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Helpful Links and Downloads

photo of WilkinsburgPHDA’s home ownership education is just one piece in the bigger puzzle of succeeding as a home owner and strengthening neighborhoods. The links and downloads below can give you valuable resources in related areas like community development, equity protection and foreclosure prevention, ADA compliance and retrofitting for physically challenged renters and homebuyers, and more. For home improvement programs, visit our Workshops & Programs page. If you want to recommend an organization or downloadable resource for our list, please contact us at or 412.242.2700

Wilkinsburg Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

Produced in 2010 in collaboration with students from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Affairs. Download PDF here.

Dollar Bank / Dollar Bank Home Ownership Program region’s only financial institution to offer comprehensive in-house credit counseling and homebuyer education programs — in addition to all the banking services you’ll need to become a home owner. When you visit the site, go to the About Us page, then click on Community Development to see a list of helpful offerings.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

www.phfa.orgCreated to help enhance the quality and supply of affordable homes and apartments for older adults, persons of modest means, and persons with disabilities, the Agency operates home ownership programs, rental housing development initiatives, and foreclosure prevention staff and resources.

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

www.HousingAlliancePa.orgFounded in 1985, this advocacy group’s mission is to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, especially those with low incomes, have access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

NeighborWorks America

www.nw.orgThe country’s preeminent leader in affordable housing and community development, NeighborWorks America works to create opportunities for lower-income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods that are healthy places for families to grow. They have an extensive number of programs and a local office in Pittsburgh.

Low Income Investment Fund

www.liifund.orgStriving to be “a bridge between private capital markets and low income neighborhoods,” LIIF provides capital and technical assistance to help low income communities finance and build facilities for education, affordable and supportive housing, child care and other community revitalization programs.

Borough of Wilkinsburg / Wilkinsburg Weed and Seed

www.wilkinsburgpa.govLearn about the community where PHDA is focusing its efforts. Under the Projects and Initiatives menu, click on the Housing Initiatives and Weed and Seed pages. Weed and Seed, active in Wilkinsburg since 2002, is a nationally respected community-driven crime prevention program that attacks the underlying roots that contribute to crime, such as unemployment, lack of a quality education and widespread poverty.

Wilkinsburg Ministerial Alliance

Formed in 1994, the Alliance includes diverse denominations and individuals of every race and age who work together to address community challenges.

Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation

www.wilkinsburgcdc.orgSince 2006, this coalition of Wilkinsburg residents, business and property owners, county and state officials, and representatives from area nonprofits has met to fulfill the mission of revitalizing Wilkinsburg and surrounding areas through business and residential development, organizational and individual civic leadership, and cultural enrichment.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

www.ststephenspittsburgh.orgOne of Wilkinsburg’s most established and diverse churches, St. Stephen’s is also home to the Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program, which provides a safe place, mentoring relationships, and personal growth support to at-risk youth in Wilkinsburg and nearby communities.

Hosanna House of Wilkinsburg

www.hosannahouse.orgA 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, Hosanna House has a multi-purpose community center that serves over 27,000 people a year, and a wide variety of services and programs for education, career development, permanent supportive housing, health and dental care, and more.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

www.phlf.orgRecognized as one of the nation’s most innovative and effective nonprofit historic preservation organizations, PHLF works to: identify and save historically significant places; revitalize historic neighborhoods, towns, and urban areas; preserve historic farms and historic-designed landscapes; and educate people about the Pittsburgh region’s rich architectural heritage.

First Time Home Buyer Tips from Rocket Homes

Be sure to check out this blog post on the advantages of staging your home here.