Mayor Ravenstahl's servePGH
MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS
(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.
SHIP repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers. The first-ever collaboration of its kind, SHIP allows low-income homeowners access to a variety of services at once. SHIP is a joint effort of the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement, the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and the following organizations: ACTION-Housing Inc., Nazareth Housing Services, The Pittsburgh Project and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is the fiduciary for the RK Mellon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation grants. SHIP’s community partners are Operation Better Block and The Birmingham Foundation. Find more information at pittsburghpa.gov/SHIP.
About Cities of Service and servePGH
Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act's historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.
By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and to answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through ten new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to over 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents’ homes, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, and more. To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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