Skyline Terrace, a mixed-income housing complex, developed by the Housing Authority for the City of Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh’s housing authority is spending millions in Section 8 voucher funds to build affordable housing

Since 2011, the Pittsburgh housing authority has spent $58 million from its Section 8 housing voucher program on the construction of mixed-income housing developments. Those developments — such as Garfield Commons, Skyline Terrace in the Hill District and Cornerstone Village in Larimer — include market-rate and affordable units and are part of the authority’s long-term strategy to revitalize neighborhoods and stem the loss of affordable housing. But is construction coming at the expense of the agency’s hobbled Section 8 voucher program? As of Oct. 31, 8,684 families were waiting for housing vouchers.

Larimer resident Anthony Mainiero reacts upon learning that his former church and school, Our Lady Help of Christians, was already partially demolished in October 2019. (Photo by Remy Davison/PublicSource)

‘We deserve it’: Larimer residents reflect on the neighborhood’s history and the long fight for redevelopment

The June 2014 grant award was a game-changer for Larimer. Groups like the Kingsley Association and the Larimer Consensus Group could help with “low-hanging fruit,” like helping residents keep their utility bills down, but group chair Donna Jackson said the main need was quality housing, and the community lacked resources to build it.