Mayor Peduto Joins Habitat Pittsburgh for Veterans Homeownership Initiative Ribbon Cutting



PITTSBURGH, PA (March 31, 2021) City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh today for the ribbon cutting at Habitat Pittsburgh’s newest Veteran’s home in Larimer. The home was completely renovated by Habitat Pittsburgh along with volunteers as part of the Veterans Homeownership Initiative, a collaborative partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and Habitat Pittsburgh.  

The Veterans Homeownership Initiative was created in 2016 in partnership with Mayor Peduto. Habitat Pittsburgh was able to purchase homes from the City in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority at low costs, then complete total rehabilitative transformation of the homes. Habitat Pittsburgh offers honorably discharged, qualified veterans 30-year 0% interest rate mortgages helping them attain affordable homeownership and build wealth.  

“Today is a milestone for our partnership with Habitat Pittsburgh as they are creating opportunity in our neighborhoods and helping to ensure that our veterans, who have and continue to serve our nation, our city and our communities, have equitable access to affordable homeownership,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Thank you to their staff, board and volunteers for working with our team to show that community-based partners and government can collaborate to create homeownership and wealth-building opportunities in our city.”  

Habitat Pittsburgh’s Veterans Homeownership Initiative is vitally important and a unique initiative to assist veterans in need of homeownership; these veterans have continued to serve our country admirably. Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., President & CEO of Habitat Pittsburgh and U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserve Veteran, said, “Habitat Pittsburgh's collaborative partnership with the City of Pittsburgh is the catalyst for increasing an essential path to homeownership and economic stability for Veterans in need of quality affordable homeownership.”  

Habitat Pittsburgh purchased several properties in Larimer for the Veterans Homeownership Initiative, and this is the second home that has been completed and will be sold to a veteran family in the neighborhood. This marks the 105th property completed as part of Habitat Pittsburgh’s premier Homeownership Program, which has included homes in Garfield, East Liberty, Homewood the Hill District and other municipalities throughout Allegheny County. More information about their programs is available here.


About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Allegheny County. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. We are a nonprofit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which offers affordable homeownership and home repairs to families in need. Since 1986 we have assisted 105 families eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life through homeownership.


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office