Important as ever in these harsh times:
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19. The current moratorium extensions for evictions and foreclosures were set to end March 31. It is the result of the President’s January 22 Executive Order .
VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.
But what about those who are not using a VA mortgage guarantee as a result of our commonwealth’s failure to extend the evictions ban in August-September? This resource may be of value: https://www.nolo.com/evictions-ban.
As of 16 February 2021
Since it affects homeless veterans during the cold season, we thought you might want to know that two nonprofits, Safe Harbor Easton and and Greater Shiloh Church are resuming their warming shelter operations beginning 1 December. For details click on the thumbnail to the right. Now we await the Bethlehem and Allentown area announcements.
As of 21 October 2019
From the Executive Director of Victory House of Lehigh Valley:
We are excited and honored to be one of ten non-profit organizations chosen by Wind Creek for a chance to win $25,000! Please help us celebrate along with Wind Creek in their grand opening festivities. It does not cost you anything but a minute of your time to watch our video and VOTE for Victory House. A Vote for Victory House is a Win for Victory House and a Win for Wind Creek Bethlehem.
On 12 March 2018, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania county veterans’ affairs offices and 18 nonprofit organizations will receive in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Read the rest of this entry »
We could use your help from 6 November through 17 November by the mechanism of voting on a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage. As an organization of organization with no paid employees, we do not ask for ourselves, but instead Read the rest of this entry »
On 28 September, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (VAMC) is holding a Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) Meeting and Summit at the Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township (Gym II).
While there has been a long history of annual CHALENG meetings, holding one in the Lehigh Valley has been a rarity. Considering the recent efforts of the Lehigh Valley Regional Homelessness Advisory Board (LVRHAB), the time has come to encourage such meetings locally if the VA is to be a true partner in this region’s homeless efforts – and not off to the side.
Because a summit implies the meeting of leaders, LVMAC is reaching out to various organizations (police departments, school districts, public housing authorities, special social work agencies, county and city governments, for example) to have a key officer or “mover and shaker” attend. Read the rest of this entry »
Ignore the bilingual preference requirement. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces still speak English (or at least American English). If you have the other skills, are level-headed and are interested, consider applying. See details below: Read the rest of this entry »
In this blog site, we often write of entitlements and benefits veterans can receive. However, as a population category, veterans contribute far more through their labors than they take from their communities. Indeed, many veterans have the wisdom to understand the benefits of giving of themselves to improve their communities and those of others.
Below is one fine example of local, Lehigh Valley veterans trying to do far-reaching good — in this case, for the poor — while attending to the spiritual/psychic well-being of fellow veterans. As it happens, an effort such as this also shows the world the better side of the American people and our way of life. Therefore, they gain for us in another way. Thought you might be interested and, perhaps, in helping them. Read the rest of this entry »
Homes on the Homefront, a program of Operation Homefront, is once again offering another renovated home in our vicinity. This one is in East Stroudsburg, PA. Deadline for application is 19 March. For details on the home, the program and how to apply, click here.
Nice digs for a family! Act fast.
As of 7 March 2016