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URA Awards Seven Neighborhood Initiative Fund Projects for Community-Driven Projects

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 12, 2021) Mayor William Peduto announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) has selected seven community-driven projects to receive Neighborhood Initiative Fund (NIF) grants for a total of $500,000 of investment citywide. Five of the awarded projects are located in Avenues of Hope neighborhoods.  

The NIF program makes it easier for City of Pittsburgh communities to access funding by providing grants for neighborhood-driven projects and programs to help unlock economic and placemaking potential and support vision-to-action community investment strategies that build an equitable Pittsburgh. This round of NIF focused on neighborhood business district improvements, with priority for projects in Avenues of Hope corridors.  

The following projects will receive funding: 

GROUP 

PROJECT 

NEIGHBORHOOD 

AVES OF HOPE? 

AMOUNT 

Jasmine Nyree 

Jasmine Nyree Community Access Project 

Sheraden 

Yes 

$100,000 

Mount Washington CDC 

MWBE Stage II Incubator in Mount Washington 

Mount Washington 

No 

$30,000 

OBID 

Pods of Opportunity 

Central Oakland 

No 

$40,000 

S Hilltop Men’s Group 

Beltzhoover Institute for Arts and Sciences 

Beltzhoover 

Yes 

$100,000 

Neighborhood Allies 

Big Tom’s 

Hill District 

Yes 

$100,000 

Larimer Consensus Group with Larimer LLC 

Façade Restoration at 523-527 Larimer 

Larimer 

Yes 

$100,000 

Perry Hilltop Citizens Council 

2115 Perrysville Renovation 

Perry Hilltop/Perry South 

Yes 

$30,000 

 

“The NIF is a program that allows the City and URA to invest in the community’s vision by putting community organizations in control of development of neighborhood business districts based on their needs,” said Mayor Peduto. “We are proud to further invest in our neighborhoods, particularly in Avenues of Hope corridors to support the rebuilding of Pittsburgh’s Black main streets.”  

Avenues of Hope is an initiative of the Peduto Administration and URA. It is a place-based, people-first approach that focuses on revitalizing seven major business corridors in Black and diverse neighborhoods through targeted investment in residents, businesses, entrepreneurs and housing to support inclusive growth of the neighborhoods.   

Published

10.12.2021

Contacts

Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office
412-579-8534
molly.onufer@pittsburghpa.gov
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