Hummel Street Townhouses partnership to replace blight with places for homeless
Newly announced partnership plans replace several blighted properties in the 200 block of Hummel Street in Harrisburg with five townhouses to provide housing for single homeless women and children.
Harrisburg-based nonprofit PinnacleHealth System is covering the cost of demolition and abatement of the properties, according to spokeswoman Kelly McCall. Other partners are Brethren Housing Association — also a nonprofit based in Harrisburg — and area contractors including Reynolds Construction, Pyramid Construction Services Inc., McClure Co., G.R. Sponaugle & Sons Inc., Edwin L. Heim Co. and Murray Associates Architects.
"Our CEO and COO are committed to helping the city, and poverty and homelessness is directly linked to a host of health issues, poor nutrition, chronic conditions, etc.," McCall said. "We have strong relationships with many of the local contractors, so they're coming on board to do a lot of the work or donate materials."
"I am excited about how this project is going to help homeless single moms build a healthier future through the work of BHA," said Michael A. Young, PinnacleHealth's president and CEO. "At PinnacleHealth, we are pleased to bring the power of our construction experience and contractor relationships to make this project a reality. We can create a healthier community … with your help."
Total projected cost for the project is $925,000, but the partners say they hope to significantly reduce the cash outlay required through donations of labor and materials. The project will increase BHA's transitional housing capacity by 30 percent.
Ceremonial groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, with guests to include Director of Building & Housing Development Roy Christ, state Rep. Patty Kim, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick and City Councilwoman Wanda Williams.