Schweyer, Schlossberg announce $100,000 in funding for homeless assistance and prevention

ALLENTOWN, April 20 – As part of the ongoing efforts to assist people and families experiencing homelessness in the city of Allentown, seven organizations will share a portion of $100,000 in federal CARES Act funding.

“There is no question that life during the pandemic has been especially challenging, but the difficulty of those challenges has risen exponentially for those Pennsylvanians facing homelessness,” state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said. “This is critical funding to ensure these entities can continue their dedication to helping those in need.”

The following organizations will each receive a portion of the grant funding:

Allentown City:

  • Valley Youth House - Rapid Rehousing.

  • The Lehigh Conference of Churches - Rapid Rehousing.

  • Allentown Rescue Mission - Emergency Shelter.

  • Salvation Army Hospitality House - Emergency Shelter.

  • Sixth Street Shelter - Emergency Shelter.

  • YMCA Warming station - Emergency Shelter.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • Turning Point of Lehigh Valley - Emergency Shelter.

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, also D-Lehigh, added, “Health and housing are so critically connected. When somebody’s housing is in doubt, it makes it difficult to stay safe and healthy. In the midst of a pandemic, this becomes more pronounced as families in crisis end up in overcrowded situations, which only makes the threat of COVID more pronounced. Thankfully, we have organizations working tirelessly in our region to help people who face a housing crisis. The more financial support we can give these organizations, the more people they can help. It is as simple as that.”

The funding is part of more than $13 million in funding that was approved for 17 projects across Pennsylvania.

The CARES Act provided for two allocations of homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by the pandemic.  

This is the second round of funding allocated under this program; the first was announced in July 2020. 

To learn more about the ESG-CV funding, visit DCED’s website