With funding through the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Partners Program, The Brashear Association will launch two new and exciting initiatives this spring. Both programs bring new partners to the table, partners with impressive track records of quality service provision: Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RT).
Since its founding in 1957, SCA has pioneered conservation service programs that protect public lands and equip young people for environmental leadership. SCA has forged strong partnerships with local, regional, and national land management agencies and nonprofit organizations to carry out critical environmental restoration efforts that maintain the ecological balance of communities across the nation. Increasingly, SCA is creating conservation programs to reach underserved communities in Pittsburgh and in cities across the country.
The Brashear South Side Park program will engage 12 teens, ages 14 – 19, from South Pittsburgh communities in a conservation crew for at least 144 hours from January to May 2013. The crew will meet once per week after-school for three hours to complete environmental education, job readiness, career and financial literacy training. The crew will also work two Saturdays each month in South Side Park. Work to be done in the park will include invasive plant removal, brushing and corridor clearing to open existing trail corridors; tread and drainage, trail entrance definition, installation of signage and regular litter/illegal dumping sweeps of upper and lower parking areas, the plateau area, and the city steps near the football field and former ice rink site.
The crew will also engage with South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, Brashear Association and other community organizations to increase participation and use of South Side Park.
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a local affiliate of a national organization, is committed to the repair and preservation of homes for those in need. While their core program which provides free home repairs to low-income seniors has been in existence since 1993, RT is adapting to address community-wide challenges such as blight, delinquency, and disengagement in underserved neighborhoods. RT works with local organizations to maximize its impact in communities.
With Brashear and the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), RT will identify residents in need and select up to ten homes for repairs that will ensure safety, accessibility, and comfort. Contractors and volunteers will make repairs such as the installation of new railings and grab bars, repair of stairs, replacement of kitchen flooring, installation of windows and kitchen cabinets, installation of secure exterior doors, painting, renovation of bathrooms, and installation of furnaces and appliances. All repairs promote safety and permit residents to age in place while stabilizing communities and preserving the housing markets for future generations.
We'll provide updates on these new initiatives as we move forward. Help us welcome our new partners!
This initiative is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Partnership Program. Our partners include: American Eagle Outfitters, Duquesne Light Company, First National Bank, S & T Bank, and UPMC Health Plan.