PHDA: Pittsburgh Housing Developement Association, Inc.

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PHDA’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.

Allegheny County Housing Authority

The mission of the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for eligible low-income families and senior citizens in Allegheny County. A major goal of the ACHA is to provide a product that is comparable to private non-assisted rental housing in terms of amenities and services. The ACHA strives to change the negative image of public housing by being creative in our thinking, promoting the positive aspects of public housing, involving residents in decisions that effect them, using innovative designs to change the traditional face of public housing, and implementing various programs that enable families to progress on the road to self sufficiency.

Allegheny County Weatherization Program

ACTION-Housing, Inc.
Fees: None
Purpose: Conserve energy through insulation and other measures for low income home owners.

AHILP (Allegheny Home Improvement Loan Program)

Allegheny County Department of Economical Development
412.350.1043; 412.350.1065
Fees: Loans at 1% interest or 0% in emergency situations
Purpose: Described as “the most affordable way for eligible Allegheny County residents to rehabilitate and improve their homes,” this low interest loan program is sponsored by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and administered by Allegheny County Economic Development.

Dollar Bank Foundation / Dollar Bank Home Ownership Program

The 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.

Federal Home Loan Bank

FHLBank Pittsburgh provides readily available low-cost funding and opportunities for affordable housing and community development to 302 member financial institutions in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It ensures the availability of funds for housing and enhances the quality of the communities it serves.

Hosanna House of Wilkinsburg

A 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.

Hosanna Industries

Hosanna Industries, Inc. is a faith-rooted, 501 (c)3 non-profit organization in southwestern Pennsylvania. The mission includes new construction and repair/rehabilitation services for low income homeowners; leading volunteers in disaster recovery; and training young people in the trade skills to give them a hope for the future.

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

Founded 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.

Housing Accessibility Program

ACTION-Housing, Inc.
Fees: None; grant program
Purpose: Funds housing modifications such as ramps and exterior lifts, door and hallway widening, kitchen, bathroom modifications, and other adaptive measures.

Low Income Investment Fund

Striving 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.

NeighborWorks America

The 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.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

Created 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.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Recognized 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.

The Pittsburgh Project — Home Repair Ministry
Fees: Free for income-eligible home owners
Purpose: Volunteer work crews donate over 50,000 hours each year to provide free home repairs for home owners who are elderly, poor, shut-in, widowed, disabled, or immobile. Projects include exterior and interior painting, repairing damaged walls and ceilings, hanging drywall, installing new toilets, constructing wheelchair ramps, clearing debris, repointing loose bricks, fortifying retaining walls, replacing doors, floors, and windows, patching holes on rooftops, and many smaller jobs.

Rebuilding Together – Pittsburgh
Fees: Free for eligible low income home owners, particularly the elderly and disabled
Purpose: Volunteers offer repair, renovation and modifications services, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, concrete, weatherization, lock repair, safety modifications, trash removal and cleaning. The last Saturday in April every year is set aside for major renovations to homes throughout Allegheny County.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

One 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.

Wilkinsburg Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

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

Wilkinsburg Christian Housing

Wilkinsburg Christian Housing is an affordable housing initiative of Covenant Fellowship Reformed Presbyterian Church. The organization's objectives are: To purchase abandoned properties and vacant lots; To restore abandoned buildings owned by WCH to a condition suitable for housing; To encourage and assist low to moderate income people to live in Wilkinsburg by making restored properties available to them for sale at reasonable prices; To seek and encourage the participation of other Christian churches in this ministry; To conduct activities that enhance and promote the community of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation

Since 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.

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.

“When I entered the program I did not know a lot – but with the help of Dollar Bank's classes and Judith Mason, I am a lot more informed and know what I need to do to achieve my goal of being a homeowner.”

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2023 Free Home Buying Workshops:

May 8, July 17, September 18
Workshops will be held at Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp
729 Wood Street Wilkinsburg, 15221
To RSVP, please call 412.242.2700, email or fill out the form here.

Help Support Our Infrastructure Single Family Rehab Construction Program

PHDA Single Family Home Renovation

Through this new and developing program, PHDA will work to increase affordable homeownership options by rehabilitating the existing housing stock in the Borough of Wilkinsburg, using energy-efficient building standards. Initial implementation of the program will focus on the Princeton Park Community, an area which Wilkinsburg has received County Funding for redevelopment in. Learn More

Recently sold renovated single family houses:

1341 Marlboro Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 152211341 Marlboro Ave.

9807 Glendale Road, Pittsburgh, PA9807 Glendale Rd. Watch the Virtual Tour