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Spark Grants - Food & Housing Access

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  GIVE TO THE CAUSE. FOOD AND HOUSING ACCESS

Help us give more to this issue and raise awareness in 2017 by making a tax-deductible gift with our PayPal account. LVCF donor-advised funds can provide support with a simple email request.


Food and Housing Access Grant Process

The application period is closed. Thank you to those who submitted applications. Grants will be announced on May 31, 2017


Making the Case Food and Housing Access

The US National Library of Medicine defines food insecurity as having uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food or the inability to acquire foods in socially acceptable ways. This expansive problem is in connection with housing instability, which is when families have difficulty paying rent, spend more than 50% of their income on housing, frequently move, and live in overcrowded conditions.

Every year, the problem of food and housing insecurity leads to educational deficits and health consequences that affect families. The issue of food and housing access is not only a national epidemic, but also greatly impacts community members in the greater Lehigh Valley.

WHY DOES THIS ISSUE MATTER?

Food Statistics

Housing Statistics

  • In the Lehigh Valley, 36.11% of housing united have one or more substandard conditions. https://www.lvhn.org/sites/default/files/img/CHNA.pdf
  • According to a 2014 census there were approximately 2,523 men, women and children housed in the 9 Lehigh Valley shelters.
  • In Lehigh County there is currently over 600 families waiting for openings in shelters
  • Approximately 1 out of 10 residents in the Lehigh Valley live in poverty.
  • In America, it was reported that on average children spend 45.3 nights in a shelter and adults spent 43.4 nights.
  • On any given night, it is estimated that 36,000 youth are sleeping outside or in shelters throughout our nation.