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Housing-related Resources

Resource guides/Directories

Housing page from the DHS Community Referral Packet 

HUD/HAP Contracted Providers of Housing Directory
Annually-updated listing of all DHS-contracted and known non-contracted agencies that provide services to homeless individuals and families in Allegheny County. Details include specific programs, the eligibility criteria to enter the programs and contact information.

Locating suitable, affordable housing
Links and contact information for local, state and federal housing authorities (Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD))

Helpful information

Apartment Search Record Sheet
One-page form to record important information about each apartment that is visited

Frequently Asked Questions about Qualifying for Low Income and Affordable Housing 

If you believe a property owner discriminated against you…
What are your rights? Who can help you?


Allegheny County Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness (2005)
The original cooperative plan for Allegheny County, the cities of Pittsburgh and McKeesport and the municipality of Penn Hills to end chronic homelessness. The plan was filed with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Additional plan updates. 

Allegheny County Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness - Progress Review (2005-2009)
A draft summary of the progress made since 2005 toward addressing the recommendations identified in the Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness.


Advancing Data on Homelessness in Eleven Communities
Applauds the efforts of eleven communities across the nation to utilize their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to produce high quality, innovative program- and system-level data. The DHS chapter, Improving System Effectiveness by Combining Multiple Data Sources, begins on page 39.  Prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs in the Office of Community Planning Development, February 2010.

Fact Sheet – Allegheny County Homelessness Continuum of Care
Annual statistics for homeless persons and programs that serve homeless within Allegheny County. Data includes point-in-time information as well as funding sources and persons served.

Point-in-Time survey - Allegheny County Homeless Population 

Allegheny County Point in Time Summary - Street to Permanent Housing
Allegheny County conducts an annual count of all homeless and permanently housed individuals/families within the Continuum of Care during the last 10 days of January. The data presented compares Point-in-Time numbers from January 2010 through January 2014.  NOTE: persons in Permanent Housing Programs are considered permanently housed, not homeless.

Homeless Point-in-Time January 29, 2014 
Data provides an official count of homeless individuals and families, according to the HUD definition of homeless as required under federal regulations. This count was filed as a part of the Allegheny County Continuum of Care.

Homeless Veterans Point-in-Time January 29, 2014
Data provides an official count to HUD on homeless veterans meeting the HUD regulation and definitions. This count was filed as a part of the Allegheny County Continuum of Care. Veterans are counted in the overall Homeless Point in Time January 29,2014 and this chart is only a sub population count.

Strategies for Improving Homeless People's Access to Mainstream Benefits and Services
Provides small-, medium-, and large-sized communities a range of effective, inclusive, and creative mechanisms that they can consider to compensate for the loss of HUD supportive services funding for homeless programs. Prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 2010

Summary of HUD Tier I Applications – Allegheny County Supportive Housing Program Continuum of Care 
Brief overview of each grant awarded to Allegheny County for the current year’s HUD Supportive Housing Program. The overview includes both new and renewal project awards.

Advisory Bodies

Local Housing Options Team (L-HOT) 

Homeless Alliance Advisory Board