Penn Hills Lawn and Garden has set the bar for how businesses can thrive when they engage in community projects and events. They offer many additional services, from hosting a variety of workshops, landscape design, holiday decorating services, and a large 2nd floor gift shop.
Penn Hills Lawn and Garden is just one of the many exceptional businesses the PHCDC showcases in our “Shop Local” contest, and they are former recipients of our “Golden Broom Award” given to businesses for their curb appeal.
[Source (from left to right): Ray Luncher, PHCDC President; Shawn O'Mahony, PHCDC Garden Manager; Marie Sandvig, PHCDC Secretary]
Operation Better Block, Inc. (OBB)Through a pilot project, established a twelve-step process for resident-driven vacant property remediation. These twelve steps cover a comprehensive set of actions that includes: gathering and analyzing data; engaging residents and giving them support/resources; creating a vision for the target block cluster; and providing the appropriate tools to implement the vision. The driving force of this process is providing residents with access to knowledge, resources, and tools so that residents can do two things: remain in their homes and create a vision for the area around their homes.
OBB—with the support of RK Mellon, Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and the Housing Alliance—created a how-to guide called the Community Development Fundamentals. The Community Development Fundamentals guide details three specific practices: resident and vacancy surveys, publicly-owned vacant lot maintenance, and the Bureau of Building Inspection processes. These three areas are some of OBB’s greatest lessons from the pilot project, and OBB hopes that other community groups will be able to use the lessons as a guide for residents to lead the way for revitalization.
On September 26th, over fifty people attended OBB’s manual release event which was sponsored by the Housing Alliance. Then, on October 8th, OBB held the first of many trainings. At OBB’s training, participants received a manual and a walk-through of the twelve-step process. OBB is very excited that their work in Homewood could be replicated in other parts of the City and County.
For more information, contact OBB’s Community Development Coordinator, Demi Kolke, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 731-1908.
Since the spring of 2013, GoBurgh has coordinated a transit advocacy coalition including a dozen local organizations deeply committed to seeing adequate, dedicated, growing, long-term, and reliable state funding for public transit. Despite a strong bill passed by the Senate in June (SB1), the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has not yet taken action to secure sustainable transportation funding.
To mobilize citizens and encourage legislative action, our transit advocacy coalition undertook a number of activities in September: public outreach at the Labor Day Parade and Park(ing) Day, a webinar, a press conference at the Kenmawr Bridge, and a business-labor event in Harrisburg. Many organizations and individuals have come together to tell our legislators that we need transportation funding for the safety of Pennsylvania’s citizens and the endurance of its economy.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to continue to spread the message that Pennsylvania needs the original Senate Bill 1 (Senate version). Here’s three ways you can help:
Reimagining Communities is nearing the end of a major data collection and resident outreach project in Sheraden called Success Measures. Over the past couple months, important information about property conditions has been observed and recorded for over 1,000 parcels within a target census tract. This data will be compared to information collected a year ago and will help inform ongoing strategies to revitalize Sheraden’s housing stock.
In addition, a resident experience and perception survey has been administered to over 100 households within the same target area. Households were selected at random to ensure that the results are statistically representative of the population. ”We’ve been engaging a diverse range of people, from longtime homeowners to families new to the neighborhood who are renting,” says Steve Novotny, PCRG’s Community Coordinator in Sheraden. “People seem really excited to provide feedback and participate in these revitalization efforts. A growing number of residents have even volunteered their time to help collect surveys from their neighbors.”
The goal of the project is to survey a total of 264 households. The results will be analyzed to identify the strengths of the community and any opportunities that need to be pursued and improved upon.
For more information on our work in Sheraden, please contact Steve Novotny, PCRG’s Sheraden Community Coordinator, at email@example.com or (412) 391-6732 ext. 205.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 14-15, 2014! PCRG is holding its 4th Annual Community Development Summit!
Last year, PCRG celebrated its 25th anniversary with the theme “25 Years of Building Complete Communities,” and our lunch keynote, Mitchell Silver, challenged attendees to think about the emerging 21st century trends. Mitchell, the former President of the American Planning Association (APA), said, “We are in this together,” and he emphasized the importance of working together across generations, across races/ethnicities, and across issues to improve our communities.
This year’s theme, Reaching Across Boundaries, builds off of Mitchell’s message, and PCRG invites you to learn about how we work together, across physical and social boundaries, to create a thriving region. Join us on from May 14-15, 2014 for PCRG’s 4th Annual Community Development Summit.
For last year’s session presentations, visit PCRG’s website. For more information or questions on PCRG’s 4th Annual Community Development Summit, contact our Neighborhood Policy Manager, Katie Hale, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 391-6732 ext. 207.
Fineview’s Urban Step Challenge will take place THIS SATURDAY, October 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM. Fineview’s Urban Step Challenge is a rugged 5-mile run and hike through one of Pittsburgh’s “Finest” North Side hill top neighborhoods. Up and down huge stairways and hills, through the woods and along residential streets and ends at the scenic Catoma Street Overlook.
The Challenge is not only the race but also the trail itself!! There are 47 turns marked with flags to guide you over the ever-changing terrain to assist you from getting lost along the way. You will face the mammoth Rising main Steps which is equivalent to climbing a 17-story building before you can cross the finish line where you will see one of the best views of the City!
PCRG, in conjunction with Fifth Third Mortgage Company, will provide up to a $1,500 down payment or closing cost assistance grant to eligible Fifth Third Mortgage Company borrowers. The grant consideration and approval process will be the sole responsibility of PCRG; Fifth Third Mortgage Company personnel will not be involved in the income eligibility verification for the grant.
To be eligible, grant applicants must:
Funds only available to Fifth Third Mortgage Company borrowers as noted above.
For information regarding the steps for approval, click here.
*The applicant’s mortgage loan application will continue to be processed even if the applicant is not approved for the grant fund, unless the mortgage loan application is withdrawn by the applicant. If the grant application is denied, the applicant will be responsible for ensuring sufficient funds are available for down payment and/or closing costs related to the pending mortgage loan.
The information contained is subject to change without notice. Loans are subject to credit review and approval. Fifth Third Mortgage Company, 5001 Kingsley Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 an Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee. Fifth Third Mortgage is the trade name used by Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Fifth Third Mortgage-MI, LLC. Fifth Third and Fifth Third Bank are registered service marks of Fifth Third Bancorp. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
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For more information on this newsletter, please contact Samuel K Su, PCRG’s Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or (412) 391-6732 ext. 210.