When: Monday, February 1, at 3:30 PM
Meeting ID: 817 0561 5925
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Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the Community Action
Development Corporation’s virtual press conference announcing Allentown’s newest Neighborhood Partnership on Monday, February 1, at 3:30 PM on Zoom.
Leaders from the business community, nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and government as well as other stakeholders have organized the initiative to prepare young people for productive, fulfilling futures in Allentown. These leaders will be detailing the project, the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, with commitments of $650,000 per year for six years. The Commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Development will be providing tax credits to local companies investing in the neighborhood bordered by Seventh Street on the east to 12th street on the west, Linden Street on the south and Gordon Street on the north.
Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown’s six-year plan, temporarily named Allentown’s Future, developed with extensive neighborhood input, presents a framework on which the Neighborhood Partnership will provide education, recreational, vocational and civic engagement activities to children, ages three to 24.
CACLV operates a wide range of programs designed to improve the quality of life for low-income people in the region. Those programs include the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Sixth Street Shelter, housing initiatives like homeownership counseling and foreclosure mitigation, rehab and new construction. The agency operates entrepreneurial programs that make loans and offer small business training. It also does extensive neighborhood revitalization work in downtown Allentown, south Bethlehem and the Slate Belt, ranging from façade improvements and creating pocket parks to planting trees and streetscaping. Only 32% of its budget comes from government funding, a proportion without equal among more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the nation.