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PROJECT H.O.M.E. ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING OF JBJ SOUL HOMES, CITY'S NEWEST BUILDING FOR PEOPLE IN NEED
Funders Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and Leigh and John Middleton Join City Officials to Inaugurate Building for Formerly Homeless, Low-Income Individuals
PHILADELPHIA, November 13, 2012 – Project H.O.M.E, in partnership with People for People, Inc., today celebrated a groundbreaking for “JBJ Soul Homes”. JBJ Soul Homes will be a four-story mixed-use development including retail, offices, and 55 apartment units for formerly homeless and low-income adults and children. Located in the Francisville neighborhood on Fairmount Street between 15th and Broad, the ceremony at the construction site included remarks by funders Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and John and Leigh Middleton and public officials in addition to community partners.
“The single most effective way to end homelessness is affordable housing,” said Sister Mary, co-founder of Project H.O.M.E. “Over time, this project will give hundreds of people a decent home with supportive services that will allow them to flourish.”
JBJ Soul Homes’ residents will have access to all Project H.O.M.E. services including basic medical care and fitness classes through its Health Initiative Program, employment training through its Employment Services Department, education access through its Honickman Learning Center and computer use through its Comcast Technology Labs.
The building, slated to open in November 2013, receives both private and public funding. The lead private funding comes from the JBJ Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership. The lead public funding comes from US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Philadelphia. People for People, Inc. will manage the retail space and Project H.O.M.E. will manage the residences.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, with its lead gift for the development of this project, provides leadership in affordable housing in Philadelphia and in its Soul Home in Newark, NJ. Mimi Box, JBJ Soul Foundation Executive Director said, “We are committed to promoting innovation and long-lasting solutions to rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community, one soul at a time.”
JBJ Soul Homes is the second project of the Middleton Partnership. The Middleton Partnership is funded by a transformational leadership gift from Leigh and John Middleton and supports Project H.O.M.E.’s strategy to end chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. The Middleton Partnership leverages the support of both public and private funders.