McCausland Keen + Buckman was proud to stand with the HEADstrong Foundation on Thursday, July 6, 2017, when it broke ground on the renovations for its new house at 200 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. HEADstong will use the house to provide long-term temporary housing to cancer patients and their caregivers who are receiving specialized outpatient treatment and participating in cutting edge clinical trials in area medical centers, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine Reuther and Stephan Pahides of McCausland Keen + Buckman provided pro bono assistance to HEADstrong in the surprisingly contentious process of obtaining an accommodation under Swarthmore’s Fair Housing Act Accommodation ordinance. The Borough twice granted the requested accommodation to alter the definition of “family” within the Borough’s zoning code to include more than three unrelated people. However, neighbors objected and HEADstrong was forced to make its case in a series of public hearings stretching over a period of six months. McCausland Keen + Buckman worked with HEADstrong and its numerous supporters, including engineers, architects, traffic engineers and health care providers, to build a record in support of the accommodation. McCausland Keen + Buckman is continuing to represent HEADstrong as co-counsel in the neighbors’ appeal pending in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
Pictured from left to right are: Stephan Pahides with McCausland Keen + Buckman, Cheryl Colleleuori, President of the HEADstrong Foundation, and Christine Reuther with McCausland Keen + Buckman.