top of page

Mission and History

Our Mission

The Sixth Street Shelter, a program of Community Action Lehigh Valley, is to assist families experiencing homelessness with secure, safe housing through family-centered services, in-house programming, and referrals to community resources while advocating that affordable housing is a human right.

The Sixth Street Shelter is the largest family shelter in the region, accepting any configuration of families, including those with adult children, single fathers, and those from LGBTQ+ community. Whatever the family grouping looks like, all are welcome as long as they have custody of at least one child under the age of 18 years who will be residing with them.

Our goal is to end generational poverty and families experiencing homelessness by increasing independence through self-sufficiency.


Our History

The Sixth Street Shelter is a long-standing program of Community Action Lehigh Valley.  Since 1984, the Shelter has provided temporary housing for Lehigh Valley families with children experiencing homelessness.

Today, the Sixth Street Shelter proudly offers 25 individual family apartments. It is the only shelter in the Lehigh Valley to offer families the privacy and security of a furnished apartment with a complete kitchen.

The philosophy of the Sixth Street Shelter, in keeping with the broader mission of Community Action Lehigh Valley, encourages those it serves to accept responsibility for themselves.

Program of Community Action

Community Action Lehigh Valley is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization that improves the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.


Community Action offers programs and services in:

Advocacy, Business Start-Up and Development,

Food Access and Nutrition, Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Youth. 

Previews Annual Report CALV-4.jpg
bottom of page