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Workforce Housing | Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

Grantee: Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
Project Name: Workforce Housing
Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Equitable Development
Amount: $75,000

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh (TIP) will offer transitional housing for program participants in their Apprentice in Training program (AITs) in need of stable and safe housing while they complete training programs and seek employment. This transitional housing will allow AITs to stabilize, save money, and prepare for independent living while simultaneously gaining construction and carpentry skills as they renovate and maintain the house. An apprentice who has successfully graduated from the AIT program at TIP will live in the community house, and serve as the house manager by orienting new students to the house, ensuring compliance with house rules. Residents will also have access to the supportive services available at TIP. While working on the house, students will contribute a portion of their salary to rent. TIP has committed to providing housing for at least twelve individuals from Sept. 1, 2018- July 1, 2019. This model addresses the pervasive issues of finding affordable housing for people who have criminal records. It provides the individuals housed with the opportunity to learn renovation, home repair, and maintenance skills, in addition to what they are learning through their training program; and it pilots a model that if successful, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh can expand to other houses and other training/program providers can replicate.

Anticipated results:

  • 12 unemployed/underemployed workers gaining access to living-wage jobs
  • 12 people gaining access to affordable housing in a redeveloping neighborhood
  • 3 residents positioned to stay in their home when facing displacement
  • 2 affordable units preserved
  • 12 people facing barriers to housing are housed while learning a skilled trade


The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh will be offering transitional workforce housing to students in training and those that have graduated TIP and are working jobs throughout Pittsburgh. They will be able to house eight individuals after the renovations, performed by the current Apprentices in Training, are completed in late 2019. After graduates live in TIP’s workforce housing for one year, TIP plan believes that they will be stable enough to rent their own apartments or buy their own houses throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods! See some photos of the construction below!

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