On this uniquely American holiday, we gather with our loved ones to count our blessings large and small. And of course, most sit down for a bountiful meal. Some will volunteer at soup kitchens to help ensure that even the needy are without want on this special day. But, what about the other 364 days of the year? In Pennsylvania, one in seven people struggle with hunger–and nationwide, more than 48.1 million Americans are food insecure. There are members of our community who must make heart-wrenching choices between buying groceries and paying utilities, rent or even medical expenses. Still others live in urban food deserts where they simply don’t have access to the healthy food their families need.
Winnie wishes you a Merry Christmas!, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from NathanC835’s photostream There are many in our community that are in need–and it’s felt the hardest during the holiday season. You can help families in the Pittsburgh area by accepting Charlie Batch’s challenge and help him stuff a giant, inflatable present with […]
Some of you may be familiar with customer assistance programs (CAP) by electric and gas utility companies that offer bill payment assistance to qualified, low-income customers. However, there has been no such CAP programs to assist with water and sewage bills–until now. The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has committed to creating a customer assistance program to help low and fixed income customers with their sewer bills and will be holding a hearing on Monday, November 16th to allow the public to give input on creating the best, most accessible program for our community.
A study by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and funded by the Heinz Endowments found that because of longstanding structural barriers, Pittsburgh has been overlooking the assets and potential of African American men in the region. Many of these men face real obstacles when trying to access employment opportunities or when they try to obtain development support for business. The report analyzed these structural barriers and has come up with recommendations for government, business and philanthropic sectors to help ensure that black men are included in our region’s efforts to create a more innovative and sustainable economy.
“Economy for All” order also calls on city contractors to pay workers $15 hourly wage
PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2015) Mayor William Peduto signed an executive order today requiring that all full-time City employees be paid no less than $15 per hour.
In July, we wrote about Neighborhood Allies’ grassroots effort to recruit leaders for their Community Leadership Forum. The forum will not only give residents an opportunity to have their voices heard, but have the power to influence change, gain exposure to community leaders, have access to capital and input on grant allocation, attend professional development workshops, and get experience in community development. The group will also contribute to Neighborhood Allies gaining a more well-rounded understanding of their target neighborhoods by giving them the awareness, experiences, and knowledge of everyday neighborhood leaders.
There are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County according to the most recently available data from the 2010 census. Too many of these houses have succumbed to blight. According to Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Director Maura Kennedy in a WESA article, “Blight can spread like a weed.” “But the opposite is also true,” she said. “Once you start holding people accountable and forcing change it’s really exciting to see the spread of dumpsters and people painting their porches and reinvesting in their community.”
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 24, 2015) – Over a meal of mini twin cheeseburgers, whole fruit juice cup, fresh baby carrots and fat free chocolate milk, Mayor William Peduto broke bread with a group of students today at Ammon Recreation Center to launch the city’s free afterschool meals program.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 23, 2015) – Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin will be honored guests today at the White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2015) – Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting two Deliberative Forums on the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Plan to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback on the recommendations listed in the plan.