Funded through the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, ACTION-Housing has served thousands of individuals through the Homeless Families Services (HFS) Program since 1984. The program is designed to address a broad range of problems and needs of homeless families and individuals throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County who are at various stages in the homeless cycle. It includes outreach to shelters where housing resources and life skills classes are presented to residents. Other services offered include:
- Appropriate housing referrals
- Classes in life skills training and budgeting
- Employment searches
- Personal counseling and referrals for education and child care
- Assistance with basic needs: food, clothing, furniture, and household items
ACTION-Housing operates three properties with services for Homeless Families.
The Braddock Apartments pair intensive case management and support with the stability that permanent housing provides. Located in Downtown Braddock, the Braddock Apartments are for individuals with a history of homelessness. The housing component of the Braddock Apartments is paired with significant supportive services that helps to provide our clients with the stability and support they need to achieve self-sufficiency.
The Residences at Wood Street (Formerly Wood Street Commons): 301 Wood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222
At the request of the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and several local foundations, ACTION-Housing became involved in efforts to preserve Wood Street Commons and its 258 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units for the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness located in Downtown Pittsburgh. A new ownership corporation was formed, The Residences at Wood Street (RWS), with representatives from ACTION-Housing, Community Human Services, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, and the Foundation community. The acquisition was completed in 2009 and the new owners immediately began fundraising to address deferred maintenance issues at the building. ACTION-Housing acted as the “managing general partner,” Community Human Services continued to provide a wide range of services to the residents and NDC Real Estate was engaged to manage the property. RWS was successful in raising $4.0 million to replace building systems and to maximize energy efficiency. RWS continues to seek additional funds to renovate the commercial space and attract a tenant(s) for the space which is approximately 50% of the building. Occupancy of the commercial space is the final piece in stabilizing the operation of RWS.
McKeesport YMCA: 523 Sinclair Street, McKeesport, PA 15132
In 2010, the Department of Human Services for Allegheny County approached ACTION-Housing to own/manage the McKeesport YMCA. The McKeesport YMCA was merging with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and the decision was made to close the facility which had 84 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units. ACTION-Housing agreed to manage the building and to lead the effort ot preserve these housing units for the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness. After determining that it was feasible to continue to operate the structure as SRO housing, ACTION-Housing was successful in receiving an allocation of $10 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits which will be used to completely renovate the property. Construction will incorporate the latest technology and, when completed in 2013, will be the first multifamily Passive House in the United States.