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New funding will help low-income homeowners on the Hilltop


The Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), a servePGH program that repairs and weatherizes homes of vulnerable Pittsburgh residents, will collaborate with the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation to increase services over the next year. SHIP has been awarded two generous grants totaling $575,000.

The grants were given in the amounts of $500,000 from The Richard King Mellon Foundation and $75,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

As part of the servePGH initiative, SHIP began serving City of Pittsburgh residents in January 2012, after receiving a $500,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. To date, SHIP has engaged more than 1,100 volunteers, leveraged over $600,000 of monetary and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized 75 homes, 20 of which are owned by veterans.

This summer, thanks to the new funding partnership, SHIP will engage more than 700 volunteers and repair 75 total homes. Funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation will support 24 renovations in the Hilltop neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington, Knoxville, and Mt. Oliver to help seniors age in place; and funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will support 51 renovations in the East End neighborhood of Homewood.

SHIP repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers. The first-ever collaboration of its kind, SHIP allows low-income homeowners access to a variety of services at once.

SHIP is a joint effort of the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement, the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and the following organizations: ACTION-Housing Inc., Nazareth Housing Services, The Pittsburgh Project and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is the fiduciary for the RK Mellon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation grants. SHIP’s community partners are Operation Better Block and The Birmingham Foundation. Find more information at


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