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More state funding allocated toward a Penn Hills housing project for homeless veterans

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
A rendering of the 'tiny homes' project for homeless veterans planned along Jefferson Road in Penn Hills.
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A rendering of the 'tiny homes' project for homeless veterans planned along Jefferson Road in Penn Hills.
A conceptual drawing of a proposed tiny homes community along Jefferson Road in Penn Hills.
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A conceptual drawing of a proposed tiny homes community along Jefferson Road in Penn Hills.

More state funding has been allocated to a Penn Hills tiny home project for homeless veterans.

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, announced $300,000 in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funds for the development through Veterans Place.

“Funds for this project will restore dignity and hope to local veterans who've found themselves in need of a place to call home,” DeLuca said. “It's the least we can do to say thank you to our men and women who've served.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority gave $50,000 toward it in November.

The $5 million project will consist of 15 to 17 tiny homes, a community center, shared community garden, greenhouse, gathering pavilion, stormwater retention pond and a walking trail on a 3.7-acre parcel along Jefferson Road.

Houses are expected to cost between $50,000 and $75,000 each.

Strip District architects AE7 produced plans for the housing community and Massaro Construction of Pittsburgh will be the general contractor. Gateway Engineers did core sampling of the site, along with other pre-planning work.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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