- Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association (PCIA): Leveraging federal resources for comprehensive community change
Successful recovery implementation depends on building from successful community strategies. PCIA is a community development corporation dedicated to community building and revitalization of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta. The Pittsburgh community was devastated by high rates of foreclosures and renter displacement. To address the foreclosure crisis and the rebuilding of the neighborhood, PCIA formed a strategic partnership—The Partnership for the Preservation of Pittsburgh—with Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc. a master planning and community development specialist. The partnership’s goal is first to imagine, then to rebuild Pittsburgh as a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood that is environmentally sound. This process will build upon the current development strategies such as the use of federal Neighborhood Stabilization dollars.
In the 2008 round of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) , PCIA applied for and received $2 million from the City of Atlanta. The Annie E. Casey Foundation then agreed to match this allocation. PCIA has begun to strategically land bank foreclosed and abandoned properties across the neighborhood for rehabilitation and eventual lease-purchase and long-term rental opportunities for low-income residents. PCIA also partners with the Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families to provide training, educational, and supportive services for residents.