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HUD R3 No. 14-18
Niki Edwards
(215) 430-6622
www.hud.gov/pennsylvania

FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
April 22, 2014

 STATEMENT FROM HUD MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
JANE C.W. VINCENT ON THE GRAND OPENING OF JBJ SOUL HOMES

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent issued the following statement today on the grand opening of Jon Bon Jovi (JBJ) Soul Homes, a 55-unit affordable housing development in the Francisville neighborhood of Philadelphia:

It’s a pleasure to be a part of today’s celebration, standing again with our Philadelphia partners as we create another source for affordable housing—a newly constructed, beautiful building for 55 formerly homeless and low-income people, including young adults. I applaud the work of all the organizations and our local partners that led to today’s grand opening, especially Project H.O.M.E., People for People, Inc., the JBJ Soul Foundation, the Middletons, Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

What’s great about the JBJ Soul Homes complex is that it helps achieve many goals—creates a more sustainable community and provides access to retail; it is energy efficient and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified.

So, the JBJ Soul Homes is a perfect example of HUD’s efforts to meet the need for quality affordable rental homes while utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life. Through the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing, we helped support this exciting project, providing $1.5 million in Continuum of Care program funds. And today, we take pride in representing Secretary Donovan’s personal commitment in implementing the Obama Administration’s Opening Doors federal strategic plan—to not simply reduce homelessness but to end it.

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