Bethlehem organization receives $52k in CARES funding for emergency shelter for the homeless

Written by on December 1, 2020

Bethlehem organization receives $52k in CARES funding for emergency shelter for the homeless

By Genesis Ortega

December 1, 2020

Personal items that belong to a sheltering guest are placed bedside Tuesday at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering in Christ United Church of Christ. With the coronavirus pandemic raging, the homeless may be forced into the cold if shelters or warming stations are forced to close. (Rick Kintzel/The Morning Call)

More than $50,000 is coming to the Lehigh Valley aimed at helping the homeless this winter.  

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Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that 3 million dollars in grant money has been awarded to organizations across the state.

Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering in Lehigh County, got nearly 52,000 dollars for temporary emergency housing.

The organization, which was once a network made up of 14 of the city’s churches, is now centrally located on Market Street. It offers a soup kitchen and sleeping dorms for men and women. 

This is the second round of Emergency Solutions Grants money from the CARES act, almost 20 million dollars, aimed at helping support emergency shelters in preparation for the winter months. In hopes it will also help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The state says it will accept more applications at the start of 2021 for another round of CARES funding for homeless services. 

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