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
Oakland Planning and Development (OPDC)
The Oakland Code Enforcement Project worked with the City of Pittsburgh to intervene on a blighted eye-sore property on Dunseith Street in the West Oakland community. As conservator of the property, OPDC completed a full renovation that included a new roof, new porch, new front steps, new furnace and duct work, new kitchen, new bathroom, and all new finishes throughout. In April 2019, the judge granted OPDC ownership. In October, OPDC sold the home to a new owner-occupant, a first-time homebuyer eager to put down roots in Oakland where he works for the University of Pittsburgh. The new homeowner is excited to be able to call Oakland home and his neighbors on Dunseith Street are glad to have a blighted home restored, to have a new permanent neighbor, and to know that the future of the home is secured through the Community Land Trust.