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Residents Toolkit

Homeowners, renters, bicyclists, budgeters, and everyday responsible citizens may not be aware of the many helpful public and private programs available to them. Looking for something that you don’t see here? Let us know in the survey at the bottom of the page.


Home Improvement Funding/low interest loans:

  • ABWK: minor to moderate repairs, A Brush With Kindness from Habitat for Humanity
  • PHRP: Pittsburgh Home Rehabilitation Program from URA
  • HELP: Home Emergency Loan Program from URA
  • Critical Home Repair: for low- to moderate-income homeowners

Home Improvement Free Services:

  • Allegheny County Accessibility Program: accessibility modifications for those with permanent disabilities
  • Construction Services: volunteers repair homes for qualifying families
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh: available for veterans, those over 60, OR with documented disabilities
  • Home Repair Ministry: available for homeowners over 60 OR with documented disabilities

Home Improvement Services: Weatherization/Energy Efficiency:

  • Weatherization Services: loans for repairs that will save homeowners money on energy bills or improve safety
  • Weatherization Assistance Program: weatherization services for low-income owners OR renters
    • HEELP: Homeowners Energy Efficiency Loan Program provides further low-interest loan for energy efficiency repairs for those who have already received LIHEAP or Action Housing’s Weatherization Assistance
  • Utility Programs and Service: gas and power companies have programs to reduce energy use, including free home repairs
  • KeystoneHELP: loan for energy efficient repairs

Environmental Concerns:

  • Construction Junction:  reusable house building and home improvement materials
  • Stormwater Guide: How to develop & implement a stormwater management plan for your property
  • Benefits of Trees:  social, communal, environmental, and economic perspectives on trees

All Residents

Financial Services:

  • IDA:  the Individual Development Account Program matches your savings to promote self-sufficiency
  • CARL: obtain mortgage financing and home rehabilitation financing in one loan
  • Mortgage Assistance Program: counseling to prevent against foreclosure
  • Financial Education Workshops: on budgeting, saving, and buying a home

Sanitation Services:

  • PGH.STFind out the next Trash/Recycle/Yard Pickup dates for your address
  • Accepted materials: for refuse/recycling from the Department of Environmental Services

Utilities Assistance:

  • LIHEAP: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from the Department of Human Services
  • Pennsylvania Hardship Program: Grants to help cover utility costs from the Dollar Energy Fund


  • Map: bike lanes and trails designed with the commuter in mind
  • Ride guide: advice and laws for cyclists in a comic book format

Vacant Lots:

  • Sideyard sale: claim publicly owned vacant lots adjacent to your property
  • Adopt-a-lot: how to put a vacant lot to good use – from legal aspects to project ideas


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