Media Advisory: Catholic Housing And Community Services to Hold Groundbreaking For Saint Joseph Place, An Affordable Senior Housing Community In Delaware County

Saint Joseph Place will be the sixth affordable housing community for senior citizens developed by Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the first in the suburbs.

Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) will hold a special groundbreaking ceremony for Saint Joseph Place in Collingdale (Delaware County), an affordable senior housing community. It is the first senior housing community developed by CHCS outside the City of Philadelphia.

Most Reverend John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who oversees the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services as part of his administrative and pastoral responsibilities, will preside over the blessing and groundbreaking ceremony. He will joined by Mr. James Amato, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Ms. Heather Huot, Director of CHCS; members of the CHCS Board of Directors; local government officials, project development partners; and community supporters.

Friday, September 17, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Saint Joseph Church
500 Woodlawn Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023

A video replay of the celebration will be posted later in the day to CHCS’s Facebook page at

The Saint Joseph Place development involves the substantial rehabilitation of the historic former Saint Joseph’s Parish Elementary School and its Annex building as well as the construction of a new addition to unify the two buildings.

The unified building will consist of 50 one-bedroom apartments for income eligible seniors ages 62 and older. Features of the building will include a community room, food cupboard, laundry facilities, resident lounges, and on-site social services to assist residents as they age in place within their community.

The new development is designed by Kramer + Marks Architects and construction began in late August 2021.

Background Information on CHCS’s Senior Housing Program

CHCS’s affordable senior housing program enable seniors to remain active in their communities while enjoying comfortable, stylish apartment living. CHCS’s affordable senior housing communities include Casa Carmen Aponte Apartments (Kensington); Saint Francis Villa (Kensington); Saint John Neumann Place and Saint John Neumann Place II (South Philadelphia); Saint Rita Place (South Philadelphia); and Nativity B.V.M. Place (Port Richmond).

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Editor’s Note: Heather Huot, director of CHCS, is available for interviews via phone, Zoom, or on-camera upon request. To schedule an interview, please contact the Archdiocesan Office for Communications at [email protected].

Attached is a rendering of Saint Joseph Place for publication purposes with credit to Kramer + Marks Architects and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.