Finding housing in Bucks County, PA is the biggest problem facing the homeless. At the shared meals, the hosts have been very generous in feeding the homeless and giving them clothes, toiletries and other items. But housing availability is stingy.
From the Levittown library you can see a building under construction just before New Falls Road, between the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad and the Bucks County Technical School, abutting the rescue squad. What’s in the works is an affordable housing project. Housing Visions, which is associated with Interfaith Housing, whose mission is to create affordable housing in lower Bucks County is fighting to accomplish the project. http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/
Interfaith Housing has teamed up with church groups, communities and businesses to create housing for the poor. http://interfaithhousingvisions.org/site/about-us/
Although there is more vacant property than there are homeless in Bucks County, it’s been a struggle to create housing for the homeless. Prejudice against the homeless is a major obstacle for this quest. When Interfaith Housing proposed to purchase the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township to develop a multi-phase housing development for those 55 and up and later add housing for veterans and a community center was stonewalled. Stopping the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans that was held behind the Levittown Library for three days and two nights is evidence of an attitude in Bucks County towards the homeless and veterans.
A few years back a homeless person (now not homeless) told me that a Bristol Borough businessman tried to proceed with plans to create housing for the homeless. As soon as the establishment discovered the plan was for the homeless, the project was stonewalled!
Affordable housing is much needed in Bucks County, where the homeless problem is growing. As I wrote in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, Bucks County doesn’t want the homeless at large, but it has no viable plan to house the homeless.