By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Urban Development Agency announced Friday that it has received a $ 500,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and a $ 100,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
The $ 500,000 grant will be used to support equitable development programs and the $ 100,000 grant will support URA’s commercial rent relief program.
“I would like to thank the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation for these generous grants,” said Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh. “At a time when our communities need the greatest help to cope with the challenges of the pandemic, we are grateful for their support so that the Urban Development Agency can provide equitable and direct assistance to people, families, services and businesses.”
The Henry L. Hillman Foundation grant money will benefit the Center Avenue Revitalization Fund, Equitable Empowerment Program, staff development, community engagement, and other initiatives within the URA.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation grant will support the recently launched commercial rent relief program to help small businesses over the winter.
The URA will provide grants to landlords willing to temporarily lower the rent for their tenants, with the aim of helping small businesses survive current restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.