By John McDevitt


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Affordable housing for independent seniors is in the works at 27th and Mifflin Streets in South Philadelphia.

There was song and prayer for the future site of the new St. John Neumann Place II. Auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, The Most Reverend John J. McIntyre spoke about the new residence.

“For those who will one day live in this residence and gather in this wellness center may they find in Saint John Neumann Place II a true home full of friendship and activity where their health, faith and well-being will be cared for and nourished.”

(Credit: John McDevitt)

(Credit: John McDevitt)

He also blessed the land with holly water.

The 52 apartments are expected to be ready in the fall of next year.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency selected St. John Neumann Place II to receive a $12 million tax credit allocation for additional affordable senior housing on the campus of the former St. John Neumann Catholic High School.

(Credit: John McDevitt)

(Credit: John McDevitt)

Adjacent St. John Neuman Place has been in operation for about 8 years with 75 units of affordable senior housing.

Catholic Health Care Services and the Office for Community Development are among those participating in the ground breaking ceremony.