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Sixth Street Shelter

219 North Sixth Street
Allentown, PA 18102
610-435-1490




Class of Housing: Transitional housing. Family shelter.

General Information:

The Sixth Street Shelter provides short-term and long-term transitional housing programs.


The Sixth Street Shelter helps homeless families turn their lives around, not just by putting a roof over their heads, but by giving them the tools to solve their own problems and move toward self-sufficiency. Programs are offered in areas such as parenting, finances, life skills, and preparation for the GED. During their stay at the Shelter, family members work with the Shelter’s caseworkers to design a goal plan, which includes a search for permanent housing, life skills education, and a budget plan.

The Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown, the largest family shelter in the region, has been providing housing and casework services to homeless families with children since 1984. It is a program of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, which, for over 45 years, has been in the vanguard of community-based solutions to the challenges of the region’s low-income people.


The shelter has 25 units and provides intensive programming for up to 60 days. Families work with staff to set and achieve specific goals. During their stay, family members work with the Shelter’s caseworkers to design a goal plan, which includes a search for permanent housing, life skills education, and a budget plan. Our guiding principle is to help families set and reach their goals through intensive and effective case management, in-house programming, and referrals to appropriate services.


Website: http://sss.caclv.org/

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Helpful Definitions For Sixth Street Shelter:

Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.



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