Community & Economic Development
We fund initiatives that 1) assist individuals and families in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to transition from poverty to self-sufficiency, and 2) contribute to community vibrancy and quality-of-life. Priority will be given to:
- Workforce development that links training to family-sustaining jobs. Youth employment initiatives that introduce young people to careers and foster a strong work ethic.
- Business incubators that support emerging resident-owned businesses and link entrepreneurship to market opportunities, resulting in job growth and wealth-building.
- Evidence-based initiatives that help families address the key barriers to self-sufficiency.
- Neighborhood initiatives that enhance community aesthetics and cultural vibrancy.
Story of Hope
Hill Community Development Corporation (Hill CDC)
Having someone focused on identifying and creating opportunities and then connecting residents to those opportunities is a game changer for the Lower Hill District project.
“Traditional communication methods may not work, and a real effort is needed to overcome residents’ wariness.”
Lance Harrell, the Community Collaboration Implementation Plan (CCIP) Project Administrator, is working to build relationships through trusted organizations that can help break down barriers. Through his networking and outreach, Lance learned of a program offered through the Pittsburgh Builders Guild that provides classes to men and women interested in taking the exam required to join the union. Classes are provided in basic algebra, money management, comprehension, and what is needed to be successful. Two Hill residents went through the program and are now working in a union. The A. Phillip Randolph Institute offers a similar union preparation program and others that prepare participants to work with major companies in the region. By establishing relationships and trust in the community, Lance can help connect residents to these important resources and opportunities.