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Community Development

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Division is responsible for the administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Serving as a catalyst for development in the City's neighborhoods, this program distributes grants for a wide range of projects which address the housing, economic, and human service needs of low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.”

To receive Community Development Division mailings, applications, and notices, please contact Kelli Lewis, Administrative Assistant at 412-255-2212.

For more information contact:

Mike Petrucci
Assistant Director for Community Development
412-255-2211

Construction, Improvements, and Labor Compliance

Community Development Block Grants funds are also used to make improvements and to construct public facilities:

  • water and sewer facilities
  • streets
  • neighborhood centers
  • recreational improvements.

The Community Development Administration Department is responsible for oversight of federal labor laws and regulations.

For Labor Compliance issues and questions related to construction and improvements, please call:

Labor Compliance Officer
412-255-2162

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The purpose of the ESG program is to assist individuals and families in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Recipients, which can be state governments, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories receive ESG funds from HUD and make these funds available to eligible subrecipients, which can be either local government agencies or private nonprofit organizations. Subrecipients that want to operate the homeless assistance and/or homelessness prevention projects must apply for ESG funds through the governmental recipient, not directly through HUD.

ESG funds are available for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Recipients also receive administration funds with a statutory cap of 7.5 percent.  Local government recipients may carry out all ESG activities directly, whereas state recipients may only carry out activities related to administrative costs and HMIS.

For immediate assistance, please contact:

  • The Allegheny Link: 866-730-2368
  • United Way: Call 211 

For general questions regarding the ESG program please contact Jerry Cafardi at jerry.cafardi@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2162 with related questions.


2017 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Applications

Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) and the City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning would like to announce that applications are available for the (program year) 2017 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.  These applications can also be used for any ESG funding that ACED and/or the City of Pittsburgh may apply for through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA-DCED).  

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides funding to: 

  1. Engage homeless individuals and families living on the streets.
  2. Improve the number and quantity of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families. 
  3. Help operate these shelters.
  4. Provide essential services to shelter residents.
  5. Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.
  6. Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
    • All agencies awarded funds are required to participate in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  

Below, please find four application types.  If you are a new applicant—if your organization is not currently receiving ESG funds—please select the “New Applicant” application, for either Emergency Shelter & Street Outreach, or Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing, depending on the type of service your organization would provide.  If your organization currently receives ESG funds, you should select one of the “Renewal” applications, based on the type of service you provide. NOTE: Renewal applicants will also be required to review and respond to performance reports, which is a separate document from the Application document and which will be emailed to renewing organizations during the application period.   

 If you have questions on which application you should be using, please contact Elizabeth Daniels-Totten at 412-255-0740 or Elizabeth.Daniels-Totten@PittsburghPA.gov

Please click below to download the applications:

Public Notices

NOTICE

The City of Pittsburgh announces the availability of the application for its 2018 Community Development Block Grant-Special Grant funds.

In order to apply, you must represent an incorporated entity providing eligible services to low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Pittsburgh. Examples of eligible activities include the following: public services to low and moderate-income residents, the handicapped and elderly; rehabilitation or construction of a public facility serving a CDBG eligible neighborhood or clientele; housing related activities; economic development activities, etc. In addition, an applicant should meet certain organizational standards to be eligible for these funds: minimum of 2 years in existence; 501© 3 incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and written by-laws; City of Pittsburgh based or services mainly City residents; have a legitimate office with an address; show evidence of fiscal management capacity; have a federal tax identification number; possess a nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number; have no outstanding financial liabilities with the City of Pittsburgh or demonstrate an approved payment plan.

If your organization appears to be eligible to receive CDBG funding, and you would like to be considered for these funds, please contact Kelli Lewis at (412) 255-2212 to receive an application form. The application is also available on the City of Pittsburgh’s website which can be accessed by typing http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-community-development.html on your internet browser. Please note that the original and three complete copies of the application must be mailed to City Planning and cannot be emailed. Completed forms must be received in the Department of City Planning by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017. A postmark date does not meet the deadline.

July 5, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FY 2017 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE
CDBG, HOME, ESG, AND HOPWA PROGRAMS

The notice is hereby given by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA that it’s FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan has been prepared. The City intends to submit its FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan in the amount of $12,754,743 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds; $1,667,573 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds; $1,148,125 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds; and $837,664 in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds. The FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before August 16, 2017.

The City will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 24, 2017 on the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive testimony or comments on the draft FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan document. The meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017 in the First Floor Conference Room, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The building is handicapped accessible through the rear.

In order to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties, the City of Pittsburgh will place its Consolidated Annual Action Plan for FY 2017 on display and online from July 6, 2017 through August 4, 2017, at the City of Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg). Copies of the plans may also be examined during normal hours of operation at the following locations:

Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Urban Redevelopment Authority
200 Ross Street, Tenth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
200 Ross Street, Ninth Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

The City of Pittsburgh’s proposed activities for funding under the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan, are on display or maybe viewed on the City of Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget). The entire FY 2017 Capital Budget for the City of Pittsburgh is also listed.

Information will be available for review for 30 days. Written or verbal public comments on the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be received until 4:00 P.M. on Friday, August 4, 2017 and should be directed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning, attention Michael Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The phone number is (412) 255-2211, fax number is (412) 393-0151, and the TDD number is 7-1-1.

The FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan was developed after conducting an initial public hearing and receiving both written and verbal comments, requests, and identified needs from the local community. If you are interested in attending the public hearing and need special accommodations to participate in the public hearing, and/or if you wish to present testimony or comment on the document, please contact Mrs. Kelli Lewis at (412) 255-2212, by Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

If the City would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City would utilize its policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the City is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of CDBG Funds.

All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed plan and use of Federal funds under the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan.

Michael Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development

 

June 27, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The City of Pittsburgh will hold two (2) public hearings to seek input from interested residents and community organizations on the 2018 Community Development Block Grant Program.

The hearings are being held prior to the release of the 2018 Capital Budget to enable the City to adequately review citizen testimony. In addition, those attending the hearings are invited to comment on the prior use of the City’s CDBG funds and other federal funds.

Both hearings will begin at 6:00 P.M. and will be held at the following locations:

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
West End Senior Center,
80 Wabash St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220

For more information, please contact the Office of Community Affairs at 412-255-4773.

2018 CDBG Hearing Flyer

 

June 7, 2017

CITY OF PITTSBURGH, PA
CDBG, HOME, HESG, AND HOPWA PROGRAMS
FY 2016 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE
AND EVALUATION REPORT (C.A.P.E.R.)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Pittsburgh intends to submit the FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (C.A.P.E.R.) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before June 29, 2017.

In accordance with Title I of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, the City of Pittsburgh has prepared its Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (C.A.P.E.R.) for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. This report describes the level of housing assistance and other community development activities through grants from various Federal funding programs during Fiscal Year 2016 (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017).

Copies of the FY 2016 C.A.P.E.R. for the City of Pittsburgh are available for public inspection at the City of Pittsburgh website at (http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg) and at the following locations beginning Friday, June 9, 2017 through Friday, June 23, 2017:

Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Urban Redevelopment Authority
200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All interested persons are encouraged to review the FY 2016 C.A.P.E.R. Written comments should be addressed to Mr. Michael Petrucci, Assistant Planning Director for Community Development, Department of City Planning, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Written comments on the C.A.P.E.R. will be considered up to and including June 23, 2017.

Mr. Michael Petrucci, Assistant Planning Director for Community Development

 

April 19, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
FY 2015 AND FY 2016 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
PROGRAM SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING A NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY AREA (NRSA)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Kingsley Center, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  The Kingsley Center is accessible to persons with physical disabilities.  If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate residents in order for them to participate in the public hearing, please contact Ms. Kelli Dixon at (412) 255-2212.  The telephone number for the hearing impaired is 7-1-1.

The purpose of this public hearing is to present the substantial amendments to the City of Pittsburgh’s FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and the FY 2015 and FY 2016 Annual Action Plans for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The City of Pittsburgh adopted its FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan on April 10, 2015 and its FY 2016 Annual Action Plan on April 12, 2016.  In accordance with CDBG program regulations, the City is allowed to make substantial amendments to its Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan.

The City has determined that it is necessary to amend the approved CDBG Program for two (2) previously approved program years for FY 2015 and FY 2016.  These substantial amendments are necessary for the establishment of a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) to coincide with the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant program underway in the Lincoln/Larimer Neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.  The geographic boundaries of the NRSA are the same as the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant area.

Under the CDBG program, grantees may designate local target areas for revitalization.  The Federal Register, published on January 5, 1995, authorized entitlement grantees to develop comprehensive approaches to address economic development and housing needs in a designated neighborhood within their community, known as a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA).  Communities with approved NRSAs are offered enhanced flexibility in undertaking economic development, housing, and public service activities with their CDBG funds.  This flexibility is designed to promote innovative programs in economically disadvantaged areas of the community.

This is considered a substantial amendment in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan as the following applies: the establishment of an NRSA and the addition to the strategies and goals outlined in the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan.

Copies of the Substantial Amendments are on display for viewing by the public for a period of 30 days beginning on Thursday, April 20, 2017 and ending on Monday, May 22, 2017. Copies of the plans may be examined during normal hours of operation at the following locations:

 

Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

Urban Redevelopment Authority
200 Ross Street, Tenth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh
200 Ross Street, Ninth Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

The Substantial Amendments are also on the City of Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg).

All interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed amendments to the FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and the FY 2015 and FY 2016 Annual Action Plans.  All comments received by Monday, May 22, 2017 will be considered by the City of Pittsburgh prior to the submission of the Substantial Amendments to HUD.  Written or oral comments may be directed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning, attention Michael Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.  The phone number is (412) 255-2211, fax number is (412) 393-0151, and the TDD number is (412) 255-2222.

Mr. Michael Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development

Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan

Draft Substantial Amendment to the 2016 Annual Action Plan

 

August 5, 2016

NOTICE

The City of Pittsburgh announces the availability of the application for its 2017 Community Development Block Grant-Special Grant funds.

In order to apply, you must represent an incorporated entity providing eligible services to low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Pittsburgh.  Examples of eligible activities include the following: public services to low and moderate-income residents, the handicapped and elderly; rehabilitation or construction of a public facility serving a CDBG eligible neighborhood or clientele; housing related activities; economic development activities, etc.  In addition, an applicant should meet certain organizational standards to be eligible for these funds: minimum of 2 years in existence; 501© 3 incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and written by-laws; City of Pittsburgh based or services mainly City residents; have a legitimate office with an address; show evidence of fiscal management capacity; have a federal tax identification number; possess a nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number; have no outstanding financial liabilities with the City of Pittsburgh or demonstrate an approved payment plan.

If your organization appears to be eligible to receive CDBG funding, and you would like to be considered for these funds, please contact Kelli Dixon at (412) 255-2212 to receive an application form. The application is also available on the City of Pittsburgh’s website which can be accessed by typing http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg  on your internet browser.  Completed forms must be received in the Department of City Planning by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016.  A postmark date does not meet the deadline.

2017 Special Grants Application

 

 

Advisory Committee on Community-Based Organizations

The Advisory Commission on Community Based Organizations (ACCBO) makes recommendations to the Department of City Planning about funding for community based organizations. These funds are used as operating support for groups that pursue community economic development activities.

Community Based Organization (CBO) Fund Grants provide support for community based organizations involved in developing housing and/or commercial development in eligible areas of the City of Pittsburgh.

In order to be eligible to apply for this funding, community organizations must submit a letter of intent describing their proposal. The organization must also submit an application. The organization/activities must comply with the following fund criteria:

  • Must have been in existence for two years.
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization (or through a fiscal conduit for two years only).
  • Operate in a CD-eligible City of Pittsburgh neighborhood and serve primarily low-moderate income residents.
  • Have sufficient capacity to supervise staff and raise other funding.
  • Must engage in residential or commercial real estate development or facilitate such development.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the SNAP Action Planning Data in relation to the proposed project.

The ACCBO Committee will accept applications to support greening activities:

  • blighted property clean-up
  • urban agriculture
  • energy conservation and production

Community planning activities which explore and incorporate greening strategies are also eligible. Stand-alone projects not specifically linked to an overall community-generated vision are not eligible.

For more information contact:

Nicholas Martini
412-255-2238

 

February 22, 2017

NOTIFICATION OF REQUEST FOR 2017 ACCBO LETTER OF INTENT

  • DATE:                             February 22, 2017
  • PROGRAM:                  Community Economic Development
  • AGENCY:                      Advisory Committee for Community Based Organizations (ACCBO)
  • TYPE OF FUNDS:       Operating – Community Development Corporations
  • DEADLINE:                  4:30 p.m.  Friday, March 24, 2017

Department of City Planning 200 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Community Based Organization (CBO) Fund Grants provide operating support for community based organizations involved in facilitating or developing housing and/or commercial development activities in CDBG-eligible areas of the City of Pittsburgh. The CBO fund grants are contingent upon the City’s receipt of Community Development Block Grant Funds.

In order to be eligible to apply for this funding, community organizations must submit a letter of intent describing the activities they will propose in their application.  The organization/activities must comply with the following fund criteria. 

  • Must have been in existence for two years;
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization (or through a fiscal conduit for two years only);
  • Operate in a CDBG-eligible City of Pittsburgh neighborhood and serve primarily low-moderate income residents;
  • Have sufficient capacity to supervise staff and raise other funding
  • Must engage in residential or commercial real estate development or facilitate such development.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the SNAP Action Planning Data in relation to the proposed project.

In the context of the facilitation of residential and commercial development, the ACCBO Committee will accept applications for operating support to underwrite greening activities, e. g., blighted property clean-up, urban agriculture, energy conservation and production, as delineated within an existing community plan.  Community planning activities which explore and incorporate greening strategies are also eligible.  Stand-alone projects not specifically linked to an overall community-generated vision are not eligible.

The letter of intent is not an application.  The letter is mandatory in order to be considered for operating support funding.  Following an eligibility review of the activities described in your letter, an application will be sent to you.

Submission of a letter of intent indicates the applicant’s willingness to abide by the application review criteria as established by the ACCBO Committee. 

The letter of intent must be only one page.  Additional pages will be discarded.

The letters of intent are due on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:30 P.M. and must include the organization’s email address. No letters will be accepted after that date.  Mail the letters to Timothy DiSalvio, Department of City Planning, 200 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15219 and e-mail a copy to timothy.disalvio@pittsburghpa.gov.  Questions can be directed to Mr. DiSalvio at 412-255-2238.

ACCBO applications will be sent out March 27 2017, and will be due April 28, 2016.


Letter of Intent

The letter of intent is not an application. An application will be mailed to you when the letter of intent is received.

  • The letter of intent must be only one page. Additional pages will be discarded.
  • Submission of a letter of intent indicates the applicant’s willingness to abide by the application review criteria as established by the ACCBO Committee.

* Mail the letters to:

Timothy DiSalvio
Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

And send a copy to:

Nick Martini nick.martini@pittsburghpa.gov.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The HOPWA program is the only federal program dedicated solely to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The program offers:

  • short term rent assistance
  • mortgage and utility assistance
  • long term tenant-based rental assistance
  • permanent housing facilities
  • essential referral services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

For additional information regarding the HOPWA program, please contact:

Jerry Cafardi
Community Development Program Supervisor
412-255-2162
jerry.cafardi@pittsburghpa.gov.

Community Development Documents

FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan & FY 2015 Annual Action Plan

The City of Pittsburgh has submitted its Five Year Consolidated Plan (CP) for the period of FY 2015 through FY 2019. The Consolidated Plan is a strategic plan to implement Federal programs for housing and community & economic development activities within the City of Pittsburgh. The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs.

This Consolidated Plan covers the period beginning April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2019. In addition, the City has prepared its FY 2015 Annual Action plan which documents the activities the City will fund for FY 2015. The final Five Year Consolidated Plan will be submitted to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 13, 2015.

Please click on the following links for more details:

 

FY 2015-2019 Analysis of Impediments

The City of Pittsburgh has submitted its FY 2015-2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1874, as amended, which state that each entitlement community must "affirmatively further fair housing."  In order to "Affirmatively further fair housing" each entitlement community must conduct a Fair Housing Analysis which identified any impediments to fair housing choice.

The City of Pittsburgh prepared its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1874, as amended, which state that each entitlement community must "affirmatively further fair housing."  In order to "Affirmatively further fair housing" each entitlement community must conduct a Fair Housing Analysis which identified any impediments to fair housing choice.

 

FY 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan & FY 2010-2016 Annual Action Plan

The City of Pittsburgh has prepared its Five Year Consolidated Plan (CP) for the period of FY 2010 through FY 2014. The Consolidated Plan is a strategic plan to implement Federal programs for housing, and community & economic development activities within the City of Pittsburgh. The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs. This Consolidated Plan covers the period beginning April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2014. In addition, the City has prepared its FY 2010 Annual Action plan which documents the activities the City will fund for FY 2010. The Five Year Consolidated Plan was submitted to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on February 15, 2010.

Please click on the following links for more details:

 

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on June 30th each year. The report describes in detail how all CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA funds were expended over the past fiscal year from April 1st to March 31st.

Please click on the following links for details:

Additional Documents