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Community Development Staff Working from Home

Due to ongoing concerns over the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Community Development staff have been asked to work from home and come into the office as little as possible. If you are working with a specific planner, please email instead of call. You can also email: community.development@pittsburghpa.gov for assistance.

Community Development Division

Community Development Division in the Office of Management and Budget administers and monitors federal grants to the City of Pittsburgh, specifically, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. Each grant has different rules and regulations, but overall they benefit people with low to moderate incomes, people experiencing homelessness, people living with AIDS, and eliminating blight. The City also receives funds to encourage affordable housing through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), which is administered by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, and HOME are grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Every year the City of Pittsburgh uses these grants to fund many different projects including improving roads, playgrounds, senior centers and demolishing vacant buildings. Nonprofits can apply for funding from the City if their program meets federal regulations. For more information on these programs see these sections below:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Neighborhood Economic Development (formerly ACCBO)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)