Housing Resources

For more than 50 years, the Charles Street Area Corporation (CSAC) has worked to improve living conditions in the Charles Street Valley, with an emphasis on people and housing. As such, we want to make sure that members of our community are aware of the resources available to help them maintain stable housing and improve their homes.

Please feel free to contact CSAC for assistance in navigating these resources, or to learn about what we're doing in the Charles Street Valley community: 

Call: 412-808-6301
Email: csac@csacpa.org

Action Housing

Resources For:

  • Adults with Disabilities
  • Homebuyers
  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Youth Exiting Foster Care

Action Housing is a nonprofit developer whose mission is "to empower people to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of decent, affordable housing, essential supportive services, asset building programs, and educational and employment opportunities."

They offer supportive services to income-eligible renters and homeowners, youth who have exited foster care, and adults with disabilities in the Pittsburgh region. They offer home repairs, lead testing and abatement, weatherization, foreclosure prevention, and other forms of assistance.

Programs Include:

  • Independent Housing Navigation
  • Mortgage Assistance
  • Weatherization Assistance
  • Whole Home Repairs
  • Youth Homelessness Prevention

NeighborWorks Western PA

Resources For:

  • Homebuyers
  • Homeowners

NeighborWorks is a nonprofit housing counseling agency whose mission is "to promote stable, vibrant communities by providing our neighbors with comprehensive homeownership services."

They offer end-to-end assistance throughout the homeownership process. Potential homebuyers can take advantage of homeownership counseling, as well as workshops and an online homebuyer education course. Existing homeowners can also participate in free one-on-one homeownership counseling, and get support in navigating mortgage assistance, foreclosure education, and default notices. Loans are available to assist with down-payments and closing-costs, or to finance home repairs and consolidate debt.

Programs Include:

  • Homeownership Counseling
  • Homebuyer Education Class
  • Counseling for Homeowners
  • Preserving Homeownership
  • Down Payment Assistance Loan
  • My Life Home Equity Loan

Urban Redevelopment Authority

Resources For:

  • Homebuyers
  • Homeowners
  • Landlords
  • Renters

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City's economic development enterprise. It's mission is "to foster sustainable prosperity across all of Pittsburgh" by bridging public and private interests to invest in equitable development, promoting housing affordability, economic mobility, entrepreneurship, and revitalization.

The URA can help homebuyers with grants and loans that can go toward a mortgage, down payment, and closing costs; they also have a portfolio of affordable for-sale properties through PHDC. Homeowners can take advantage of funding for home repairs, improvements, or accessibility modifications. A variety of free housing legal services are available to tenants and homeowners, including mediation and tangled title services. Landlords with 10 or fewer units can receive funds to improve or create affordable rentals.

The housing resources page on their website offers a directory of services available in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Programs Include:

  • Homebuyer Grants and Loans
  • Homeowner Grants and Loans
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Small Landlord Fund
  • Loan Subordination
  • Housing Resource Directory

Charles Street Area Corp.

Resources For:

  • Community Members
  • Homebuyers
  • Homeowners

Our organization, the Charles Street Area Corporation (CSAC), aims to promote affordable homeownership and engage in development projects that create, revitalize, and protect community assets in the Charles Street Valley.

In addition to building affordable homes through our Infill Housing Project, CSAC also partners with Neighborworks Western Pennsylvania to offer free financial counseling and homebuyer certification to residents of the Charles Street Valley through the Dorothy Mae Richardson Heartland Homebuyer Program (check out our History to learn why).

CSAC is committed to seeing our neighbors thrive. If you would like assistance in navigating any of the resources mentioned on this page, please get in touch.

Contact CSAC:

  • Call: 412-808-6301
  • Email: csac@csacpa.org