[RELEASE] PROJECT HOME ANNOUNCES DECEMBER GROUNDBREAKING FOR FIRST PHASE OF PLANNED RESIDENCE FOR FORMERLY HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS
PHILADELPHIA, October 2, 2017 – The groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the two-part affordable housing development project at 1315 N. 8th Street has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017, capping an unexpectedly complicated purchase of the property.
The planned residence will be built in two phases; the first will encompass 30 units of affordable housing targeted to young adults (age 18-23) who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness and will be LBGTQ-friendly. The second phase will provide 40 units of affordable housing for adults who have experienced homelessness.
The young adult residence will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and among the first in the nation.
Pro bono legal counsel provided by Reed Smith LLP enabled Project HOME to successfully navigate an acquisition process complicated by the bankruptcy of the North Philadelphia Health System, the previous owner of the parcel.
About Project HOME
Since 1989, Project HOME has helped thousands of people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of services that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment through both adult and youth education and enrichment programs at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs and community-based health care services at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center. Project HOME and its partners have pledged to end chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia, housing 2,200 people – 1,000 people who have been long-term street homeless, 200 youth who are homeless and/or aging out of foster care, and 1,000 people who are homeless on the street and addicted but ready for recovery and work. To learn more, visit www.projecthome.org.