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Inn of Amazing Mercy


Project HOME aims to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by alleviating underlying causes of poverty and creating safe environments and supportive programs for recovery. The Inn of Amazing Mercy provides a recovery residence in Kensington, the epicenter of Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic.

CBP Architects transformed the abandoned, historic Temple Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing building into short-term and permanent supportive housing for 62 homeless individuals beginning their recovery either directly from the street or after being discharged from detox. The brick and stone building underwent an extensive renovation to introduce contemporary residential architecture, with social spaces on every floor to create a feeling of community among residents, and facilities for Project HOME to provide comprehensive services under one roof in a neighborhood that needs it most. The first floor of the four-story building contains an eight-bed emergency unit for those in active addiction who are seeking help. The second through fourth floors contain 54 efficiency apartments. Each floor includes a central common space with kitchen and dining areas for communal meals. The design accommodates recovery-focused services and on-site education to assist residents with long-term needs. The revival of the historic property creates a clean, safe environment for individuals in recovery to thrive through stable housing and essential programs.

  • Project Category

    Affordable Housing

  • Client

    Project HOME

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units

    54 units & 8 beds

  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    52,000 sf

  • Program

    Affordable Housing, Supportive Services & Emergency Bed Unit