Conference of Churches
Justice & Advocacy
Alan Jennings, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
Elizabeth Reed, Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown
Maritza Torres-Dolich, St. Stephen's Outreach Center, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown
Tony Sundermeier, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
Pennsylvania's Homeless Assistance Program
Breakout Sessions: Seminars and Workshops*
Each workshop will be presented twice (10:15am and 11:40am)
Also see schedule and speakers pages for additional information.
- Affordable Housing for the Very Poor and Disabled – Tom Walker
Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing, and a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. The lack of affordable housing is a significant hardship for low-income households preventing them from meeting their other basic needs, such as nutrition and healthcare, or saving for their future and that of their families. This workshop will address the supports and tools available in Lehigh County to address this most basic of needs...affordable housing.
- Mortgages, Foreclosures, and Land Trust – Alan Jennings and Justin Collins
It isn't pretty out there. And "out there" implies that your circle of friends are no longer enough to get you through the increasingly merciless world economy. The housing market is especially turbulent and, not surprisingly, many, many people are being left out or left behind. Let's talk about how bad the market is, about its human toll and what we collectively should do to do be sure the region gets it.
- HADC - Housing Association and Development Corporation
– Dave Evans
Allentown's Housing Association and Development Corporation is engaged in home construction and renovation, job training, neighborhood revitalization, and home-buying assistance for low-income residents of Allentown. Learn how HADC can assist you or members of your congregation.
- State and Federal Public Policy on Affordable Housing – Joe Willard of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
Providing affordable housing for everyone depends significantly on state and federal regulations and funding. Learn about current legislative issues that affect Lehigh Valley housing.
- 100,000 Homes – Dale Smith
The Lehigh Valley is one of 150 communities nationwide participating in the 100,000 Homes program to end homelessness.
*The program and workshop offerings are subject to change. Please check this page again for updates.