BDC Receives Grant for Housing Program

In early January, the Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) received a grant from the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). The funding, which was awarded through PCRG’s Reimagining Communities Initiative, will be used to create a much-needed housing program in Bloomfield. The program will address housing issues in the neighborhood including repair and maintenance issues, as well as focusing on wealth building among residents.

Rising property taxes and other expenses often mean that homeowners on a low or fixed income have to prioritize other needs over home repairs or maintenance.

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The Results Are In!

What does the local community think about Bloomfield’s popular Little Italy Days festival? To find out, the Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) circulated a survey asking eleven questions, soliciting views about topics that included the event’s length, cleanliness, and size.

Of the 300 respondents, 64% of were residents, 11% businesses, and 19% visitors.

Conducted from mid October through December 31, the survey is the latest effort of the BDC to understand what the neighborhood wants and how best to advocate for it.

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A Good Year for the BDC

2015 was  a productive year for our staff and volunteers. Together, we made a difference.

Business District Development

  • Launched community process around liquor license transfers into neighborhood, holding two meetings.
  • Held 5 clean ups with more than 125 volunteers, resulting in over 1,200 pounds of garbage and weeds collected.
  • Installed and hosted a Park(ing) Day event with partner Bloomfield Livable Streets
  • Began process of creating a Commercial Property Database in order to track the condition of properties and the needs of owners and businesses.

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West Penn Burn Center Heats Up Talk about Fire and Burn Prevention

For any Pittsburgher, the winter months can be a mixture of snowy days, family gatherings and holiday fun. Families enjoy coming together around large holiday meals and, as the temperatures begin to drop, people turn to alternative methods of keeping warm. Space heaters and electric blankets are a few of those alternative methods being used to keep loved ones warm in the home. However, as the popularity of these devices continues to heat up, so does the risk of fires in the home.

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Community Meeting Success!

On October 13, approximately 35 residents gathered at Shepherd Wellness Community building for a series of two open community meetings. The first meeting, held at 5:30pm, was a Round Table format to allow residents plenty of opportunity to talk about whatever is on their mind. The second meeting was a more traditional Community Meeting with an agenda, and many representatives from various elected officials in attendance. The next Community Meeting will be held on Thursday,

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