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!

Refugees have a friend in Pittsburgh thanks to Sloane Davidson and Hello Neighbor

Next Pittsburgh May 18, 2017 Amanda Waltz After living away from her native Pittsburgh for 15 years, long-time nonprofit professional and community activist Sloane Davidson saw an opportunity to make a difference in her hometown. “I always pictured coming back to Pittsburgh,” says Davidson, who moved back with her husband in 2015. “With everything that […]

Pitt training center aims to breathe new life into Homewood, manufacturing

TribLive April 28, 2017 by Natasha Lindstrom After losing his job as the office manager of a medical practice in fall 2015, Westmoreland County’s Jerry Krajci decided to switch to a career he knew almost nothing about: advanced manufacturing. Krajci, then 36, didn’t know much about being a machinist — except that he’d be in […]

Pittsburgh Housing Authority borrows to fund construction surge

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 28, 2017 by Rich Lord A $75 million borrowing spurt approved by Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority board Thursday sets the stage for the replacement or renovation of more than 460 homes — mostly for low-income renters — in three neighborhoods. Northview Heights, Glen Hazel and Larimer will see construction starting late this […]

Sign-ups available for free lead-filtering water pitchers for Pittsburgh residents

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 24, 2017 Adam Smeltz Pittsburgh residents can sign up online or by phone for free lead filters to purify home tap water, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announced Monday. Filters will be supplied “in the form of scientifically certified half-gallon pitchers,” although a supplier has not been finalized, the city said. The Safe […]