In 1957, Mayor David Lawrence and Philanthropist Richard King Mellon, along with other civic leaders, founded ACTION-Housing. The organization was created with the guiding principle that any great city must have not only a vibrant city center, but also strong neighborhoods and good housing for its residents.
Throughout the years, this mission of improving our neighborhoods has taken on many different forms. Most visibly, ACTION-Housing, Inc. has a long-standing history of real estate development designed to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations while addressing emerging community needs. Since 1985, ACTION-Housing has developed or assisted in the development of over 4,500 units of housing, both single- and multifamily. This housing responds to the needs of low-income households of all types: seniors, individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, the homeless, veterans, and young people who have aged out of the foster care system. Most of these units were created in collaboration with community-based partners, such as local development corporations and supportive service providers.