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.  

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. 


For many low-income families, summer and fall have become synonymous with one thing—utility shut off season.

In Pennsylvania, utilities can’t terminate services between Dec. 1 and March 31 if a household’s income is 250 percent of the federal poverty level or below, which equates to a family of four earning $4,969 per month or less.\

Click here to read more. 

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. 

ACTION-Housing has finished the renovation of the former McKeesport YMCA at 523 Sinclair Street in McKeesport preserving both a historic building and 84 units of homeless housing.  The building has been renamed “McKeesport Downtown Housing.”

To mark the occasion, ACTION-Housing held a ribbon cutting in the Herman Rosner Community Room on Tuesday, July 8th at Noon. In addition to remarks and refreshments, ACTION-Housing’s development team led tours of the historic building, showcasing its updated features and amenities.

“This building has been an icon in McKeesport since it was built in 1922,” said Lawrence Swanson, ACTION-Housing’s executive director. “We’re proud, with our partners, to have helped preserve this piece of McKeesport history, as well as the housing.”

ACTION-Housing has managed the property since 2010 when the McKeesport YMCA merged with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and moved to their current location on Evans Avenue. The building was set to be demolished. The 84 units of housing for at risk individuals and a cold weather shelter were in danger of being lost.

“When the YMCA moved, 84 people faced the prospect of losing their homes,” said Patrick Fenton, ACTION-Housing’s deputy executive director. “The Allegheny County Department of Human Services was concerned that this important housing asset would be lost.”

DHS asked ACTION-Housing to step in and find a way to stabilize and then redevelop the building to preserve the housing. Using an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits as well as philanthropic and public support, ACTION-Housing was able to completely rehabilitate the building using advanced energy efficiency building techniques and materials. 

By thoroughly insulating the building envelope, eliminating thermal bridges, and installing 22 wells for a geothermal system, ACTION-Housing is able to drastically reduce energy use, lessening the building’s impact on the environment and ensuring low operating costs for the foreseeable future. 

PNC Bank is the equity investor and Allegheny County and The Pittsburgh Foundation provided gap financing.  Early stabilization funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation was provided through Allegheny County. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency allocated the Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and HUD and the McKeesport Housing Authority are administering operating support. Design team members include Repal Construction, Thoughtful Balance Architects, and Iams Consulting.