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Your Allies At Work | Neighborhood Allies Top Stories of 2019

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From adding new staff members to our team, to working with partners on the ground to continue creating healthy neighborhoods, to growing our programs, 2019 brought a plethora of new and exciting things to Neighborhood Allies. Check out our top reads of 2019!

1. Neighborhood Allies Welcomes Tamara Cartwright, recent UDREAM Fellow and Carnegie Mellon Grad, to the Team!

This year, we welcomed Tamara to the team As Program Manager for Social Impact Design! She spends much of her time directing the activities of the Love My Neighbor! Grant program and the Grassroots Grantmaking Committee.


2. Neighborhood Allies Receives $500,000 Two-year Grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the North Homewood Avenue Transformation Initiative

Through a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Neighborhood Allies has begun working in close coordination with Homewood business owners, the Homewood Collaborative, public and private sector partners and others to support the equitable revitalization of Homewood’s Business and Institutional Corridor.


3. Neighborhood Allies continues to build bench strength and expand our expertise in Neighborhood Planning and Community Organizing: Welcome to the Team, Demi Kolke and Glenn Grayson Jr.!

Neighborhood Allies was honored to announce the addition of two new team members – Demi Kolke, our new Senior Program Manager of Corridor Revitalization and Glenn Grayson, Jr., our new Senior Program Manager for Neighborhood Development!


4. The Roxian Theatre is Awarded the 2019 ULI Catalytic Place Award!

On Friday, October 18th, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Pittsburgh awarded The Roxian Theatre with their Catalytic Place Award during the 7th Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence.


5. UPDATE: Legislation Passed! | Pittsburgh as an All-In City: Landmark Equity and Inclusion Legislation is Introduced in City Council

On May 28th, 2019, city council unanimously passed the equity legislation that was first introduced on May 14th of 2019! The passage of this legislation is a major milestone for All-In Pittsburgh and sets a firm foundation for the future of our work together. We are sending a strong signal across our city, region and country that Pittsburgh is serious about equitable development by creating the critical infrastructure that is needed to drive and sustain equity results at scale.


6. Building Capacity, Confidence and Ownership with the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series | Participant Spotlight

Mica Dawkins, a Homewood native and father of 3, participated in the 4th Real Estate Co-Powerment Series cohort in order to fuel his ongoing passion for real estate and jumpstart his career in the field of commercial development.


7. Shared Real Estate Talent | At Work On the Ground in Millvale

Working with Tom Hardy, MCDC has been implementing a restructuring plan that focuses on selling assets to community serving uses, making significant progress in the community’s redevelopment efforts.


8. Hill CDC’s Hill District 100 Program Creates More Hill District Homeowners

With support from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) through Neighborhood Allies, the Hill Community Development Corporation acquired several properties, previously at risk of rental conversion or unaffordable rehabilitation. Funding support allows the Hill CDC to offer quality affordable renovations for current Hill District renters wishing to become homeowners.


9. At Work on The Ground | Neighborhood Allies’ Shared Real Estate Talent Program Builds Capacity and Unlocks Capital

Neighborhood Allies’ Shared Real Estate Talent Program was created to assist CDCs, CBOs, and emerging community-driven developers to successfully complete real estate projects and find appropriate roles and partnerships in the development of projects in their communities. For information on our Shared Real Estate Talent Program contact: sharedrealestate@neighborhoodallies.org


10. Congratulations to the Schenley Heights Collaborative on becoming a Registered Community Organization (RCO)!


We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring! Let’s work together to create healthy neighborhoods, allies!

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