Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4:16 a.m.

ACTION-Housing revealed its finished McKeesport Downtown Housing facility Tuesday in the former YMCA along Sinclair Street, preserving 84 units of homeless and transitional housing in an historic structure.

“This building has been an icon in McKeesport since it was built in 1922,” ACTION-Housing executive director Lawrence Swanson said, as he welcomed government and social service workers from across Allegheny County to the facility's Herman Rossner Community Room. “We're proud, with our partners, to have helped preserve this piece of McKeesport history as well as the housing.”

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By Megan Guza

Federal tax credits could help convert the former Wright's Seafood Inn in Heidelberg into housing for both low-income residents and individuals with autism.

ACTION Housing and the Autism Housing Development Corporation of Pittsburgh plan to turn the commercial property at 1837 Washington St. into the 42-unit Heidelberg Apartments, with half of the units dedicated to individuals with autism and half as dedicated low-income housing.

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There are about 1,200 veterans in Allegheny County who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Over the last year or so there has been an increase in the number of women and women with children who are in need of emergency housing.

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Since our inception in 1957, ACTION-Housing has gathered for an annual meeting to reflect, plan, and celebrate a year of achievements. 

This year, we were joined by the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Ronald D. Castille, a Marine, who spoke on the importance of serving our veterans as they return home from service. But he also took time to discuss ACTION-Housing's organizational mission: to help individuals build self-sufficient lives. 

Earlier in the program, ACTION-Housing recognized two MyPlace clients, Kayla and Kalynn for outstanding achievement while in MyPlace. The twin sisters are both college graduates, and have both started working at full time jobs. They are poised to not just survive outside of the program, but thrive. 

And their story impressed the Chief Justice so much that he took the time to praise the two during his keynote address, and meet with them after the program. 

Bringing together our clients, our supporters, and our staff every year allows us to celebrate moments like these. Since 1957, ACTION-Housing has helped individuals like Kayla and Kalynn build better lives, and our annual meeting is our chance to reflect on those successes.  

ACTION-Housing's clients, Kayla and Kalynn, pose for a photo with Chief Justice Castille 

Kayla and Kalynn pose with Chief Justice Castille. 

MILLVALE (KDKA) – A Millvale property is getting new life and is helping others to start a new one.

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