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$65,000 Pittsburgh Works: Greater Beltzhoover Capacity Building

Beltzhoover, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Greater Beltzhoover Capacity Building

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic Grants

GRANTEE: Hilltop Alliance (fiscal agent for Pittsburgh Works)

The Beltzhoover Capacity Building IMG_3642Program will provide a collaborative structure for the leadership of Beltzhoover, Knoxville, and Allentown’s community-based organizations. Over twelve months, Ron Porter will assist the recently-formed Beltzhoover Unified Front (BUF) with: 1) leadership development and education around comprehensive community planning and development; and 2) establishment of rules/procedures to build the capacity of the Greater Beltzhoover Partnership (The Partnership). The goal of The Partnership is to establish a platform for the neighborhood organizations of Beltzhoover, Knoxville, and Allentown to join together to advance projects and services that meet residents’ needs and improvethe community, as well as to ensure the inclusion of existing residents as the neighborhoods begin to redevelop. The Partnership will be developed as a companion piece to the efforts of the Hilltop Alliance and will facilitate the planning and advocacy for equitable and sustainable development activities within the Beltzhoover neighborhood and the areas of Allentown and Knoxville that are in proximity of the Warrington and Beltzhoover Avenue corridors, while partnering with its neighbors in the South Pittsburgh communities to promote regional development activities.

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$60,000 CARE Ownership: Larimer Landlord Training Pilot

Larimer, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Larmier Landlord Training Pilot Program

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic Grants


CARE Ownership’s Landlord Training Program will train existing neighbors to be owner-occupants of multi-unit, formerly blighted property inIMG_3413 Larimer. This innovative program provides wealth-building opportunities for low-income and indigenous residents as their neighborhood revitalizes, creates affordable housing, and contributes to the removal of blight. In partnership with ELDI and Circles Greater Pittsburgh (CGP), CARE Ownership will implement this program in Larimer. The program provides a structure, financial mechanism, and supportive training for the low-income resident/worker to gain access to the resources necessary to invest in his/her future, obtaining an
additional income stream from rental units, while building long-term equity in real estate.

This proposal includes a six-building implementation strategy in Larimer. CARE will be the model developer and primary implementation team for the training program. They will also be responsible for the management of the renovated properties designated to be owned by the trainees after graduating from the program. ELDI is the property resource management expert and will provide the buildings that will be used, among other experience and resources. Other “KEEL” partner organizations (Kingsley, ELDI, East Liberty Housing, Inc. and LCG) will provide key community connections and a deep knowledge of the community plan. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will provide hands-on training and practice opportunities for repair and maintenance skillsets.IMG_5123

As part of this proposal, six building owners, formerly of generationally poor backgrounds, will graduate from this program, equipping them with the experience, knowledge, and connections to achieve the following goals:

  • Obtain a mortgage
  • Confidently own and manage a building where they live alongside their tenants
  • Provide a model of hopefulness for other community residents
  • Grow their personal financial stability and decrease their families’ dependence on subsidies and social services
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$60,000 Center That Cares: The Bridge Builder/Tech Central

Jeron X. Grayson Community Center, Enoch Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: The Bridge Builder: Tech Central

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic Grants

GRANTEE: The Center That Cares

A “digital divide” refers to IMG_2939the social and economic inequity caused by limited access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies of persons in a given population. The Tech Central program at the new Jeron X. Grayson Community Center (JXGCC) will be a place where students have an opportunity, with guided staff support, to decrease the digital divide and opportunity gap by implementing programs/activities and connecting the most vulnerable students to resources within the region and beyond.At the community center, which houses the C.A.R.E.S. programming, students and families will meet with instructors, mentors and other students to share information and resources and receive tutoring and homework help through high-technology platforms. Through the Virtual Mentoring and Lecture Series, students will be linked with mentors, examples of success, and newsmakers, such as executives, government officials, and other leaders of influence, who can connect virtually with the students.

Tech Central is the umbrella under which students will be connected to technical equipment, online resources, and collaborating partners to achieve the following goals:

  • Reach 10 community leaders (neighborhood and city)
  • Develop cross-community relationship with age appropriate peers
  • Create a volunteer or community service program within 15219
  • Reach 10 leaders/mentors/luminaries in other U.S. cities
  • Create 10 global exchange experiences
  • Reach 50 students
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$68,000 Larimer Consensus Group: Capacity Building

Kingsley Association, Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Larimer Consensus Group Capacity Building

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic GrantsLCG_wereallin1

GRANTEE: Larimer Consensus Group

Larimer Consensus Group (LCG) is seeking support to fund a full-time, senior staff person who will provide the necessary organizational capacity to allow them to fulfill the immediate obligations under the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant (CNIG) plan and position the LCG to implement the long-term goals of the Larimer Vision Plan and the community’s guiding principles outlined in the 2014 organizational strategic plan. The Neighborhood Improvement Specialist will focus on the following: 1) Choice Neighborhood Implementation; 2) Real Estate Development and Community Planning; 3) Support of the LCG Board, Committees and Action Teams; 4) Community Outreach, Information, and Advocacy; and 5) Administrative Duties. CNIG responsibilities, growing organizational partnerships, and the increasing pace of development in Larimer all require the LCG to bring on staff and expand capacity as soon as possible. LCG board volunteer hours are increasing significantly to meet participation requirements in ongoing CNIG meetings. All of the CNIG partners are all sophisticated, fully staffed organizations that in many cases operate on annual budgets in excess of $1 million.

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$75,000 Millvale: Community Capacity Building

Millvale Community Library, Millvale, PA, United States

PROJECT: Millvale Community Capacity Building

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic Grants

GRANTEE: Millvale Community Library

Community volunteers, with support from the Borough and Library, have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and have partnered with local and regional organizations to enact major community revitalization initiatives in Millvale. After a solid decade of these small-scale efforts, they developed the Millvale Ecodistrict community-wide sustainability plan with evolveEA. As a result of these initial wolovich_final-3efforts, Millvale is well-positioned to participate in the tremendous growth and investment that our region has been experiencing the past 5-10 years. The community is in dramatic need of raising staff capacity to ensure community voice and participation in the remaking of the community as a cleaner, greener, happier, and more engaging place. With increased capacity, Millvale will be able begin implementation of the Ecodistrict community-wide sustainability plan, which was designed to understand the relationship between the existing work, while increasing Millvale’s community resiliency through the lenses of food, water, and energy:

  • The Library transitions into a full-fledged member of the Allegheny County Library Assoc. of PA and will have access to county, state, and regional funding streams that will be used to support community based work
  • The Library completes build-out and establishment of overall project vision and begins presenting as a replicable and realized model of social entrepreneurship and triple bottom line thinking at the community level
  • An additional five Millvale adults pass and attain their GED
  • A tenant for Millvale Town Square is secured, and a plan is in place to use the Town Square project to address Millvale’s status as a Food Desert
  • Successful collaboration with ARTEZ to complete the housing strategy for Millvale
  • Community Gardens continue to grow and flourish and increase engagement of community members
  • Implementation of combined sewer overflows Water District project to solve 4 CSO’s though the use of green infrastructure
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$75,000 Trade Institute of Pittsburgh: Facility and Program Expansion

7800 Susquehanna Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Trade Institute Facility and Program Expansion

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic GrantsApril 2015 120 (1024x768) (640x480)

GRANTEE: Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

With these funds, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh (TIP) will expand its facility and programming to accommodate scalability and the organization’s ability to fulfill its role in Project RE_. Through this assistance, TIP will complete their new facility on Susquehanna Street in Homewood by relocating the current office and shop space for the Masonry Training Program and creating additional work training areas for two different programs. This build-out will allow TIP to 1) increase its capacity (space and programming) to address the chronic April 2015 127 (1024x768)unemployment in Wilkinsburg and Homewood, especially among the ex-offender population; 2) double its numbers served at the completion of this project; 3) at minimum, triple its annual number of participants served, taking more men and women from zero income to a living wage in less than three months; and 4) be an effective partner in Project RE_. [Project RE_ addresses the need for renewal in blighted communities by utilizing the ingenuity and resources of fifth year architecture students at CMU, the supplies and resources of Construction Junction and trade labor and expertise by TIP.]

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