The city of Philadelphia has a proud nickname — do you know what it is?
Since taking on a project that aims to get a home for homeless veterans, the city’s nickname of The City of Brotherly Love reached a whole new level of meaningfulness!
As more than 1300 veterans live on the streets, city governmental agencies and advocacy groups have tried to create homes for veterans since early 2013.
US Secretary of Housing and Urban development, Julian Castro said, “You have actually done it! You have effectively ended veteran homelessness. The thing is that we can’t stop our work until every single veteran has a place to call home in the United States.”
However, the project is not over yet. They became the partner with the Philadelphia Housing Authority and HELP USA to remodel the Spring Garden School, which was constructed in 1927, to apartments.
City officials and representatives of HELP USA announced their reconstruction plan to change the unoccupied building to veteran’s sweet homes. It is HELP USA’s fifth project in Philadelphia.
David Cleghorn from HELP USA interviewed, ”It would have been far too expensive and a shame to tear it down. We haven’t gotten any pushback or a single negative comment on this project. The building has been an eyesore for a while and a safety issue that needed to be addressed. People are excited about it.”
The apartment will include 37 units for low-income seniors and 12 units, especially for homeless veterans. The budget is met by grants and private donations.