Family House

McKee Place House

Family House provides an affordable "home away from home" for patients and their families who are seeking medical treatment at Pittsburgh-area hospitals. They are able to serve 15,000 families each year at through their 4 houses!


In 1983, a small group of community leaders and doctors raised the funds to refurbish a rundown Pittsburgh mansion at 233 McKee Place, only blocks from Pittsburgh's hospital complex. McKee Place was the first of the Family House facilities, opening its doors in November 1983 as a place where families of patients with life-threatening illnesses could stay in comfortable, supportive surroundings at very little expense.

To accommodate the ever-growing waiting list, Family House Neville was built and opened its doors in 1989. Family House Shadyside was established in 2001 in a former apartment building conveniently located near UPMC Shadyside. Family House University Place opened its doors in June 2009 in the University Club's former racquet ball courts and locker room. Family House University Place is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh within walking distance to the local UPMC hospitals.

In addition to housing, Family House and volunteer groups organize activities to offer diversion and entertainment to patients and families. Hospital Pastoral and Social Work programs cooperate closely with Family House to ensure that guests receive appropriate emotional and spiritual support.

Sampson Foundation Support:

The Sampson Foundation is proud to support Family House's efforts to provide rooms at very low cost to guests undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals. Funding from the Sampson Foundation also goes to providing healthy on-the-go breakfast options at all houses as well as healthy pantry items for guests.