Hill House Announces State Approval and First Year Project Partners for Neighborhood Partnership Program

May 28, 2009, 10:36 ET from The Hill House Association

Six-Year Program Will Focus on Hill District Revitalization

PITTSBURGH, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hill House Association announced the first nine projects that will be funded on behalf of the Hill District Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP). The funded projects will focus on education, job training and community revitalization in the Hill District.

The Hill District NPP Program grew out of a series of community prioritizing exercises that the One Hill CBA Coalition conducted in the summer and fall of 2007 to identify critical needs in the Hill District and to prioritize programs to address those needs. The result was the "Blueprint for a Livable Hill". Each of the NPP funded projects is designed to address a specific set of critical needs identified as priorities by the community in the Blueprint process.

The initial groups to receive funds to carryout the Hill District-based projects are: ACORN, Center for Family Excellence, Central Outreach Resource and Referral Center, Find the Rivers, Freedom Unlimited, Hill District Federal Credit Union, House of the Crossroads and One Vision One Life. Ranging from financial literacy and community lending programs for property owners to a community GreenPrint and an academic excellence and enrichment program for Hill District students, the NPP funds will continue to address community needs in five strategic areas:

  • Increase financial security of Hill District residents
  • Neighborhood stabilization and vacancy prevention
  • Increase the availability of public/recreational space
  • Improve academic achievement and educational attainment for Hill District students
  • Improve violence prevention and service delivery

Support for the NPP program was one of the negotiated outcomes of the Hill District Community Benefits Agreement between the Hill District community (led by One Hill CBA Coalition), the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the Pittsburgh Penguins. BNY Mellon also is supporting the Hill District NPP with a six-year, $3 million contribution, which recently received formal approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The commonwealth's tax credits to BNY Mellon will allow the community to address its strategic priorities and needs.

Hill House Association serves as the Hill District NPP administrator and is responsible for working with partner organizations to achieve outcomes and provide fiscal oversight.

"We are very excited to announce this funding as a result of the Commonwealth's approval of our tax credit application," said Evan Frazier, Hill House President and CEO. "It is clear that all parties involved in this process understand the importance of revitalizing the Hill and have stepped up to the challenge."

"We have been impressed with the sheer determination of everyone involved in bringing this NPP to life. We are proud to participate by investing in a neighborhood with a noble history and a promising future," said Vince Sands, chairman of BNY Mellon of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development created the Neighborhood Partnership Program in 2005 by offering tax credits to corporations to encourage substantial, long-term contributions to development projects in distressed areas.

Hill House Association is a comprehensive community service provider and facilitator that meets the needs of Hill District residents and diverse constituents in the Greater Pittsburgh area. By housing health, education and human service agencies under its roof, the Hill House serves as a one-stop resource for individuals looking to improve their lives. Over the past four decades, it is estimated that the Hill House has provided care and support for more than 500,000 children, adults and seniors living in urban environments. In 2008, nearly 70,000 were impacted directly or indirectly by Hill House programs.

SOURCE The Hill House Association