Jon Bon Jovi is giving homeless people in Philadelphia a hand, helping to make sure they get back on their feet.
The rocker was the biggest donor for the newly opened JBJ Soul Homes, a 55-residence unit building for the homeless in the Francisville neighborhood. The project, which was privately and publicly funded, is designed to give shelter and assistance to the homeless.
“This is not a handout, it’s just a hand up,” said Bon Jovi in an interview before the official opening ceremony for the four story building. “This opportunity for them is special and it’s not easy to come by.”
The building also has retail and office space and residents will receive help from HOME, a Philadelphia nonprofit that aims to give housing, opportunities, medical assistance and education to the homeless population of the city. Those living in JBJ Soul Homes will get access to basic medical care, educational classes and employment training. In return, they must contribute part of their income towards rent.
This is not the first time Bon Jovi has used his celebrity to help others. The first JBJ Soul Homes project was built in Newark, in the singer’s home state of New Jersey, and his foundation has done similar work in Los Angeles, Detroit and Louisiana.
The Francisville building is the first in a plan to open a total of 500 units across Philadelphia, 200 of which are scheduled to break ground later this year. Fifty five down, 445 to go.
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