To establish a group of social service providers to address the housing needs of the public and private sector in the Mon Valley.
- To improve collaborative efforts among housing service providers to better assist residents with housing concerns/needs.
- To identify and motivate residents to work together with social service providers to improve their housing conditions.
- To increase the ability of social service providers and residents to connect with housing opportunities and related resources by securing ongoing presenters (public and private) for meetings.
- Housing advocacy efforts are also a priority for the Mon Valley.
For more information on the Working on Housing, contact the Mon Valley Providers Council at 412-829-7112.
Derek Kendall-Morris, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
The Working Group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Human Services Center II at 413 Penn Avenue in Turtle Creek, PA.
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Internet Links – a very complete listing of just about any housing website you need to access.
- PA Housing Search – a website where you can market your rental property or you can find a place to rent.
The Working Group on Housing was created in 1991 to fill one of the largest gaps in the Mon Valley region. Access to decent and affordable housing has been a real struggle for families in the Mon Valley. Additionally, the existing public and subsidized housing system is wholly unable to meet the housing needs of this region. Housing related needs represent a wide range of issues, including: homelessness, transition to permanent housing, rental assistance, code violations, evictions, fire victims, and many others. There is no counterpart to the City of Pittsburgh’s central housing relocation program in Allegheny County. Within the Providers Council, there is strong support for impacting the housing conditions of residents of the Mon Valley.
From 1991 through 1993, this Group served as the Advisory Committee to an Affordable Housing Bank project, designed to assist low and moderate income persons to locate affordable and decent housing in the Mon Valley region. In 1992 and 1993, the Group held sessions with the Allegheny County Housing Authority to address concerns surrounding the living conditions of tenants. In 1993 and early 1994, the Group worked together to develop a Housing Relocation Program for the Mon Valley. Due to the lack of a long term funding source, the Program was not successful in securing funding. In cooperation with the McKeesport Collaborative, much of 1995 was spent advocating for a fair HUD SuperNOFA process in Allegheny County which would include the Mon Valley. These efforts led to a position paper, and the County’s creation of a six person review team: 2 from the City of Pittsburgh, 2 from Allegheny County and 2 from the Mon Valley. The process is now inclusive.
In 1996, the Group published a Guide to Better Living. In 1998, thanks to a grant from Mellon Bank, the Group published a Guide to Home Ownership. Both publications have been distributed to thousands of Mon Valley residents. Copies are available from the MVPC office or can be downloaded from this site by clicking on the links. A Quick Guide to Subsidized Rental Housing was created to assist human service providers in locating current contact information.