In 2014, City Mission embarked on a capital campaign to build a shelter for homeless veterans. Unfortunately, a devastating fire in June 2015 destroyed the four men’s dormitories, kitchen, dining facility, medical clinic, program offices, training rooms, and chapel.
Since that time, City Mission has spent more than $11 million to rebuild the campus and meet the needs of a growing opioid and homelessness crisis in Pennsylvania. The use of federal New Market Tax Credits enabled City Mission to finish construction, continue uninterrupted services, and expand to meet the growing needs of the homelessness crisis.
The destruction caused by the fire created a mandate for quick funds to rebuild lost shelter beds and facilities. At that time, $3.4 million of debt was assumed to fully meet the needs of clients. With the current numbers of homeless men, women, and children continuing to grow in our community, the debt service is now preventing City Mission from providing critical ministry to our neighbors in crisis.
With your support, more people can get off the streets, out of addiction, and onto a path of healing, independence and hope.