QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – It has been round for the reason that 1800s. The Bush Home Lodge in Quakertown has seen many individuals of all ages come out and in of its doorways. Some to remain for a couple of weeks, some for a lifetime.
“These folks want a spot to stay, and with out the Bush Home, they’d be homeless,” mentioned Thomas Skiffington, Managing LLC Member for Bush Home Lodge.
“Years in the past, it was an everyday lodge. Up to now 85 years at the very least it has been a rooming home being rented by the week and there is flats for lease,” mentioned Skiffington.
“However it’s actually designed for inexpensive housing for decrease earnings.”
The residents aren’t required to pay a ton of cash up entrance, they usually’re solely chargeable for bringing in their very own private belongings.
However the constructing itself has been by way of the wringer. A hearth in 2018 left one lady lifeless, and the constructing was condemned simply final yr as a consequence of bugs and unfit buildings. Skiffington says that is all been fastened and he will not cease ensuring these folks have a roof over their heads.
“Everybody says it is best to tear this down and do luxurious flats like everybody else is. I might make more cash doing that, however what is the gratification in doing that,” mentioned Skiffington.
The constructing has been by way of numerous renovations: rebuilding residents’ rooms, changing flooring, updating bogs, and even bringing in pest management on a weekly foundation.
“We maintain our residents,” mentioned Skiffington.
Skiffington says these initiatives have value round $1 million over the past 4 years, but it surely’s price it.
“It’s totally gratifying. I believe it is the one motive I maintain doing it,” mentioned Skiffington.
There are nonetheless some rooms going by way of renovations, however he expects them to be completed by the top of the summer season.
As soon as these are completed, he says that can be round 15 extra items out there for lease.