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NALHFA Member Spotlight: Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 3, 2019

During its 2019 Annual Conference, NALHFA presented the Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority with the HOME Excellence award in recognition of Forest Hills Veterans Housing.

 

The Forest Hills Veterans Housing is the rehabilitation of a previously vacant and blighted structure in the Borough of Forest Hills into 41 units of affordable housing for seniors and veterans. 21 units have a preference for veterans and 20 units have a preference for seniors, with all units restricted to tenants with incomes below 60% area median income. 

 

The building sat vacant for nearly 10 years until ACTION-Housing, along with the support and encouragement from the local community, elected officials, and community partners, proposed the plan to transform this highly visible building into a community asset. Southwestern Pennsylvania has a higher concentration of both seniors and veterans, and affordable housing for these groups is in high demand, with little supply. Forest Hills Veterans Housing aims to help alleviate both of these shortages with units for both seniors and veterans. The building houses 33 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, a community room, computer rooms, laundry, offices and a garage below ground. Supportive services are provided by the Veterans Leadership Program designed specifically to help veterans develop the ability to live independently and self-sufficiently. 


In summary, Forest Hills Veterans Housing combines a rare affordable housing opportunity within a prosperous, suburban community, supports tailored to veterans and seniors, an exemplary of the adaptive reuse of a vacant, blighted building, and finishes and systems throughout designed to deliver a calming sensory experience for all residents.

 

 

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