Spark Grants - Food & Housing Access
About Food & Housing Access (May 2017)
It is estimated that 1 in 10 residents of the Lehigh Valley are living in poverty, and in Allentown, it is 3 in 10. Poverty has a profound effect on people and families’ ability to access food and find affordable housing.
It is estimated that more than 75,000 Lehigh Valley residents are food insecure and more than half of the people who are hungry are not eligible for public benefits because they are above the poverty line--$23,000 for a family of four. Lack of nutritious food is also an issue that has wide ranging effects on the poor in the Lehigh Valley.
A head of household making minimum wage would need 2.3 full-time jobs to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in the Lehigh Valley. The largest subpopulation of homeless individuals and families, approximately 22% of the homeless population, were fleeing domestic violence. Studies show 38% of homeless people are children.
MAKE A GIFT | 50th Anniversary Spark Grants initiatives for Food and Housing Access
Gifts in the form of a check can be made payable to the Spark Grants - Food and Housing Access and mailed to The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101. Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below. A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund. Gifts to the fund will be used to support the Community Foundation's funding of organizations in Northampton and Lehigh Counties who provide mental and behavioral health services and education.
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