Recordings & Resources from Homeowners Workshop

Thank you to our participants and speakers who joined our homeowners workshop on Mon 11/16! We apologize for the mid-presentation interruption, and invite you to watch the recordings of all the scheduled speakers and their presentations below.

Each presentation is linked separately with times provided so you can go directly to the topics of most interest to you. We hope you find this information useful. Please contact the event organizer at if you have any questions or would like to connect further with any of the speakers!

Lawrenceville Homeowners Workshop

Presentation 1 (begins at minute 04:35 seconds) : Jeremy Carter, URA – Mortgage & Rental Assistance + Tangled Titles 

Presentation 2 (begins at minute 00:03 seconds): Andrew Shull, Action Housing – Home Weatherization, Utilities Assistance & LIHEAP Program

Presentation 3 (begins at minute 11:48 seconds): Grace Orsatti, Duquesne University Law Clinic – Estate Planning, Health Directive and Free Wills Prep Clinic (presentations accompanied by current law students representing the clinic)

Presentation 4 (begins at minute 32:12 seconds): Ed Nusser, City of Bridges Community Land Trust – Buying & Selling a Home through a Community Land Trust to Access + Preserve Affordability 

Lawrenceville Farmers Market – Season Extension!

In case you missed it – the Lawrenceville Farmers Market Season has been extended until December 15. We’re now open 3:00 – 6:00 pm every Tuesday in Arsenal Park, with 3:00 – 3:30 reserved for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

We have over 22 vendors selling fresh, local fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, meat, coffee, tea, bread & baked goods (including gluten free!), soap and wellness products, prepared foods (including mediterranean meals to go and fresh cider donuts!), beer, liquor, wine, and MUCH MORE!

Come see us!

Fall 2020 LU Membership Meeting

Join us for LU’s fall membership meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, at 6:30 p.m. There are three ways to participate (no RSVP or password necessary!):

We’ll share some questions (and invite your own!) on how we can plan together to address the longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting we’ll be breaking out into smaller discussion groups based on your main topics of interest, which could include things like food access, transportation, housing, small business support, development, equity, care for our elder wisdom keepers, etc. We invite your ideas! Please send us your suggestions for breakout room discussion topics to!

We will also be discussing how we as Lawrenceville residents and LU members can most effectively participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH – we want to make sure our neighborhood’s voice is heard.

Please let us know if you need any accommodations to help make participating easier by contacting us at 412-802-7220 or!

September Community Happenings meeting

Join us for the monthly Happenings meeting, our Lawrenceville-wide virtual community meeting, next Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms will be presenting on their work and collecting feedback.  As has become part of our new normal, we will share information on lots of practical resources to keep coping with the challenges of COVID-world. We will also share some initial questions and invite your own to prepare for our upcoming membership meeting in October, where we will begin planning together to address the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also consider how we want to participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH.

For more information and for the Zoom link and/or call in information, please contact us at 412-802-7220 or

2020 Back 2 School Bash

You’re invited to our annual Back 2 School Bash! This free #sociallydistant supply giveaway will be held on August 29th 2020 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Goodwill of SWPA (118 52nd Street Pgh PA 15201) located in #Lawrenceville. Our team of staff and volunteers will be distributing 10lb produces boxes from 412 Food Rescue and book bags filled with school supplies, craft kits, and essential items.
Our Back 2 School Bash will happen at the Goodwill of SWPA parking lot, closest to the flagpole. All attendees must wear masks to the event. The Back 2 School Bash will distribute supplies in a drive-thru manner. Attendees arriving in vehicles are instructed to enter the Goodwill Parking lot and drive to the flagpole to receive supplies. The Back 2 School Bash team will load attendees trunk or back seat with items. The event can accommodate “walk-ups” through a socially distanced exchange. All “walk-up” attendees must be prepared to carry 15-20lbs of items.
This FREE family event is supported by Enterprise, Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, Reading is Fundametal, ASSEMBLE, Local 412, and BOOM Concepts. 100 backpacks and 100 produce boxes will be distributed during the event.


Virtual Lawrenceville-wide Community meeting on May 19th: 6:30-8pm

Until it’s safe for us to meet in person again, Lawrenceville United will be hosting a monthly virtual community meeting on Zoom for people to participate either by phone or online from their computers – and to ask questions and comment through Facebook Live. We will be featuring speakers who can share information, resources, and connections to help us both cope with life during the pandemic and to celebrate our community and all the good things we have still got going on! If you want to take part in any of these meetings, please RSVP to info@lunited,org or to 412-397-8488. And please share the Facebook Event or the Nextdoor Event with your neighbors!


Fire and loss in our neighborhood: Ways to help.

A terrible fire destroyed multiple Lawrenceville homes last night. Below are links to fundraisers to help our neighbors. 

Merranda Highfield writes: “Who I’m raising money for is my mother & father to help them out! We have just lost our home to a huge house fire, we lost our two dogs & our cat. All our memories of many year is all gone! We could use the help… even a little help would be good! I appreciate everyone that was there for us & that is continuing to be there for us ! We truly appreciate it!

The money will be used to buy my parents clothes & shoes. Most money will go to a new home for them, so they have some where to stay. Every little bit would help, your donation of any thing, any money will be truly appreciated! Thank you everyone!”  
Here is the link to that fundraiser on Facebook. Here is another one on GoFundMe.

And Sarah Hillman writes: 
On April 21 our dear friends, Justin and Ethan, lost everything they owned in a house fire.  If any of you know Justin or Ethan, you know they would do anything to help a friend in need, and that is what we are asking from you. The goal of this GoFundMe is to provide them with, at least, the funds that they need to relocate and get basic life necessities.  Your donation would be more than appreciated, it would be a literal lifesaver and a provider of emotional and mental relief. We hope to mitigate this tragedy with your kindness. Thank you.
Here is the link to that fundraiser: Ethan and Justin Fire Recovery Fund


Jennifer Miles wrote: 
Since sharing this page our father has since passed away! Between the lung cancer and the smoke inhalation, it was just to much to bear.
We are still collecting any donations for our Aunt Donna as she has lost everything. If any clothes can also be donated, she wears a size medium in tops and pants are 10 or 12s. Thank you for any assistance in such a difficult time for our family!
Here is the link to that fundraiser: Devastating Fire!

Bryn Young writes: My name is Bryn, and I am the oldest daughter of Jamie. My sister and I have lived at 5255 Wickliff St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15201 for over 13 years. My youngest sister and stepdad have lived there for 6 years…My family’s memories, belongings, and spirits all burned in that fire. We would like to help our neighbors and the other victims of this fire. If you can donate even a penny or a prayer, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all so much for your concern. We love you. 

Here is the link for that fundraiser: Pittsburgh Family Relief Donations

#Community of Helpers

Virtual Public Safety Meeting about COVID-19 and Resources for Resilience

For our monthly Public Safety Meeting, we can’t safely meet in person – so please join us for a virtual meeting by Zoom to discuss COVID-19 and local resources for resilience on Tuesday, April 28th from 6-7:30pm.

After staff updates on the Buddy system, supports for families with children, the farmers market, and ways we can help keep each other safer, guest speakers will include:
  • Bob Damewood of Regional Housing Legal Services, who will share housing resources and information about the moratoriums on evictions;
  • One of our PA State Representatives, Sara Innamorato, who will share information on unemployment compensation;
  • Ann Sanders, Just Harvest Public Policy Advocate, who will talk about how to sign up for benefits such as SNAP.
To participate by phone or by Zoom, please register at or RSVP to or to 412-802-7220 and we will provide the meeting details & password. You can join by computer or by phone.
We will also broadcast via Facebook Live at
For interpretation, accessibility needs, or tech support, please contact 412-802-7220.