Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place: New Housing for Families

This week, Regional Housing Legal Services celebrated the ribbon cutting of Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place, an eleven unit housing facility created by the People’s Emergency Center (PEC). The buildings are located at 4226 Powelton Avenue and and 4231 Filbert Street  in Philadelphia.

With six two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units, Bigham Leatherberry Wise PlacBigham Leatherberry Wise Placee will primarily house homeless families with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as families with low and moderate incomes. In addition to housing, PEC will provide supportive services including case management, children’s programs, affordable childcare, counseling and therapy, drug and alcohol outpatient treatment, and employment training programs.

The facility will additionally feature a courtyard with a rain garden and large rear yard providing space for resident children to run and play.

Bigham Leatherberry Wise KitchenThe building was named in honor of three influential community organizers involved with PEC and who have championed the needs of homeless families throughout their lives.

RHLS Chief Counsel, Mark Levin, worked on the project. RHLS was able to assist PEC in

Check out this short video from NBC Philadelphia for footage of the ribbon cutting: