^ East Liberty’s Enright Court

With only 17 days left in 2018, we’re pleased to report that we just received news from Federal Home Loan Banks that we’ve been awarded $750,000 for improvements to East Liberty’s Enright Court, $750,000 for the Garfield Affordable Homeownership Project, and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh received their grant of $410,000 to rehab 10 owner-occupied houses in Enright Court.

What a great way to end 2018!

About the projects

Enright Court:

Enright Court Restoration Project will result in the complete renovation of 16 homes in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, community of East Liberty. The revitalization of this neglected housing development will eliminate several vacant and blighted properties and create affordable housing for low- to moderate-income homebuyers. Eight units will be reserved for individuals with disabilities. The recent and dramatic transformation of the East Liberty neighborhood will give residents easy access to retail stores and restaurants, as well as the potential for wealth building, given the increased demand for housing in the area. Homeowners will also be empowered by the creation of a new homeowners’ association.

Garfield Affordable Homeownership Project:

The Garfield Affordable Homeownership project is a response to the lack of affordable housing and the threat of displacement for residents in Garfield, a rapidly developing neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Garfield’s turnof-the-century homes require extensive renovations, including the modernization of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, making the purchase and repair of these homes out of reach for many residents. This project will result in the rehabilitation and resale of eight homes, four of which will be reserved for homebuyers with disabilities or a history of domestic violence or substance abuse. To enhance the project’s success, East Liberty Development, Inc. will engage Open Hand Ministries, a Garfield-focused general contractor, and Circles Greater Pittsburgh, an organization that identifies qualified low-income families and helps prepare them for homeownership.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

OOR in East Liberty is taking on the renovation of Enright Court, a deteriorated housing development in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, community of East Liberty. Enright Court was constructed more than 40 years ago as part of an affordable-housing initiative. Substandard design and materials have rendered the units physically hazardous and aesthetically unacceptable. To remedy resulting health and safety concerns, 10 homes in Enright Court will receive extensive rehabilitation. Of the pre-qualified homeowners, eight have incomes of 50 percent or less of the area median income (AMI), and two have incomes from 51 to 60 percent AMI. Five of the 10 units will accommodate individuals with disabilities. The project is part of a larger community effort to purchase dilapidated, vacant properties for renovation and resale to low-income homeowners.

Read more about all the projects awarded here.