Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transaction of up to $9 million with PATH (People Acting to Help) so that it can centralize its operations after renovating a historic building at 1919 Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia. A new building also will be constructed on an adjacent parcel of land as part of this project.
PATH provides behavioral health and intellectual disabilities services for children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay. Its services include urgent care mental health services, residential services, case management, drug and alcohol recovery, adult day programs, in-school assessments and more.
“This new facility for PATH will allow the organization to work more efficiently and effectively and let it expand the number of people it can help,” said Gov. Wolf. “The role PATH plays in Philadelphia is vital.”
In 2018, PATH helped 4,200 people with its services. The two buildings planned as part of this project will allow PATH to increase the number of people helped to 5,500. The existing building that will be renovated is currently vacant and has five stories. That building, and the new building to be constructed will provide 76,370 square feet of space.
This new headquarters for PATH will allow it to consolidate its current satellite operations into a single building. It will also accommodate growth for PATH to help more people. In addition to these benefits, the new location will be better for PATH’s clients because it’s closer to public transportation. Plus, the added square footage will let PATH provide space for up to nine additional social service providers to enhance the mix of services available to clients.
“These two buildings connected by a green space will allow PATH to do more to help people through behavioral support services,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “By providing additional space to allow PATH to house other organizations, they will be able to offer more complete services to their clients on this new campus.”
This project is expected to create 150 full-time jobs and retain 600 full-time jobs. These positions will pay an average wage of $22.50 per hour; entry-level positions will start at $13.25 an hour. All staff will receive health insurance, a retirement plan, ongoing training and continuing education credits. Additionally, this project is estimated to create 114 temporary, full-time construction jobs. More than 50 percent of all these jobs will be accessible to low-income people. Indirect jobs will also be created by the project’s construction and, afterward, by PATH’s expanded operations.