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community Action Development Bethlehem

about us

Community Action Development Bethlehem was incorporated into Community Action Lehigh Valley on October 6, 1997, and opened offices to the public on March 19, 1998. Since then, we have advanced a neighborhood-based vision of community and economic development that builds on the strengths and assets of our diverse community in South Bethlehem and the Northside 2027 neighborhoods.


We are located at 409 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. 

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our mission

Based on a belief of economic and social justice, CADCB improves the quality of life in south Bethlehem by fostering economic opportunity, promoting community development, and empowering residents to actively participate in the decision-making process regarding the future of our diverse community.


We believe that affordable, quality housing is the foundation of a healthy, thriving community. We work to improve the quality of Bethlehem’s housing stock, advocate for affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, and empower residents to participate in decision-making processes regarding the future of their community.

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Communication and

We believe that a more equitable future for the Southside depends on all community members having a voice in the decisions that affect their lives and their neighborhoods. We work alongside our neighbors, small businesses, and community stakeholders to develop relationships, foster community pride, and advocate for a neighborhood-driven vision for our Southside’s future.

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Public and green spaces

We believe that thriving neighborhoods include public infrastructure and accessible green spaces that bring residents and visitors together, as well as clean, safe, and attractive commercial districts. Our community development projects build on the assets and history of our community and are led by residents, business owners, and other stakeholders with deep roots in our communities.


Community Action Development Bethlehem runs several programs focused on community development and neighborhood revitalization. To learn more about what we do and how you can get involved, follow the link below.

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our history

Since 1998, Community Action Development Bethlehem has advanced a neighborhood-based vision of community and economic development that builds on the strengths and assets of our diverse community in Bethlehem. Community Action Development Bethlehem seeks to improve the quality of life in Bethlehem by empowering residents and expanding economic opportunity through the implementation of Southside’s Tomorrow, a coalition-based community development initiative focusing on promoting Housing Affordability and Quality, improving Communication and Connectivity, and supporting Public and Green Spaces in south Bethlehem.  

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our 2021-2022 impact

Residents engaged

in neighborhood initiatives through volunteering, committee work, and community planning meetings

Businesses participated

 in the weekly Greenway Farmer's Market

Residents utilized

the Tool and Seed Library through our partnership with Bethlehem Area Public Library

community gardens

were supported and maintained throughout Bethlehem

residential facades Funded

that were completed on the Southside


September 13, 2023

9 AM - 3 PM, Desales University

Future Forum on Housing

  • A discussion about what housing could look like in the Lehigh Valley by 2050. Facilitated by national community engagement expert Ashley Sparks!

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