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LeSean McCoy now tackling PA’s affordable housing crisis
Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy now tackling PA’s affordable housing crisis

(BVM) – Former NFL player LeSean McCoy has broken ground on his $16.7 million affordable housing community project in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

McCoy’s hometown of Harrisburg isn’t too far from where he once broke records as the Philadelphia Eagles’ all-time leader in rushing yards (6,792). The former NFL six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion is now aiming ever higher – turning his attention to creating safe and accessible living environments for families and children.   

J.M.B. Gardens (named after McCoy’s grandparents) is being developed by McCoy’s real estate firm, Vice Capital Group, a partner of Crazy Work Construction. The 41-unit affordable townhome complex will be in the City of Harrisburg’s Uptown neighborhood (on the corner of 6th and Emerald Streets). 

What J.M.B. Gardens will feature: 

  • Five units will be targeted for tenants earning up to 20% area median income (AMI)
  • One unit will be for a tenant earning 30% AMI
  • 15 units will be designated to those earning up to 50% AMI 
  • 20 units will be allocated for people earning up to 60% AMI
  • Six of the said units will be designed for ADA accessibility (Americans with Disabilities Act) 
  • One of the said units will be available for anyone with hearing and/or vision impairments. 
  • A community center  

“We’ll also have a community space [with] computers, laptops and different services to teach different skills,” McCoy said. “A lot of [the lots have] been there for 30 to 40 years. Empty spaces, empty lots – and now we’re developing them.”   

McCoy will certainly leave a positive impact on low-income renters who are grappling with the affordable housing crisis. In Pennsylvania alone, there are only 38 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition

J.M.B. Gardens is expected to open in mid-2025.  

“I stand truly to giving back to my community and providing opportunities for my people,” McCoy wrote on Instagram last week. “What’s a legend without a true purpose? I promise to be that role model for the next generation.”