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Jon Bon Jovi appears at the opening of the Covenant House Rights of Passage homeless shelter in Philadelphia on April 19, 2011. - Provided courtesy of facebook.com/jbjsoulfoundation

Jon Bon Jovi helps open homeless shelter in Philadelphia

04/21/2011 by Corinne Heller

Jon Bon Jovi recently helped open a homeless shelter for teens and young adults in Philadelphia.

The Covenant House Rights of Passage apartments provide temporary housing for 20 homeless youths under the age of 21, including former drug dealers trying to reform. The 49-year-old rocker's charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, helped fund the $3 million facility.

"Today is a celebration of the lives of the young people who will call this home," Bon Jovi said in a statement provided by Covenant House, which works with homeless youths across North and Latin America.

"It's a victory over the issues that forced them into homelessness and economic despair," he said. "Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships like this, we can all support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness."

Bon Jovi, a native of New Jersey, is a longtime advocate for homeless causes and used to be an owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. The singer's band, Bon Jovi, is currently on a world tour.

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