JBJ Soul Homes, one of the most advertised housing projects in Philadelphia, celebrated its grand opening earlier this spring. Located on a 0.5-acre triangular block in the neighborhood of Francisville, the development was backed by musician Jon Bon Jovi’s Project H.O.M.E. program that offers subsidized supportive housing for low-income and formerly homeless individuals and families.
As previously reported by Multi-Housing News Online, JBJ Soul Homes broke ground in Fall 2012 and was designed by architecture firm Kitchen and Associates to achieve LEED Silver certification. Financed through a mix of public and private donations coming from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the Middleton Housing Partnership, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), FHL Bank Pittsburgh and the City of Philadelphia, the $20 million project located at the intersection of North Broad Street and Fairmount and
Ridge Avenues—three major arteries in Philadelphia—offers 55 fully furnished units of permanent, supportive housing for adults. The four-story structure also includes nearly 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, 5,500 square feet of administrative offices and suites for supportive services, as well as shared community spaces, storage facilities, computer lab and laundry room. The complex also contains 20 parking spaces available for both residents and Project H.O.M.E. staff members.
Shortly after the official opening, JBJ Soul Homes was among the nine winners of the first ever Urban Land Institute Philadelphia (ULI Philadelphia) Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence. According to an official statement, ULI Philadelphia received 57 nominations of projects in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware which were completed within the last five years, with a number of 28 projects selected as finalists. The project developed by McDonald Building Company was particularly praised for its strong integration of “community mission, living space and supportive amenities.”
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Images courtesy of Project H.O.M.E.