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home repair support links
Action Housing Programs (Accessibility, Weatherization, Mortgage Counseling)
Conservation Consultants Inc. (Heating Assistance)
housing placement + assistance resources
Thank you for reaching out to Nazareth Housing Services. We provide home repairs for existing homeowners and related counseling. Our programming does not place individuals in housing or assist in the search process. Here are some resources that might be helpful in your search. If you are a woman, a person with a disability, or a returning prisoner, there are additional resources for you listed here. We wish you the best of luck in your search.
HUD and Voucher Programs
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a lot of useful resources. For example:
How Do I Qualify to Buy a House with Low Income? outlines steps on how to qualify to buy a house with low-income, and is a good starting point on the steps you might need to take. (the article is based in San Francisco, but the steps would be similar in PA).
Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet gives a good overview of HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program, including the different ways you can use the voucher (for rental apartment or a home).
Homeownership Vouchers explains HUD's Homeownership Voucher Program, which you may be eligible for. This program may be able to help you pay a monthly mortgage and assist with other homeowner expenses. This article also outlines eligibility requirements.
To apply for the voucher, you need to contact your local Public Housing Agency (PHA). You can search for PHAs. If you click the name of the PHA in blue, it will open the email contact. Search here.
Online Search for HUD Homes for Sale & Affordable Apartments
HUD Low-Rent Apartment Search
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County PHAs
PA001 Pittsburgh Housing Authority 200 ROSS Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-456-5012 Fax: 412-456-5027 Email: Fulton.Meachem@hacp.org
PA006 Allegheny County Housing Authority 625 Stanwix Street12th Floor, PittsburghPA 15222
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP)
In addition to HUD, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) has some good resources for finding affordable options for accessible rental housing and homeownership.
HACP Family Communities (Accessible Rental Housing)
How to Apply for HACP Rental Housing
HACP Homeownership Program (Must be current HACP Public Housing resident or Housing Choice Voucher Program resident)
HACP Contact Info
Sisters Place 412-233-2903
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh 412-365-1922
AHRCO Property Management 412-687-6200
Dorothy Day Apartments 412-361-8114
For People with Disabilities
Action Housing 412-281-2102
Residential Resources Inc. 412-642-9033
For Renters with Disabilities In PA it is required that a landlord (in private or public housing) make a reasonable accommodation for individuals living with a disability to make a unit accessible, such as providing you a parking space in front of your unit if you are unable to walk a distance. It is also required that landlords allow you to make reasonable modifications to your unit to make it accessible, such as an entry ramp or grab bars in the bathroom. You can learn more about equal opportunity housing here. If you feel that you are being discriminated against in your current housing situation, learn more about your rights and how you can file a complaint here.
For Returning Prisoners
There are several programs listed here.