The PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to Francis House In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Francis House is a new, affordable, three-story residence located on the corner of 46th Street and Fairmount Avenue offering 60 apartments for adults who require personal care services. The design of the new homes is derived from the “Small House” model of care, where groups of 10 residents each live together in a family style and share meals and other activities. Each resident will occupy their private living unit, with bedroom and full bathroom, but they share common areas such as the living room, dining room, parlor, and sunroom.
This type of lifestyle nurtures community and interaction between the residents and the staff. Francis House will occupy a 1.4-acre of land that was formerly a baseball field. The site is part of a campus owned by the St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center, located contiguous to the location on the opposite corner of the block. Directly to the east is Angela Court Senior Residence (Phases I and II), also part of the St. Ignatius campus. Francis house is designed to meet or exceed Energy Star Version 3.1 energy performance benchmarks; the project will also comply with Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC).
Congratulations to St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center for obtaining funding for this project!