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New Affordable Housing Proposals Go Before URA Board

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 10, 2019) New affordable housing units are coming to the Hill District and Lincoln-Lemington through resolutions going before the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh board this week, as well as a program to help landlords offer more options to low-income renters. 

In Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, the Housing Opportunity Fund is seeking approval of a $650,000 loan agreement to support the creation of 54 units of affordable housing at the former Lemington Home for the Aged. The project will create a mixed-use development including 54 one-bedroom-units of senior housing with complimentary commercial uses coupling housing and health.  

The building at 1625 Lincoln Avenue was developed in 1982 as a nursing home, but has sat vacant since going into foreclosure over a decade ago. The redevelopment plan includes the replacement of all major building systems and various site enhancements – additional on-site parking and improved stormwater management. 

The Housing Opportunity Fund is also seeking approval from the board for a Small Landlord Fund, which will provide financing for 1 to 5-unit buildings for upgrades to make them eligible for Section 8 Housing Quality Standard inspections. 

The federal Housing Choice Voucher program (also known as Section 8) is a great resource for much-needed affordable housing in which low-income households pay 30% of their monthly income for apartment units, with the federal government paying the difference for monthly rent. Unfortunately some 70% of such households in the city cannot find private apartments for use with the vouchers since many units do not meet federal inspection standards.  

The proposed Landlord Fund – capitalized by a $500,000 loan from the PNC Foundation – would provide loans of up to $20,000 per unit for landlords to upgrade their properties and bring more Section 8-eligible apartments into the affordable housing market. 

In the Upper Hill, the board will consider acquiring 21 tax-delinquent and largely vacant properties to assist the Amani Christian Development Corporation and Catalyst Communities, LLC, turn them into a proposed affordable residential townhome development. The properties are on Herron Avenue, Milwaukee Street, Bryn Mawr Road and Ossipee Street. 

The URA board meets Thursday afternoon. 





Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office