Mission First Housing Group

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The Whitehall

3795 Schuylkill Road, Spring City, PA

Number of Units

49

Year Developed

2017

Development Costs

$12.9 million

Goal

New construction of affordable units for veterans

Description

Mission First Housing Group has renovated the existing historic Whitehall Inn and constructed a new addition to create 48 permanent supportive housing apartments for veterans in need—The Whitehall Apartments. Mission First developed The Whitehall Apartments in response to a local need for housing for at-risk veterans and a national effort to end veterans homelessness.

 

Planning for The Whitehall Apartments began in the summer of 2012, when Mission First met with representatives of the Veterans Administration (VA), Chester County Department of Community Development and Housing Authority of Chester County to discuss the development of veterans housing in Chester County. The VA indicated that the limited supply of affordable housing units in the County was preventing the veterans it serves from securing safe, stable and affordable housing. The VA also indicated that many veterans prefer to live in the company of other veterans who have shared similar life experiences.

 

As part of the project, Mission First renovated the existing historic Whitehall Inn and constructed a new addition. The Whitehall Apartments were built using voluntary Passive House design standards for energy efficiency. This design will significantly reduce utility usage by residents.

 

Residents of The Whitehall Apartments have access to comprehensive support services provided by the Coatesville VA Medical Center and a full-time resident services coordinator. An on-site property manager and live-in superintendent through Columbus Property Management, a member of Mission First Housing Group, will manage the property. Onsite amenities include a community room, fitness center and computer room, and laundry facilities.

 

The funding for The Whitehall Apartments comes from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Riverside Capital Equity Partners, the Housing Authority of Chester County, Citizens Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, The Home Depot Foundation, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S.Department of Veteran Affairs.