New project brings affordable housing, healthcare, social services to one community

Paul Kurtz
March 15, 2019 - 10:45 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - It's being called a first-of-its kind project, bringing together affordable housing, health care and social services to one community.  

Methodist Services and Inglis are the forces behind what will be known as Inglis Methodist Gardens, a $16 million development that will link homeless families and disabled people with 47 affordable apartments.    

Inglis President and CEO Dyann Roth says they've put together a collaborative that includes Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Belmont Behavioral Hospital and Philadelphia FIGHT.

"Our goal is to create a true inter-generational community in which people support each other to live healthy, active engaged lives,” he said. “We are committed to bringing effective integrated services to the individuals and families who will live here."

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For disabled people, finding housing is a huge challenge. Thadeus Robinson had to wait a year and a half to find a new place to live after his building closed.

"Fortunately Inglis House partnered me with a contractor in the Northeast for that building and that's how I got in,” he explained. “We need ten more projects like this. Most buildings have a two, three, some even have a five year waiting list. Only way you can get an apartment nowadays is if somebody dies."

Methodist and Inglis hope to begin construction by the end of the year.

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