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Brethren Housing Association

Brethren Housing Association Before and AfterIn 2013, Brethren Housing Association (BHA) began the process of transforming the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets with the acquisition of 4 blighted properties with the support of PinnacleHealth System. By early 2014, the remaining 2 properties on Haehnlen Street were acquired allowing BHA and PinnacleHealth to begin actively recruiting contractors, material suppliers, and funders to donate towards the completion of this “extreme makeover” of the block. Demolition was completed in spring 2014 and construction began in the summer. Three new single-family townhomes were completed in the summer of 2015 as the first new construction in the neighborhood in 50 years! All three units were occupied with families by the fall of 2015. With gracious supporters, like the Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation, these new townhomes will provide stability for families experiencing homelessness for many years to come.

Brethren Housing Association212 Hummel Street is a three-story historic row home in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill neighborhood being renovated with funds from the Josiah and Bessie Kline Foundation.  Across from the offices of Brethren Housing Association, the property was purchased by the organization in 2013 for its Transitions Program, housing homeless single mothers and their children for 4-24 months while they gain stability and increase the earning capacity.  Major components of the renovation include new walls, plumbing, electricity, HVAC and appliances.  The work has been headed by contractor Dale Kreider along with numerous volunteers from churches and businesses affiliated with BHA.  It’s slated for completion in May 2014.

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