Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1 million in funding to help renovate the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House so more families can be served.
The funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, will help expand the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s 72,000 square foot, 45-bedroom property in West Philadelphia with the addition of a new 93,000 square foot tower, increasing the size of the facility to 111 bedrooms and enabling the house to more than double the number of families who can stay there and use its services.
“I am especially proud to be here today to announce this funding to know that, with this expansion, families will not have to be turned away during the very difficult time of a child’s hospitalization, alleviating the worry of where to stay and maintaining proximity to the many preeminent health care facilities in the area,” Governor Wolf said.
The project, made possible through the purchase and demolition of two adjoining twin homes on an adjacent property, also will include a separate kitchen area for families and volunteer guest chefs, indoor and outdoor play areas, a theater and activity center, and significant outdoor greenspace.
The new construction will increase the number of families served from an average of 790 per year to an estimated 1,900, increasing available room nights from 16,425 to 40,150.
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House board of directors’ president Peter Degnan led a tour of the expansion, which is providing construction jobs in the region.
“The recent RACP grant approved by Governor Wolf and the State Legislature is greatly appreciated as we embark on a critically needed expansion of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House,” said Degnan. “The demand for our services to support more families in need continues to grow and this funding will help us move forward with our plans to double our existing capacity. We appreciate all that Governor Wolf has done for us and we look forward to working with him in the future as we continue with our fundraising efforts.”
Governor Wolf was joined for the announcement and tour of the project by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Senator Vincent Hughes, and Representative James Roebuck.
“The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is truly a heroic institution,” said Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia. “For generations it has eased the burden facing families of seriously ill children by providing a home environment while their children receive care at CHOP. I applaud Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for this tremendous contribution to the Chestnut Street House, and look forward to watching as this much-needed expansion becomes a reality.”
“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing its limited resources, we are doing so in ways that have the largest, direct impacts on our citizens and their families,” Governor Wolf said. “And I can’t think of a worthier cause than the Ronald McDonald House.”