The former McKeesport YMCA was rededicated this week as McKeesport Downtown Housing, an 84-unit structure that houses homeless and low-income individuals.

The structure on Sinclair Street, built in 1922, has previously provided housing. When the YMCA of McKeesport merged with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the building was set to be demolished, but in 2010 ACTION-Housing Inc. started managing the building to preserve it as well as to provide housing.


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Federal grant supports Allegheny County services for homeless

By Adam Brandolph 

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:42 a.m.

A $14.3 million federal grant to reduce homelessness in Allegheny County will continue to support programs such as Action Housing's Homeless Youth Transition Program, its executive director said on Friday.

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We begin this year-end wrap up with the always true, all-purpose caveat to make the bad news bears happy: Many awful things happened in Pittsburgh in 2013, and although we're doing better we still have a looong looong way to go.

OK. That's out of the way. Let's move on.

The Pirates' winning season and playoff bid trumped all good news from this fan's point of view, but 2013 saw big wins for neighborhoods, some that felt neglected for decades.

My top stories happened in the big three H's: Hazelwood, the Hill and Homewood.

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Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence in new development. As new homes and businesses take shape, affordability is crucial in some low-income areas, such as Uptown and Hazelwood.

Linda Metropulos is Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development at Action Housing, a non-profit that uses sustainable design to build affordable communities.

According to Metropulos the average person does not understand that we’re experiencing a housing crisis because the issue hasn’t been in the dialogue.

"We’re moving forward with many new housing developments in neighborhoods like East Liberty...but not scaled at a rent level that is affordable to people from moderate to low-income.”  The work of Action Housing is predominantly focused on households with incomes at 60% area median incomes. So for a 1-person household, the median income in Pittsburgh is about $45,000 to $46,000 this year. And so we're building properties that are affordable and set aside for people making 60 percent of that, so about 27 or 28 thousand a year or less."

But many Pittsburgh residents don’t fit this socioeconomic level and find it hard to keep affordable housing, "There are opportunities if you have very low income and opportunities if you have higher income, but it is that median income and above, that middle income household that is really starting to see the squeeze in Pittsburgh."

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Nov 20, 2013
By Christian Morrow

During its next to last meeting before the incoming Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto administration begins making changes, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board authorized funding for a number of housing and commercial development projects that may benefit the city’s Black community with employment and human service delivery.

Unique in more ways than one, is the Uptown Lofts on Fifth project, which though it sounds like a development for wealthy young professionals, is actually a 47-unit affordable housing initiative, developed by ACTION-Housing Inc. Twenty-four of those units will provide supportive housing for 18- to 24-year-olds who are at risk for homelessness because they have aged out of foster care.

The board unanimously approved $1 million in financing for the $13 million project.

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