HELP in the News

Teens Earn And Learn While Educating Their Neighbors About Lead Exposure

99.5 WESA August 17, 2017 by Kara Holsopple / Allegheny Front It’s a hot, sunny day in August, and high school students Mckayla Dixon, Anesa Reed, and Keith Jamison are working their summer jobs. The three teenagers are pounding the pavement, walking up and down hills, with clipboards in hand, hoping to talk with residents […]

Emergency day care in Larimer provides support for hundreds

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 14, 2017 by Arturo Pineda Who do you trust to watch your children when there’s a crisis? Is it a family member, a close friend or a trusted baby sitter? What if you have no one? You turn to Jeremiah’s Place. Now in its fourth year, Jeremiah’s Place is a free, 24/7 emergency […]

New Community Engagement Center shows Pitt’s commitment to community

Pittsburgh Courier August 11, 2017 by Diane L. Daniels Last month the University of Pittsburgh announced that Daren Ellerbee had been appointed as the Homewood Community Engagement Center director. The first of five CECs is projected to be established and operating in Homewood and servicing surrounding neighborhoods by spring 2018. “I’m excited about working in […]

Returning to the land: Urban gardeners hope to put vacant lots to good use in Homewood

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 4, 2017 Jake Flannick A grass-roots group of gardeners and community activists is turning two overgrown lots in Homewood into an urban farm, seeking to expand access to healthy food and improve the collective well-being of this once-fertile neighborhood. The group, called the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative […]

Public Hearing on Affordable Housing Trust Fund

On Tuesday, July 18, at 6:00pm, Councilmen Lavelle and Burgess will be hosting a public hearing to discuss legislation to raise the realty transfer tax by 1%, invest 10 million annually into the Housing Opportunity Fund, and issue a $100 million bond to increase affordable housing. Please come out to voice your support!

Free Soil Lead Screening and Other Resources

Soil lead contamination is a serious problem in Pittsburgh. If you are concerned your soil may be contaminated, contact the organizations below for information and free soil screening: The Conservation District’s first free soil screening event for the season will be held from noon to 3 p.m. March 18 in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh at […]

WTAE Editorial: What about Homewood?

January 16, 2017 WTAE President & General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III speaks on behalf of the editorial board regarding efforts to revitalize Homewood, formerly one of Pittsburgh’s great middle-class melting-pot neighborhoods. (Jan. 13, 2016)

URA grants initial approval to Homewood development

  January 13, 2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Mark Belko A proposed 58-unit residential development that one city councilman called the “single most important thing to happen in Homewood” in 60 to 70 years won the initial approval of the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board Thursday over the objections of some residents.Board members unanimously approved a […]