Flats on Forward Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Recap

On January 12th, Action Housing Inc. unveiled their new affordable housing development, Flats on Forward. Located at 5824 Forward Avenue, it is close to the lively Squirrel Hill Business District, with easy access to many major public transportation routes. The new mixed-use building has 43 units, 11 reserved for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities, along with a public outdoor space.

The event was attended by an abundance of East End superstars, such as Mayor Ed Gainey, Representative Dan Frankel, Senator Jay Costa Jr., Councilwoman Barb Warwick, Councilman Paul Klein, Controller Corey O’Connor, Lena Andrews of ACTION-Housing,  and our own Mardi Isler, the President of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. Each one gave heartfelt remarks on the new development and its importance to the community.

No ribbon cutting ceremony would be complete without honoring the stakeholders who brought the project’s vision to life. After a long journey filled with challenges and perseverance, Action Housing was able to complete the development with the help of many dedicated individuals and organizations. The names of teams involved with the success of this project are listed below.  

Flats on Forward is a testament to the wonderful things that can be done when the public, private, and nonprofit sectors work together. We at SHUC recognize the hard work of everyone involved, and are grateful for letting us be your community partners in this endeavor. Here is to Flats on Forward and all the future projects like it!

Here are some images from the event:

If you or a loved one is interested in living in Flats on Forward, here is the housing application.

Project team and sponsors: Action Housing Inc., BNY Mellon, Bridgeway Capital, National Equity Fund, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), PJ Dick, Bohlin Cynwinkski Jackson, Iams Consulting LLC, Morris Knowles & Associates Inc., Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS), West Penn Energy Solutions, Brandywine Communities, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC), the U.S. Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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