Pittsburgh, PA (2020)

Light of Life


New construction of a 24,600 sq. ft. homeless shelter serving men, women, and children.


  • NMTC Amount: $7,500,000
  • Total Project Cost: $7,728,246


  • 25 FTE jobs
  • 23 construction jobs
  • 50 bed overnight shelter
  • 24,600 sq. ft. of real estate


Project Description

New construction of a 24,600 sq. ft. homeless shelter serving men, women, and children. The facility will include 50 beds and will provide case management and substance abuse recovery services as well as life skills training, meal ministry, chapel ministry, housing referrals and street outreach. Light of Life Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, and life-transforming recovery services for the homeless in the Greater Pittsburgh area since 1952. The Opening New Doors project improves accessibility by relocating and consolidating three current sites to two optimal sites. In the first phase, a portion of Light of Life’s services will relocate to a new site in an area closer to those in need of assistance. This location will serve homeless men, women, and children with a 24,607 sq. ft., 50 bed overnight shelter, meal service through a commercial kitchen with communal dining, case management, housing referrals, employment readiness, job search functions, outreach, connection to community resources, chapel, prayer room, and a playroom. Capital for Compassion’s consulting services helped the $7.5 million project obtain $1.6 million through New Markets Tax Credits for the first phase, as well as an Affordable Housing Program grant of $749,999 for the second phase. This second phase will renovate and expand an existing site, adding a third floor and space for classes and recreation for the long-term recovery programs.


Address: 234 Voeghtly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Census Tract: 42003563201

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