Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority plans a $50 million revitalization of Bedford Dwellings

Date Published: 
February 23rd, 2022

From 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh:

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will apply for a $50 million grant for the Hill District in 2022, officials announced at a community meeting Tuesday night. The federal money, called a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, would be used to rebuild and expand the authority’s oldest housing development, Bedford Dwellings.

During a period of nearly 10 years, the plan would replace an existing 411 subsidized units as well as add a yet-to-be-determined number of market-rate ones. The Choice Neighborhoods program aims to “help communities transform neighborhoods,” according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. An application must clearly lay out how the authority intends to improve housing, support people and strengthen the larger community.

This year’s application process builds off ongoing work, officials said: HACP received a grant in 2016 to work with residents to create a plan for the area’s revitalization. The agency applied in 2018 to redevelop the lower portion of Bedford Dwellings, but HUD did not select the proposal for funding.

The authority’s Alexis Narotsky said it has worked with residents ever since to continue to build a plan. This time, the agency’s application will be to rebuild Bedford Dwellings in its entirety. In addition, she said, other development planned for the Lower Hill may help the authority’s application.

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