Safe and Affordable Housing
Homelessness and substandard housing conditions were identified as priority areas by Lehigh Valley Health Network’s recent Community Health Needs Assessment. Living in substandard housing and homelessness is largely due to a shortage of affordable housing, limited access to mental health services, and unfavorable economic trends resulting in high unemployment rates. According to the American Community Survey 2011-2015, more than 50 percent of the households in this area are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, and approximately one-third are severely cost burdened, spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing.
Recognizing the challenges our patients and their families face in finding and keeping housing that is affordable and healthy, the Department of Community Health has partnered a Community Health Worker with North Penn Legal Services located at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–17th Street. The Community Health Worker works closely with North Penn’s lawyer and paralegal to help patients who are at risk of eviction or who may live in housing of poor quality that may affect their health and well-being.
What is the goal?
The Safe and Affordable Housing initiative seeks to improve housing quality and housing security among our patients who are of low-income residents and living in center city Allentown.
Who is eligible for Safe and Affordable Housing services?
Any Lehigh Valley Health Network patients at LVH–17th Street campus.