Resources - Housing
ACTION Housing empowers people to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of decent, affordable housing, essential supportive services, asset building programs, and educational and employment opportunities.
Mon Valley Initiative
Mon Valley Initiative renovates and constructs high quality, affordable housing and assists communities to develop and maintain their main street districts; provide individuals with the tools they need to enter in to the workforce; provides in-depth, one on one housing counseling services to put people on the path to successful home ownership and helps member Community Development Corporations to become efficient and effective organizations.
Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, (FHP) Inc.
The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purpose of addressing fair housing issues in the Greater Pittsburgh area and assisting those who have been victims of housing discrimination. FHP's mission is to eliminate housing discrimination and to promote fair housing in the Greater Pittsburgh area through collaborative undertakings in education, monitoring and research, legislative reform, testing and enforcement, and community involvement.
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
800-669-9777, TTY: 800-927-9275
Their mission is to create equal housing opportunities for all persons living in America by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and familial status. HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity administers federal laws and establishes national policies that ensure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.
For an extensive list of Allegheny County funded homeless programs, please view the Allegheny County Department of Human Services page on Homelessness.
Occupants of public housing pay no more than 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent. All housing authorities have handicapped accessible units in their buildings.
Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) travel with the renter anywhere in the United States. Any property can be rented if the landlord is willing to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and the property meets certain safety and sanitation standards. Voucher holders pay 30% of their adjusted gross income to rent and there is a ceiling on the total rent amount. With a voucher, the individual pays a set amount and the housing authority pays the difference in rent. Special needs vouchers are available for individuals with disabilities.
Allegheny County Housing Authority
Subsidized Housing: 412-355-8940, Section 8: 412-355-8940
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
Subsidized Housing: 412-456-5000, Section 8 412-456-5111
McKeesport Housing Authority
Housing Search Assistance
PAHousingSearch.com provides a list of affordable rental housing, market-rate rental housing, age-restricted rental housing and accessible rental housing, including pictures, maps, eligibility requirements (if applicable) and information about nearby amenities such as hospitals and schools.
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD provides lists of all the HUD funded subsidized housing options available in Allegheny County. This list contains housing authority and private landlord (such as non-profit management programs) properties. Each property maintains its own waiting list.
Action Housing - HEMAP
The Homeowner's Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) assists clients in applying to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for emergency financial assistance to cease foreclosure actions.
Rental Payment Assistance
Rental Payment Assistance
Department of Public Assistance, Emergency Shelter Assistance Fund
Provides financial assistance in order to prevent eviction or foreclosure, obtain permanent housing, or obtain temporary shelter. Consumers must be receiving public assistance benefits to qualify.
Urban League, Housing Assistance Program
Prevents eviction, addresses homelessness, provides mediation services between tenants and their landlords and other creditors, assist families to find affordable, quality housing, and helps first time home buyers through the mortgage and purchasing process to enable them to own their own homes.