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News & Views

HACP publishes its newsletter, News & Views, twice a year. News & Views contains updates on HACP’s development plans and activities; information about programs and services; and news about HACP residents.

From the latest issue (Winter 2024):

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is embarking on a year of revitalization and rehabilitation, with our mission to improve the quality of life for our residents at the forefront of welcomed change and growth. The HACP has exciting news to share and will begin by providing “50 million reasons” for our residents to cheer on the coming changes.

I am very proud to announce we were the recipient of a $50 million dollar Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant from HUD. The grant will play a vital role in the restoration of Bedford Dwellings, facilitating the creation of favorable conditions that attract public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods by concentrating on the core focal points of: Housing, Neighborhood and People.

Critical to the HACP’s redevelopment plan is our relocation strategy, known as “build first and move once.” City’s Edge, the first phase of development, follows that plan. This fall, we began the redevelopment of Bedford Dwellings with the groundbreaking of City’s Edge. It is a critical component of the HACP’s overall revitalization of Bedford Dwellings and the Middle Hill.

In addition to our commitment to expanding our footprint across the city, we are also committed to keeping families in their homes. In 2023, our eviction prevention measures helped 312 families with mediation efforts and rental assistance of nearly $590,000, thanks to key partnerships with Just Mediation Pittsburgh, Rent Help Pittsburgh and Ursuline Support Services. The HACP’s central offices have officially relocated to 412 Blvd. of the Allies. This effort has consolidated our main office, along with City Planning, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and other partner organizations under one roof, providing the City of Pittsburgh residents with a true “one-stop shop” for municipal services. The One-Stop Shop, located in the first floor lobby of the 412 building, serves as an information hub for Low-Income Public Housing (LIPH) applicants, and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders, applicants and landlords.

As we continue to bridge the digital divide, our W.O.W. (WiFi on Wheels) CyberBus program – with support from the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, STEM Coding Lab, the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, HUD and generous foundation grants – marked its first year of STEM programming in 2023. This innovative mobile unit visits the HACP communities in our ongoing efforts to teach families digital literacy.

Last, but certainly not least, I am proud to announce the HACP assisted nearly 1,000 families with access to safe, affordable housing in 2023, through a combination of our LIPH, HCV and Homeownership Programs.

We look forward to opening doors to even more Pittsburgh families in the coming months, offering “A Place to Live and Path to Launch” and proving to all, at the HACP we’re not just building houses, but homes.

Caster D. Binion
Executive Director