On November 14, Esperanza hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Roberto Clemente Homes. The building was once a middle school, but the property became vacant and blighted over the years since the school closed. Now, with the help of a number of partners, Esperanza has transformed the building into 38 affordable rental units.
The ceremony included speeches from Councilwoman Maria Quiñónes-Sanchez; Brian Hudson, Executive Director and CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; and Kelvin Jeremiah, President, and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Esperanza was also excited to have Roberto Clemente Jr. in attendance. Clemente was honored to be a part of a project with his late father’s namesake. He also spent part of the day speaking with Esperanza Academy students, vowing to have a continued presence in the Esperanza community.
Esperanza is grateful to the many partners who have collaborated with us on this project, including the City of Philadelphia – Division of Housing and Community Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, M&T Bank, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, PZS Architects, Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, PNC Bank, the Reinvestment Fund, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.