In recognition of his talent and dedication to creating works of public art for all to enjoy, ACTION-Housing is proud to name James Simon our first ever recipient of our new "Artists and Cities Award." 

ACTION-Housing understands that our buildings impact communities beyond our walls, which is why high quality design is crucial our mission. Public art serves the same function: it has the power to dramatically change the perception of a space, and uplift the neighborhood around it. 

James has designed and constructed numerous public art displays, but his work in Uptown, where he resides, stands out. Uptown's plentiful public art and new development are changing the neighborhood's perception after decades of disinvestment. At ACTION-Housing's newest property, the Uptown Lofts, James constructed a mosaic for one of the development's two buildings. The result is new development and new art at the gateway to Uptown, instead of vacant lots.   

We would like to congratulate James, and thank him for all of his work making Pittsburgh a much more livable city. 


25 years ago, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, banning discrimination against people with disabilities. As a long-term provider of housing and social services to people with disabilities, we are proud to join with our partners and allies celebrating this momentous piece of legislation. 

Click here to learn how you can join the celebration too. 

House for Sale for Veterans

ACTION-Housing is selling a newly renovated home on Orchard Drive, West Mifflin for an active duty, reserve, or honorably discharged veteran at a significant discount on appraised value. The home features and open first floor plan, four bedrooms, an all-new kitchen and bathroom, all-new kitchen appliances, hardwood floors, new windows, updated electrical and plumbing systems, new Furnace, central air, and water tank, a one car garage with oversized driveway, and recently installed landscaping. Buyer must be pre-approved for mortgage financing, and certain program income guidelines apply. 

Please call Ron Ciotti at 412-281-2102 ext 2021 to learn more. 

All sales proceeds will go to support additional veterans housing initiatives. The property has been made available to ACTION Housing by the National Community Stabilization Trust, Veterans REO Donation Program. 


The Mackey Lofts, a 42 unit affordable apartment building in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, was designed with several environmentally conscious features including geothermal heating and cooling, a well-insulated envelope, and green appliances and building materials.

But this month, the building took another huge step forward by participating in a new recycling program with the Pennsylvania Resource Council, made possible by the support of the Alcoa Foundation. The Mackey Lofts will be one of 15 buildings in the region to participate in a new program designed to increase recycling rates, and decrease the contaminated recycling loads. 

The building is now outfitted with a new recycling bin on every floor, making recycling that much easier for residents. Along with the new bins, two PRC staff members provided about 20 of the building’s residents with recycling education, clarifying what can be recycled, and where to recycle it.

All the residents were provided with a small recycling bin to put in their apartment, and the PRC posted several posters around the building with instructions on how to recycle.  

In the coming weeks, ACTION-Housing and the Pennsylvania Resources Council hopes to see a marked improvement in the building’s recycling habits, making the Mackey Lofts a truly green building.  

ACTION-Housing, Inc., a non-profit housing provider, is seeking applicants for its newest development, Uptown Lofts on Fifth.  Located at Fifth and Seneca in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Uptown Lofts is situated between Oakland and Downtown along one of the city’s primary public transportation routes.  Twenty one-bedroom apartments renting for $625 a month and three two-bedroom units renting for $745 a month will be ready for occupancy in February 2015.  All utilities are included.

Applicants must be income eligible with incomes at or below 60 of the area median income.   Interested individuals should call ACTION-Housing's affiliate management company Supportive Housing Management Services at 412-829-3910 to request an application.  

Apartments will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other amenities in the new development include: 

  • Secured entry
  • Laundry on site
  • Individually climate controlled apartments
  • Off-street parking
  • Outdoor green space
  • Cable-ready TV outlets
  • Smoke free environment
  • 24/7 emergency maintenance 

ACTION-Housing is an equal opportunity housing provider.