Recap from Housing For All: Inclusionary Zoning as a Tool to Preserve Affordability

The second of three “Housing For All” community meetings was held on Wednesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center. The meeting focused on Inclusionary Zoning as a tool to preserve affordability. Please see below for materials and notes from the meeting:

  • Presentation from Lawrenceville United & Lawrenceville Corporation
  • Video introducing Inclusionary Housing
  • Presentation from Department of City Planning
  • Meeting notes from Q&A + break-out groups
  • Follow up questions that were submitted are currently being answered and will be posted here when complete.

The third community meeting, Housing For All: Community Feedback and Call to Action, will take place on Monday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201). The building is fully accessible. Dinner provided. Childcare available by advance request to LU at 412-802-7220.

For a recap of the first meeting held on 9/28/2018, Housing For All: The State of Housing & Displacement in Lawrenceville, please click here.

Now hiring: Community Organizer for PEP Rally

Announcement of Open Position

Community Organizer

 

Lawrenceville United is seeking a highly passionate, productive, strategic individual to join our team of dedicated community advocates and professionals to staff the PEP Rally program, which works with families and community partners to strengthen and support Lawrenceville’s neighborhood public schools.

 

About Lawrenceville United

Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization that works to improve and protect the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders. LU envisions a safe, clean, green, healthy and diverse community where residents work together to shape the neighborhood’s future, while honoring Lawrenceville’s past. For more information on LU, please visit www.LUnited.org.

Summary of Position

The community organizer position is responsible for leading all aspects of the PEP Rally program, which began in 2013 as a pilot program and has since grown to be a key program of Lawrenceville United, in collaboration with school leaders and other community partners. PEP Rally aims to support and strengthen target neighborhood public schools by engaging parents as agents of positive change within the schools and community, and by facilitating partnerships to fuel community-supported initiatives that address student, school, family, and community needs. Goals of the program include:

  1. Build meaningful parent engagement at target schools.
  2. Create conditions within schools and the community to retain and attract families by fostering community-supported initiatives.
  3. Educate families on the school choices and resources available, guiding parents through the navigation process, and building collective trust in the neighborhood schools.
  4. Develop leadership of families to share in decision making and affect positive change in Pittsburgh Public Schools and in the community.

This position requires a learning mindset, outstanding relationship-building abilities, and a strong generalist skill set. The ideal candidate has high energy, time management skills, patience, listening skills, and experience working with diverse communities and managing partnerships. To achieve program outcomes, the community organizer works closely with LU staff, school staff, community organizations and partners, and families.

 

Reporting Relationship

The community organizer reports to and is evaluated by the Executive Director of Lawrenceville United.

 

Essential Functions

Community Organizing:

  • Building and managing an engaged base of parent and community stakeholders and  members by building relationships with individuals in the community, engaging and recruiting parents and community members to serve as leaders, and to participate in events, projects, and campaigns.
  • Initiating and leading project: strategic thinking and planning, issue identification, coalition building, building mobilization plan with community contacts and leaders, mobilizing parents and community members, identifying recommendations for moving forward

 

Community Engagement:

  • Delivering information to the community that is accurate, grounded in data, and easy to understand
  • Being familiar and able to discuss current community and educational issues
  • Recruiting community members to participate in projects in meaningful ways
  • Facilitating conversations with, and presenting to, community groups and families
  • Developing and maintaining community relationships and partnerships to achieve outcomes
  • Engaging with school staff and administrators to build meaningful engagement with the community and supporting school initiatives

 

Administrative:

  • Completing monthly reports and timesheets
  • Updating contacts and records regularly in LU database
  • Participating in the development and execution of other complimentary community programs
  • Managing budgets
  • Reporting on outcomes and completing grant updates
  • Other duties as required to support LU’s mission

 

Supervisory:

  • Managing and coaching three part-time parents to lead campaign focused on improving school climate and educational equity
  • Program management of specific projects (e.g. after school and community programs)
  • Overseeing interns and volunteers

 

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or at least three years of relevant experience
  • Track record of leadership
  • Experience working with diverse populations and underserved groups
  • A passion for educational equity and social justice
  • Successful experience working with groups through processes such as facilitation and consensus building
  • A comfort level with being in the spotlight, but not having the spotlight be about them; rather it being about the larger education issues and relevant concerns
  • A respect for and comfort level with rigorous and healthy debate about issues
  • A desire to continually learn, and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work flexible schedule

 

Skills

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with project management
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with diverse populations
  • Analysis and synthesis skills, including the ability to collect information, determine key objectives, and act strategically and decisively
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking
  • Coalition building skills, including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action
  • Demonstrated skills in community organizing such as identifying actionable issues within a larger problem, building the leadership of others, mobilizing groups of people and choosing when to follow
  • Experience working with (or ability to learn) Microsoft Office suite, social media, SalesForce, Google Drive.
  • Foreign language skills and knowledge of Pittsburgh educational landscape preferred

 

A starting salary of $40,000-45,000 (commensurate with experience) and full benefits package will be provided. LU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Dave Breingan at HR@LUnited.org by December 29, 2017. Please use your cover letter to describe what aspects of the job interest you most.

Free mini-consultations with architects at “Housing For All” event

Got a home project in mind? Want a personal consultation with an architect or landscape architect? FREE 15-minute mini-consultations with architects from the Design Center are available from 12-2 PM this Saturday 8/12 at the Lawrenceville “Housing For All” Event & Workshop sponsored by Allegheny Valley Bank / Standard Bank. Sign up using the Google Form HERE and bring your photos/drawings/plans with you!

The Lawrenceville “Housing for All” Event & Workshop starts promptly at 12 noon on Saturday 8/12 at the Persad Center (5301 Butler Street, Suite 100) and will last until 4 PM with a full day of presentations, discussions, and resources related to housing for renters, homeowners, and prospective homebuyers. Free lunch, childcare, and LED lighbulb & nightlight giveaways from Duquesne Light. Topics include renters rights, affordable homeownership programs in Lawrenceville, a legal panel, weatherization programs, abating lead in your home, and much more. Please see flyer and schedule below for more information.

 

Nominations open for Neighbor of the Year and Outstanding Community Partner!

 

Make your nominations now for Neighbor of the Year and Outstanding Community Partner for 2017. Recipients of the award will be recognized at LIVE! in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United’s annual fundraiser. For more information about LIVE!, check out our Facebook event listing or buy your tickets on Eventbrite.

 

Neighbor of the Year

The Neighbor of the Year award will go to a Lawrenceville resident who has a strong record of service, who has given back to the neighborhood and has gone above and beyond. Neighbor of the Year may also be a community advocate who has worked tirelessly to grow and improve the community fabric of Lawrenceville.

Past winners include: Sarah Koenig (2016), Tina Russell (2015), and Ashley Brandolph (2014).

Nominate a Neighbor of the Year

 

Outstanding Community Partner

The Outstanding Community Partner award will go to a business or organization that has been a major champion of Lawrenceville and the residents, and has given support, beyond expectation, to the community and residents.

Past winners include: Dive Bar & Grill (2016),  Tree Pittsburgh (2015), and State Senator Jim Ferlo (2014).

Nominate an Outstanding Community Partner

 

All nominations will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, August 20th 2017.

Back to School Bash

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Back to School Bash in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville from 11-1pm on Saturday, August 19th

FREE family event hosted by Encounter Church, New Bethel Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Lawrenceville United to promote a prepared start to the school year. Over 300 backpacks will be given away filled with school supplies! There will be fun and educational kids activities including free food, face painting, music, and a bounce house.

Staff from local schools and youth programs will be there with kids activities and sign ups for fall programs. Come on out. It’s going to be so much fun!
Stick around afterwards for the Lawrenceville Farmers Market from 1 pm to 4pm!

For more information, please call Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220, visit www.encounterpgh.com or check out the event page on Facebook.

*Rain Location: New Bethel Baptist Church *