The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh launched a new program aimed at improving life for people in minority neighborhoods.
Called “Avenues of Hope," organizers said they want to invest money in historically Black neighborhoods to support middle-class jobs, families and entrepreneurship.
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“What stops people from taking that first step is often economics. It’s not that they don’t have the ability. It’s not that they don’t have the desire. It’s that they can’t pay the rent,” said Mayor Bill Peduto.
Affordable housing will also be a major part of the program. The city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure will help with paving, sidewalk improvements, and traffic control in areas.
The areas currently targeted in the program include Homewood, Larimer, Centre, Perrysville, Chartiers, Warrington and Irvine Street in Hazelwood.