In a location once known for seafood-oriented fine dining, there will soon be new affordable housing and non-profit office and programming space geared towards supporting individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities.

On August 18th at 10AM, ACTION-Housing in partnership with Jewish Residential Services (JRS) held an official groundbreaking ceremony at 2615 Murray Avenue to celebrate the creation of new affordable housing and a new office/programming space for JRS.  Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, U.S. Congressman Michael Doyle, State Senator Jay Costa, State Representative Dan Frankel, and City Councilman Corey O’Connor as well as a number of other stakeholders.

The project, located at 2615 Murray Avenue on the former site of the Poli’s restaurant, will include a six-story building.  The first two stories will have office and programming space for Jewish Residential Services and the upper four floors will have 33 one and two bedroom units of affordable housing, half with a preference for people with intellectual and mental health disabilities.  All units will be affordable to households making 60% of Area Median Income or less ($34,200 for a household of two people).  Across the street at the former Poli’s parking lot, there will be a two story parking garage with 23 spaces and bicycle parking.

Article by Executive Director Larry Swanson featured in the Post-Gazette

The Leg­is­la­ture should in­crease tax-cred­its that sup­port ser­vices in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Nobody understands how to serve the charitable needs of a community better than the people who live and work there, and the best way for business leaders to enhance their communities is through partnership with local service providers. Together, they can build strategies to meet neighborhood needs while avoiding the problems that often result when a far-away agency prescribes a round-peg-square-hole, one-size-fits-all delivery model.

For 50 years, the Neighborhood Assistance Program, a tax credit administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has helped...

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Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin was awarded the 2nd annual Artists and Cities Award. She was presented with the award by Deputy Executive Director, Line Metropulos at our 60th Annual Meeting.

You can see some of her work below.

A client at Mackey Lofts was interviewed about her struggle with her disability.

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It was officially announced by Mayor Bill Peduto at ACTION-Housing's 60th Annual Meeting that May 8th, 2017 is officially sanctioned as "Larry Swanson Day" in the City of Pittsburgh.

Larry Swanson has been executive director of ACTION-Housing since 2005. Prior to that, he had been deputy executive director and was responsible for real estate development and oversight of property and asset management of more than 1,200 units with a combined value of $100 million. He was also in charge of property improvement, housing counseling, energy conservation, and special-needs housing initiatives. In addition to being ACTION-Housing’s chief executive officer, he oversees three subsidiaries that implement construction, asset management, and tax credit efforts. He joined ACTION-Housing in 1979 and, together with the previous executive director, built a comprehensive regional affordable housing organization.

In the surprise announcement by Mayor Peduto himself, Larry was visibly shocked and expressed his appreciation to the attendees and the city.