What we do
We are working on the following fronts to ensure low- and moderate-income residents of Hazelwood benefit from the new investments in the community.
In response to the imminent development of Hazelwood Green, we are empowering existing residents through:
Hazelwood Affordable Rental Preservation Program (HARPP)
Acquisition and improvement of 63 affordable rental units over the next 3 years for preservation as permanently affordable housing.
Affordable Homeownership Program (AHP)
Renovation of single-family houses for sale to low & moderate-income first-time buyers.
- Preservation of historic Gladstone School and development of 44 permanently affordable rental units in partnership with the Community Builders
Creation and management of a 2-unit supported rental project designed to help Hazelwood renters become homeowners
Fostering Economic Mobility
Constituent service is a constant in our community-based office. To increase our effectiveness, HI recently began a partnership with Catapult Greater Pittsburgh to provide financial & homebuyer education to Hazelwood residents seeking to improve their financial circumstances.
Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.
4901 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
In 2016, HI launched the Neighborhood Investment Fund, a community-led small grants program used to sponsor organizations and small businesses that are working to improve the community. To date, we have granted nearly $100,000 to local groups and businesses.
In response to Hazelwood residents' needs during the COVID pandemic, the grant program has converted to a COVID relief grant and will be used to provide rent & mortgage assistance and gift cards to grocery and general goods stores.
Our work is geared toward Hazelwood's most important asset: people. To help strengthen Hazelwood's community, HI provides monthly forums for neighbors to advocate for better services and enjoy community-building and social activities.