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Public Rally scheduled today at City Hall to save Brith Sholom Senior Housing

John Deangelis

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), the Area Agency on Aging in Philadelphia County, is collaborating with elected officials and multiple stakeholders, including SeniorLAW Center and the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), to provide much needed support to older adult residents of Brith Sholom Senior Housing complex. 

The site, in the Wynnefield Heights neighborhood of Philadelphia, is facing being shuttered and sold at a sheriff’s sale in early June. The 360-unit tower, which is currently the home to approximately 150 older adult residents, is in a critical state of neglect and has been cited by the city with innumerable code violations. Brith Sholom may also become immediately uninhabitable because of an impending gas service shut off due to past due utility bills in the thousands.     

The impact of potentially losing 360 units of affordable older adult housing in Philadelphia is devastating in a city that has a shortage of places for older residents to live. 

PCA is actively supporting a plan through SeniorLAW Center and PILC to discuss ways with the city to save the complex, repair and remediate the code violations, and maintain the site so its residents are not displaced. 

A public rally is scheduled on Tuesday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m., at City Hall. The event is to call attention to the impending crisis faced by the residents of Brith Sholom and to emphasize the need for an increased number of senior subsidized housing developments in Philadelphia.

The public and private sectors of Philadelphia are invited to attend and to assist in an attempt to save Brith Sholom Senior Housing and revitalize the building to its previous state so it is safe for older residents to live there. For older adults living in Philadelphia who need information and services to help maintain or improve the quality of their lives, please contact PCA’s Helpline at 215.765.9040.

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