A green home for Philadelphia’s homeless

A new Center City facility will help the homeless in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall.

Connelly House is an eight story building offering transitional housing for 79 people. It was built behind a church on 13th Street between Market and Chestnut and is so energy efficient that it is seeking LEED Silver Certification.

Ernest Lowery is living at Connelly House while trying to put his life back together. He did time for dealing drugs, became homeless and lost custody of his children.

“I like the Connelly house a lot I especially like that I can go to anyone for help with my problems, they guide me in the right direction,” said Lowery. “I think the program is a stepping stone, because when I finished my last program, I was not ready to live independently on my own, the staff believes in me when I don’t believe in myself.”

The facility cost over $20 million and was built with considerable help from the state and federal governments.

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