Lehigh Valley

Easton family shelter in danger of closing, needs repairs

EASTON, Pa. - One of the Lehigh Valley's only family shelters is in danger of closing.

The RoofOver shelter, run by the Easton Area Neighborhood Center, is facing serious financial problems because of its aging building.

Shelter Director Emigh Allison said the old building needs extensive repairs including new electrical work, plumbing repairs and a fire escape stress test. Allison said the shelter has applied for a grant from State Farm and some of the work that needs to be done can be reimbursed by the county, but they need start-up money to get the work started.

Allison said she is concerned the shelter may not be up to code if the work isn’t completed soon.  

“There are some things that are getting to that point that they will shut us down if we don’t get them going,” she said.

RoofOver is one of just a handful of shelters in the Lehigh Valley that accept entire families and help them get on their feet.

"I don't know what I would do. There is nowhere to go. I'm a single dad with four children,” said Pedro Diaz.

Diaz said the shelter helps keep him and his family off the streets.

Allison has started a GoFundMe to help raise money for some of the repairs.


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