Welcome to the Allegheny YMCA.
At this Y, and at every other branch in the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Association you’ll find neighbors and friends making healthier lives for themselves, for each other and for the Pittsburgh region.
The Allegheny YMCA gym, fitness center, and swimming pool offers group exercise classes, personal training, swimming lessons and other great fitness and community building programs. Gym membership includes access to great family-friendly amenities such as aquatics with our indoor pool, as well as weightlifting and cardio machines, and much more. Try the Y today!
Together we’re making a better us. And we’re happy to count you among us.
A SUBSTANTIAL NEED
The Allegheny Y represents 20% of all SRO (Single Room Occupancy) units in Allegheny County, but it is now in desperate need of renovation. 21 rooms are uninhabitable due to water damage, the shared
bathrooms provide no privacy, and are in significant disrepair. There is no cooling in the summer, none of the building is ADA accessible, the elevator was decommissioned several years ago and the kitchen requires significant updates.
Despite its limitations, the Allegheny Y provides a community where each man is welcomed and a staff member connects them to the appropriate health and human/social services so they can chart a path forward. Additionally, the proximity to downtown and public transportation make the location both
affordable and convenient.
The renovation and adaptive reuse of this historic property supports the One Northside plan to ensure that all residents have access to quality, affordable housing.
- 84 men residing in single rooms with access to shared bathrooms and gang showers
- Average age of the residents is 54
- 50% of residents are African American, 37% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% Asian and 1% Unknown
- 64% are working, most in low paying service industry jobs
- 18% are individuals with disabilities
- 79% of the residents make less than 50% of median income while 21% make less than 80%
- 10% of the men have proudly served their country
- 11% have a mental health diagnosis
- Many have a prior conviction and therefore don’t qualify for Section 8 Housing
SHARED HISTORY – SHARED COMMUNITY
Dedicated in 1927, the Allegheny YMCA at 600 West North Avenue featured a modern gymnasium, pool, bowling allies, residence, cafeteria and club rooms. At that time the Y’s primary function was to provide programming to boys from grade school to high school as well as working young men. Through the years, the YMCA expanded its services to more directly meet the evolving needs of the North Side community.
Currently, the Y offers a state-of-the-art cardio/wellness room, strength training room, group exercise, cycling studio, after school programming, summer day camp, and CrossFit studio. Total membership (pre-pandemic) was 2,600 individuals.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
In keeping with our tradition of providing low-income housing to single men, the Allegheny Y continues to lease single rooms for $95/week, rooms the men call home.
For 95 years, the building and its residents have lived in harmony with the Northside Community. During the height of the pandemic, neighbors rallied to ensure the men were clothed, fed and entertained. A generous community also ensured all rents were paid.
Affordable housing continues to be a pressing issue for many on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Over the last decade, revitalization of the Central Northside has taken hold and housing in the lower Northside and Mexican War Streets area has become increasingly unaffordable. The result has been the displacement of residents, many of whom are considered the working poor. This project supports the ongoing development of the area while providing affordable housing in an ideal location with excellent access to major employment centers, transit routes and a walk-able commercial corridor.
A CATALYTIC PROJECT
This project entails the renovation and update of all common spaces, the kitchen, fitness facilities including the wellness floor, pool area and locker rooms, and meeting rooms. 96 single room occupancy (SRO) units will be renovated on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors with a new configuration that replaces shared bathrooms with private facilities and provides a much-needed community room for the residents. Rooms and corridor renovations will include flooring, painting and ceilings. Additional work will include replacement of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and installation of a sprinkler system. Air-conditioning and new elevators will be added. The renovations will use high quality, environmentally friendly materials. The SRO units will be designed with thoughtful floor plans and natural light. This renovation ensures that the entire building is fully ADA assessable.
Other important amenities for the residents of the Allegheny Y include access to the wellness facility and swimming pool, daily NA and AA group meetings within walking distance, access to local feeding programs and a small community garden providing fresh produce.
September 2022 - Finalize building design and
environmental due diligence
December 2022 - Finalize fundraising
May 2023 - Receive building permit
June 2023 - Start construction
Michael A. Polite, Chair, YMCA Board of Directors
Erin Tobin, Chair, Allegheny YMCA Advisory Board
Richard G. Jewell, JD, President & CEO (Interim)
William Pricener, Executive Director, Allegheny YMCA
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT
YMCA Before & After School Enrichment Programs provide a nurturing environment where school-age children can create, challenge themselves and expand their horizons.
YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS
YMCA Youth Sports programs help kids hone their skills and compete in a friendly and encouraging environment.
YGUIDES AND PRINCESSES
Y Guides and Y Princesses help fathers & sons, and fathers & daughters spend quality time together, and build positive lifelong relationships with each other.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Offered through our branches, YMCA Summer Day Camps offer acres of fun for day campers, campers with special interests and campers with special needs.
PERSONAL AND GROUP TRAINING
YMCA Trainers give you the individualized attention you need to develop strength, flexibility and endurance.
The YMCA will get your heart pumping and improve your endurance with our state-of-the-art cardio equipment and group exercise classes.
Feel great and reach your goals wherever you are. Group exercise classes, personal training, and more.
MIND & BODY
YMCA Yoga, Pilates, Barre and more will help you develop physical strength as well as inner strength.
The Y is "America’s Swim Instructor" and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.
Being part of a YMCA swim team is a great way to master swimming techniques and learn how to compete.
Come drop-in for a swim at the YMCA. You’ll feel great. Click location below to explore your pool schedule.
Purpose of the American Red Cross Life guarding course is to provide entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide Professional level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until EMS personnel take over.
Bill Pricener | Executive Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Gadelmeyer | Operations & Healthy Living Director | email@example.com
Morgan Clifford | Aquatics Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernadette Gibson | Office Manager | email@example.com
Duane Fegley | Facility Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Blaine Warfield | Membership Director | email@example.com
Child and Adult Care Food Program:
Jocelyn Moss | CACFP Senior Program Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joetta Szczerbinski | CACFP Program Director | email@example.com
Amenities at the Allegheny YMCA