our districts mean less business at restaurants and local stores, and more housing foreclosures.
  • Many corporations operating in Pennsylvania pay nothing in state taxes because of loopholes and special tax breaks.

We call upon the Governor and the legislature to:

  • Pass a budget that provides adequate support for Pennsylvania’s children, families, seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. We must ensure that the state spends every dollar wisely and effectively, but we cannot sacrifice investments in education, public safety, health care and infrastructure. Severe cuts to services would not only harm those in need of services, but would undermine our state’s long-term economic recovery.
  • Use other sources of revenue to protect all Pennsylvanians and the organizations that serve our communities. Through tax loopholes and special interest tax breaks, corporations across Pennsylvania have slashed their tax bills, and are not paying their fair share.


  • Write to your House and Senate members. Tell them how the proposed cuts would impact the people of your organization servers. Urge them to increase state revenue to fund the essential services your organization provides
  • Visit House and Senate members while they are home on recess.
  • Urge members of your staff, board of directors, and consumers to get involved
  • Join the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition to stay informed and participate in collective budget action throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. To fill out the membership form go to 041310_Blank_Sponsorship_Form_SEPA_Budget_Coalition[1]

1260 Housing Development Corporation; Action AIDS Pennsylvania; AchieveAbility; Adult Care of Chester County; Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania; Bucks County Housing Group; Calcutta House; Campaign for Working Families; Caring People Alliance; Center for Literacy; Center on Hearing And Deafness, Inc.; Chester Education Foundation; Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia; Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley; Childspace CDI; Coalition to Save the Libraries; Columbus Property Management & Development (CPM); Community Interactions, Inc.; Community Legal Services; Community Learning Center; Community Women’s Education Project (CWEP); Covenant House; Delaware Co. Communities That Care Network; Delaware County Literacy Council; Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC); Dignity Housing; District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund; Educating Communities for Parenting to the Southeastern Pennsylvania; Education Voters Pennsylvania; Educational Mentoring through the Arts & Humanities (EMTAH); ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth; Episcopal Community Services; Family Support Line; Freedom Valley Disability Center; FTAC (Family Training & Advocacy Center for Serious Mental Illness); Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger; Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; Health Federation of Philadelphia; HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia; Homeless Advocacy Project; Horizon House of Philadelphia; Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania; Impact Services; Institute for the Study of Civic Values; JEVS Human Services; Jewish Family and Children’s Service; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Johnson Childcare Center; Joshua Achievement Center; KenCrest Services; Leadership Network of Philadelphia; LIFT-Philadelphia; Lutheran Settlement House; Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County; Maternity Care Coalition; MAX (Moving Agencies toward Excellence); Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Mid County Senior Services; NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); National Nursing Centers Consortium, Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership; Need in Deed; North Light Community Center; PAR – Pennsylvania Association of Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities; PathWays PA; Penn Action; Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education; Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO); Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Pennsylvania Communities Organized for Change; Pennsylvania Institute for Community Living, Inc.; Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; Pennsylvania Social Services Union/SEIU; People’s Emergency Center; Philabundance; Philadelphia Alliance; Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations; Philadelphia Coalition for Essential Services; Philadelphia Coalition of CMH/MR Centers, Inc.; Philadelphia Hospital and Health Care Employees – District 1199C; Philadelphia National Writers Union; Philadelphia Reads; Philadelphia Unemployment Project; Pickering Manor; Project H.O.M.E.; Public Citizens for Children and Youth; Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – Philadelphia Unit; Resources for Human Development; SEIU PA State Council; SHARE Food Program, Inc.; Southeast Pennsylvania Network For Family Health, Education & Welfare; The Arc of Chester County; The Arc of Delaware County; The Center for Resolutions; The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.; Today’s Child Learning Centers, Inc.; Touching the Future; Travelers Aid Philadelphia; Turning Points for Children; United Way of Chester County; United Way of Southeast Delaware County; United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Values Into Action (VIA); Vision for Equality; Vote for Homes! Coalition; Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Women Against Abuse; Women’s Opportunities Resource Center; Wordsworth Academy; Zhang Sah (as of 3/11/10) For more information, or to add your name as a coalition sponsor, contact Kate Atkins at sepabudget@gmail.com or 215-563-5848 x16.


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