by Rich Lord, PublicSource
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh plans to help to finance new apartments in East Liberty and will work with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to furnish vulnerable households with emergency vouchers.
The authority’s board voted to lend $1.8 million to nonprofit ACTION-Housing Inc. as part of financing for its plan to rehabilitate a building at the corner of Highland Avenue and Stanton Avenue. ACTION intends to offer 23 apartments – four with two bedrooms, the rest with one bedroom – to low-income families, if the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] approves the plan.
Authority staff also told the board that HUD awarded Pittsburgh 142 emergency housing vouchers, which allow holders to pay 30% of their incomes in rent, with the federal government paying the balance to the landlord. The award is part of a nationwide program in which 70,000 such vouchers have been awarded to 626 housing authorities.
The authority will work with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services [ACDHS] to identify households that are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or contending with domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking or similar situations. Those households will get both vouchers and services aimed at helping them to find and retain housing, coordinated by ACDHS. The authority will pay the county department $3,500 for each household served, for a total of $497,000.
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