PITTSBURGH – On October 12th, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that Pittsburgh City Redevelopment Agency has selected seven different community projects for funding of at least $ 30,000. The city has awarded a total of $ 500,000 to these projects.
Funding comes from the Neighborhood Initiative Fund (NIF), which supports nonprofit and community-based organizations with the goal of improving the quality of life and giving neighborhoods the resources to become desirable places to live.
The program is still fairly new and launched in 2019, but it has already supported 28 projects in more than 20 different neighborhoods. In total, they have invested over $ 1.4 million.
The Avenues of Hope, a black-owned center for black art and culture, also support the program. The aim is to invest in existing small businesses and residents to support the inclusive growth of black and diverse neighborhoods. It is also home to five of the region’s award-winning projects.
Because the NIF and Avenues of Hope missions are so tailored to improving neighborhoods, it makes for big changes.
“We are proud to continue the NIF program with this round’s focus on helping rebuild the black main streets of Pittsburgh through the Avenues of Hope,” said Peduto. “This next round of NIF will allow the city and URA to invest in community-oriented projects that put the community’s vision at the center of neighborhood business development.”
The community is now patiently waiting for the award-winning projects to progress. These include the Jasmine Nyree Community Access Project, MWBE Stage II Incubator in Mount Washington, Pods of Opportunity, Beltzhoover Institute for Arts and Sciences, Big Tom’s, Façade Restoration at 523-537 Larimer, and 2115 Perrysville Renovation.