Many of our communities are powerless today to slum landlords, vacant buildings and blighted properties. They invite crime and neglect into our neighborhoods, robbing them of their promise and pushing them to the brink.
There is a bill before City Council right now that would revolutionize our ability to recycle abandoned, neglected properties and put them back into productive use.
I am asking you to e-mail City Council today and tell them that we need the Land Bank Bill to pass.
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.
Mayor William Peduto and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 18, in Homewood to kick off the final drive for Affordable Care Act enrollment.
In conjunction with meetings by the National League of Cities, Mayor William Peduto is addressing a meeting on Cities Expanding Children’s Access to Health Care. Excerpts of his remarks are below.
The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) helps hundreds of people in Pittsburgh’s East End communities–from infants and children to a growing number of seniors–who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This interfaith ministry’s Hunger Services programs include preparing and providing home-delivered meals to home-bound residents every weekday, operating a food pantry that provides emergency groceries and supplies and offers information on assistance programs, and a community kitchen which serves hot, free lunches every Monday through Friday.
No matter where your interest lies, there’s a volunteer opportunity out there to match it. Pittsburgh Cares gathers dozens and dozens of volunteer opportunities from their regional nonprofit partners and lists them on their website. They make it easy for anyone to volunteer by allowing you to search by date through their calendar, or by keyword, or by proximity, or various other criteria.
This Monday, January 20th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–a day when we honor this great leader for his non-violent fight on behalf of civil rights and social justice. While MLK Day has been observed for nearly 30 years, it was signed into law as a Day of Service 20 years ago by President Clinton from a bill initiated by Pennsylvania’s own U.S. Senator Harris Wofford along with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis.
Are you passionate about creating jobs and strengthening the middle class? Do you want to fix our broken immigration system? Will you fight climate change? Do you yearn to prevent gun violence? Do you want to get the facts out about ObamaCare? Will you work to protect women’s rights and ensure marriage equality? If advocating on behalf of progressive issues like these is where you heart lies, you have until January 12th to apply for an Organizing for Action Spring Fellowship.
The Transition Committee of Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto, Building a New Pittsburgh, released details today regarding the schedule of activities for Inauguration Day on Monday, January 6, 2014.
For over three decades the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) has served as a clearinghouse between funders and CDCs; providing vision, strategy and technical assistance — along with capital — to local community development efforts. PPND was one of the nation’s first community development intermediaries. While Pittsburgh has undergone a real transformation in those decades, the positive changes have, unfortunately, not been citywide. In recognition of this inequality, PPND will transform itself into Neighborhood Allies early next year and is seeking an Executive Director to lead the way.