Lehigh Valley nonprofit sees $2 million influx of federal stimulus aid to support low-income residents and prevent evictions

Written by on June 1, 2020

Lehigh Valley nonprofit sees $2 million influx of federal stimulus aid to support low-income residents and prevent evictions

By Chloe Nouvelle

June 1, 2020

The Federal CARES Act is helping one Lehigh Valley nonprofit by adding nearly 2 million dollars to its budget.

Alan Jennings, longtime leader of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, announced the allocation in a news conference with Congresswoman Susan Wild. 

“This increase we’re announcing today is the biggest increase in my 40 years of being a witness to this country’s unwillingness to take sincere and substantive steps to reduce the likelihood of people being left behind,” said Jennings.

In total, CACLV is adding 1.8 million more dollars to its budget. Jennings says part of the funding will be used to expand existing programs like the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Sixth Street Shelter. But it will also help launch a neighborhood revitalization project on the northside of Bethlehem. 

The money will also be used to help those in foreclosure. While most foreclosures are paused until June 30, they may resume in July. Congresswoman Susan Wild says she’s concerned.

“It’s clear that we are going to have a major problem on our hands over the next few months, people are going to be way behind on rent, mortgage and other bills,” said Wild. 

CACLV’s foreclosure assistance program helped around 1,200 families during the great recession and will help more during this pandemic.   

Watch Chloe’s PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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