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The Conestoga Valley community has the 2nd highest homeless population in Lancaster County. In the 2022-2023 school year there were 165+ children considered homeless within our school district.
As we look at our community, there are resource accessibility gaps for the underserved within our community. Affordable housing and homelessness are problems for many of our neighbors in Conestoga Valley. These are complex issues that people are struggling with.
We have big dreams and ideas of how we desire to be a bridge to fill in these and other gaps ~ things like turning a hotel or motel into transitional housing, rehabbing single family homes so that they can house several families in an affordable way. We'd love to partner with landlords in our community, we'd rent from them and then sublet to our neighbors in need, as we walk alongside them in their goals of thriving health. In the meantime one of the things we are doing, is attending Township meetings to learn about things that are happening and to be an advocate for housing solutions and talking with other organizations doing good work in this area.
We want to be humble learners as we engage with these issues. We are busy listening to others, asking questions, meeting with people and organizations who work in these areas. and taking time as we work towards launching programs. Conestoga Valley SEEDS understands that working through housing concerns is an important part of having a healthy, thriving Conestoga Valley community.
More to come!