The historic Spring Garden School, Philadelphia, will be turned into an affordable-housing project for veterans, thanks to a generous donation from the Trump Foundation.
Philadelphia has recently announced it will expand its affordable & free housing for veterans with a new building. The Spring Garden School, an abandoned K-8 school in Philadelphia, was due to be demolished in 2018. However, thanks to support and donations from the Trump Foundation, it will instead be renovated and turned into a housing-assistance project for veterans.
Help USA is one of America’s largest providers of affordable housing and social services, especially for homeless veterans, of which there are about 50,000 in America. Help USA has three other ongoing projects in Philadelphia, and thousands more across the country.
Spring Garden, once renovated, will provide up to 37 apartments. Veterans will be prioritized in allocating these apartments (with 12 reserved specifically for homeless veterans). Apartments will only charge up to 30% of a resident’s income for rent. For many, especially homeless veterans, Cleghorn said, that’s “30 percent of nothing.” This means that without the support of charitable donations, such a project would be fiscally impossible.
Funding for the project came in the form of tax credits from the Pennsylvania state government; $1.3 million in small grants; a $500,00 mortgage, and $300,000 in individual contributions. But the bulk of the project’s funding came from a $5 million donation from the Trump Foundation.
“Philadelphia has been at the forefront of efforts to end chronic homelessness, but the problem persists.” Cleghorn said. “We’re incredibly grateful to all the people who have helped us fund this project.”
Renovation work on the Spring Garden school was commenced last week. It is expected the housing project will open in 2018, around the time the school was previously scheduled to be razed.