With housing affordability an ongoing issue in the Lehigh Valley, the PPL Foundation is working with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to address the region’s housing insecurity.
The foundation has provided $500,000 to help launch a new no-to-low barrier rental assistance program for families and individuals that are at risk for eviction.
The funds will also provide support for local shelters and those experiencing homelessness.
“PPL Foundation’s contribution of $500,000 will provide support for thousands of people who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity right here in the communities we serve,” stated Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “By partnering with United Way, we know these funds will be invested in immediate solutions to address housing insecurity through prevention and intervention.”
He noted that the housing crisis in the region has increased for many reasons including the health and economic crises in recent years.
In the Lehigh Valley, more than a third of households spend more than the recommended percentage of their income on housing costs, putting them at risk of eviction, he said.
“Housing stability has a direct connection to both physical and mental health for children and adults. Through this significant contribution by the PPL Foundation, we will make a direct and lasting impact for families experiencing hardship today,” said David Lewis, president of United Way.