The Pittsburgh Foundation Awards $225K Operating Grant to Neighborhood AlliesLeave a Comment
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank The Pittsburgh Foundation for their ongoing support including this most recent $225,000 grant, which will support Neighborhood Allies’ comprehensive work to build healthy neighborhoods through capacity and equity. Support from The Pittsburgh Foundation will position Neighborhood Allies staff to implement the following projects and programs in 2018:
We created the Community Leadership Forum in 2015 to build an empowered community of change agents. We coordinate and connect grassroots leaders in target neighborhoods to each other and to available resources, so that their long-term efforts lead to visible, resident-led change. The Forum consists of 18 members – three from each of the six target neighborhoods. Since launching the Grassroots Grants Program (called Love My Neighbor!) in 2016, Forum members have invested $87,000 into 45 resident-led projects.
We are working to bolster the capacity of community organizations and residents in low-income and minority neighborhoods. Supported by a CDBG contract with the City of Pittsburgh, we provide technical assistance to build skills and connections and access resources. We created the Partnership Network to coordinate the priorities of the various entities that serve organizations. Additionally, we are negotiating a contract with the Department of City Planning to provide technical assistance and appropriate training to prepare CBOs to meet standards set by the City to become Resident Community Organizations. Registered Community Organization (RCO) is designation that gives formal status to community organizations that register with the City of Pittsburgh and provides benefits to those community organizations. Neighborhood Allies has been requested by the City to assist in advocacy and planning for successful implementation.
Shared Real Estate Talent allows community-based organizations to forge long-term, outcome-based consulting engagements with professional real-estate professionals who can assist with strategy, coordination, mentorship and coaching. A real estate education pilot, the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series, increases the ability of active community members and organizations to understand their role in equitable real estate development. This training is an integral step to build community power, voice and capacity.
In order to ensure that our collective work does no additional harm and to facilitate access to mental and behavioral health services at the neighborhood level, a new Community Trauma Fellow will expand our organization’s collective understanding within the area of trauma by deeply researching, examining and strategizing a more comprehensive approach to neighborhood development in order to address long-term, deeply rooted, systemic issues affecting our communities.
We launched three local Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) based on a successful national model of bundling three services together for long-term improvements in income, wealth and credit. Employment services, financial coaching and access to income supports (benefits) are combined to help families to increase wages, access benefits, build credit and reduce expenses – leading to positive cash flow and the ability to cover basic household expenses and begin to save for emergencies and future goals.
Other asset-building work includes leadership in the local Bank On effort; facilitating credit-building and financial empowerment training for case managers; and managing the county-wide expansion of a children’s savings account incentive program.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has been a generous and long-time supporter of Neighborhood Allies, enabling us to run and deploy numerous successful and impactful programs and initiatives that directly have positive impact on Pittsburgh residents. Thank you for your ongoing generous support, Pittsburgh Foundation!