Housing Association and Development Corporation works to revitalize neighborhoods through the development of affordable housing, the provision of employment and job training and the pursuit of community development initiatives.
The private nonprofit organization works throughout central Allentown’s residential core but concentrates on the 24-square-block Jordan Heights target area bounded by Tilghman Street on the north, Linden Street on the south, Seventh Street on the west and the Jordan Creek on the east.
HADC’s production of affordable housing includes both new construction on the 400 block of Allentown’s North Street and the rehabilitation of existing houses at scattered sites around the city. HADC’s new and renovated homes are reserved for sale to people in the low- to moderate-income range as defined by HUD.
HADC also operates a rental program, offering apartments in multi-unit buildings as well as single-family homes. It accepts rental clients with Section 8 rental assistance vouchers and, through the Allentown Housing Authority, offers project-based subsidized apartments for persons with disabilities at Allentown’s Alliance Hall.
All of HADC’s new construction and rehabilitation work is completed by the agency’s own crew of apprentice builders, most of whom are neighborhood residents. They earn full-time wages and benefits while receiving on-the-job training in the building trades.
HADC is officially registered as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and as a Pennsylvania charity. Contributions are tax deductible.
The agency operates entirely on contributed funds. Financial support is derived from the City of Allentown, Lehigh County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and private foundations and corporations, including most of the region’s banks.