New supportive housing opens in Kensington

Project HOME’s development of the Maguire Residences braved the Coronavirus to open in 2020.

Like many other affordable housing developments in process in the spring of 2020, the Maguire Residences suffered from construction delays as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. RHLS has helped Project HOME and other developers navigate these challenges so that we could continue to meet the urgent need for deeply affordable housing.

The mission of Project HOME is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty. RHLS has proudly partnered with Project HOME for many years, it is our strong belief that every person deserves stable, healthy housing.

The Maguire Residence on E. Orleans Street opened in June of this year and is providing 42 apartments with supportive services. The Maguires Residences are a rehabilitation of the former Willard School and were built to be energy efficient by using Enterprise Green building standards.

Project HOME is expanding its efforts by creating recovery housing coupled with supportive services for people impacted by the opioid epidemic. They are doing so in the heart of a neighborhood heavily impacted by the opioid crisis. The creation of safe, supportive housing will help to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

Kensington is one of many Philadelphia neighborhoods that is rapidly gentrifying and becoming increasingly unaffordable. Affordable and supportive housing will contribute to the health and well-being of the community by providing services to residents in their homes. This approach pairs case management and supportive services with housing and is a cost-effective solution to ending homelessness.

The Maguires Homes was a development supported by both Mark Levin, former Chief Counsel, and Laura Schwartz, Director of Economic Development. You can read more about the Maguire Residences on Project HOME‘s website, or on this ABC news article.