Economic Justice Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

Aliquippa Regional Credit Union, 1997
This credit union, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, was established by Aliquippa residents to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income members following the collapse of the local steel industry and the loss of businesses and banks.

Alle-Kiski Homeless Project, 1996
The project helped establish the Pennsylvania Coalition to End Homelessness. The coalition brings together groups and individuals who are concerned about or who have experienced homelessness, and focuses on how to influence and effectively use housing issues, welfare reform, education and networking ideas.

Allegheny County ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), 2009
ACORN used their grant money to support their work in organizing voters in low-income communities, by doing voter education and registration. They also developed community leadership in the low-income areas, who then conducted campaigns to educate and inform the general public of the community issues faced by low-income and elderly people in their neighborhoods. The community leaders also met with their state and city officials to discuss pressing issues.  In 2009, they received funding through the Media Justice Initiative to assist people in low-income neighborhoods with the transition to DTV.

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC), 1994
The AUUC developed a project to employ homeless people to build flower boxes for the homes of low-income residents and vacant houses that are in the process of rehabilitation. Through joint neighborhood cleanups and forums on homeless issues, the group aims to establish closer links between the two operating shelters and surrounding neighborhoods.

ArtWorks, 1996
Begun as an economic revitalization project of the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation in 1991, TRCF funds were used to help ArtWorks repair the interior ceiling of its space, after a harsh winter resulted in its collapse.  ArtWorks provides arts education for the high-poverty and unemployment area of Brownsville, in Fayette County.

Battle of Homestead Conference, 1996
TRCF funds were used to provide scholarships for students to attend an interpretive conference at the former Homestead Works site to commemorate the Battle of Homestead, a pivotal point in American labor history.

Beaver County Unemployed Committee, 1989
Servicing approximately 1,900 dislocated industrial workers, the committee provided information through a hot line and was a source of advocacy initiatives for Beaver County.

Black Vietnam Era Veterans, 1994
Funded in 1993, BVEV provides housing, employment and health services while requiring participation in personal growth and development programs.

Braddock Housing Task Force, 1992
The task force, made up of volunteer community residents, business people and clergy, promotes neighborhood revitalization through its Rehab for Resale program, rehabilitating vacant or tax delinquent homes and selling them to first-time buyers.

Citizens’ Budget Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1996
The CBC began a grassroots-based educational program on inequalities in the U.S. economic system and how families and communities are impacted.  They hosted Focus on Inequality workshops, based on a model of Boston’s Share the Wealth, using TRCF funds.

Clairton Community Development Corporation, 1991
Founded in 1988, the CDC set up a tool lending library to assist citizens renovating their neighborhoods.

Coalition To Stop Welfare Cuts, 1995
This organization held a conference in Pittsburgh to educate people and encourage those affected by the proposed welfare cuts to understand the issues and become involved in the dialogue surrounding the cuts.

Conference on Economic Realities and Economic Development, 1997
The conference brought together local activists at the Community of Reconciliation to explore the possibilities of an inclusive political program for economic and social justice, and to strengthen a new progressive force in the labor movement.

East Liberty Concerned Citizens, 1992
This organization of primarily African American individuals and church groups was founded in 1983 to improve the availability of low-income housing and to combat community deterioration and crime in East Liberty.

Fair Housing Partnership Greater Pittsburgh, 2007
Seeking to eliminate housing discrimination in Pittsburgh since 1975, FHP has promoted fair housing through collaborative undertakings in education, research, legislative reform and community involvement.

Federated America Coalition of Tenants, 1994
This group received a grant to host a regional conference with officials from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Representatives from 10 local housing communities discussed the impending end to Section 8 vouchers, due to federal time limitations. The Community Technical Assistance Center helped organize the event.

Garfield Rowhouse Tenants, 1991
Located in the East End of Pittsburgh, the association is an advocate for public housing tenants’ rights.

Hamnett Place Neighborhood Association, 2001
The group is working to organize and build membership in order to serve as a catalyst for community development within Wilkinsburg. Plans include a community picnic and neighborhood cleanup day as well as the publication of a newsletter.

Health Care for All, 1994
Formed in 1992, HCFA is a citizen-based educational and advocacy organization which proposes a health care system based on universal access, comprehensive benefits, enforceable and effective cost-control measures, and removal of financial barriers to care. The TRCF award was part of the project’s effort to secure a $10,000 grant from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which required a local match of $3,500.

Hi-View Gardens Tenant Council, 1999
TRCF helped to send tenant council officers to the National Alliance of HUD Tenants Conference and to repair the “tot lot,” a source of children’s injuries at Hi-View Gardens.

Homewood North Tenant Council, 2000
TRCF provided funding for a Summer Community Day of information and networking about tenants’ rights to safe, decent and affordable housing.

Hunger Services Network, 1989
The network was the central coordinating agency for all food pantries in the region. As part of its educational efforts, the network developed a videotape on using the federal food stamp program.

Industrial Workers of the World, IU 450, 2001
TRCF provided funding for the construction of street puppets to be used in demonstrations on various issues, such as segregation, education, and sweatshops.

Jobs with Peace Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1992
This organization educated citizens about the relationship between military spending and reduced funding for local housing.  Jobs with Peace trained low- and moderate-income people to address the critical needs of their community. Through its Leadership Empowerment Project, the organization helped develop leadership and community-organizing skills among low-income African Americans.

Just Harvest Education Fund, 2009
Just Harvest has worked since 1986 to educate the community about the links between hunger and public policy and to give people the tools needed to take action against hunger. Projects funded by TRCF include educating communities on refocusing city budget priorities, teaching high school students about participating in local government, training low-income women to be community leaders, documenting the extent of childhood hunger, working on low-income voter education and registration, and assisting grassroots organizations in becoming reliable, credible, and effective spokespersons to news media outlets.

March for Jobs, 2009
Bail Out the People organized a March for Jobs during the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009.  This grant funded community outreach work to citizens in the Hill District.

Mennonite Urban Corps – Pittsburgh, 2001
TRCF funding supplements the operational support of a Mennonite Urban Corps participant who has a six-month placement with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers. Her focus at UE is on progressive public policy, labor rights and international affairs.

Midtown Plaza Resident Council, 2001
The council offers seminars on HUD rules and regulations and prints an information booklet on housing issues for the complex’s residents.

Mon Valley Unemployed Committee, 1995
Low-income residents of southwestern Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg with this committee to learn of proposed changes in the welfare system. Workshops educated community members on how to form coalitions that address the proposed cuts.

New Palisades Plaza Tenants Council, 1998
This newly formed tenants council in Rankin, Pa., encourages tenants to educate themselves and play an active role in public policy debates related to low-income housing.

North Hills Affordable Housing, 1995
NHAH works as advocates for low-income single female heads of household to address the need for safe, affordable housing. TRCF funding helped to sponsor a town meeting to raise awareness of housing needs in the Northern Pittsburgh communities.

North Side’s Own, 1997
For the 100 women of North Side’s Own, this home-based sewing cooperative represented an avenue out of poverty. Determined to leave the public assistance rolls, these women used a TRCF grant to survey and identify markets for their proposed products, including upscale children’s clothing and a variety of basic textile goods. After training in sewing skills, self-development and business management, the members planned to establish home-based sewing centers in their North Side neighborhood.

Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 2003
NCFH represents the residents of Northside Properties, a 333-unit, scattered site, HUD-assisted housing project. NCFH was organized in June 1998 in response to the potential displacement of more than 300 families due to changes in HUD Section 8 policies.

Oakcliffe Housing Club, 1995
Using the renovation of a community park as a tool to unify its community, the Oakcliffe Housing Club will continue its efforts to reverse neighborhood decline in housing stock and rejuvenate a spirit of neighborhood.

Overbrook Community Council, 1995
In order to make their community a better place to live, the OCC is working with a teen council to establish a community newspaper, offer programs and assistance to residents of nursing homes and study environmental contaminants in four local creeks.

Pennley Park Tenant Council, 1997
TRCF funded a project to bridge the division at Pennley Park between existing management, proposed new management of the Pennley Park Tenant Council and the tenants. The new council and its newsletter serve as the voice of residents as they deal with construction and relocation.

Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society, 1998
This organization provides career/motivational workshops for junior and senior high school students.

Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance, 2009
PASCA used TRCF funding to create educational materials to be used at workshops and events surrounding the 2006 All Star Game at PNC Park.  They passed out the information to spectators, informing them of the conditions in sweatshops that are used to produce Major League Baseball items, and encouraging them to request the Pittsburgh Pirates to put pressure on MLB to end the use of sweatshops.  In 2009, they received a Special Opportunities Grant to host meetings with local city and university personnel to discuss sweatshop issues, including ways to phase out the purchase of sweatshop-made materials.

Pittsburgh Campaign for a New Tomorrow, 1995
This organization took a delegation of working-class and low-income people to New York for the May 6 National Day of Protest Rally aimed at educating people on the implications of the Contract with America.

Pittsburgh Labor Action Network (PLANTA), 1999
TRCF grants helped support the Sweatshop Education Project to educate and activate teachers and students in Pittsburgh-area schools on sweatshop and child labor issues. Foundation funding also helped to support distribution of a newsletter highlighting labor rights violations and fostering cross-border organizing efforts in the area.

Project for Economic Renewal of Communities, 1989
This project was a joint effort of the Morgan Public Housing Project Tenants Council, the Steel Heritage Task Force, the Braddock Housing Task Force and the Rainbow Kitchen for the development of several community activities.

Rachel Carson Homestead Association, 2002
Working in conjunction with the International Union of Painters and Related Trades DC57, the RCHA used funds to change the perception among workers and residents of the Allegheny River Valley that environmental concerns and labor issues are in conflict.  They presented posters, flyers, and brochures to union members, other workers, and high school students.

Rankin Community Development Corporation, 1992
This organization was begun in 1989 to focus on housing development and to educate the community on economic development possibilities for the area.

Resident Education & Action Project (REAP), 1998
Formed in 1996, REAP seeks to educate and organize residents of HUD Multifamily/Section 8 housing who are facing serious threats to the quality and affordability of their homes due to changes in federal housing policies.

Save Our Transit, 2006
This project of the Thomas Merton Center used TRCF funds to take supporters to Harrisburg to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 1162 and House Bill 2697, which, if passed, will fix the structural deficiencies of public transit.  They also purchased “I Vote for Public Transit” stickers to be passed out to bus riders and other stakeholders of public transportation, to make the need for public transportation funding visible to candidates as well as people voting for them.

Sheldon Park Resident Council, 1996
Members of this committee focus on learning skills that fulfill the needs of their community, such as budgeting, financing, decision-making, fundraising and problem-solving. The committee works closely and shares resources with the Sheldon Park Resident Council, Housing Authority and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Southbank Industry Association, 1989
This educational and advocacy association brought an open forum to the South Side community of Pittsburgh on the reopening of the LRV/J&L Electric Furnaces.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Alliance of HUD Tenants, 2000
Funding to help strengthen Section 8 tenant councils and organize community residents by providing training in tenant/landlord relations, housing restructuring and organizational development.

Steel Valley Authority Regional Jobs Corporation, 2000
This communications network reaches neighborhood groups from Swissvale to Dravosburg and helps mobilize labor, community, legislative and religious activists to support alternative economic development policies.

Strength, Inc., 1996
Founded in May 1994 to address drug and alcohol problems in Wilkinsburg, this organization has grown to offer services and support to substance abusers as well as troubled youth and their families. The organization also encourages community and economic development in the area.

Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger, 1997
Teenagers from 10 Allegheny County high schools built student awareness of poverty issues, volunteered in community food assistance programs and engaged in advocacy activities about policy in a Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger. The new coalition, funded 60 percent by TRCF, implements a spring educational, policy advocacy or group volunteer activity involving at least 30 students. A fall interscholastic conference attracted 75 or more. Schools each sponsor a hunger awareness program, a fundraiser, an assembly for hunger education or a campaign for petitioning or letter writing about a policy issue.

Student Hunger Action, 1998
This coalition of high school students is working to fight hunger in our community and seeks a wider community forum in order to involve students in government decisions on hunger and poverty policies.

Students in Solidarity, 2003
The University of Pittsburgh group used funds for operations and for various organizing campaigns on campus and in the Pittsburgh community.

Support Helps Others Use Technology (SHOUT), 2005
Funds were used to host the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, helping them with costs associated with mailings, website communication, and other assisted technology conferences and conference calls.

Symposium on the Great Steel Strike of 1919, 1994
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant was given to the organizers of this symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the strike, which included presentations from labor, ethnic, minority and historical groups.

Tri-State Conference on Manufacturing (formerly Tri-State Conference on Steel), 1992
Founded in 1979 to seek constructive alternatives to the massive withdrawal of corporate investment from the steel and manufacturing industries in the region, this organization developed an early warning network to enable labor, civic and community groups to identify signs of potential plant closings and provide such groups with information on creating alternatives to shutdowns.

United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Research & Education Fund, 1996
The UE has been on the cutting edge of the effort to establish meaningful relationships between U.S. and Mexican workers. TRCF grants helped the UE’s Education Fund sponsor delegations of Mexican workers to Pittsburgh to participate in an exchange program designed to further communication between U.S. and Mexican workers.

Urban Farming Initiative, 2005
TRCF Special Opportunity Grant funds were used to develop a logo to provide a lasting visual impression of the group.

Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), 1994
WREE began in 1986 as a “kitchen table” group of 4 to 6 women working to promote economic justice for women of all races and classes. It went on to provide a stimulus and forum for interactive discussion through the use of film, topical presentations, poetry and workshops.

Working Order, 1998
This cooperative of workers with and without disabilities exchanges expertise and shares resources to support micro-entrepreneurship.

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