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January 2023

Carlos T. Carter: 3by30 helps Black Pittsburgher buy homes, undoing 2 centuries of racialized housing policies

2023-01-31T12:25:33-05:00January 31st, 2023|Making News|

Originally published: 1/26/2023 Pittsburgh Post Gazette As a poor kid growing up in Pittsburgh, my family and I always dreamed of owning our own home. We often passed nice homes in different neighborhoods, such as Squirrel Hill and Regent Square, wishing we could have a piece of that American dream. On April 20, 1997 — [...]

Power Shift in Economic Development: Who Benefits in the Pittsburgh Region?

2023-01-23T11:39:15-05:00January 23rd, 2023|Making News|

Originally Published: 1/23/2023 Pittsburgh Magazine After decades of postindustrial progress, a cadre of new civic leaders looks to add fairness to the development punch list. Pittsburgh has undergone uneven redevelopment since the industrial decline, and that history leads some residents to look upon development suspiciously — a challenge that has new civic leaders rethinking the [...]

MLK Day: How one Pittsburgh-area school is teaching about the civil rights leader, Black American history and the Founding Fathers

2023-01-17T09:17:08-05:00January 17th, 2023|Making News|

Originally Published: January 16, 2023 Pittsburgh Post Gazette It’s been 59 years since the August 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but there’s no doubt in Baldwin-Whitehall teacher Dan Shaner’s mind that the reverend’s message needs to continue ringing loud and clear today. [...]

Ed Gainey became Pittsburgh mayor with ‘unusually high expectations.’ How’s it going one year later?

2023-01-11T10:00:39-05:00January 11th, 2023|Making News|

Originally published: Jan 2, 2023 Pittsburgh Post Gazette To a neighborhood development advocate, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s funding for affordable housing shows “a real understanding that this is one of the urgent issues.” In Highland Park, a community group is frustrated by how Mr. Gainey’s office has handled the noise of gunfire from a city [...]

Pittsburghers mourn the loss of Franco Harris, as stories of his legend pour in

2023-01-10T14:22:24-05:00January 10th, 2023|Making News|

Originally published: 12/15/2022, WESA As news of the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers football legend Franco Harris hit Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, tributes began pouring in from across the city and the country on social media. Harris' No. 32 jersey was about to be retired this weekend by the Steelers, a gesture that would coincide with the [...]

December 2022

Pittsburgh foundation offers another $11.2 million to assist affordable housing programs

2022-12-19T14:44:58-05:00December 19th, 2022|Making News|

Originally published: 12/19/2022 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pittsburgh officials are continuing to explore ways to preserve and expand affordable housing options for low-income residents. Meanwhile, the foundation community and local nonprofits are stepping up to help that effort in a big way. The Henry L. Hillman Foundation recently announced $11.2 million in grant funding for affordable [...]

Henry L. Hillman Foundation dedicates $11.23M in funding to region’s affordable housing initiatives

2022-12-16T13:05:10-05:00December 16th, 2022|Making News|

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation announced it is distributing a total of $11.23 million to a host of organizations and initiatives focused on western Pennsylvania's increasingly challenging affordable housing demands. Originally published: 12/15/2022 Pittsburgh Business Times The Henry L. Hillman Foundation announced it is distributing a total of $11.23 million to a host of organizations [...]

Henry L. Hillman Foundation Boosts Affordable Housing Programs In Pittsburgh

2022-12-16T09:28:57-05:00December 16th, 2022|Making News|

More than $11 million in grants will benefit such efforts as Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, Rising Tide Partners and NeighborWorks. Originally published: 12/15/2022 Pittsburgh Magazine As inflation keeps low- and middle-class residents struggling to afford basic necessities and the area’s homeless population continues to climb, Pittsburgh-based programs are receiving a much-needed boost to initiatives that preserve [...]

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott launches website with plans to start ‘open-call process’

2022-12-16T09:26:28-05:00December 16th, 2022|Making News|

Originally posted: 12/15/2022 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott says her donations have yielded more than $14 billion in funding for about 1,600 nonprofits since 2019, according to her long-awaited website Yield Giving, unveiled Wednesday night. Ms. Scott also announced she plans to introduce an “open-call process” that allows nonprofits seeking donations from her to send [...]

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