Wolf Administration Breaks Ground on State-Funded Affordable Housing Project

Philadelphia, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver joined HACE, a nonprofit community development organization, and other local and community leaders to break ground on the Casa Indiana affordable housing project in the Fairhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

“Today we celebrate an enormous step in HACE’s efforts to build a stronger Philadelphia, and more vibrant Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods,” said Executive Deputy Secretary Weaver. “We commend the extraordinary work they have done to revitalize and unite the community, and we invite other communities across Pennsylvania to use this as a model. The Wolf Administration is committed to support projects like Casa Indiana every step of the way – because only by working together can we ensure Pennsylvania moves forward and provides opportunities for all.”

The new Casa Indiana will provide affordable housing for at least 50 seniors. It will feature a community room, a computer library, a serenity garden, as well as supportive services for the elderly. The project is being supported by the Wolf Administration through the Neighborhood Assistance Program and is part of a greater revitalization effort for a distressed area struggling with economic challenges. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

“As a leader in developing quality affordable housing for elders and families in eastern north Philadelphia, HACE has been looking forward to realizing this new $16 million investment providing 50 units of affordable rental housing to some of our most vulnerable residents, older adults,” said Maria Gonzalez, president and CEO of HACE. “We appreciate the support of the Wolf Administration and its commitment to the neighborhoods that need it the most.”

HACE is a community development organization working to make its core neighborhoods a place of choice for a mixed income, ethnically diverse population.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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