community Action Development Bethlehem

our History

 Community Action Development Bethlehem was incorporated on October 6, 1997

and opened offices to the public on March 19, 1998 at 705 East 4th Street in South Bethlehem.

The organization is now located at 409 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

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 entrepreneurship training, housing rehabilitation and advocacy, and community development projects.

Community Action Development Bethlehem is a subsidiary of

Community Action Lehigh Valley.  

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Community Development

We believe that thriving neighborhoods include parks and physical assets 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 in our communities.

housing advocacy
& rehabilitation

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, encourage homeownership, and empower residents to participate in decision-making processes regarding the future of their community.

Residential Facade Program: Our residential facade program targets neighborhoods in south Bethlehem for strategic investment in exterior rehabilitation of older homes.

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business & economic development

We believe that entrepreneurship is a path to economic opportunity that should be available to everyone and local businesses are the foundation of a thriving community. Through our efforts, we work to develop and implement the neighborhood’s revitalization strategy to enhance the visibility of the existing businesses and attract new businesses through physical improvements, redevelopment, and adding amenities along the business corridors as well as advance opportunities for Bethlehem’s small businesses.