Recognizing ACTION-Housing's newest development for its Readers' Choice Award, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine has named the Uptown Lofts on Fifth as a finalist in their "Special-Needs" category. The Uptown Lofts is a two building development that is home to 24 one-bedroom apartments for individuals who have aged out of the foster care system in Allegheny County. ACTION-Housing provides these young adults with services and life skills instruction to encourage self-sufficiency. 

The development also provides 23 one and two bedroom units for people making 50 to 60 percent of the area median income, with social service coordination on site.

The Affordable Housing Finance story goes on to discuss the development's unique approach to energy efficiency, and positive impact on the Uptown Neighborhood.  

Check out the full Affordable Housing Finance story here. 

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. 


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.  

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.