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Commission to End Chronic Homelessness

Allentown's Commission to End Chronic Homelessness envisions a city where there are no chronically homeless individuals or families. Our mission is to ensure that every formerly chronically homeless person will have the support services, health care, and employment opportunities needed to live as independently as possible in safe, sanitary, accessible, and affordable permanent housing of his or her choice.

In January of 2006, representatives of the City of Allentown and the Lehigh County Conference of Churches met to discuss the city’s unsheltered homeless. During this meeting the homeless persons living underneath the city’s Eighth Street Bridge where of particular concern due to the unsanitary conditions found in this location. In order to address these concerns, former Mayor Ed Pawlowski appointed a Commission to End Chronic Homelessness charged with developing a ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness in the City.


Services Guide

Information from the Commission's Forum: Housing: The Key to Ending Homelessness

Understanding Chronic Homelessness

Local and National Resources on Homelessness

Note: If you are aware of a service not listed, or find an error, please email



Contact Information
Commission Steering Committee
Tom Walker, Co-Chair

Intervention B Sub-Committee
Ryan Vernick, Interim Chair

Intervention A Sub-Committee
Ann Saurman, Chair

Tom Walker

Housing Committee
Bob Wittman, Chair

Sheltering Committee
Dale Smith, Chair

Coordinated Assessment/Central Intake Committee
Heidi Baer, Chair

Public Updates

News Release - August 10, 2011

News Release - August 30, 2010

News Release - March 4, 2010

News Release - October 8 , 2009

News Release - October 24, 2008