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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to frequently-used questions here, as well as links to useful information and resources offered by the URA.

What are the most current HUD area median income (AMI) limits?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs. You can find the most current income limits here.

I will be closing on a loan or grant with the URA. What fees can I expect to pay?

Application, origination, loan servicing and inspection fees can be found here.

Does my project require MWBE participation?

MWBE policy, guidelines and procedures can be found here.

What sustainability goals will be expected of my project?

The URA staff, along with representatives from the Green Building Alliance (GBA) work with the development team to provide information, set project sustainability goals and determine strategies to meet those goals. The URA Sustainability Policy can be found here and a worksheet to be submitted to the URA can be found here.

What is P4 and when will it be implemented?

The P4 initiative is based on a central unifying framework: People, Planet, Place, and Performance. Launched in 2015 to create a new sustainable, innovative, and inclusive model for development and design, P4 aims to establish Pittsburgh as a "city of the future". The URA intends to implement a P4 pilot review process in 2018. You can find more information here.

How do I get the necessary permits for my project?

Please contact the City of Pittsburgh Department Permits, License, and Inspections for more information.

My project is located in Allegheny County, but not the City. Would my project be eligible for any of your programs?

No, but you can find information related to Allegheny County here.

I'm concerned about lead-based paint. What resources are available?

The Lead Safe Homes Program identifies and controls lead-based paint hazards throughout the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Please find more information here.

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