ACTION-Housing is a 60-year old organization that works to empower people to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of affordable housing and supportive services. Through new housing development, management of over 1,300 units of housing, and provision of supportive services for those most at risk, ACTION-Housing is at the forefront of helping our most vulnerable populations have a home in Pittsburgh.
Our recently completed real estate development work has included a significant effort in Hazelwood. Buying and renovating 4 buildings along Second Avenue, ACTION-Housing has created new commercial space for four non-profits and one private business, as well as several apartments affordable to low income households. The Carnegie Library (Hazelwood branch), Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAECY), and the Hazelwood Family Center are located in the former VFW, the Community Kitchen of Pittsburgh is consolidating its programs in the former Spahr building, and LaGourmandine Bakery has opened a 5,000 SF commercial kitchen and small retail outlet in the former D'Imperios Market. These efforts represent over $7,500,000 in investment in the neighborhood and have contributed to a larger community revitalization effort and dozens of new jobs in Hazelwood.
ACTION Housing has expanded its work with youth who have aged out of foster care and currently has over 90 young adults in the MyPlace Program, working to build life plans and skills that will enable them to live independently and minimize the risk of future homelessness. The Housing Connector program developed in conjunction with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services is working with some of the most at risk people in the county, helping to connect them to housing and financial resources that lead to permanent housing solutions.