[NEWS] New homes for those struggling with addiction set for heart of Philly opioid crisis
From The Philadelphia Tribune:
A new residential project for those struggling with addiction will rise at the epicenter of the opioid crisis — Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.
City officials, community members and leaders of Project HOME — a nonprofit that helps individuals permanently break the cycle of homelessness — donned hard hats and held up hammers, paint brushes and shovels Tuesday to mark the beginning of the Maguire Residence. With 42 apartment units, the facility also will offer onsite employment opportunities and recovery services.
The location makes this housing different from the organization’s 17 other residences throughout the city, said Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project HOME.
“This project is particularly important because of the devastation of the opioid crisis right here in Kensington. You only have to walk down the street to see people living in tents and in encampments,” she said.
The building is a former elementary school, a few blocks from McPherson Square Park, now known as Philly’s “Needle Park.”