Allentown earmarks $3.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help the city’s homeless population

Written by on April 20, 2021

Allentown earmarks $3.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help the city’s homeless population

By Ben Stemrich

April 20, 2021

Scott Unger of the Allentown Economic Development Corporation presents to Allentown City Council’s committee members. Photo courtesy of the AEDC website.

The City of Allentown is getting $3.5 million to help lessen the burden on people experiencing homelessness. The money is part of the American Rescue Plan President Biden signed last month.

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Leonard Lightner, Allentown’s director of Community and Economic Development, says the money should be used for something tangible.

“A facility, I honestly say that’s the first thing. Where can it be? Is there a facility out there? And how much will this facility cost? But it needs to start with a location,” Lightner says. 

Though $3.5 million might not be a lot of money, it’s a step in the right direction, he says.

“We talked about the mental health issue, we talked about all the other services that go with it so I think it’s important we really take this money and put it into an investment into a long-term solution,” Lightner says. 

He expects the money to become available in the late fall at the earliest, he says.

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