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New Construction Project to Transform Hummel Street in Allison Hill

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Brethren Housing Association (BHA), PinnacleHealth and local contractors launched an exciting, new project today that will provide newly constructed housing for single homeless women and children in Allison Hill.
The Hummel Street Townhouses project will demolish several blighted properties on the 200 block of Hummel Street (222- 224 Hummel Street and 1210-1218 Haehnlen Street), and replace them with five brand new townhouses. All five units will provide housing to single homeless women and children, allowing BHA to help more families than ever before transition out of poverty. The Hummel Street Townhouses project will increase BHA’s transitional housing capacity by 30%, while transforming a blighted building into a neighborhood centerpiece.
“I’m thrilled about this partnership with PinnacleHealth and grateful to the construction companies donating their services and materials. The Hummel Street Townhouses project will dramatically transform our neighborhood and build on 25 years of investment in Allison Hill and our work with homeless women and children,” states Steve Schwartz, executive director, Brethren Housing Association.
Brethren Housing Association (BHA) helps women and children out of homelessness through rehabilitated housing in Allison Hill. BHA and its partners—churches, businesses, volunteer groups, contractors, foundations and local government—have been a stabilizing influence in a distressed neighborhood. With a BHA-provided apartment, and support from our staff and trained volunteer mentors, single, homeless women are encouraged and loved. They develop a career plan, gain job skills, go to school, and expand their parenting and budgeting skills. 
“As a reflection of our commitment to the city of Harrisburg, PinnacleHealth is pleased to fund the demolition and abatement of these properties and bring the power of our construction experience and contractor relationships to make this project a reality. Providing families with a healthy environment in which to live is important to not only their individual health and wellness but to the health and wellness of our community,” states Michael A. Young, president & CEO for PinnacleHealth.
BHA and PinnacleHealth are actively recruiting contractors and material suppliers to donate their services to complete this "extreme home makeover". Demolition is slated to take place in this month, with new construction beginning this spring.
To date the following companies have committed to supporting the Hummel Street Townhouses project through donations of labor, services and materials – Reynolds Construction, Pyramid Construction, McClure Company, GR Sponaugle & Sons, Inc., Edwin L. Heim Company, Murray Associates, Macri  Concrete, Pennsy Supply, H. Edward Black & Associates and Carter Lumber.
To be involved with donations of labor or materials, contact Dana Klinepeter, construction manager, PinnacleHealth, (717) 782-3168 or
To support this project with a financial donation, contact Steve Schwartz, executive director, Brethren Housing Association, (717) 233-6016 ext. 19 or
About Brethren Housing Association (BHA)
Founded in 1989 by an association of Church of the Brethren congregations, BHA’s program has grown to include volunteers and supporters from many denominations and local businesses. Participants in the program, primarily single mothers and children, receive housing and case management services as they work on gaining employment, completing their education, learning parenting skills, and setting goals for their future. 
Participants are housed in apartments in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg where the apartments are renovated for the most part by volunteers. Over 24 years, BHA volunteers and staff have renovated seven buildings and 19 apartments that were in danger of blight.
BHA continues to exemplify the spirit of community and growth by expanding its housing efforts with the 20/20 Vision Campaign.  More than $2 million dollars have been raised so BHA can continue to provide homes. For more information, visit
About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at