Hope Village of Allentown will be a community where homeless people can feel safe and secure their belongings, go to work, and live life. A place that offers addiction and mental health services to individuals who need them. Most importantly Hope Village will be a way out of the cycle of homelessness and back into being an stable and integrated member of society again. Helping the homeless community regain their empowerment, and achieve their goals, helping to their quality of life.
The City of Allentown has an increasing number of unsheltered residents living in the community. The Eastern PA COC's Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board reports that 678 individuals were experiencing homelessness in the Lehigh Valley in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the numbers of those experiencing homelessness to rise exponentially.
Hope Village of Allentown will create a supportive and restorative shelter community for unsheltered residents. It will also provide safe and cost-effective sheltering options for those who are currently homeless with the option to expand this initial phase of the project to resemble Community First Village located in Austin Texas in the future. To provide rehabilitative program designed to support those experiencing homelessness and give them the the tools to continue to succeed.
Residents will 1. Obtain gainful employment while in the program. 2. Maintain sobriety and control over their physical and mental wellbeing. 3. Complete necessary educational milestones which may have been hindered in the past. 4. Reconnect with their family and build healthy relationships with their fellow community members. 5. Move into permanent housing after completion of Hope Village of Allentown's programs. 6. Helping to lower costs incurred on the city, county, and state.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).