ACTION-Housing operates a number of properties with housing for individuals at risk of homelessness.
The Residences at Wood Street (Formerly Wood Street Commons)
301 Wood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222
At the request of the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and several local foundations, ACTION-Housing became involved in efforts to preserve Wood Street Commons and its 258 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units for the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness located in Downtown Pittsburgh. A new ownership corporation was formed, The Residences at Wood Street (RWS), with representatives from ACTION-Housing, Community Human Services, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, and the Foundation community. The acquisition was completed in 2009 and the new owners immediately began fundraising to address deferred maintenance issues at the building. ACTION-Housing acted as the “managing general partner,” Community Human Services continued to provide a wide range of services to the residents and NDC Real Estate was engaged to manage the property. RWS was successful in raising $4.0 million to replace building systems and to maximize energy efficiency.
McKeesport Downtown Housing
523 Sinclair Street, McKeesport, PA 15132
In 2010, the Department of Human Services for Allegheny County approached ACTION-Housing to ask for assistance with the McKeesport YMCA. The McKeesport YMCA was merging with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and a decision had been made to close the facility which had 84 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units of greatly needed affordable housing. ACTION-Housing agreed to manage the building and to lead the effort to preserve these housing units for the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness. After determining that it was feasible to continue to operate the structure while undertaking a major preservation effort, ACTION-Housing was successful in receiving an allocation of $10 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits which have been used to completely renovate the property. This building was renovated to Passive House standards and is one of the most efficient SRO buildings currently operating in the United States.
The Braddock Apartments pair intensive case management and support with the stability that permanent housing provides. Located in Downtown Braddock, the Braddock Apartments are for individuals with a history of homelessness. The housing component of the Braddock Apartments is paired with significant supportive services that help to provide our clients with the stability and support they need to achieve self-sufficiency.