Temple partners with Habitat for Humanity in North Philly

A new five-unit home is going up, and another project is in the works.

Shara Dae Howard
June 25, 2018 - 8:10 pm
This Temple University facilities team helped build a five-unit home in North Philly.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up off campus to help revitalize North Philadelphia while also helping out a few local families.

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across the United States and around the world to create affordable housing for families in need. They called on Temple's facilities department to pitch in on a new five-unit home along 16th and Fontain streets in North Philly.

"The goal of the day was just to get them some skilled help, and get some guys that do this every day, and give them a jump start," said Temple's Sean Ounan.

His team swung their share of hammers for the project.

"Basically the house was in the frame stage," said Ounan. "So there was plenty for the carpenters to do that day, and the rest of us just played carpenters on TV that day."

Temple University and Habitat for Humanity work together on a new five-unit home at 1600 Fontain St. in North Philly.
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Ounan says it was hard work, but it was worth every minute.

"It was a really great day for everyone involved," he said. "We had a great time, and it was really great to be boots on the ground."

Joe MacGuire from the neighborhood is glad to see the new home on the corner.

"It's gonna help people stay off the street and be able to work close to where they live," he said.

Ounan says plans are already in the works for the next project, and his team is ready to go.