A military veteran and cancer survivor, Mr. Bruce has lived in this multi-generational home for over 50 years. As the house aged, it became unaffordable to maintain and was severely damaged in a storm. Habitat helped by replacing the roof, as well as much of the insulation, drywall, and flooring.
Current Major Projects:
This year we will be providing 8 local families with decent, affordable homes in Pittsburgh! We are currently rehabilitating 5 homes in Penn Hills and will begin building 3 new homes in Duquesne this summer.
July/August - We've made significant progress over the past two months! The Duquesne homes are framed, roofed, and sided and we're beginning work inside! Check out the pictures below to see some of the progress we've made.
June 9th - While we finish working on our Penn Hills rehabilitations, we have also broken ground on our new home builds and the progress on the foundations is steady! Below are some photos of the work.
June 2nd - Thanks to Gateway Health for their volunteering efforts last Wednesday! They did great work on Lansdowne Drive out in Penn Hills! We're getting close to completion on the Dorothy Drive property, and hope to have our next dedication soon.
May 26th - We had a group of high school students from Bullis School at our build site this week from Tuesday-Thursday. They were able to finish most of a home repair in Sharpsburg, which involved the renovation of a kitchen, as well as moving our work along at Lansdowne! We also closed on our third home of the year. The Penny Drive property is completed and the home dedication was today!
May 19th - Many thanks to ADP for sponsoring two build days with us this week! They worked on multiple home rehabilitations, including Penny and Dorothy Drives. Penny Drive is now almost complete and we will be having our home dedication next Friday, the 26th! Great work team!
May 12th - Women Build Week has ben going strong since last Saturday! We've had groups of 10 women almost every day since Saturday. These amazing women have made huge progress on our home rehabilitation projects, and we are now working on the final stages of our Penny Drive property! We have had a very successful Women Build Week so far, and we still have one more day left. Below is a group photo of one of the Women Build Week teams.
May 5th - The home dedication was a success! Our construction supervisors have been preparing for Women Build Week, and they have stocked the Lansdowne property with materials for our volunteers for next week. Throughout the week we expect to have more than 55 women volunteering on our home rehabilitation projects, as well as volunteers from Lowe's, our national partner.
April 28th - Our second home dedication is tomorrow! Everything is set with the home, and our volunteer groups are still working hard on the rest of our home rehabilitations.
April 21st - Universal is almost complete and we'll be having the home dedication on Saturday, the 29th! We are so excited to be able to welcome another family into their new home this year! Our next few home dedications aren't too far off now.
April 14th - OUr construction team has been working hard all week! We're getting very close to finishing the Universal Road property for our second partner family!
April 7th - Next week we'll be having our first home dedication! Our MacFarlane property is ready and the homeowner will be closing on the house and moving in next week! This is a much-needed move, and everyone involved is incredibly excited!
March 31st - Thanks to First Unitarian Church for coming out to volunteer with us last Saturday! We had a great time and put them to work on some difficult outdoor projects, including digging post holes and starting to install a fence at MacFarlane. We got a lot of work done on that extra project and soon the property will have a nice fence!
March 24th - We've been making steady progress at Penny and Dorothy. We're ready for tiling in the bathroom at Penny, and we'll be hanging doors soon at Dorothy.
March 17th - MacFarlane and Universal are basically complete! We just have a few more small projects and then they will be cleaned and ready for their new owners! Weekend groups have been working hard at Lansdowne, keeping us ahead of schedule, while our weekday regulars are working hard at Dorothy and Penny.
March 10th - We have had 20 volunteers working with us since Monday from Providence College and got so far ahead we were able to break ground on our Lansdowne Drive project, which wasn’t scheduled to start until May 1st! Hopefully Providence College will come out to work with us again next year! Dorothy and Penny are at the point where only a few tasks remain such as tiling, installing cabinets, and hanging doors.
March 3rd - Most of our time is focused on Dorothy and Penny now. MacFarlane and Universal have had the exterior paint finished, and just need some appliances set and a few other touch-up items completed before they are finished. Dorothy and Penny have been insulated and we have started on the flooring. Next week we will have a collegiate challenge group from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island from Monday-Friday. We expect to get a lot of work done!
February 24th - Thanks to our wonderful construction supervisors, we are close to completion at MacFarlane and Universal. New flooring has been installed as necessary, and the kitchen cabinets have been installed.
February 17th - Most of the work we have left is suitable for smaller groups of volunteers, so we are going to start working at Penny and Dorothy Drives ahead of schedule with our larger weekend groups. MacFarlane and Universal are moving along smoothly with the bathrooms almost finished and most of the interior paint completed.
February 10th - Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers (especially those that come out every day), we have been able to add insulation to both houses and paint some of the rooms. The bathrooms are ready for new tiling, and the kitchen cabinets will hopefully be coming in soon!
February 3rd - We’ve been making good progress so far at MacFarlane and Universal Drives thanks to the support of Health Corps, NAIOP, and Team Rubicon. The kitchen cabinets have been removed, and many of the rooms are prepped for painting!
January 27th - We broke ground at the MacFarlane and Universal properties today! New energy efficient water heaters and furnaces will be installed in all of our properties as soon as possible.
is to eliminate substandard housing in Allegheny County by bringing people together to build, rehabilitate, and repair homes, communities, and hope.