HELP in the News

150 new homes could be ‘Cornerstone’ of Larimer’s rebirth

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteOctober 10, 2019by Rich Lord and Ashley Murray A neighborhood that used to be more than half vacant celebrated the ribbon cutting on Thursday for 150 brand new apartments and townhouses, part of a development that will ultimately include more than double that number of units in the city’s latest public-private community-building effort. About 100 […]

Rev Ricky Burgess

Burgess, Lavelle propose measure to boost equity in city budgets and affordable housing

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMay 14, 2019by Ashley Murray Pittsburgh City Council members Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle on Tuesday introduced a package of legislation aimed at addressing racial and housing inequities, including hiring a full-time policy analyst to work in conjunction with the mayor’s office. Mr. Burgess, who represents the city’s 9th District, which encompasses East Liberty, Homewood, […]

Parks Listening Tours

Wherever you live in the city of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy wants to hear your thoughts about your parks! From late 2018 through early 2019, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are embarking on the Parks Listening Tour. At community meetings and events throughout the city, we will be gathering feedback on what our […]

Village Collaborative of East Liberty

City, faith-based leaders unveil new community group in East Liberty

WPXI August 24, 2018 PITTSBURGH – The Help Initiative, as well as local city and faith-based leaders, unveiled a new community group planned for the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. It’s called the Village Collaborative of East Liberty.   Watch the WPXI video at:

East End pastors join advocates in promoting affordable housing

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 24, 2018 by Diana Nelson Jones East End pastors announced Friday they will collaborate to push for affordable housing, with a particular focus on bringing displaced people back to East Liberty. Their Village Collaborative joins the two-year-old resident-driven HELP Initiative — a loose acronym for Homewood, East Liberty, Larimer and […]

URA prepares to put affordable housing fund money to work

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 11, 2018 by Mark Belko The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board moved Thursday to implement a fund designed to develop and preserve affordable housing in the city. Board members voted unanimously to enter into a cooperation agreement with the city to implement and administer what is being called the Housing Opportunity […]

NACA Home Buyers and Realtors workshop seeks to impact Black communities

  The New Pittsburgh Courier December 22, 2017 by Diane I. Daniels   With the belief that we must rebuild our communities, Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess earlier this month provided what he considers a tool to initiate the process. “Just because our communities may be poor doesn’t mean we need to live poorly. We need […]