New Affordable Housing in West Chester ‘Changing People’s Lives’

Pinckney Hill Commons
Image via Bill Rettew, Daily Local News.
Pinckney Hill Commons.

Excitement is in the air in West Chester as residents are moving into newly constructed affordable housing units at Pinckney Hill Commons, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News

The 51 units on the grounds of the Melton Center in downtown West Chester are almost all already assigned and new residents have moved into over half of them. The full capacity is expected to be reached by September or early October. 

The housing has limits set on minimum and maximum required income to accommodate middle-income residents. As such, the apartments have attracted nurses, school workers, and retail workers, among others. 

The property is owned and managed by the Church Housing Corporation. The units include 10 townhomes and 41 apartments which were specifically designed to accommodate renters who could not afford the borough’s high rent. 

“People are really excited, some are in tears,” said Tracy Patches, director of development for Church Housing Corporation. “They came back to an area they couldn’t afford. It’s really changing people’s lives by offering people the opportunity to come back to their community by giving them a break on the rent.” 

Read more about the new affordable housing units in the Daily Local News

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