Our Track Record
Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg has assisted in the election of a Mayor, many Council members and School Directors, and a Tax Collector. These officials have contributed enormously to making our borough government and administration more effective, and have successfully encouraged ongoing investment in this community. NUW-endorsed officials have:
- Hired a professional and experienced staff in both the Borough and School District.
- Negotiated a money-saving waste removal deal with the city of Pittsburgh.
- Acquired a $250,000 grant for a financial management study and a five-year financial plan and comprehensive plan update.
- Increased government transparency by implementing a new Borough website.
- Negotiated a merger of the borough's fire department with the City of Pittsburgh saving residents $600,000 annually
- Established a ground breaking partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools so that our middle and high school students have access to more programs, electives, advanced courses, athletics, extracurricular activities, and arts programs
- Secured the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program that provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over a 4-year period.
- Launched the Wilkinsburg Sun community newsletter.
- Established the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) to revitalize the business district.
Additionally, NUW members have been integral to establishing two of the broadest reaching and most successful reinvestment efforts in Wilkinsburg. In addition to establishing the WCDC to revitalize the business district, our members helped secure the participation of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in the redevelopment of the Hamnett Place neighborhood.
This effort required hundreds of hours of dedicated work by NUW members and other Hamnett Place residents. The results have been impressive:
- The neighborhood has been listed in the National Register of Historic Districts.
- PHLF has secured a total of 27 million in funding to complete renovation of the 27-unit Crescent Apartments, and work has begun on the restoration of the Falconhurst Apartments and several other structures.
- A fund has been established for the renovation of homes in the area. Seven houses have been restored and sold to new owners, and restoration will begin on more houses in the coming months.
- An abandoned auto showroom has been restored and reconfigured to serve as the Preservation Resource Center by the PHLF.
Find out how you can get involved today, and be a part of the positive changes taking place in Wilkinsburg.