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Resources for Pittsburgh residents

Please check back regularly for updated information about new programs for everything from emergency assistance to purchasing and renovating a home. Broken links or suggested resources? Please let us know at

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Repair and Renovation assistance for individuals

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh sponsors several programs that assist low to moderate-income homeowners purchase or fix up their property.

Pittsburgh Home Rehabilitation Program (PHRP)

Pittsburgh Home Ownership Program (PHOP) 

Second Mortgage Financing 

Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP)  

Keystone Renovation and Repair Program (R&R) 

Home Emergency Loan Program (HELP)

Home Accessibility Program for Independence (HAPI) 

Pittsburgh Party Wall Program (PPWP) 

There are also programs available for individual homeowners through Allegheny County:

Allegheny Home Improvement Loan Program 

Allegheny First-Time Homebuyer Program 

HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule 

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh has programs that continue throughout the year. Their site offers an online application with their eligibility requirements.

Energy and conservation programs for homeowners:

Conservation Consultants Inc.  

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency 

Resources for business owners

Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit 

Business Development Loans through the Urban Redevelopment Authority. This page will take you through an overview of the URA program. Included on this page is information regarding the Urban Development Fund, the Pittsburgh Business Growth Fund and SBA 504. The following resources are outlined here.

* Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority
* Pennsylvania Economic Develoment Financing Authority (PEDFA)
* Pittsburgh Development Fund
* Public Space Improvements
* Real Estate Readiness Program
* Technology Seeding Program  

Resources for Business Owners and Developers

Tax Abatement Programs and Resources
Multiple tax abatement programs exist for both commercial and residential renovation and redevelopment in the City of Pittsburgh.

Available City and URA Owned Properties
Online database of all URA and City-owned vacant land, development sites, and homes for sale.

City of Pittsburgh Data Resources
Find helpful data resources including maps of market and neighborhood conditions and trends.

Available Commercial Properties for Sale or Lease
Search for available commercial buildings and sites in the Pittsburgh Region as well as generate site-specific demographic and business analysis reports.

SBA Small Business Planner
The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle.

City of Pittsburgh Guide to Permitting
Find information on the permitting process for projects in the City of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
PRA markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding. Find analyzed regional data.

Allegheny County Real Estate Web Site
Search county property tax records.

Western PA Brownfields Center
The WPBC applies academic research and decision support tools to real-world problems facing public and private investors investing in area brownfield sites.

The Entrepreneurship Education Resource 

Tax Abatement Programs and Resources Multiple tax abatement programs exist for development in the City of Pittsburgh. Abatement of City, County and School taxes may be made available for your commercial or residential renovation or redevelopment project based on project type and location. Staff at the URA can assist you in making application for the product that applies to your project. Please view the Tax Abatement table for detailed information. Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act District (LERTA) was created to improve the economic and business climate of certain residential and commercial districts by lessening the tax burden on new development. The URA will work closely with developers who wish to take advantage of this incentive by walking you through the application and public process to make utilizing LERTA as simple as possible.  

Tax Abatement Checklist: Matrix of eligible developments and maximum abatement amounts for LERTA Commercial and LERTA Residential.

Sample Residential Project: Detailed example of how a residential development projects' tax burdens are decreased by LERTA.

LERTA Residential Map: A detailed map of the City of Pittsburgh showing where LERTA residential tax abatement is available for residential development.

LERTA Commercial Map: The entire City of Pittsburgh is eligible for LERTA commercial abatement.

Assistance in writing a business plan is availkable from the following resources -- 

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers 

The Diversity Business Resource Center 

The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center 

University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center 

Small Business Planner

Emergency and other assistance

Need to find the phone number of a City department? Like to report a pothole or broken street light? Simply dial 3-1-1 for assistance. Or, if you prefer, use the 311 Form.

If you have seen any kind of suspicious activity in Pittsburgh, you can submit a form to the Police Bureau. Providing your name and contact information is optional. 

There are a number of resources listed on the Allegheny County website for assistance with basic and emergency needs. Please visit the Help in Hard Times page.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Allegheny Council To Improve Our Neighborhoods (Action-Housing)

City of Pittsburgh

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Room 512, City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2626
Fax: 412-255-2687
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Response Line
Dial 311 or use the webform

Senator Jim Ferlo
Pittsburgh Office:
3519 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: (412) 621-3006
Fax: (412) 621-0373
Harrisburg Office:
Senate Box 203038
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-6123
Fax: (717) 772-3695

Patrick Dowd - City Councilman for District 7

Emily Keebler - District 7 staff

510 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2140
Fax: 412-255-2419
Patrick Dowd Council Site

Allegheny County

Dan Onorato
Office of the Allegheny County Executive
436 Grant Street, Room 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-6500 Dot
Fax: 412-350-6512

Amanda Green - Allegheny County Council
District 13
Office of the County Council Courthouse
436 Grant Street, Room 119
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-6585


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