ACTION-Housing, Inc.


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.

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In 2014 ACTION-Housing adopted a strategic initiative to build its capacity to better meet the regional needs for both affordable and supportive housing. As an extension of work started in 2013, ACTION Housing developed a ten-year plan that increases the number of staff working in development and focuses its work on accessible locations and high energy performance, as both variables lower the cost of living for residents, as well as expanding its work in neighborhood work. Development work currently underway includes redevelopment of the former Poli's site in Squirrel Hill into a six story building with 33 units (half with a preference for individuals with intellectual disability or mental health issues) and Levin Clubhouse and Office space for Jewish Residential Services, renovation of the former Homestead Bakery into a mixed-use building with commercial space on the first floor, and a new 42-unit property for seniors and veterans on Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills.

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.