Reverend Samuel Ware is not entirely without experience in addressing the city’s housing needs. His Building United of Southwestern Pennsylvania has built, and sold, 13 single-family houses in the Homewood over the last six years.
But by next spring Rev. Ware will be doing something he’s never done before—building 40 units of affordable rental housing in the neighborhood. It’s a calling, and he plans to answer.
“That’s the challenge before us and the community—to do something of scale because there is a pressing need,” he said.
“It’s different for us, but it’s still about providing quality affordable housing, stabilizing the community, and if we’re successful, paving the way for more market-rate and for-sale housing.”
The project is one of several approved earlier this year by the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to help address the shortfall in affordable housing units, which the city’s task force projected at 17,000.
Because Building United has, until now, worked strictly on for-sale homes, it is partnering with East Liberty Development Inc. for this project.