Community Action Development Allentown

Based on a belief in economic and social justice, we improve the quality of life in 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.

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about us

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.

We seek to improve the quality of life in south Bethlehem and Northside 2027 neighborhoods by empowering residents and expanding economic opportunity through small business support, housing rehabilitation and advocacy, and community development projects.

business support

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.

housing advocacy

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.

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.