In 2016, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) received a federal Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to help local leaders craft a comprehensive, homegrown plan to revitalize and transform the Bedford Dwellings and Middle Hill neighborhoods.
Bedford Dwellings and Middle Hill District neighborhoods
Bedford Dwellings and the Middle Hill neighborhoods are under going a major planning initiative.
In June 2016, a $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for planning work on the Bedford Dwellings public housing community and the Middle Hill District neighborhood. The planning has been underway since then and the neighborhood and many stakeholders have been involved with a comprehensive approach of neighborhood transformation based on three core goals; housing, neighborhood, and people.
- Housing - Revitalize and/or redevelop the 400 remaining units of the Bedford Dwellings Public Housing Complex.
- People - Support positive outcomes for Bedford Dwellings residents' health, safety, employment, mobility and education.
- Neighborhood - Identify needed neighborhood critical community improvements such as streetscape improvements, greening of vacant land, and improvements to surrounding buildings.
The HACP and the City of Pittsburgh were the applicants for the grant. Trek Development is serving as the Planning Coordinator. The URA is serving as lead to the Neighborhood portion of the plan. The final plan will be available in June 2018.
- There are 400 units of housing in the Bedford Dwellings Housing Complex.
- The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant enables public officials and the Bedford Community the opportunity to plan for the redevelopment of Bedford Dwellings and the redevelopment of the overall Middle Hill neighborhood.
- After the plan is complete, the HACP and the City of Pittsburgh may apply to HUD for an implementation grant to help execute the plan.