Penn Mathilda Apartments

4816 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Date Completed: June 2016

Program: 39 units of affordable housing, half with a preference for veterans, 6,000 SF of commercial space

Total Development Cost:  $11.6M

Funding Partners: Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, BNY Mellon, National Equity Fund, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Heinz Endowments, RK Mellon Foundation, Bridgeway Capital

Community Partners: Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, Bloomfield Citizens Council, Veterans Leadership Program

Development Team: mossArchitects, Repal Construction, Iams Consulting, Langan Engineering


The Penn Mathilda Apartments is one of ACTION-Housing’s newest affordable housing development with 39 one and two bedroom affordable units, half with a preference for veterans, in Pittsburgh’s quickly changing East End.  The first floor is 6,000 SF of commercial space divided into four storefronts – all are leased to vibrant community-oriented arts organizations that meet the needs of the neighborhood.  

The project is located at the gateway to the Penn Avenue Arts District on a property that had been blighted for years.  It is well served by transit and biking and walking infrastructure and is close to many amenities such as commercial districts, food, parks, schools, and employment opportunities.  As is the case with the entirety of ACTION-Housing’s portfolio, the building is high performing from an energy perspective and conforms to the 2012 international energy code.