Community Projects

Peebles Square Project

Revitalization Objective: Create not only a revived residential neighborhood, but to strengthen the community’s social fabric and convey a new image of Wilkinsburg as a desirable place to live and conduct business.

 

Housing Scope: The Peebles Square homeownership effort consists of constructing 12 new, single family detached homes, renovating 6 row-house units into townhouses, and renovating 2 single family detached homes.

 

Hosanna House’s Supportive Service Scope: Reach out to the community to improve its social fabric and offer comprehensive social and supportive service programs composed of employment and economic opportunities, education, training and skill development, neighborhood and family development, leadership development and training, and homeownership training.

 

Other Specifics:

  • Work with local employers including Forbes Medical Center, West Penn Hospital, and Watson Health Care, and other employers to provide job placement opportunities for local area residents.
  • Community meetings and door-to-door efforts to promote the following services: provide information and assistance in applications for IMPAC (low interest home improvement loan program), state funded weatherization program, the Access program for properties with accessibility improvements, assistance in financing improvements through private lending institutions, and assistance with contractor recruitment and selection where appropriate
  • Engage residents in family savings programs (ACTION-Housing Family Savings Account and DCED Family Savings Accounts) with matching incentives through federal/state programs, assistance in applying for state funded real estate tax rebates available to both owners and tenants, and assistance programs for those eligible for negative income tax refunds.
  • Community outreach efforts to provide information on Hosanna House’s and its partner agencies job and educational resources.
  • Identify potential homeowners by hosting home-buyer preparedness workshops.

 

Crescent Apartments & Wilson House Renovation Projects - Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency recently awarded Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation tax credits for the Crescent Apartments project, a 27-unit restoration development of two historic structures in the Hamnett Place neighborhood of Wilkinsburg. This $9 million dollar project will be the largest to date in Wilkinsburg, and will have a transformative effect on Hamnett Place, which is soon to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Crescent and Wilson House will have a community room, a computer facility, and all units will be hard wired for high speed internet. Social services will be provided by Hosanna House both on and off-site.

 

The Crescent and the Wilson House renovation projects in the Hamnett Place neighborhood of Wilkinsburg represent one of the largest restoration projects in Wilkinsburg to date.


The restoration of these two buildings will bring 27 units of affordable housing back to Wilkinsburg, with 23 units in the Crescent Apartments and four units in the Wilson House. These buildings were highlighted as essential components of the rejuvenation of the Borough in the Wilkinsburg Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (WNTI), a planning document which had significant input from local residents, Wilkinsburg stakeholders, borough government, and PHLF.


Located at key locations in the Hamnett neighborhood, both buildings will serve as a beachhead of strength, and will promote further economic development and restoration activities throughout the neighborhood. The project will include development features such as an on-site community room, an on-site computer facility, an on-site management office, laundry room, storage areas for tenants, internet accessibility in all units, energy star appliances, and supportive services offered on-site and off-site by Hosanna House.

 

Citizens Bank Christmas Baskets

For the past ten years, Citizens Bank has assisted Hosanna House in assembling and distributing Christmas holiday food baskets to families in our New Foundation's supportive housing program and senior citizens in the local community. "In these very hard times it is impossible for nonprofits to serve all of the people in need without corporate support.", says Leon E. Haynes III, Executive Director of Hosanna House, Inc.  At Hosanna House we are truly humbled, not only by the monetary support that Citizens Bank provides, but also by the 100 percent commitment that Citizens Bank makes to our organization.