(PITTSBURGH) June 4, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), a servePGH program that repairs and weatherizes homes of vulnerable Pittsburgh residents, will collaborate with the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation to increase services over the next year. SHIP has been awarded two generous grants totaling $575,000.
“I am pleased to partner with the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation to continue to improve the quality of life for our City’s most vulnerable residents,” Ravenstahl said. “Through these collaborations, we are ready to serve more residents who need help making costly, but necessary, home repairs, and to help keep Pittsburgh one of America’s ‘Most Livable Cities’ for all our residents.”
The grants were given in the amounts of $500,000 from The Richard King Mellon Foundation and $75,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation.
As part of Mayor Ravenstahl’s servePGH initiative, SHIP began serving City of Pittsburgh residents in January 2012, after receiving a $500,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. To date, SHIP has engaged over 1,100 volunteers, leveraged over $600,000 of monetary and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized 75 homes, 20 of which are owned by veterans.
This summer, thanks to the new funding partnership, SHIP will engage more than 700 volunteers and repair 75 total homes. Funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation will support 24 renovations in the Hilltop neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington, Knoxville, and Mt. Oliver to help seniors age in place; and funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will support 51 renovations in the East End neighborhood of Homewood.
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