April 29, 2021

Mortgage and Housing Assistance in Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh offers several housing programs that offer financial assistance, including rental, utility, and mortgage assistance; down payment and closing cost assistance; and accessibility modification assistance.

For City of Pittsburgh residents only.


Assistance Programs


Housing Stabilization Program

This program offers one-time or short-term (up to three months) rental, mortgage, or utility assistance to households that are facing a temporary, non-recurring housing crisis.

Program Information (English) (Arabic) (Chinese) (Nepali) (Spanish) (Swahili)


To determine your eligibility and apply, contact United Way by calling 2.1.1. Calls are free and confidential. 140 languages available through interpreter services.

    • By phone: Text your zip code to 898-211 or call 2-1-1 on your phone.
    • By chatroom: Use the chat window in the bottom right corner of 2.1.1 website.

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program

This program provides financial assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers in the City of Pittsburgh. To be eligible, individuals must:

    • have an annual gross household income that does not exceed 115% of the Area Median Income,
    • be purchasing the home as their primary residence and have their name on the deed, and
    • must not have any outstanding City, School, and County real estate taxes (or must be on a payment plan for at least six months).

Program Information (English) (Arabic) (Chinese) (Nepali) (Spanish) (Swahili)


Submit this application to Victoria Jackson, Senior Program Assistant, at

Homeowner Assistance for Independence Program

This program assists homeowners with permanent disabilities to make accessibility modifications for their homes. Homeowners can receive up to $10,000 in modifications. Landlords can receive up to $5,000 in modifications. Accessibility modifications can include, but are not limited to:

    • exterior ramps,
    • chair gliders or lifts,
    • door widening,
    • bathroom modifications,
    • visual doorbells, and
    • lowering kitchen counters.

View the full program information.


Submit this application to Victoria Jackson, Senior Program Assistant, at

Learn More

To learn more and view additional programs, visit the URA website.

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