Bon Jovi Breaks Ground on Low Income Housing

The rock star broke ground on JBJ Soul Homes., a housing-retail-office complex in the Francisville neighborhood between 15th and Broad streets.

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Christine Maddela
The JBJ Soul Homes groundbreaking and dedication took place at the corner of 15th and Fairmount Avenue. It's a public-private partnership lead by the Middleton Partnership and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
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JBJ Soul Homes is a four-story mixed-use development, including retail, residences and offices. People for People, Inc. will help manage the space.
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Jon Bon Jovi participated in the dedication of the JBJ Soul Homes.
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JBJ Soul Homes will include 55 apartments for formerly homeless and low-income men, women and children.
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Bon Jovi has been a longtime supporter of Project H.O.M.E. and eradicating homelessness in Philadelphia.
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Leigh Middleton (center) is a co-founder of the Middleton Partnership. "This is a problem we can solve," said Middleton, referring to homelessness.
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Jon Bon Jovi shares a moment with Sister Mary Scullion prior to the news conference.
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Jon Bon Jovi, founder of JBJ Soul Foundation, speaks at the news conference.
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Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founder of Project H.O.M.E. gives introductory remarks.
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Penelope Giles, president and founder of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation, shares her perspective of being a lifelong Francisville resident.
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Philadelphia City Council president Darrell L. Clarke.
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Attendance at the news conference was standing room-only.
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Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder of Project H.O.M.E.
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Jon Bon Jovi hugs Walter Broadnax, a formerly homeless veteran.
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Leigh Middleton, co-founder of the Middleton Partnership and Project H.O.M.E trustee, is a supporter and donor of the JBJ Soul Homes project.
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Leigh Middleton
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Bon Jovi said his contributions to Project H.O.M.E. began when he was an owner of the Philadelphia Soul, and he's humbled to continue to support it and follow the lead of Sr. Mary Scullion.
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Bon Jovi hugs Harold Honickman of the Honickman Foundation, a longtime supporter of Project H.O.M.E.
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The exterior of Project H.O.M.E. at 1515 Farimount Avenue.
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Bon Jovi greets friends.
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Kevin Pierce, a volunteer lab monitor at Project H.O.M.E., poses for a photo with Jon Bon Jovi.
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Walter Broadnax is a Project H.O.M.E. alumnus and now a trustee.
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The corner of 15th and Fairmount, the location for the JBJ Soul Homes construction project.
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Construction has begun.
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Work is underway.
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Bon Jovi.
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