May 19, 2023

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez to Bless and Dedicate Saint Joseph Place, a New Affordable Housing Community for Seniors in Delaware County

The 50-unit facility will provide affordable housing for independent seniors in Collingdale through Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate Saint Joseph Place, a new affordable housing community for independent seniors in Collingdale (Delaware County). Saint Joseph Place is the sixth of its nature developed by Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) and the first in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Monday, May 22, 2023
9:30 a.m.
Saint Joseph Place
502 Woodlawn Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023

Brief remarks from attending dignitaries will precede the Rite of Blessing. Attending dignitaries include City, Borough, and Government Officials, as well as project development partners and benefactors.

Following the blessing and dedication, Archbishop Pérez will tour the building and join CHCS housing residents for light refreshments.

For those unable to participate in person, a video replay will be posted later in the day to Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook at

Background Information on Saint Joseph Place

The Saint Joseph Place development involves the substantial rehabilitation of the historic, former Saint Joseph Elementary School and Annex buildings, as well as the new construction of an addition to connect these two buildings, to provide 50 units of service-enriched affordable senior housing on the Saint Joseph parish grounds. The development, supported by the community at large, is located at 502 Woodlawn Avenue in Collingdale, Delaware County, west of the City of Philadelphia. Catholic Housing and Community Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the lead sponsor of this project. CHCS serves as a catalyst to promote positive transformation in targeted communities throughout the Archdiocese. CHCS serves seniors throughout the Archdiocesan region, with the goal of enabling them to age safely in place in their homes and communities.

Saint Joseph Place at Collingdale serves seniors 62 and older.  Of the 50 one-bedroom units, six are fully accessible. Residents will have access to a rich program of on-site supportive services, including case management, health services, and recreational activities. CHCS and its partners will provide supportive services. The project is consistent with community and neighborhood plans and, beyond its impact on the neighborhood; Saint Joseph Place will have a significant impact on the community of senior housing and service providers supporting Delaware County seniors.

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