Housing Rehabiliation Work

housing-rehab-1BHA is not only in the people business, but also the property business. We want to make our neighborhood a better place by renovating its historic homes, so over the years we have purchased and rehabilitated the properties that we use in our Transitions and Fast Track housing programs. Many of these properties were blighted or in danger of becoming blighted.

BHA got its start in 1989 when Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren donated 207 Hummel Street to the newly formed Brethren Housing Association. Other buildings followed and within a few years we were owning and managing several apartment buildings on the corner of Hummel and Mulberry Streets in Harrisburg. In recent years we’ve completed the following:


  • The Ray Diener House (highlights below): We acquired a former crack house at 203 1/2 Hummel Street for $3,000, then stripped the building down to studs and rehabilitated the entire building including removal and rebuilding of the rear addition; new plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems; new drywall, kitchens, baths and flooring. In September 2013 we cut ribbon on the Ray Diener House, rehabilitated with the help of the Diener Family and many other community partners.
  • Ellie’s Garden (highlights below): On a site where 6 blighted buildings once stood, we now have three townhouses and a beautiful greenspace, which has been turned into a flower garden, playground and picnic area in memory of Ellie Miller.
  • Hummel Street Townhouses (highlights below):  Through a collaboration with PinnacleHealth Sysytems, we demolished six blighted buildings and built three brand new townhouses. We’re so thankful to PinnacleHealth Systems, Pyramid Construction, Murray and Associates, Reynolds Construction, McClure Company, H. Edward Black and Associates, Quandel Construction, The Kline Foundation, The PinnacleHealth Foundation, The Stabler Foundation and so many other contractors, donors and funders who have made this project possible.
  • Gerri Royer House: 203 Hummel was acquired in 2014. This building had been a problem property in our neighborhood, plus was the only building on the northeast corner of Hummel and Mulberry Streets that we did not own. It is currently being rehabbed in memory of Gerri Royer with the help of her family and many community partners.  Its completion will provide two new apartments for families. In addition, we can expand our existing community yard space to connect four other BHA properties.


We are constantly in need of volunteers to help us maintain and repair our existing properties, as well as to assist with more in depth renovation efforts. Can you help us by providing?:

  • Skilled Labor (carpentry/masonry/drywall/etc.)
  • Property Maintenance (painting/minor repairs/landscaping/etc.)
  • Cleaning (helping to quickly prepare apartments for new families at BHA)
  • Work Groups (bringing your church, business or civic group to help in any of the above ways)


Current Projects