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Housing Opportunity Fund

We strive to make Pittsburgh a more diverse,

vibrant city that is affordable to all.

 

Update: June 24, 2021

The Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) and Homeowner Assistance Program Plus (HAP Plus) are now closed.

Please note, the Home Accessibility Program for Independence (HAPI) program is still accepting a limited number of applications. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please see below for more information. 

Other home repair loan programs may be available through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Find out more here.


 

Homeowner Assistance Program / Homeowner Assistance Program PLUS

***Please note this program is currently closed.***

The Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) and Homeowner Assistance Program PLUS provide up to $30,000 in financial assistance to eligible homeowners for rehabilitating and improving residential owner-occupied properties within the City of Pittsburgh. 

Funds must be used to address any major City Code violations prior to any general repairs.

Program Information - English 

Program Information - Arabic

Program Information - Chinese

Program Information - Nepali

Program Information - Spanish

Program Information - Swahili

 


 

Legal Assistance Program (LAP) - Tenants and Homeowners 

The Legal Assistance Program (LAP) provides a variety of free housing legal services to eligible tenants and homeowners who live in the City of Pittsburgh. 

Legal Services for Tenants:

  • Mediation 
  • Limited Legal Representation 
  • Full Legal Representation 

Legal Services for Homeowners:

  • Tangled Title Services
  • Foreclosure Prevention Services

Please call 412-534-6600 to receive a referral.

For Spanish, Portuguese, or other languages, call: 412-530-5244.

Language interpretation services are available for 40+ languages. No one will be denied services based on citizenship status. 

Program Information - English

Program Information - Arabic

Program Information - Chinese

Program Information - Nepali

Program Information - Spanish

Program Information - Swahili 

 


 

Housing Stabilization Program

The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short-term (up to 3 months) financial assistance to households who are facing a temporary, non-recurring housing crisis.  

Program Information - English

Program Information - Arabic

Program Information - Chinese

Program Information - Nepali

Program Information - Spanish

Program Information - Swahili 

If you are in need of rental, mortgage, or utility assistance, contact the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to see if you are eligible for the program, by dialing 2-1-1.  Calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages.   

By phone:

  • Text your ZIP code to United Way at 898-211
  • Dial 2-1-1 from your phone

By chatroom:

  • There is a chat window that is located in the bottom right corner of the screen of the website: http://pa211sw.org/    

By form on United Way’s website:

  • Go to United Way’s webpage: pa211sw.org. There is a link at the top of the page that says “About us.” Hover over it to view a list of options. Click on “contact us.” From there, you can fill out the form to gain access to a Representative for services.  

 


 

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program

The Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program (DPCCAP) provides financial assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers in the City who are interested in purchasing an existing or newly constructed residential unit.

Program Information - English

Program Information - Arabic

Program Information - Chinese

Program Information - Nepali

Program Information - Spanish

Program Information - Swahili 

2020 HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies

Down Payment/closing cost assistance Application

 

*Please submit your application to Lisa Korade, Program Assistant, at lkorade@ura.org.

 


 

Small Landlord Fund 

The Small Landlord Fund (SLF) provides funding to landlords with five (5) or fewer units for the preservation of existing affordable rental housing and/or the conversion of market/vacant housing to affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh.

The SLF is designed to increase the supply of decent affordable housing and to eliminate health, safety, and property maintenance deficiencies as well as to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards.

Program Information

Small Landlord Fund Application

 

*Please submit your application to Lisa Korade, Program Assistant, at lkorade@ura.org.

 


 

Homeowner Assistance for Independence Program (HAPI)

The Home Accessibility Program for Independence (HAPI) is a grant program to assist homeowners with permanent disabilities to make accessibility modifications for their homes.

Program Information

Homeowner Assistance Program/Plus Application

If you would like a copy of the application mailed to you, please call (412) 255-6651. 

 


 

Rental Gap Program

The Rental Gap Program (RGP) provides loans to nonprofit developers or developers with nonprofit partners for the creation and/or preservation of affordable units. The RGP is designed to increase the supply of affordable rental units.

 


 

For-Sale Development Program

The For-Sale Development Program (FSDP) provides low-interest rate construction financing and/or grants to nonprofit developers or developers with nonprofit partners for the purpose of increasing the supply of affordable housing for homeownership.

The RFP for interested nonprofit developers or developers with nonprofit partners is available here.

 


 
For questions regarding URA Housing Programs please email hof@ura.org.

Additional Resources: 

2021 Area Median Income (AMI) Summary

 

 

 

 

For more information on any of our programs, please call 412-255-6651 or email at hof@ura.org.

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