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We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our core funding partner, The Heinz Endowments for supporting Neighborhood Allies with a $50,000 grant for our work around relocation efforts for the residents of Penn Plaza.
With this support, Neighborhood Allies is working in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh (City) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to ensure that the terms of the negotiation agreement reached by the property owner at Penn Plaza, the City and URA are fulfilled in the best manner possible while minimizing hardships of the relocation process for tenants. In support of this, Neighborhood Allies has contracted with a relocation assistance firm, Interstate Acquisition Services (IAS), to manage the relocation efforts of current Penn Plaza residents while providing them the opportunity to locate decent, safe, and affordable housing, as well as connecting them with social services.
Over the next year, Neighborhood Allies and our partners will continue our work to transition residents into housing that is decent, safe and affordable AND connect the residents of Penn Plaza to additional services and economic opportunities, including:
- Engaging and assessing resident needs to determine the range of services that are to be provided to tenants to minimize hardship in adjusting to relocation;
- Providing connections to existing Financial Opportunity Centers which offer, 1) Employment Coaching, 2) Financial Education and Coaching, and 3) Access to Income Supports;
- Convening, Facilitating, and Brokering Connections, Networks, and Potential Partners to 1) Create connections to homeownership opportunities/assistance and 2) Identify and connect crisis response and social services providers;
- Documenting this process by publishing and distributing a case study to serve as a resource for other neighborhoods to help mitigate the impact of displacement.
At Neighborhood Allies, we envision a Pittsburgh with healthy neighborhoods that are thriving, resilient, and livable for all! And when we say “for all,” we mean “for all”, especially life-long residents. We are committed to building a Pittsburgh in which all residents live in neighborhoods that have equal access to not only affordable and quality housing options, but education, jobs, healthcare and neighborhood amenities as well.
Thank you to The Heinz Endowments for supporting this critical piece of Neighborhood Allies work serving Pittsburgh residents. #LetsBeAllies
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