How We Help

We Are Your Ally

(n): partner, colleague, helper, collaborator

(v): combine, unite, join, connect, unify, band together

Our team is here to help build the capacity of communities and place resources and power in the hands of residents. Neighborhood Allies offers a suite of programs and initiatives that provide a range of services and resources to help revitalize neighborhoods, foster economic opportunity, build capacity, and advance equity across Pittsburgh. Browse our full list of Programs and Initiatives to learn more about our resource offerings. 

Explore our Programs + Initiatives

Our programs and initiatives connect people to the resources they need to create positive change in their neighborhoods. By deeply collaborating with community organizations on the ground, dedicated residents, and other amazing partners, we empower communities to be an active part of their own development, ensuring that the process is equitable and inclusive for all. Ultimately, we aim to support and encourage our partners’ best work by bringing hope, fresh ideas, expertise, and resources to the table.

Healthy Neighborhoods Framework

Our Healthy Neighborhoods Framework exists as our roadmap to guide us in making and supporting neighborhood-based investments that seed ideas, help transform vulnerable neighborhoods and identify scalable ways to create positive social impact.

Striving to ensure that all of our residents live in healthy, opportunity-rich, safe neighborhoods of choice, we use an adapted version of the Healthy Neighborhood Approach (developed by national neighborhood strategist David Boehlke), as the framework for all of our work on the ground in neighborhoods. The elements listed below encompass neighborhood-level strategies that target ways to create the change we want to see in our neighborhoods. This framework guides the implementation of our work and helps us prioritize neighborhood change efforts through the deployment of our portfolio of resources, focusing on both people and place.

Elements of a Healthy Neighborhood

Market Confidence

A healthy neighborhood has market confidence.

Neighborhoods with market confidence have a strong housing market for all income levels and a thriving business district that contributes to rising housing values and residential sales prices. The community manages market forces to prevent displacement of people and local businesses and the neighborhood is a place where people want to live and invest time, resources and capital.

Media Coverage | Ground broken on Big Tom’s Barbershop, affordable housing project in Hill District

Our Work on The Ground | Neighborhood Allies Builds Relationships Through Real Estate

Media Coverage | Officials break ground on project they hope will help revitalize Hill District

Quality of Life

A healthy neighborhood offers a good quality of life for all residents.

Neighborhoods that have a high quality of life are places where residents are able to access the larger economy and quality neighborhood amenities. They are able to build assets, accumulate wealth, and connect to economic opportunities. Their neighborhood is safe and the environment and social determinants of health positively impact the well-being of families and neighbors.

Media Coverage| Neighborhood Allies, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh enhance services for small businesses

Media Coverage | Steel Smiling secures grant to help scale and deepen the impact of its work connecting community members to mental health support

Fund My Future PGH Secures $90,000 Grant from National Foundation

Celebrated Neighborhood Image

A healthy neighborhood has an image that is celebrated.

Neighborhoods with a celebrated image are places that are visually appealing and desirable to all, celebrating neighborhood pride and attracting new people and investment while retaining new and long-term residents.

The Homewood Experience Declares that ‘Homewood is Home’

Community Ownership

A healthy neighborhood has strong community ownership.

Neighborhoods with community ownership have residents, small business owners, community organizations and institutions serving as active participants and key decision-makers in neighborhood revitalization projects. Local residents and leaders have the capacity and community power to create positive change and shape the future of their neighborhood.

Building Community Ownership in an Uncertain Time | Our Work on the Ground

Real Estate Co-Powerment Series Graduates 68 Participants Since March 2020!

Millvale Tool Library | Love My Neighbor! Grantees Provide Safe, Outdoor Tool Workshops Amid Pandemic

Equitable Development

A healthy neighborhood puts equitable development at the forefront.

A neighborhood that prioritizes equity is one where everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation—especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others at risk of being left behind. Equitable development requires an intentional focus on eliminating racial inequities and barriers and making investments that yield healthy, safe and opportunity-rich neighborhoods that reflect their culture.

PRESS RELEASE | 100 Small Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color in Allegheny County to Each Receive a $10,000 Grant from Comcast RISE, Totaling $1 Million

Media Coverage | The Rise of DIY Investment Playbooks

Media Coverage | Presley Gillespie and Bruce Katz: ARP money should go where it’s needed most