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EHDOC Offers Affordable Senior Housing
By Lois Thomson

Housing that was constructed decades ago for senior living in the Pittsburgh area is currently under the auspices of the Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation.  Melissa Tarrant, Vice President of Field Operations for EHDOC, oversees the operations for the organization's complete portfolio, which includes 54 properties across the nation.

Tarrant talked about the four local properties that are under EHDOC's jurisdiction:  Steelworkers Tower (North Side), I.W. Abel Place (Lawrenceville), Lynn Williams Apartments (Brighton Heights), and Lloyd McBride Court (Millvale).  "These buildings are for those 62 years of age and older and for low-income elderly," she said.  "And the Steelworkers Tower also accepts people who are under the age of 62 with mobility impairments."

She explained the history of the buildings, saying that in HUD terminology, they were considered to be section 202 housing, or housing for those who are 62 years of age and older.  "Because these were subsidized through HUD, there were many different funding sources, in addition to the unions that were very strong at that time.  The properties were primarily named after labor leaders.  For example, I.W. Abel was a former president of the United Steelworkers Union, and Lloyd McBride succeeded him, followed by Lynn Williams.  The Steelworkers Tower was named after the actual union, the United Steelworkers."

Tarrant said that when they were originally built, they were under the umbrella of the National Council of Senior Citizens, the organization that was very instrumental during that period in advocating for the interests of older Americans and their families.  Steve Protulis, current president and CEO of EHDOC, was the former executive director of NCSC.

Amenities in the buildings include a community room and a computer center, and free washers and dryers in the laundry rooms.  In the units themselves are refrigerators and stoves, along with heating and air conditioning.  "We also have a service coordinator to help with any necessary programs or assistance that they need," Tarrant added.
She said anyone interested in more information about becoming a resident of one of these properties may contact the properties directly and request an application, which will go through a screening process for age and income requirements.

For more information, call 412-734-4229 or visit www.ehdoc.org.

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