Last week, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle joined Mayor Peduto, State Senator Wayne Fontana, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, PNC Bank, ACTION-Housing, Community Human Services and other community leaders for a celebration of the many partners who have helped to revitalize Wood Street Commons, ending with a ceremony to present a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program grant to continue the work.
Wood Street Commons is a 16-story building in downtown Pittsburgh that includes 259 single-room occupancy units operated by the Residences at Wood Street. CHS provides on-site social services, including housing programs, medical and mental health services for building residents, and the Café Commons, providing inexpensive meals and community space for residents. As the next step in a long line of improvements, the AHP funds provided by FHLBank Pittsburgh and its member financial institution, PNC Bank, will be used to modernize two residential elevators and replace the building’s emergency fire pump.
“Wood Street Commons is an inspiring local example of public-private partnerships working successfully to promote the greater good,” said Rep. Doyle. “I am very pleased to see the city, the private sector and a non-profit working together to provide affordable housing and supportive services to some of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable adults.”
“Today we celebrate Wood Street Commons, a powerful success story in our city,” said Mayor Peduto. “Many partners over many years – city, county, philanthropic, real estate, human services, financial institutions – together we have re-purposed an at-risk building in a way that serves disabled, homeless, mentally ill, those involved in the justice system and others who need safe affordable housing.”
In addition to Congressman Doyle and Mayor Peduto, other speakers included Pennsylvania State Senator Wayne Fontana; Winthrop Watson, President and CEO of FHLBank Pittsburgh; David Serafini, Vice President of Community Development at PNC Bank; Larry Swanson, Board President of the Residences at Wood Street and Executive Director at ACTION-Housing; Adrienne Walnoha, Board Secretary of the Residences at Wood Street and CEO of Community Human Services; Robert Hurley, Director of Allegheny County Economic Development, and Henry Beukema, Residences at Wood Street Board Member and Executive Director of McCune Foundation.