Neighborhood Initiatives http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/updates.htm Office of the Mayor (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Join Mayor Ravenstahl in Thanking Pittsburgh's First Responders http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=1089 <p> Dear Neighbors,</p> <p> This Sunday marks the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the tragic events of September 11<sup>th</sup>, 2001.&nbsp; The selflessness of First Responders across the United States was exemplified a decade ago, when our Country endured horrific attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.&nbsp; I am proud to say that many of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Public Safety Officers were among those who put their lives on the line for others during the aftermath of that fateful day. &nbsp;They are the unsung heroes of our communities, and I am truly inspired by their commitment and spirit.</p> <p> Please join me in thanking Pittsburgh&rsquo;s First Responders for serving our City on that day and every day.&nbsp; You can show your appreciation by stopping by the <strong><u>City-County Building lobby</u></strong> on <strong><u>Friday, September 9<sup>th</sup> from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</u></strong> and signing a postcard, or by sending your message of thanks to <a href="mailto:servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us">servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</a><u> by 5 p.m. on Friday</u>.&nbsp; On behalf of the residents of Pittsburgh, I will hand-deliver these messages to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Bureaus of Fire, Police and EMS at a special ceremony on Sunday, September 11<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p> <p> I hope that you join me in this important effort, and let Pittsburgh&rsquo;s First Responders know that their dedicated service to the City of Pittsburgh does not go unnoticed.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> &nbsp;</td> <td width="178"> <p style="font: 13px/18px Arial,sans-serif; color: rgb(85,85,85)"> Sincerely,<br /> <img src="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/images/mlr_sig.jpg" /><br /> Luke Ravenstahl<br /> Mayor, City of Pittsburgh</p> </td> <td> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:56:43 -0400 APPLY TODAY FOR MAYOR RAVENSTAHL'S FALL 2011 CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=1033 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s third <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application">Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), </a>a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> Beginning September 14, and ending November 16, participants will attend weekly sessions focusing on different City departments and the services they provide to make for a safer, more livable City. City directors will develop their sessions with tours, hands-on demonstrations, and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City.<br /> <br /> &quot;This unique program provides interested residents the opportunity to learn how their local government operates to improve their communities,&quot; said Mayor Ravenstahl. &quot;It is our hope that, through this program, participants will be inspired to become more informed, effective community and municipal leaders.&quot;<br /> <br /> The program consists of 10 consecutive sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Session topics include city organization and vision; budgeting processes; city planning and economic development; public works and parks services; the protection of water and rivers; public safety efforts, and more. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.<br /> <br /> Students are expected to participate in a group, participant-led service project at the conclusion of the course. This project will build on the knowledge gained in the sessions, address a need in the City of Pittsburgh, and be completed within six months of the graduation ceremony. Past service projects have included planting native plants at the Larimer Community Garden and launching a recycling awareness campaign at community festivals across the City.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We encourage Civic Leadership Academy graduates to be creative in planning and implementing this project,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> This is the third CLA program. The first program took place in Fall 2010, and the second in Spring 2011.&nbsp; The Mayor recently expanded the CLA program to include a summer program for high-school aged youths as part of his <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servePGH initiative</a>. That course is currently underway and students are expected to graduate on August 10.<br /> <br /> Applicants to the program must be at least 18-years-old and live within Pittsburgh City limits and/or be a business owner who operates a business within Pittsburgh City limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m., August 3. For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/">cla.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:34:01 -0400 Mayor Announces Application Period for City's First 'Love Your Block' Grant Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=905 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s <em>Love Your Block </em>grant award program, one of five service-based initiatives recently launched as part of the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH plan, which coordinates volunteers to help address the City&rsquo;s greatest challenges. The block revitalization program will give up to 10 local non-profit organizations $500 dollars in order for them to purchase the supplies and equipment necessary to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers and coordinates City services to support the effort.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My servePGH initiative gives residents the opportunity to make a direct and meaningful impact in their communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;With this innovative service initiative, community organizations will get the financial boost they need to roll up their sleeves and carry out their own brand of block beautification.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The City will give special consideration to projects that are close to schools, address vacant lots, or provide a direct benefit to a neighborhood business district. City leaders will meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as necessary. A full list of available City services can be found in the <em>Love Your Block</em> <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/files/lyb_app.pdf">applications</a>.<br /> <br /> The Home Depot Foundation generously donated $10,000 toward this program in the form of $500 Home Depot gift cards. For the first of four rounds of <em>Love Your Block</em> grants, the ten selected projects will each receive one gift card. Project implementation will take place this September, and applicationsfor the second round of grants will be available in winter 2011-12.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are extremely grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> Applicants must qualify as a non-profit organization, and the impacted area must be within City limits.Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on June 15, 2011; late applications will not be accepted.&nbsp;Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-July 2011. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place on August 1, 2011, location and time will be announced to grantees at a later date. The first round of <em>Love Your Block</em> project implementation will take place this September and October.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/</a>, email <a href="mailto:servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us">servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</a>, or call 412-255-4765.</p> <p> <strong>About Cities of Service</strong><br /> On September 10, 2009, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Ravenstahl committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.<br /> <br /> The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s service blueprint, <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/files/servePGH-r4.pdf" target="_blank">servePGH</a>, seeks to engage citizens in impacting our City&#39;s greatest challenges through five service initiative which focus on securing a brighter future for youths through mentoring and educational opportunities, and revitalizing Pittsburgh&#39;s neighborhoods&nbsp;through community renewal projects.<br /> <br /> For more info on the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH plan, visit <a href="http://www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 11:29:07 -0400 Mayor Announces Application Period for City's First Youth Civic Leadership Academy http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=884 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s first Youth Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free six-week course designed to educate and engage high school students about the inner-workings of City government. The Mayor launched the CLA program last year and is expanding it to include a summer class for high-school aged youths as part of his ServePGH initiative.<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;</strong>Our goal is to connect with high school students through fun, hands-on, interactive activities that will show them the importance of City government and public service,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;At the end of the sessions, we will instill within our young participants a stronger sense of pride and accomplishment that will lay the foundation for them to become informed, effective, and inspired civic leaders.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The sessions will highlight different City departments and the services they provide to make for a safer, more livable City. City directors will develop their sessions with tours, hands-on demonstrations, and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.<br /> <br /> The program will take place on six consecutive Wednesday evenings between July&nbsp;6 and August 10, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. The City will provide bus/shuttle transportation to sessions held at non-Downtown locations.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Applicants must be a high school student residing within Pittsburgh City limits at the time of application. Up to 20 applicants will be selected to participate.&nbsp; Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, interested in local government, and committed to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and/or school communities.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 25, 2011; late applications will not be accepted.&nbsp; Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June 2011.<br /> <br /> Throughout the course, participants will reflect on their experience and will be provided with the opportunity to develop group or self-directed service projects that are based on their experience in the program and can be implemented in their communities.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information, visit cla.pittsburghpa.gov, call 412-255-4765, or send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:civicleaders@city.pittsburgh.pa.us">civicleaders@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</a>.</p> <p> <strong>About Cities of Service</strong><br /> <br /> On September 10, 2009, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Ravenstahl committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.<br /> The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s service blueprint, <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/files/servePGH-r4.pdf" target="_blank">servePGH<img border="0" height="16" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/images/icons/bin/pdf.png" width="16" /></a>, seeks to engage citizens in impacting our City&#39;s greatest challenges through five service initiative which focus on securing a brighter future for youths through mentoring and educational opportunities, and revitalizing Pittsburgh&#39;s neighborhoods&nbsp;through community renewal projects.<br /> <br /> For more info on the Mayor&rsquo;s ServePGH plan, visit <a href="http://www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/">www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:24:03 -0400 Mayor Ravenstahl Releases Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Vacant Lot Clean Up Grant Proposal http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=827 <p> Mayor Ravenstahl invites community based organizations and non-profits to submit proposals to perform neighborhood clean-up activities on CDBG eligible vacant lots for up to $10,000 for the 2011 growing season from May 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011.&nbsp; City Source Associates, Inc. will administer the grant awards on behalf of the City and will subcontract directly with the selected organizations.</p> <div class="actionHold"> <a class="actionButton" href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/files/CDBG_Proposal_Vacant_Lot_Improvement_Final-r2.pdf" target="_blank">Application</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="actionButton" href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/files/CDBG_Vacant_Lot_Clean_Up_Eligible_Properties.xls" target="_blank">List of Eligible Properties</a></div> <p> <!--<ul> <li> To view the <strong>application</strong>, please <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/files/CDBG_Proposal_Vacant_Lot_Improvement_Final.pdf" target="_blank">click here</a>.</li> <li> To view the <strong>list of eligible properties</strong> to choose from, please <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/files//CDBG_Vacant_Lot_Clean_Up_Eligible_Properties.xls" target="_blank">click here</a>.</li> </ul>--></p> <p> There will be a <strong>non-mandatory pre-submittal</strong> meeting on <strong>Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:00PM</strong> in the Citistats Conference Room on the 6th Floor in the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (use Grant Street-side elevators). While not mandatory, attendance is recommended for all interested parties considering submission of a proposal.</p> <p> All applications must be submitted on or before <strong>4:00 p.m., Monday April 18, 2011 to:</strong></p> <p> <strong>Kim Graziani</strong><br /> Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl<br /> 512 City County Building<br /> 414 Grant Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p> <br /> <strong>Background:</strong></p> <p> The City continues to have an increasing inventory of vacant lots. Neglected vacant lots can cause blight and pose a public safety hazard to our neighborhoods. Mayor Ravenstahl is committed to work with communities to address this problem.</p> <p> In 2008, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, hosted a trip to Philadelphia for 15 community stewards for an urban greening learning exchange. A recommendation that came out of the trip was to develop a program to hire community-based organizations to clean-up city-owned vacant parcels.&nbsp; This pilot project for Pittsburgh will work to stabilize city-owned vacant lots and increase safety in our neighborhoods.</p> <p> This project is complementary to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl other programs, such as the Love Your Block Program and the Green Up Pittsburgh Program, which provide resources to turn vacant lots into community gardens, green palettes and urban farms contingent upon the community groups cleaning up the lots.</p> <p> To view the press release, please <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=829">click here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Frequently Asked Questions from Pre-Submittal Meeting</strong>:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>What are Community Development Block Grants? </em></strong></p> <p> The Community Development Block Grants program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.</p> <p> <strong>CDBG Guidelines for the basis of this grant proposal can be viewed here:</strong>http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/training/basicallycdbgmanual/chapter9.pdf</p> <p> <strong>Full CDBG Guidelines can be viewed here: </strong><a href="http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_06/24cfr570_06.html">http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_06/24cfr570_06.html</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Who is eligible? </em></strong></p> <p> As per CDBG requirements, applicants must either have a 501&copy; (3) designation or partner with a sponsoring 501&copy; (3) organization to serve as a financial conduit to receive the CDBG funds and accept all responsibility under any grant/subgrant agreement (i.e. insurance, liability, etc.).</p> <p> Must be able to obtain general liability Insurance and automobile liability insurance that meets the City&rsquo;s requirements prior to beginning any work.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em><strong>What are the Insurance Requirements?</strong></em></p> <p> While performing services, grantees must maintain both general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance coverage in the amounts of: (1) $500,000 per occurrance and $1,000,000 in the aggregate for bodily injury and; (2) $50,000 per occurance and $100,000 in the aggregate for property damage and shall list the City of Pittsburgh as an additional insured.&nbsp;</p> <p> All premiums shall be at the expense of Contractor.&nbsp; If you are not a 501c3, but are partnering with one to apply, the 501c3 would be the entity required to obtain the insurance that meets the above coverage requirements</p> <p> Workers&rsquo; compensation insurance coverage will also be required if a selected grantee has employees working on the project.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>What is the term of the agreement?</em></strong></p> <p> The agreement will be from May 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011, in conjunction with the planting seasons.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Who are grantees contracting with?</em></strong></p> <p> Grantees will be contracting with City Source Associates, Inc. (CSA). CSA will administer the grant, approving grantees invoices, and paying grantees.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>If your organization has already received CDBG funds, will this affect your application?</em></strong></p> <p> No, but if you have received funds in the last three years, you must include that in the application.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>How much money can we receive? </em></strong></p> <p> Groups can submit proposals for up to $10,000.&nbsp; There is no minimum requirement; however, we would expect proposals to include an average of 10-20 lots.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Can money be used for overhead factor costs such as liability insurance, grant administration fee, payroll taxes, and workmen&rsquo;s compensation?</em></strong></p> <p> Yes&mdash;please include the specific amounts within the total salary costs for services and the proposed overhead factor and the direct costs projected.&nbsp; While we can pay for insurance costs and worker&rsquo;s compensation, please be advised that these things must be in place before the group can enter into contract and we cannot pay for costs incurred prior to the start date of their contracts.&nbsp; Also, overhead costs must be justified by a cost allocation plan that is approved to insure that we are paying only our portion of these costs.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Should the budget be designed? </em></strong></p> <p> This is up to the applicant to propose.&nbsp; We would prefer that it be budgeted by amount per hour, but you will not be penalized if you propose amount per lot.&nbsp; However, if you chose to budget per lot, please make sure that you had a standard for costs (i.e. cost per square foot of a lot).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>How are eligible lots chosen for this program?</em></strong></p> <p> Lots are chosen based upon: (a) City-ownership, (b) CDBG Eligibility and (c) Listed as a &quot;vacant lot&quot;.</p> <p> Note: These lots do not include parks or greenways.&nbsp; We have also taken out parcels that have current stewardship agreements (i.e. License Agreements, Garden Waivers, Green Up Pittsburgh Agreements, etc.).&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Are youth programs eligible?</em></strong></p> <p> Yes, however grantees must comply with all child labor laws.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>What if I don&rsquo;t have the names and titles of staff that will perform work?</em></strong></p> <p> Please be as specific as possible as to whom (i.e.&nbsp; to hire 10 youth ages, 16-18) you plan on hiring how many people and timeframe for when you will be able to suppl<strong><u>y</u></strong> names and titles.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>What if lots that are on this list are sold from the City or are chosen for another program? </em></strong></p> <p> If lots are chosen through another City program (Green Up Pittsburgh, Garden Waiver, General License Agreement) or sold, the City will work with the selected grantee to determine comparable eligible lots. If contract is already in place, it will be amended.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> If you propose lots that are no longer eligible since the list was posted, your proposal will not be penalized.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>We already have beatification projects and/or clean-ups happening on the most visible lots in my neighborhood, will I be penalized</em></strong><em><strong>if I choose secondary lots?</strong></em></p> <p> No, just include that information in your proposal.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Vetting Process of Applications:</strong></p> <p> <strong>City Planning:</strong> To ensure proposal meeting CDBG guidelines and regulations</p> <p> <strong>Real Estate: </strong>To review proposed selected lots to determine whether any stewardship agreements/sale of property has occurred since the application process has opened.</p> <p> <strong>City Source, Inc.: </strong>To help review of proposed budget and lots, based upon their experience.</p> <p> <strong>Open Spaces Neighborhood Advisory Panel: </strong>To give final review and determine recommendations for selection</p> <p> <strong>Mayor&rsquo;s Office: </strong>Final determination of grantees</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For additional questions regarding this grant proposal, please contact Christie Berger at Christine.Berger@city.pittsburgh.pa.us or 412-255-8680.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:34:50 -0400 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl To Announce New Service and Civic Engagement Initiatives http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/article.htm?id=770 <p> Dear Neighbors:</p> <p> When President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law on April 21, 2009, and rallied the nation to service, he spoke of being &ldquo;possessed by the most American of ideas, that people who love this country can change it.&rdquo;</p> <p> Similarly, we have long known that the answers to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most pressing challenges cannot come from government alone. Throughout our City&rsquo;s history, volunteers have played a critical role in providing essential services to residents, and building leadership and capacity among citizens to address community concerns. I am proud of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s strong tradition of neighbors-helping-neighbors.</p> <p> ServePGH builds on our City&rsquo;s rich history of service. It is a comprehensive, citywide blueprint for engaging citizens to solve local challenges. Within servePGH are a number of service initiatives that were created to meaningfully impact Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the lives of Pittsburgh youth.</p> <p> I would like to invite you to join me as I launch servePGH and kick-off a new era of service and civic engagement in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; The event will be take place on <strong><u>March 22, 2011</u></strong> at <strong><u>12:00 PM</u></strong> in the <strong><u>lobby of the City-County Building</u></strong> (414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219).&nbsp; The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p> Please RSVP to Rebecca Kottler-Wein, Chief Service Officer, at 412-255-4765 or <a href="mailto:servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us">servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</a>&nbsp;before March 18, 2011. &nbsp;If you need any special accommodations, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 412-255-2102 at least three days prior to the event.</p> <p> Thank you for all of the work that you do on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Like President Obama, I believe that &ldquo;people who love this country can change it.&rdquo; People who love this City can make a difference.&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> &nbsp;</td> <td width="178"> <p style="font: 13px/18px Arial,sans-serif; color: rgb(85,85,85)"> Sincerely,<br /> <img src="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/images/mlr_sig.jpg" /><br /> Luke Ravenstahl<br /> Mayor, City of Pittsburgh</p> </td> <td> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:30:19 -0400