JBJ Soul Homes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Flagship Facility for a Philadelphia-Based Non-Profit
Located on a unique triangular site at the intersection of North Broad Street and Fairmount and Ridge Avenues in North Philadelphia, JBJ Soul Homes is the most recent in a growing line of successful, supportive housing projects throughout Philadelphia developed and operated by Project HOME—a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing affordable housing and community services to both homeless and low-income individuals. Primarily funded through Low Income Housing Tax Credits, public donations and private equity—including support from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and Middleton Housing Partnership, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the City of Philadelphia and FHLBank Pittsburgh—the JBJ Soul Homes facility is a new, four-story mixed-use development including retail space, offices and a total of fifty-five supportive apartment units dedicated to homeless adults currently making the transition into more permanent housing solutions.

In addition to the residential component of the project, JBJ Soul Homes also includes administrative offices and suites for supportive services and Project HOME staff, as well as shared community spaces, a computer lab, laundry room, exercise room and resident storage facilities. A commercial retail component is planned for the ground level in partnership with local community-based groups and organizations. And the facility contains on-site parking spaces for twenty vehicles.

The building is certified LEED® Silver by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® designation for multifamily high rise buildings. Sustainable features include low flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star®-certified gas furnaces and split system air conditioning, and double-paned, argon-filled windows, resulting in an approximate 45% reduction in overall water usage, water heating costs, and gas usage for heating. Additional green strategies utilize enhanced commissioning, a 5,000 square foot vegetated roof, a variety of recycled content materials, 90% diversion of construction waste from landfills, and power purchased from renewable resources.

This project received the inaugural William G. ‘Bill’ Rouse Award For Excellence from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and was a featured project on a Green Building Tour during the USGBC’s annual GreenBuild Conference.


Honors & Awards
ULI William G. ‘Bill’ Rouse Award For Excellence
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Award

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Energy Star CertifiedLEED Silver Certification