Northampton County receives HUD funding to combat homelessness

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Lamont McClure and the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announce the award of $3.04 million in funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant includes $2,170,520 for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $682,646 for the HOME Investment Partnerships program and $189,113 in an Emergency Solutions Grant. In addition the County has $10,578,600 in available Section 108 borrowing authority.

CDBG grants are used for affordable housing, programs to benefit low-to-moderate income persons and infrastructure needs. HOME grants are used to provide housing, services and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. The purpose of an Emergency Solutions Grant is to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

“The pandemic put a lot of our residents in danger of losing their homes,” says Lamont McClure. “Our Department of Community & Economic Development and our Department of Human Services have been very proactive over the last two years, making sure housing and utility assistance is available to those who need it.”

Contact Information for Northampton County residents who need rent, utility, eviction or foreclosure assistance:

For residents in Easton, contact either:
· ProJeCt of Easton at 610-258-1100 Extension 13

For residents in Easton, Glendon, West Easton, Wilson, Williams Township
· Greater Shiloh Church at 610-252-5640

For residents in Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township
· New Bethany Ministries at 610-691-5602 Extension 217

For residents of all other municipalities, contact:
· ProJeCt of Easton at 610-258-1100 x13

For residents who are fourteen days or less away from losing their residence and have either a Notice to Quit or a Lockout Order Notice:
· Call 211 to be connected to the Northampton County Tenant Eviction Assistance program seeking rental assistance

Information provided to TVL by:
Becky Bartlett
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042